SAIEG Webinar: Environmental Risk Assessment for Cemeteries, Prof MA Dippenaar

Thursday, 2 July 2020 @ 15:30


Investigation for cemetery sites require the detection

i.            of a wide range of different contaminant groups,

ii.            at typically very low concentrations (if present),

iii.            as well as natural and geological impacts on the proposed developments; and

iv.            with important safety and human and ecosystem health effects if undetected.

The issues of interment and how we deal with the deceased in general transect disciplines of natural science, engineering and social science. Given the sensitive nature of interment and the established notions of acceptable practice at an individual and personal level, assessment of cemeteries is often frowned upon as being an infringement on people's humanity. Cemeteries are, therefore, considered to require understanding of environmental or sanitary aspects, geotechnical or engineering aspects, and social aspects.

Proposed guidelines improve data acquisition to better assess risk posed to man, development, and the environment through land use change to cemeteries. Risks assessed include those related to human and ecosystem health, and the safety of people on site and the general public.

Building on existing best practice standards and appropriate legislation, assessment protocols for engineering geological/ geotechnical and hydrogeological geohydrological investigation and supplied.

For completion of environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and water use licenses (WULs), Phase 2 investigations conducted by professionally registered competent specialists (including engineering geologists and hydrogeologists) are required. These can be used as terms of reference in tenders or requests for proposals to ensure comparable and adequate scope of works.

This is a verbatim excerpt from the report summary as published by the Water Research Commission ( that will form the outline for the webinar.
More details are supplied in the full report.


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National Chairperson: Mr Fanus Fourie
Vice-Chairperson: Ms Nicolette Vermaak
National Treasurer: Mr Yazeed van Wyk
National Secretariat: Dr Jaco Nel
National Coordinator: Ms Elanda Schaffner

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