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Our logo is based on an ancient symbol called “the seed of life” or “the seed of the universe”.  It shows a spiral of potential energy within a sphere symbolising the Universe.  Our logo reminds us that creativity and life flows from the dynamic balance created by the constant ebb and flow of opposing energies and that our lives and work should reflect this fundamental principle.  It also represents the creative energy of our organisation and our commitment to designing strategies and governance systems that are holistic, balanced, and consistent with the greater natural systems within which we exist.

Glendyr Nel
Glendyr Suzanne Nel


South African

Academic Qualifications
BA, LLB, LLM (Environmental Law) (University of Natal)


Professional Qualifications
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Professional Associations
Environmental Law Association
International Association of Impact Assessors (South Africa)
Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Environmental Committee (Chairperson)
Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Management

Country experience
South Africa and Namibia

Expertise and experience
Glendyr has practiced as a specialist environmental lawyer since 2004. She has advised clients in the public and private sector, providing services such as environmental due diligence reports, compliance assessments, permitting advice, contractual advice, legal opinions and assistance with environmental and planning appeals. 

Her work in commerce and industry has involved businesses in the automotive, banking, food, electronics, cement, packaging, petroleum, waste (including medical) and chemical fields. She has also provided services to the mining industry. In the public sector, Glendyr has provided environmental legal compliance services to all of South Africa’s ports and has advised municipalities on their environmental responsibilities as both landowners and enforcement authorities.

Glendyr has been involved in the legal review of resource use management in KwaZulu-Natal for the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife society and has contributed to the initiatives of the eThekwini municipality to produce an environmental bylaw.  In addition, her interest in promoting sustainable development has led to an appreciation of the need to integrate the demands of climate change into development planning.

Selected publications
“Of African Pots, Plans and People’s Needs”, De Rebus, September 2007

“Cutting Cleaning Costs” (contributor to article), Financial Mail, 7 March 2008

“Climate Change Initiatives”, Chamber Digest, July 2008

“Money and Time to Burn” (contributor to article), Without Prejudice, August 2007

“Contaminated Land: Law Changes”, Urban Green File, 1 June 2007

“Contamination Threat: Retrospective Look at Investigation Areas”, Construction World, 1 July 2007

“Court’s Decision Will Delay Environmental Approvals”, Construction World, 1 May 2007

Longer Authorisation Delays in Store for Developers Following Court Judgement”, Housing in Southern Africa, 1 August 2007

“Land Contamination Added in New Waste Management Bill”, Housing in Southern Africa, 1 June 2007