TECHNICAL SERVICES

Your business has consequences
We measure what those are or can be

ALL ACTIVITIES ARE AFFECTED BY THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEY OPERATE

Is your project exposed to the risk of legislation under revision, water shortages, load shedding or labour unrest in the planned location? If so, to what extent can you tolerate a setback and do you have a back-up plan? We actively engage with your team to help you understand the forces that will influence the successful implementation of your projects and their impact on your success. You’ll have our staff sitting shoulder to shoulder with you, analysing information and running scenarios until the picture is clear and you are confident about your next move.

ALL ACTIVITIES LEAD TO DESIRABLE AND UNDESIRABLE IMPACT

Not all businesses operate in sectors with the potential for high social and environmental impact. Yet many strive to do good today and more of it tomorrow. Our passion lies in your improvement – minimising your ESG (environmental, social and governance) risks and enhancing the benefits that your organisation already disseminates – through approaches already used or still being tested by organisations in similar or different sectors and around the world. 

DESIRABLE IMPACT DEMANDS COMPETENTLY DESIGNED ACTIVITIES

We have a good understanding of legislative requirements with regulators such as the DEA, DMR, DWS, DoH, provincial and local authorities. Our team is highly experienced and will bring in specialist skills as necessary (civil engineers, air quality specialist, hydrologists, geologists, social services practitioners, etc.) to provide you with a practical solution aligned with international best practice and/or an innovative approach to fulfil the ambition of your mission. 

IMPACT MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION (“M&E”)

Work is undertaken on the basis of the client’s need, objectives and preferences. Generally, we are asked to report in terms of one of the following:

  • International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) Standards, including but not limited to:
    • IFC Performance Standards 1-8
    • IFC Environmental, Health and Safety (“EHS”) General Guidelines
    • IFC EHS Industry Sector Guidelines
    • Equator Principles (where applicable)
  • Specific M&E requirements as set out by the World Health Organisation, World Bank, OECD and large international grantors such as USAID, CIDA, DFID and the EU Commission
  • Client-specific M&E tools
  • Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (outsourced)

DUE DILIGENCE AND ESG SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE INVESTMENT PROCESS

We perform agreed-upon screening procedures or comprehensive due diligence (legal, environmental, social, financial) as per client request.

DEAL STRUCTURING, SUPPORT AND EXECUTION

Our deal team brings with it an exemplary track record, including the structuring and analysis of over R1.2bn in high impact unlisted debt investments in South Africa. We have the expertise to introduce new formats that have the potential to unlock opportunities and value. We will provide ESG input and ESG-related legal support on investment decision, investment-related agreements, monitoring & evaluation plan and exit strategy. We listen, come prepared, keep both sides keen and the deal momentum moving.

PROJECT INCUBATION

Once funded, a project needs an initial boost of competent resources to ensure that the foundations are solid and the management team is set for success. With the benefit of involvement since conceptualization or funding stages, we are ready to assist, at a significant cost saving to the project.

PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

Besides mainstream portfolios, our team has managed a number of high impact investment projects and portfolios that have delivered consistent above average investment returns and 100% capital preservation for investors. We can offer existing Financial Services Board approved investment vehicles and management, or structure a specifically tailored solution for your project and/or portfolio.

STAKEHOLDER COMMUNICATION

Structuring and drafting professionally presented performance reports to investors and other stakeholders, in accordance with internationally accepted high impact reporting practices.

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT – ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH AND SAFETY (HSE)

  • Social and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) for funds and companies
  • Social Impact Assessments and Peer reviews
  • Environmental Impact Assessments and Peer reviews
  • Public Participation Processes / Stakeholder Engagement
  • Environmental Management Plans/ Programmes (EMPr)
  • Environmental Emergency Preparedness & Response Plans
  • Environmental Sensitivity Analysis
  • Water Use License Applications (WULA)
  • Waste Management Licenses (WML)
  • Prospecting and Mining Right Applications (EIA process)
  • Independent Compliance Audits & Reviews of Environmental Authorisations & EMPr
  • Develop and implement HSE checklists, registers and related documentation
  • Conduct HSE Inspections/ Audits and compile audit reports
  • Provide site specific HSE input into projects
  • Coordinate HSE training requirements
  • Coordinate Statutory monitoring and measurements
  • Ensure that clients are proactive, up to date and comply with current HSE legislation and best practice
  • Assist with the investigation of incidents to establish the root cause and preventative measures
  • Develop and maintain a ‘continuous improvement’ ethos in the approach to HSE issues in the workplace