Alecia joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Candidate Attorney in 2016 and was appointed as an Associate in 2018. Alecia was appointed Senior Associate in 2021.

  • Assisting with drafting legal opinions and audits on compliance with mining, water, waste, biodiversity and air quality legislation;
  • Assisting with administrative appeal and review applications under the National Environmental Management Act, No. 107 of 1998 ("NEMA")and the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, No. 28 of 2002 ("MPRDA")
  • Reviewing applications for environmental authorisations, including scoping reports, environmental impact assessments and specialist reports
  • Assisting with numerous applications under NEMA and the MPRDA for environmental authorisations and mineral rights relating to disposals and acquisitions in the mining industry;
  • Assisting with applications for environmental authorisations, water use licenses and waste management licenses under NEMA, the National Water Act, No. 36 of 1998 and the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, No. 59 of 2008;
  • Drafting due diligence reports for clients in the mining, security, food safety, forestry, railway, pharmaceutical, game and paper and pulp industries; and
  • Advising clients on the regulation and implementation of international environmental law principles, biodiversity offsets, greenhouse gas emission reporting and the carbon budget.
  • Alecia Pienaar is the recipient of the 2017 Juta Law Prize for the best Candidate Attorney article.


  • LLB, North West University
  • LLM, University of Cape Town