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Proposed Agricultural Expansion on Remainder of Portion 2 of Farm 187, Brandwagt, Near Worcester Within The Breede Valley Municipality

PROPOSED AGRICULTURAL EXPANSION ON REMAINDER OF PORTION 2 OF FARM 187 BRANDWAGT, NEAR WORCESTER WITHIN THE BREEDE VALLEY MUNICIPALITY, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE: NOTIFICATION OF INTENTION TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FORM FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION AND AVAILABILITY OF THE PRE-APPLICATION BASIC ASSESSMENT REPORT 

BASIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORTING PROCESS: DEA&DP Ref No.: 16/3/3/6/7/1/B2/32/1227/20

Heritage Western Cape Ref No.: 19091208AS0917E

Modderdrift Boerdery (Pty) Ltd (hereafter referred to as “the Applicant”) proposes the expansion of agricultural areas on the Remainder of Portion 2 Farm 187 Brandwagt (C08500000000018700002), near Worcester within the Breede Valley Municipality in the Western Cape Province.

The Applicant proposes to expand agricultural activities on the Remainder of Portion 2 Farm 187 Brandwagt, which would include the clearance of approximately 17.15 ha of indigenous vegetation for the cultivation of table grapes, with irrigation under an existing enlistment. The expansion comprises two small sections, one of 8.52 ha and the other, 8.63 ha. Access to these areas will be obtained by using existing farm roads. One access road will run along the perimeter of the agricultural expansion areas. This road will be less than 6 m in width and less than 1.35 km in length for the western area and less than 1.7 km in length for the eastern area. A screening study was conducted by the freshwater, botanical and heritage specialists in 2019 to inform the project design. The preferred development layout has been designed utilizing an iterative opportunities and constraints mapping process, which has made use of specialist botanical, freshwater and heritage inputs, as well as soil suitability and slope steepness considerations. The preferred layout alternative avoids all identified areas of medium and high sensitivity.

Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants has been appointed by Modderdrift Boerdery (Pty) Ltd to undertake the requisite Environmental Impact Assessment process for the proposed project (in this case, a Basic Assessment Reporting (BAR) process) in accordance with the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (No. 107 of 1998), as amended, EIA Regulations (2014).

The Pre-Application Basic Assessment Report has been made available to the public for review for a 30-day comment period and is downloadable via the link below. Potential Interested & Affected Parties (I&APs) have 30 days, i.e. until 22 October 2021 to register as I&APs and raise any initial issues or concerns related to the proposed project and the aforementioned documents. Any comments received from I&APs will be incorporated into a Comments and Response Report CRR(1) and included in the draft Basic Assessment Report, which will be circulated in Phase 2 of the Environmental Authorisation process.

Should you have any comments, issues or concerns regarding the proposed project or the findings of the Pre-Application Basic Assessment Report, please provide your comments in writing to Anja Albertyn of Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants, by email, fax or post (Fax: 086 653 1765, email: anja@hollandandassociates.net or post: PO Box 31108, Tokai, 7966), on or before 22 October 2021.

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