Seasoned environmentalist to head environmental programme

BHISHO – The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Mmanare Cynthia Nong as the head of its Environmental Management Programme.

Ms Nong brings a wealth of experience and expertise from her extensive career spanning the public, private, and international spheres.

Before joining DEDEAT, Ms Nong held significant roles in the public and private sectors. She contributed her skills and knowledge to the Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism in Limpopo, as well as prominent environmental consulting companies and state-owned enterprises, including Eskom and Transnet.

Her remarkable career journey has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the laws and regulations governing the environmental management discipline, both in South Africa and abroad (Japan). She has valuable experience designing and formulating systems and procedures to standardise service delivery functions.

Ms Nong’s academic background includes an MSc in Global Environmental Studies from Kyoto University in Japan and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Science from Wits University in South Africa.

With 18 years of expertise in the environmental field, she is a professionally registered environmental scientist and an ISO lead auditor for various ISO Management Systems, including Enterprise Risk Management.

In addition to her formal education, Ms Nong has obtained several speciality certificates. These include the certificate of specialisation in global environmental management systems from Kyoto University, the lead auditor certificate for ISO management systems from Bureau Veritas, and certificates in environmental law for environmental managers and implementing environmental management systems ISO 14001-2015 from the Centre of Environmental Management at North-West University.

The department is confident that with her broad range of experience, exceptional qualifications, and the team of skilled officials she will be working with, they will effectively fulfil their responsibility of promoting sustainable economic growth by implementing effective strategies for sound environmental management.

We congratulate Ms Mmanare Cynthia Nong on her appointment and look forward to her invaluable contributions to the environmental sector in the Eastern Cape.