MICHAEL OLDEN

Michael is the owner and managing director of the practice and is involved in all projects on a daily basis. He holds a BA degree in Geography and Sports Science, a Masters degree in Town and Regional Planning, a Bachelor of Business Management and Administration (Honours), and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA). He has in excess of 20 years of experience in the field of Urban and Regional Planning and project management, and has been actively involved in a broad range of projects in Namibia, the North West Province and the Western Cape. He is a member of the South African Planning Institute (SAPI) and served as a committee member on behalf of the South African Association of Consulting Town and Regional Planners (SACP). When not at the helm of Olden & Associates, Michael enjoys outdoor pursuits, such as trail running, canoeing and diving.

OUR TEAM

LUNGELO NKOSI

Lungelo joined Olden & Associates in October 2016 as a Senior Associate Planner and holds a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Technology in Town and Regional Planning from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Prior to joining the practice, Lungelo joined the Urban Sustainability Internship Programme within the City of Cape Town Transport and Urban Development department. This experience allowed him to develop his skills within land-use management, policy and process development, and he was also actively involved in writing the municipal planning by-law. As an urban planner at Olden & Associates, Lungelo’s knowledge of and skills in these areas have been a great asset to the practice, and he contributes effectively to a wide range of projects. After working hours, Lungelo enjoys playing tennis and exercising, and relaxing with friends and family. He also loves to travel.

ZAHEER ROBINSON

Zaheer joined the team as an intern in 2018 and excelled during his time here, having worked during his holidays post in-service he subsequently joined on a permanent basis in 2021 following the completion of his Bachelor of Technology in Town and Regional Planning at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The exposure he attained during his time here allowed him to develop his skills further within the planning environment which ultimately enabled him to be a step above the rest going into his final year of studies. Zaheer plays a critical role in contributing to the growth and development of Olden & Associates with his unique set of skills. During his free time, Zaheer exercises regularly to keep fit and enjoys spending time with friends & family.

COLEEN GARNETT

Coleen meticulously maintains the accounts and books of the practice, as well as performing many integral administrative functions, including invoicing, paying of creditors, SARS returns, salaries and debt recovery. Our longest-serving staff member, she has been with the company since 2005. Never one to lift her head from the books for long, Coleen enjoys reading in her spare time and is a dedicated grandparent to her young grandson.