Sibusiso’s practices broadly in the field of environmental law and mining law. Sibusiso has experience in environmental law, constitutional law, administrative law, mining law, climate change law and energy law. Sibusiso regularly advises clients in Environmental- legal advisory and opinions (including water law, waste management law, air quality law and climate change law), Environmental-Legal and administrative processes (including regulatory and administrative processes (such as appeals, compliance notices and directives), Environmental legal compliance audits, Environmental-Legal liability and risk assessment (including due-diligence and strategies), Environmental Training (including one environmental system and interface between climate change law and carbon tax regime).

Sibusiso began articles at a highly regarded law firm in Sandton and after admission as an attorney he joined a boutique law firm in Hyde Park specialising in environmental health & safety law and mining law as an associate. Thereafter, he joined and spent 11 years at the Department of Environmental Affairs as a senior legal advisor providing environmental legal advisory support to the Department. He was intimately involved in all environmental law reform programme from 2011 to 2018, including amendments to NEMA, SEMAs, one environmental system and interface between climate change and carbon tax legislation. Sibusiso was also Head of the Appeals Unit for a period of two years (2011 and 2012). In January 2019 Sibusiso joined Tabacks as a director in the environmental health & safety department.


  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (2004)

  • LLM (Environmental Law), UKZN (2001)

  • LLB, UWC (2000)


  • Co drafter; Climate Change Bill, 2018.

  • Participating Delegate; Mining Phakisa; 2015.

  • Co drafter; National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act, 2014 (Act No. 25 of 2014).

  • Inter-Departmental Project Implementation Committee (IPIC) member, One Environmental System, 2012 – 2018.

Events & Publications

  • ENVASS Environmental Seminar, Hartbeespoort, 10 May 2019;

  • Tabacks Environmental Workshop, Johannesburg, 10 July 2019;

  • ENVASS Environmental Seminar, Durban, 20 September 2019;

  • Glencore Alloys SHE Legal Workshop, Rustenburg, 25 October 2019

  • S Shabalala “An Environmental Analysis of the Privilege against Self-Incrimination as a Potential Problem for Environmental Liability: With Particular Reference to Corporations” (LLM Dissertation, 2001).

  • S Shabalala and S Hayes “Potential Dangers in Environmental Audits”, Executive Business Brief, June/July 2003, Vol 8 No. 3 (2003).

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