ABOUT JAN ANTON HOUGH, CEO OF JAH CONSULTING (PTY) LTD.
Anton is an experienced social scientist and resettlement practitioner who, over the last eight years, has worked on more than 50 social surveying projects. These range from conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs), Social Impact Assessments (SIAs), Socio-Economic Baseline Studies (SEBSs) and Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs). Prior to finding JAH Consulting in July 2018, he worked as a social scientist for Umsizi Sustainable Social Solutions (2011-2012) and EOH Coastal & Environmental Services (CES) (2012 – May 2018). His academic qualifications and accomplishments include a Masters in Sociology obtained from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa (2011), and three published ISI-listed academic publications in Social Dynamics, the South African Geographical Journal and South African Journal of Science. Some of the projects which he has been involved in to date as a specialist in his field include several SEBSs/RAPs/SIAs/HIAs for clients such as, but not limited to:
- Team BV, an affiliated of Total SA (the East Africa Crude Oil Project) (under JAH Consulting)
- Conservation International (under JAH Consulting)
- Agricane Consulting Ltd. and Integrated Water and Agricultural Management Development (IWAD) Ghana Ltd.
- Green Consulting Consortium (Liberia)
- Eskom Holdings SA (Umsizi)
- Evraz High Steel and Vanadium (Umsizi)
- Tendele Mining Group (EOH CES)
- Triton Minerals (EOH CES)
- Battery Minerals (EOH CES)
- Syrah Resources (EOH CES)
- Baobab Resources (EOH CES)
- Crookes Brothers (EOH CES)
- SPRL & Alphamin Resources Corp (EOH CES)
- Lúrio Green Resources SA Pty Ltd. (EOH CES)
- Kenmare Moma (EOH CES)
The countries which he has worked in to date include South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Lesotho. His work is performed to the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Performance Standards (PSs). More specifically, he has drafted reports and plans to the standards of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund), African Development Bank (AfDB) and World Bank. Anton’s interest is to collect socio-economic data and conduct cadastral and asset surveys as part of resettlement or any social assessments.
Over more than eight years, he has appreciated rural African livelihoods and developed a deeply rooted passion for giving a voice to those who are affected by development projects either positively or negatively. He believes that accurate socio-economic data is the key to understanding communities and Project-Affected People (PAP) and that the social science has an obligation to ensure data validity from an ethical ground. His passions also include academic report writing in the fields of community development, land rights and agricultural land diversification. He personally enjoys land right issues, as his work practically revolves around finding suitable alternative land during the resettlement process and assisting affected farmers to get land rights.