UMHLABA GROUP MISSION STATEMENT


The Umhlaba Consulting Group is dedicated to the principles of accuracy, integrity, and social, economic and environmental sustainability in the drive for excellence in urban and rural development, integrated policy and planning solutions and primary research.

CONTACT US

Physical

4 Pearce Street
Berea
EAST LONDON
5241

Tel   +27 (0)43 721 1554

Postal

PO Box 19017
Tecoma
5214

Fax  +27 (0)86 513 4471

THE

UMHLABA

GROUP

Umhlaba Consulting Group (Pty) Ltd is based in East London in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and works both regionally and nationally,  primarily in the fields of town and regional planning, project management, land reform and developing land legal solutions to unlock urban and rural development.

Background

UMHLABA Consulting Group (Pty) Ltd. was established in 2003 and specialises in a range of consultancy services, including:

  • Town & Regional Planning

  • Strategic Spatial Planning

  • Project Management

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Land Reform and related planning

  • Development Facilitation

  • Land / Legal Processes

OWNERSHIP & KEY STAFF MEMBERS

UMHLABA Consulting Group (Pty) Ltd is a registered company owned by five shareholders:
Mr
Siyabulela Manona, Dr Luvuyo Wotshela, SETPLAN EL Trust (represented by Mr Piet Jonas and Mr Johan Jonas), KAM Family Trust (represented by Mr Antony Meuleman) and SETPLAN (Pty) Ltd. represented by Mr Carel Olivier and Mr Brendan Hindes

The owners of the UMHLABA Group have a combined work experience in spatial and development planning and allied disciplines of over 60 years.

 

OUR TEAM

 

RURAL DEVELOPMENT

LAND TENURE

WATER REFORM

SMALLHOLDER AGRICULTURE

SIYABULELA MANONA
Director   l   Principal Consultant
siyabulela@umhlabagroup.co.za

Siyabulela’s expertise in the field of rural development, particularly land tenure and land reform in South Africa, along with his skills in development research, policy, planning, public process management and management, have allowed him to make significant contributions to national policy processes in land reform, water allocation reform and smallholder agriculture.
He has successfully completed a range of research, policy and implementation assignments for various government parastatals and all three spheres of government (national, provincial and local).

Siyabulela's previous work experience included seven years in NGOs in the 1990s, before becoming a private consultant in 1997. 

In addition to his Directorship in Umhlaba, which he joined in 2003, Siyabulela has more recently become involved with the Cape Town based company, Phuhlisani Development Solutions, and with Umlingo Solutions, which focuses on renewable energy and water treatment solutions.

Siyabulela has Master's Degree in Land and Agrarian Studies 

 

LAND REFORM

RURAL LIVELIHOODS

HERITAGE & CULTURE

LAND RIGHTS & RESTITUTION

LUVUYO WOTSHELA
Director   l   Principal Consultant
luvuyo@umhlabagroup.co.za

For over 20 years, Luvuyo has been conducting research on land reform, livelihoods and community politics in South Africa.

With NGO association during the 1990s and an academic career up to the present, Luvuyo has been involved in numerous forums, discussing land reform and governance policy for post-apartheid South Africa.

He has also participated in a number of commissioned researches, particularly on land reform and livelihoods, community networks, land rights and restitution in South Africa. 

 

Luvuyo has written and published extensively on the South African history of settlements and their forms of governance. He recently finalized book on the politics of resettlement and change in late twentieth to early twenty first century Eastern Cape.

In 2012 Luvuyo was appointed head of the National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre for the University of Fort Hare. Having joined Umhlaba in 2003, Luvuyo’s work focuses on research support on Umhlaba projects.

Luvuyo has a DPhil (Doctorate) in Modern History.

PIET JONAS
Director   l   Principal Consultant
piet@umhlabagroup.co.za

TOWN PLANNING

REGIONAL PLANNING

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SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT

LAND USE MANAGEMENT

With 29 years’ experience, mainly in the fields of spatial planning and project management, Piet has acted as lead town and regional planning consultant and project manager on numerous assignments ranging from capital subsidy grant housing projects through to large commercial and mixed land use developments to golfing estates.

He also specialises in land development applications and other statutory planning procedures. 

Prior to joining Umhlaba in 2003, Piet gained seven years’ work experience as a planner in Provincial Government before becoming a private consultant in 1996.

Piet is also a Director of Setplan (East London). 

Piet has a Bachelor's Degree in Town & Regional Planning.

 
 
 
JOHAN JONAS
Director   l   Principal Consultant
johan@umhlabagroup.co.za

SPATIAL PLANNING

STRATEGIC PLANNING

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STATUTORY PLANNING

SPLUMA SPECIALIST

Johan has 25 years’ experience in the fields of spatial, strategic and statutory planning and specialises in the preparation of SPLUMA compliant Land Use Management Schemes and also assisted DRDLR with the SPLUMA roll-out in the Eastern Cape.

He has also managed numerous multi-disciplinary project teams on a range of land development and planning projects.

Other project experience includes planning and land use management policy formulation, development feasibility assessments and statutory approval processes for a range of infrastructure and land development projects.

Johan is also a Director of Setplan (East London).

Johan has a Bachelor's Degree in Town and Regional Planning

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ANTONY MEULEMAN
Director   l   Principal Consultant
antony@umhlabagroup.co.za

DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

URBAN RENEWAL

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POLICY DEVELOPMENT

HUMAN SETTLEMENTS

Antony Meuleman has over 31 years’ professional experience as a registered Town & Regional Planner and has particular skill sets in the fields of Integrated Development Planning, spatial planning (SDFs), strategy and policy formulation, and statutory planning (land use management).

Antony has a track record of working with and managing multi-disciplinary teams on provincial, district and local-scale planning projects.  These projects range from provincial-scale spatial planning in the Eastern Cape through regional and municipal-scale planning in the Western and Eastern Cape, and planning for Land Reform at district and local-scales.

In addition, he has led teams on urban renewal and integrated sustainable human settlements projects such as the Duncan Village Redevelopment Initiative in East London, and the Buffalo City Metropolitan Integrated Sustainable Human Settlement Plan (which formed the template for the Metro’s current Built Environment Performance Plan [BEPP]).

Antony is well grounded in current national spatial planning and land use management policy in SA through his work on developing new legislation on spatial planning and land use management with the Department of Rural Development & Land Reform and the Eastern Cape Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Over the course of his career, Antony has managed projects that have led directly to extended-term state interventions.

Antony has an undergraduate degree majoring in English and Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Town & Regional Planning.  

 
CAREL OLIVIER
Director   l   Principal Consultant
carel@umhlabagroup.co.za
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GIS SPECIALIST

DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION
of OVVIO Software 

TOWN PLANNING

Carel is a registered Professional GISc Practitioner (PLATO: PGP 1268) and a registered Professional Planner (SACPLAN: A/1296/2004).

He has 18 years’ experience in the implementation of GIS based, integrated property, asset and valuation information systems.

Carel is the co-founder of OVVIO Software and has been

involved in the implementation and project management of numerous GIS based data capturing, analysis and integration projects and solutions throughout Southern Africa.

Carel has a Master's Degree in Town and Regional Planning

 
 
BRENDAN HINDES
Director   l   Principal Consultant
brendan@umhlabagroup.co.za

PROJECT FACILITATION & CO-ORDINATION

URBAN DEVELOPMENT CONTROL

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SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

Brendan is a Town Planning graduate from the University of Pretoria (1991) and has 20 years of experience in both public and private practice.

Brendan has been a director in a private planning consultancy for 16 years.

His key areas of expertise include project facilitation and co-ordination, urban development control and spatial development planning and strategy. 

He has undertaken the preparation of numerous Integrated Development Plans, Spatial Development Framework Plan and Land Audit projects at various levels of government. 

These have provided experience in the preparation, implementation and practical application of strategic plans, strategies and policies at local government level. Brendan’s key areas of expertise include: Rural Development Planning; Urban Development Control; Local Municipal Strategy and Policy Formulation; Spatial Development Planning; Local Government Integrated Development Planning; Project Facilitation and Co-ordination; Municipal Planning and Administration

Brendan has a Bachelor's Degree in Town and Regional Planning