The Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa

Palaeontological Impact Assessment Studies

South Africa is world-renowned for its extensive fossil record. It contains some of the world's oldest living organisms in the form of 3.5 billion year old fossilized bacteria to the origins and evolution of mammals and the earliest dinosaurs. As such, South Africa is one of the top palaeontological destinations in the world. New fossil species are continually being discovered and these examples of past life form part of our natural heritage. Thus, it is vital that our valuable resource be protected.

The NHRA or National Heritage Resources Act (No. 25 of 1999) requires that all heritage resources (which include fossils) be assessed and provision must be made for their protection. Thus, a Palaeontological Impact Assessment (PIA) forms part of Heritage Impact Assessments (HIA), Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) or Environmental Management Plans (EMP). As development expands, fossils are under constant threat of destruction. Thus, a PIA, conducted by a qualified palaeontologist, must precede any development. The main aim of the assessment is to document fossils in the development area and make recommendations for the protection or mitigation of these fossils. Fossil material must be conserved where possible, or removed and stored in an institution that is permitted to curate fossils.

PIAs must be conducted by specialists in the field. Below is a list of palaeontologists engaged in PIAs. Developers are encouraged to contact one of the following for an assessment.

Palaeontologists engaged in Palaeontological Impact Assessments:

John E. Almond, PhD
Natura Viva cc
P.O. Box 12410 Mill Street
Cape Town, 8010
Tel: +27 21 462 3622
Email: naturaviva@universe.co.za
Area: South Africa & Namibia

Dr Graham Avery, PhD,  MRSSAf
Honorary Associate: Natural History Collections Department, Iziko South African Museum, PO Box 61, Cape Town 8000
Honorary Research Associate, Archaeology Department, University of Cape Town
Cell: 0834410028
Email: gavery@iziko.org.za
Area: South Africa

Elize Butler, MSc
National Museum, P.O. Box 266, Bloemfontein, 9300
Tel: +27 84 447 8759
Email: elizebutler002@gmail.com or elize.butler@nasmus.co.za
Area: South Africa

James S. Brink, PhD
National Museum, P.O. Box 266, Bloemfontein, 9300
Tel: +27 51 447 9609
Cell: +27 82 789 1374
Email: jbrink@nasmus.co.za
Area: South Africa, special focus Free State

Claire Browning, M.Sc., Pr. Sci. Nat. (Earth Science)
Council for Geoscience, PO Box 572 ,Bellville, 7535
Tel: +27 [0] 21 943 6732
Cell: +27(0)83 6888 038
Fax: +27 [0] 21 946 4190
Email: browning.claire@gmail.com / cbrowning@geoscience.org.za
Area: South Africa

William (Billy) J. de Klerk, PhD
Earth Sciences,
Albany Museum, Somerset Street, Grahamstown 6139
Tel: +27 46 622 2312
Fax: +27 46 622 2398
Cell: +27 84 582 6072
Email: b.deklerk@am.org.za
Area: South Africa, special focus Eastern Cape

Francois Durand, PhD
PO Box 31517, Totiusdal, 0134
Cell: 083 235 7855
Email: francois.karst@yahoo.com
Area: South Africa, special focus: Limpopo, North-West, KZN, Gauteng

Heidi Fourie, PhD
Ditsong: National Museum of Natural History
432 Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria, 0002
Tel: +27 12 322 7632
Email: hfourie@ditsong.org.za
Area: South Africa, special focus Eastern Cape and Gauteng

Rob Gess, PhD
P. O. Box 40,Bathurst, 6166
Tell: +27 46 625 0009
Cell: +27 82 759 5848
Email: robg@imaginet.co.za
Area: South Africa, special focus Eastern Cape

Gideon Groenewald, PhD
P.O. Box 2 Clarens, 9707
Tel: +27 78 713 6377
Email: 1davidgroenewald@gmail.com
Area: South Africa

Barry Millsteed, PhD
Cell: +27 79 626 9976
Fax: +27 86 678 5358
Email: bmgeoserv@gmail.com
Area: South Africa

Johann Neveling, PhD
Council for Geoscience, Private Bag X112,Pretoria, 0001
Tel: +27 12 841 1388
Cell: +27 82 929 8314
Fax: +27 86 680 4947
Email: jneveling@geoscience.org.za
Area: South Africa

John Pether, M.Sc., Pr. Sci. Nat. (Earth Science)
Consultant: Sedimentology, Palaeontology, Stratigraphy
P. O. Box 48318 Kommetjie, 7976
Tel./Fax: +27 21 7833023
Cell: +27 83 744 6295
Email: jpether@iafrica.com
MWeb faxmail 0866 890 732
Area: Western Cape and Northern Cape, primarily coastal-plain deposits

Rose Prevec, PhD
5 Rennie Street, Grahamstown, 6140
Cell: +27 079 523 4302
Email: r.prevec@ru.ac.za
Area: South Africa, special focus Eastern Cape and coal related

Lloyd Rossouw, PhD
National Museum, P.O. Box 266, Bloemfontein, 9300
Tel: +27 51 447 9609
Cell: +27 84 250 5992
Email: lloyd@nasmus.co.za
Area: South Africa, special focus Free State

Bruce Rubidge, PhD
Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research
University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, WITS, 2050, Johannesburg
Tel: +27 11 717 6682
Cell: +27 72 575 7752
Email: bruce.rubidge@wits.ac.za
Area: South Africa

Roger Smith, PhD
Iziko South African Museum
P. O. Box 61, Cape Town, 8000
Tel: +27 21 481 3879
Fax: +27 21 481 3993
Email: rsmith@iziko.org.za
Area: South Africa, special focus Western Cape