The ten-year-old environmental management consulting firm has taken a stake in two other companies, one of which is Tswelopele Environmental, headed by Dr Margaret Kalule-Sabiti, a majority black-women-owned company with a board that comprises more than 66% previously-disadvantaged individuals. Tswelopele focuses on environmental consulting, particularly environmental-impact assessments and environmental management plans, for a variety of clients. The other specialist company, Georem International, headed by Theo Ferreira, focuses on site assessments and remediation activities. The company is focused on managing and remediating surface and subsurface pollution through a variety of innovative technologies. Its functions also include sampling and monitoring of water, soil and air to provide data for other projects within the EIMS group.
“EIMS will continue to provide assistance with the development and implementation of environmental management systems and also special- ises in assisting companies towards cleaner production, better waste management and waste reduction,” Ferreira explains. The company has, through its association with US- and UK-based environmental consulting firm Millen- nium Science & Engineering, developed a service for the dispersion modelling of atmospheric pollutants as a tool for assessing air quality, reports Ferreira. He says EIMS is focusing on expanding its business in all sectors, as well as expanding into markets outside South Africa.
The company has already under-taken projects in several sub-Saharan countries, including Lesotho and Tanzania, and is currently in the process of securing work in other African countries. In this endeavour, particular focus is given to power generation and transmission, because it has great potential for expansion into the whole of Africa, Ferreira states.
The decision to transform into a group of companies has also sparked a drive to recruit the best people specialising in relevant fields, to enhance service to the company’s now wide client base.