Minister in the Republic of South Africa   Deputy Minister in the Republic of South Africa   Director-General          
Deputy Minister
Director - General
Deputy Directors - General


Minister Edna Molewa

Ms Barbara Creecy


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Deputy Minister 
Deputy Minister Ms Barbara Thompson
Ms Maggie Sotyu



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Director-General Nosipho Ngcaba
Ms Nosipho Ngcaba


Date of birth: 20 February 1966

Marital status: Married

Current position

Director-General of the Department of Environmental Affairs of the Republic of South Africa.

Academic qualifications

  • Matric Exemption
  • BSC (Physiology & Biochemistry)
  • Higher Diploma in Education with distinctions on physical science and geography teaching
  • Other Certificates in Total Quality Assurance, Business management practice, Franklin Covey (7 Habits of highly effective people and Focus), Havard Certificate on Negotiations

Career / memberships / positions / other activities

  • Nosipho Ngcaba joined the public service in 1998  
  • More than ten years experience in senior management positions, focusing on strategic leadership, public service administration, performance management, project management and financial accountability, three years working in a corporate environment as a professional in quality assurance and analytical research laboratory.
  • Have acquired competencies in a number of areas in particular policy development, strategic leadership, business process engineering, performance management, analytical work,  partnerships activation and fostering cooperation networks. Aided by involvement in various fields of specialization, including exposure to knowledge applications in particular areas of biological science, sustainable resource management.
  • Occupied various positions such as the Chief Operating Officer former Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, (DEAT), Chief Director Project Management Unit, Director Environmental Impact Management and Regional Programme manager Working for Water programme.
  • She was appointed to serve various institutions as a member of the board
    • Board Member of the National Botanical Institute 2002/3/4/5
    • Board Member South African Tourism 2006/7/8
    • Board member South African Biodiversity Institute 2007/8
  • As a sport and student activist, occupied various leadership positions in sports executive bodies and student associations in the Western Cape (Convener-Sports Council, treasurer Association of student residents, and Gender officer South African Students Congress).
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Deputy Director - General level


DDG  Dr Monde Mayekiso
DDG Dr Guy Preston
Chief Advisor  Mr Alf Wills
DDG Mr Ishaam Abader
Deputy Director-General 
Deputy Director-General Guy Preston, Dr.
Dr. Guy Robert Preston


Marital status: Married.

Current position

Deputy Director-General: Environmental Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs.

Academic qualification

  • PhD in Environmental Science.

Positions / career / memberships / other activities

Dr Preston is responsible for environmental Biosecurity, focusing on the prevention of the introduction of potentially invasive species into the country, as well as regulating invasive species within the country, in implementing the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations, 2014, of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004).

Dr Preston leads fourteen programmes with high environmental and economic returns on investment, that together provide work opportunities for over 70,000 previously unemployed workers, aligned to the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP):

Natural Resource Management Programmes:

  1. The Working for Water programme, to control invasive alien species, because of the damage to biological diversity, water security, the productive use of land, soil erosion, wild fire exacerbation and many other negative impacts.
  2. The Working on Fire programme, to manage fire, both controlled fires, for their positive attributes for ecosystem functioning, and wild fires, for their negative impacts on life, livelihoods, the spread of invasive alien plants and other consequences.
  3. The Working for Wetlands programme, to manage wetland conservation and repair, for the benefits of water quality, quantity, flood attenuation, biological diversity, food security and disease management, among other attributes.
  4. The Working for Ecosystems programme, to manage the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes, again for benefits that include the productive use of land, the ecological functioning of natural systems, food security, and a myriad of other critical outcomes.
  5. The Working for Energy programme, where the specific focus for biomass-to-energy options have significant prospects to utilize invasive alien plant biomass (and bush-encroachment biomass) to help meet the short-term energy needs of the country, whilst providing biological diversity, water and many other benefits similar to Working for Water.
  6. The Working for Forests programme, which focuses on the conservation of indigenous forests, but also seeks to turn stands of invasive plants into woodlots that can be used for the saw-log industry and the needs of resource-poor communities, and which can be gradually converted to mosaics of diverse, non-invasive sources of timber.
  7. The Eco-Furniture Programme, which seeks to make products needed by Government (e.g. school desks, furniture, coffins and building materials) from invasive alien plant biomass, once again with all the ecological and social benefits that come with such work.

Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programmes:

  1. The Working on Wasteprogramme, which addresses opportunities to reduce, recycle, re-use and repair, thus minimizing the need for waste landfill sites, and turning potential waste into resources (including waste-to-energy opportunities), and with a special focus on youth jobs in waste.
  2. The Greening and Open-Space Management programme, which promotes infrastructure and greening interventions that enhance a quality of life and sense of place, through the planting of trees, development of nurseries, food security programmes, maintenance of cultural resources, and the promotion of renewable and other conservation technologies.
  3. The Working on Land programme, which promotes the restoration of degraded land, and the potential for the productive use of land, focusing on poor rural communities.
  4. The Working for the Coast programme, which focuses on coastal rehabilitation, including on degraded dunes and estuaries, boardwalks and other facilities promoting eco-tourism, plastic and other litter pollution, water quality monitoring, and life-saving capacities.
  5. The People and Parks programme, which develops opportunities in protected areas that will enhance the viability of the protected areas, with significant benefits to the neighbouring communities, including infrastructural interventions (e.g. tourism facilities, roads, fencing, ranger accommodation) and ecosystem-repair interventions.
  6. The Wildlife Economy programme, to secure the potential benefits of land under wildlife, with a particular focus on ecosystem services through appropriate land-use practices, food security, black economic empowerment, rural development, sustainable jobs and optimum returns on investment from land, through game breeding, eco-tourism, hunting and ranching opportunities.  It also provides Environmental Monitors in protected areas.
  7. The Youth Environmental Services programme, which trains young South Africans in a range of environmental skills, and seeks to place them where these skills can be used to promote environmental outcomes.

Dr Preston also leads the Information Management and Sector Co-ordination responsibility of the Branch, focusing on the co-ordination of EPWP work for the Environmental and Culture Sector, data management, knowledge management, advocacy, information systems, monitoring and evaluation, and compliance management.

Former head of Research at the Environmental Evaluation Unit at the University of Cape Town, prior to joining the Civil Service, after democracy, in April 1995. He was Special Advisor to Minister Kader Asmal (1995-1999) and to Minister Ronnie Kasrils (1999-2001), as well as running major programmes for the then Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.

Former Executive Board Member and Chairperson of the Global Invasive Species Programme.


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Deputy Director-General 

Deputy Director-General Mr Ishaam Abader
Mr Moegamat Ishaam Abader


Marital status: Married

Current position

Deputy Director General: Regulatory Compliance and Sector Monitoring.

Academic qualification

  • BA Degree
  • BProc Degree
  • Masters in Business Administration

Other training

Environmental Management Inspectors course

Certificate Courses: Advanced International Training Programme in Public Service Management (Sweden); Supervisory Training; Franklin Covey; Financial Management training; GMDP Network Sessions, General Litigation course (Justice), PS8 Project Management, Middle Management Training Course (Justice), Practical Law School, Internal Training programmes (State attorney), Misconduct Courses (Justice), Negotiation Skills Course (CLE), Trial Advocacy in the High Court (CLE), Trial Advocacy (BLA)

Positions / career / memberships / other activities

Ishaam Abader joined the public service in 1997 as a State Attorney after a period in the private sector (FMCG and attorneys practice) for DEA.

He has held the following posts and participated in the following structures during his career:

  • Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Right of appearance in the High Court
  • State Attorney
  • Chief Director: Legal (DEA)
  • DDG: Corporate Affairs (DEA)
  • DDG: LACE (current)
  • Grade I Environmental Management Inspector (Head of Green Scorpions)
  • Council of Geo Science Board member
  • SAWS Board member
  • National Nuclear Regulator Board member (current)
  • Membership: Law Society of South Africa
  • Membership: IoDSA

International cooperation and negotiation

  • Leader of DEAT delegation for various International Negotiations (including, but not limited to Tourism negotiations, Montreal Protocol, ABS, WHC)
  • Leader of DEAT delegation to Finland and Sweden – Ministry of Environmental Affairs: Integrated Permitting
  • Leader of DEAT delegation to USA – Study Tour on National Parks Revenue Generation & Sustainable Use
  • Leader of DEAT delegation to Geneva – CITES Ministerial Dialogue and Senior Officials Meeting for key States concerned with the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn
  • Leader of DEAT delegation to Lyon - Interpol Wildlife Crime WG
  • Member of the Priority Committee on Wildlife Crimes of the NATJOINTS


  • Co-chair of Departmental Acquisition Committee
  • Leader of the Inter Departmental Project Implementation Committee (IPIC) task team
  • Chair: Project Evaluation Committee: DEA Green Building


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