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Proposed Boekenhoutskloof Agricultural Expansion on Portion 105 of Farm 587, Hemel en Aarde Valley

PROPOSED BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF AGRICULTURAL EXPANSION ON PORTION 105 OF FARM 587, HEMEL EN AARDE VALLEY, 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/E2/27/1232/20

Heritage Western Cape Ref No.: 20072908SB0803E

Boekenhoutskloof Wineries (Pty) Ltd (hereafter referred to as “the Applicant”) proposes the expansion of agricultural areas on Portion 105 of Farm 587 (C01300000000058700105), Hemel en Aarde Valley, Overstrand Municipality, Western Cape Province. The development site (105/587) is 37.79 ha in size.

The proposed project consists of the agricultural expansion of approximately 13.5 ha of new vineyards including access farm roads. A screening study was conducted by the freshwater, botanical and heritage specialists in 2019 to inform the project design. Approximately 5.5 ha of vineyards and a store were constructed in 2020 on the site in an area confirmed by the specialists as transformed (previously cultivated within 10 years) and outside of aquatic buffers, that did not require environmental authorisation.

The majority of the proposed development footprint is in areas of degraded and highly degraded indigenous vegetation listed as Critically Endangered (low botanical sensitivity). 1.5 ha of semi-intact (medium botanical sensitivity) indigenous vegetation would be lost if the proposed development is authorised. The proposed design avoids aquatic buffers which will be improved and rehabilitated and incorporates areas of medium and high botanical sensitivity as fynbos features that will be retained and appropriately managed.

Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants has been appointed by Boekenhoutskloof Wineries (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 19 March 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 Ross Holland of Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants, by email, fax or post (Fax: 086 653 1765, email: ross@hollandandassociates.net or post: PO Box 31108, Tokai, 7966), on or before 3 December 2019.

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