Welcome to IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd

IMBEWU is a Johannesburg based legal consultancy providing specialist services to the South African and international markets.


IMBEWU specialises in environmental, mining, energy and health and safety law.

IMBEWU collaborates with Warburton Attorneys in order to provide specialist environmental legal services as well as, attorney client privilege, where appropriate.

Our vision

Seeding sustainable growth through law.

Our aim

Our aim at IMBEWU is to proactively manage the myriad of legal obligations imposed on our clients so as to ensure legal compliance, minimise potential environmental impacts and ensure the health and safety of our clients’ employees.

Our name and logo

The name “imbewu” means “seed” in the Southern African Nguni languages of Zulu and Xhosa. This notion of growth resonates with IMBEWU’s focus on sustainable development in the South African region.

IMBEWU’s logo is an image of the African Baobab tree. This reflects determination to be a source of clear, reliable and practical advice which is cognisant of the ever-changing legal context.

“Sustainability law” encompasses a variety of inter-related disciplines, the common theme of which is the constitutions imperative to ensure sustainable development. Sustainable development is an evolving concept which entails a balancing act: on the one hand, to provide for legitimate social and economic development, and on the other hand, to consider and factor in the sensitivity of the natural environment to the effects of development.