Aarti Brijlall

Assistant director: investigations: Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism

Aarti joined the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s enforcement directorate in June 2003. In her position as assistant director: investigations, her aim is ”to change the mind set of those who believe it is acceptable to attain economic prosperity at the expense of the environment, and to make them aware of the fact that legal action will be taken in cases of environmental transgressions”. To this end, Aarti was the case officer in the Mandara Trust case in East London, where a selfconfessed polluter was convicted of contravening the Environment Conservation Act and sentenced to the maximum fine of R100 000 and a five-year suspended jail term. Aarti is an advocate with an LLM in human rights and democratisation in Africa, which she obtained from the University of Pretoria in conjunction with the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, in 2002. This followed an LLB from the University of Durban-Westville in 2001 .Before joining the Environmental Management Inspectorate (Green Scorpions), she served an internship at the parliamentary portfolio committee on justice and constitutiqnal development, as well as an internship with the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Uganda. Aarti says her ideal vision for South Africa is “a situation in which people from all walks of life are encouraged to proactively engage with the government to ensure a healthy environment for all citizens”.

Lunch Spot: Pachas; O'Galito's Hatfield, Pretoria