Company Profile

HLEM Environmental Management is two companies run as one entity

Hlengiwe Luthuli Environmental Management (Pty) Ltd is a specialist environmental management company that was concieved of, set up and financed entirely by Michael Hickman in July 2017. Michael Hickman gave his wife Hlengiwe Luthuli 50 percent shares in the company and made Hlengiwe Luthuli the CEO in July 2018. Michael Hickman employed himself as the general and technical manager. All contracting requiring the employment of workers is undertaken by this company.

HLEM (Pty) Ltd which is presently solely owned and run by Michael Hickman undertakes activities such as, project management, consulting, training, plant identification, nursery production and farming.

Hlengiwe Luthuli Environmental Management was set up primarily in appreciation for the love and care that Hlengiwe Luthuli has show him over many years in particular when he was critically ill with hepatorenal syndrome caused by organic arsenic, chrome, copper poisoning to leave as a legacy for Hlengiwe Luthuli. 

In due course HLEM (Pty) Ltd and Hlengiwe Luthuli Environmental Management (Pty) Ltd will be handed over entirely to Hlengiwe Luthuli.

HLEM Environmental Management under the close supervision of Michael Hickman strives towards professionalism and excellence in everything that it sets out to do, in particular to give the best possible service to the client and in the process to employ and to empower formally mostly disadvantaged Bantu women
HLEM Environmental Management has been endorsed by and will be supported by some of the very top experts and companies in the Environmental and Landscape Industry in the region many of whom will work in association with HLEM Environmental Management on projects, as experts, as well as partners where the need arises.

Environmental Management is run jointly by  Michael and Hlengiwe with Michael being there to guide, to teach and to mentor Hlengiwe in the finer points required to successfully run such a specialist business.

This website was designed by and is owned and maintained soley by Michael Hickman

Michael Hickman continues to provide invaluable environmental, local plant, landscape, horticultural knowledge as well as management experience gained over 51 years to Hlengiwe

Hlengiwe Luthuli Experience
Hlengiwe has worked together with and has been trained and mentored by her husband Michael Hickman of Ecoman since 2008, firstly on the eThekwini Municipality Green Roof Pilot Project, thereafter she has been involved in the planning and implementation of a number of other green roof projects.
Hlengiwe has also been involved in many landscape projects utilising only local indigenous plants from design to implementation, rehabilitation of coastal dune systems, rehabilitation of natural ecosystems and alien invasive weed control in sensitive natural ecosystems.
Hlengiwe worked for two years for Ziyenzeka Weed Control firstly as team manager doing alien weed control as part of the rehabilitation project at the King Shaka International Airport under the mentorship of Michael Hickman. Thereafter Hlengiwe very eficiently managed the invasive alien eradication and control project at Mount Moreland Conservancy for Ziyenzeka Weed Control.  Michael Hickman of Ecoman  provided mentorship as well as environmental and technical direction where required on both projects.

Since July 2018 Hlengiwe has worked full time as the CEO of
Hlengiwe Luthuli Environmental Management under the mentorship of Michael Hickman.

Our main fields of acivity

Identification of Plants both indigenous as well as alien weeds

Vegetation assessments

Alien weed control

Rehabilitation and care of the natural environment

Plant rescue

Landscaping using exclusively indigenous plants

Green roof design and construction

Training of staff for other environmental management companies

Practical training for obtaining a pest control operator certificate PCO Industrial and Noxious Weeds and Landscape


Project management

Our Expertise

Apart from our own considerable expertise spanning a period of 51 years gained in South Africa, Germany and New Zealand we have a number of associates who are recognised experts in their fields that we can call upon if required.


We only work to the very highest of international standards.


All plants used by HLEM in landscape construction as well as in restoration of natural ecosystems will only be sourced from our own nursery or nurseries that supply plants of the highest quality possible.


Physical Address

7 Agnes Street

Mount Moreland


Postal Address

PO Box 60

4345 Mount Moreland


Michael Hickman Mobile:    082 061 2593

Hlengiwe Luthuli  Mobile :   082 7744 059

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Michael Hickman licenced Pest Control Operator

Registered to apply both herbicides and pecticides for weed control and for landscape application.

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Pest Control Operator Certificate

The HLEM team leaders Michael and Hlengiwe

Michael Hickman owner of HLEM and Hlengiwe Luthuli CEO

new member of our team mlondi hlengiwe luthuli's son employed as trainee environmental manager

Hlengiwe's son Mlondi is the new member of our team employed as a trainee environmental manager

HLEM invasive alien schefflera actinophylla NEMBA Category 1b invasive alien plant

Schefflera actinophylla a very destructive to buildings NEMBA Category 1b invasive alien plant growing at Mount Moreland Conservancy



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This page was  created on 07.06.2017
This page was last updated on 28.06.2022