Neethling studied at the Saasveld College for Foresters and the
University of Stellenbosch.
Dipl (Forestry, one year), Saasveld 1963, BSc. Forestry (Sylviculture)
Stell 1968, Hons. BSc. Forestry (Catchment Management) Stell
1969, MSc. Forestry (Forest Soils) Stell 1970, PhD. Forestry
(Forest Soils) Stell 1974, Hons B (Public Admin.) (Cum Laude)
He worked for many years in the
Department of Forestry and the Cape Provincial Department of
Nature and Environmental Conservation and became the Chief
Executive Officer for the latter Department. In his career he
was responsible for a wide portfolio including management of
plantations, water catchments areas, terrestrial and marine
reserves, development of criteria for environmental impact
studies, management of fishing harbours, deep-sea and coastal
fishery patrols, sport fishing, eco-tourism, provincial resorts,
museums and cultural conservation.
He established the JNES
firm in 1997 and has since gained wide experience in
conducting EIA’s completing more than 300 environmental
environmental management plans and monitoring projects.
Dr Neethling is a
member of the International Association of Impact
Assessment (South Africa) and a founding member
of the Environmental Assessment Practitioners
Association of South Africa. The latter is a
precursor to a compulsory accreditation system of
Environmental Assessment Practitioners to be
promulgated by the authorities in the near future.