Sibusiso practices broadly in the field of Environmental Law and Mining Law. He has experience in Environmental, Constitutional, Administrative and Mining Law, climate change initiatives and carbon trading. Sibusiso regularly advises clients in Environmental Law (including legal inputs on environmental impact assessments, licence applications under NEMA and SEMAs, environmental and mining appeals, objection on compliance notices and directives), regulatory law, one environmental system and interface between climate change initiatives 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 programmes from 2011 to 2018, including amendments to NEMA, SEMAs, one environmental system and interface between climate change and carbon tax legislation. In January 2019 Sibusiso joined Tabacks as a director in the Environmental Health & Safety department.


  • LLB, UWC (2000)

  • LLM (Environmental Law), UKZN (2001)

  • Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2004


  • 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

  • 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).

  • Co-author “Options for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Mechanisms in South Africa Legislation”, Paper 12, Basic Project, September 2007.

  • ENVASS ENVIRONMENTAL SEMINAR; 10 May 2019; Carbon Tax Regime and its Impact on Industries.

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