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					                            ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

 NOTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT PROCESS FOR THE
  PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF 68 FLATS ON ERF 96 IN DURBANVILLE,
                       WESTERN CAPE


                        BACKGROUND INFORMATION DOCUMENT (BID)
                             AND INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE

                                                May 2008
                      DEA&DP REFERENCE No: E12/2/3/1-A6/126-0627/08

1.       PURPOSE OF THIS DOCUMENT

The purpose of this document is to:

        Provide stakeholders with information about the proposed development on erf 96. This erf is
         situated just off the Vissershok road.

        Introduce and explain the Basic Assessment and Public Participation process to be followed for
         the proposed development, in terms of applicable environmental legislation (National
         Environmental Management Act (NEMA), (Act No.107 of 1998), as amended, and

        Invite all stakeholders to comment on any aspect related to the proposed development.

2.       PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Anton Mulder Construction is considering the construction and establishment of 68 flats in two- and three-
storey buildings on erf 96 situated just off the Vissershok road in Durbanville. On its western and northern
boundaries the site borders residential areas. To the south of the site is a vacant stand and to the east is a
public open area (between the proposed development and an existing residential development). The site
is situated within the Durbanville urban edge and the erf is currently zoned for Residential Purposes. The
proposed development will entail the rezoning of this erf (from single residential to general residential) and
the construction and establishment of 68 flats (in 5 buildings of two- and three-storeys) and a public road
(crossing over a stream and a public area). The existing residential building will not remain on site. The
proposed development will also include the bulk transportation of water and/or sewage in pipelines. The
total size of the proposed site is 6700m2.
3.      NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT (ACT NO. 107 OF 1998), AS AMENDED

 Environmental Assessment

The National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998) identifies the proposed
residential development as an activity that may have significant detrimental effects on the environment
with the following listed activities:
Government Notice No. R.386 of 2006:
Item 1 (k)
The construction of facilities or infrastructure, including associated structures and infrastructure, for - the
bulk transportation of sewage and water, including storm water, in pipelines with -
(i) an internal diameter of 0,36 metres or more;              or
(ii) a peak throughput of 120 litres per second or            more;
Item 1 (m)
Any purpose in the one in ten year flood line of a river or stream, or within 32 metres from the bank of a
river or stream where the flood line is unknown, excluding purposes associated with existing residential
use, but including - canals; channels; bridges; dams; and weirs.
Item 4
The dredging, excavation, infilling, removal or moving of soil, sand or rock exceeding 5 cubic metres from
a river, tidal lagoon, tidal river, lake, in-stream dam, floodplain or wetland.
Item 15
The construction of a road that is wider than 4 metres or that has a reserve wider than 6 metres, excluding
roads that fall within the ambit of another listed activity or which are access roads of less than 30 metres
long.
Item 20
The transformation of an area zoned for use as public open space or for a conservation purpose to
another use.

 Definition of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

An environmental impact assessment is a good planning tool to assist in the identification, evaluation and
assessment of potential positive and negative impacts of a proposed development on the environment. It
also recommends ways to avoid or reduce negative impacts, and ensure that developments are
sustainable without affecting people’s lives and the environment adversely.

As mentioned, an EIA is undertaken in terms of the NEMA (Act No 107 of 1998) as amended, and the EIA
Regulations.

4.      POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Potential environmental issues that will be addressed in the assessment include inter alia:
     Noise pollution:
        Construction and operational activities could be a hindrance in terms of noise to the immediate
        surrounds.
     Ground water pollution:
         Construction and operational activities could impact on the groundwater resources present at the
         site
     Surface Water pollution:
         Construction and operational activities of the site as well as the proposed river/storm water crossing
         could impact on the surface water bodies situated to the east of the proposed site

        Traffic congestion:
         There could be traffic congestion on the road infrastructure during the construction and
         operational activities.
        Heritage impact:
         There may be concern that the sense of place of the area may be affected as a result of the
         proposed development.
        Visual impact:
         There may be concern that the proposed development may have a visual impact on the
         surrounding land owners in terms of construction and operational related activities. Also there
         might be a concern that the removal of some of the trees could have a negative visual impact on
         the site and the surroundings.
        Fauna and Flora impact:
         There may be concern that the construction and activity could impact on the artificial wetland in
         the public open space next to the site.

As mentioned, the Basic Assessment Report will identify measures to reduce identified negative impacts,
and optimise positive impacts.

5.       PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

In terms of the NEMA, public participation forms an integral part of the environmental assessment
process. The public participation process provides people who may be affected by the proposed
development with an opportunity to provide comment and to raise issues of concern about the project or to
make suggestions that may result in enhanced benefits for the project.

Comments and issues raised during the public participation process will be captured, evaluated and
included in a Comment and Response Report, which will be incorporated into the Basic Assessment
Report that will be made available for public review.

6.       DELIVERABLES

The environmental assessment will culminate in the compilation of a Basic Assessment Report.

The Basic Assessment Report will be submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs and
Development Planning (DEA&DP), the regulatory authority responsible for the review of the report.

The DEA&DP has to reach a decision as to whether, and under what conditions, the project may proceed,
based on environmental considerations. An environmental authorization will be issued based on the
information provided in the Basic Assessment Report. Interested and Affected Parties who have registered
will be notified of the environmental authorisation.
 7.        TIMEFRAMES

 The table below provides an indication of the proposed timeframes for the project.
Activity                                                                    Estimated Timeframe
Project announcement to key stakeholders and I&APs                          14 May 2008
Consultation with key stakeholders and community                            14 May 2008 – 17 June
Compilation of Comment and Response Report, and                             2008
Compilation of Basic Assessment Report.
Finalise Basic Assessment Report and make available for public review       June 2008 – July 2008
Incorporate I&AP comment into final Basic Assessment Report                 July 2008
Submit final Basic Assessment Report to decision-making authority for a
decision
Advise all registered stakeholders of the Environmental Authorisation       September 2008




 8.        INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE

 GNEC was appointed as an independent environmental consultancy by Anton Mulder Construction to
 facilitate the environmental impact assessment and public participation process for the proposed project.

 We would like to invite and encourage all stakeholders to complete and return the enclosed registration
 sheet and submit any comments to:

                                                        GNEC

                                                  Daleen Van Zyl

                                                 P.O. Box 3253
                                                   Durbanville
                                              Tel: 021 979 0838
                                              Fax: 086 6933 802
                                           E-mail: daleen@gnec.co.za

                                              GNEC Ref No: 20025

              Please submit the registration sheet to GNEC by Tuesday 17 June 2008
    PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF 68 FLATS ON ERF 96 IN DURBANVILLE,
                       WESTERN CAPE

                           REGISTRATION AND COMMENT SHEET
                                       May 2008
                       DEA&DP REFERENCE No: E12/2/3/1-A6/126-0627/08
                                        GNEC REF: 20025

     Title            Mr        Name and Surname                  George Sieraha
 Company Name/Interest                   Durbanville Community Forum (DCF)
Postal-or-Residential Address                           P.O. Box 58
       Area                 Rondebosch          Postal Code                  7701
        Tel:                                    Cell Phone               082 490 7628
       Fax:                                     021 – 686 1400
 E-Mail Address                              gsieraha@gmail.com
Please mark with an X to indicate whether you would like to participate in the EIA process
Yes I would like to participate    X              No I would not like to participate
Comments (You are welcome to attach more sheets if necessary (Your comments will be
considered in the EIA (BA) process)




Please provide details of any other person/company whom you would like us to add to our
mailing list
         Title                                 Name and Surname
   Company Name
          Tel:                                      Fax No:
        E-Mail
             Please complete and return to GNEC by no later than Tuesday 17 June 2008
                                     Attention Daleen van Zyl
                                     P.O. Box 3253, Durbanville
                               Tel: 021 979 0838, Fax: 086 6933 802
                                     E-mail: daleen@gnec.co.za

                               Thank You for your participation

				
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