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Proposed Enlargement of Oude Schuur Dam (Dam 1) And Blikkies Dam (Dam 5), The Decommissioning of Four Smaller Dams And The Expansion of Agricultural Areas And Associated Infrastructure, Near Worcester, Western Cape Province

PROPOSED ENLARGEMENT OF OUDE SCHUUR DAM (DAM 1) AND BLIKKIES DAM (DAM 5), THE DECOMMISSIONING OF FOUR SMALLER DAMS AND THE EXPANSION OF AGRICULTURAL AREAS, AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE NEAR WORCESTER, WESTERN CAPE: NOTIFICATION OF INTENTION TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION AND AVAILABILITY OF THE PRE-APPLICATION SCOPING REPORT AND WATER USE LICENSE APPLICATION

SCOPING AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT PROCESS:

DEA&DP Ref No.: 16/3/3/6/7/1/B2/32/1051/20

Heritage Western Cape Ref No.: 19091603SB1002E

Villion Farms (Pty) Ltd proposes to consolidate their current water storage by means of enlarging the Oude Schuur Dam (Dam 1) from its current capacity of 80 000 m3 to a capacity of approximately 400 000 m3, the Blikkies Dam (Dam 5) from 123 000 m3 to 152 000 m3 and decommissioning four smaller dams, as well as to expand agricultural areas (approximately 82ha), and associated infrastructure (including pipelines, a new pack house and sand borrow area) on the Oude Schuur Farm, near Worcester.

The proposed project would be located on Portion 31 of the Farm Texas 451; Remainder of Portion 25 of the Farm De Willige Rivier No. 451; Portion 2 of the Farm Winkelhaak No. 343; Remainder of Farm Karroo No. 453; Remainder of Farm Karroo No. 454; Portion 1 of Farm Karroo No. 454; and Farm Oude Schuur No. 925, located approximately 17 km east of Worcester, in the Breede Valley Municipality, Western Cape Province.

In terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations (2014), as amended, enacted in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998), as amended, the proposed project triggers a number of listed activities identified in Government Notices (GN) R983, R984 and R985, as amended). Accordingly, the proposed activities require Environmental Authorisation from the competent environmental authority, viz. the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) via the Scoping and Environmental Impact Reporting process outlined in GN No. R982, as amended.

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

Notice is given of the intended submission of an application for Environmental Authorisation in terms of the NEMA EIA Regulations (2014), as amended, in respect of the proposed project. Notice is also hereby given of the commencement of the pre-application public participation process in terms of the NEMA EIA Regulations (2014), as amended.

Notice is further given of a Water Use License Application (WULA) in terms of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act 36 of 1998) (NWA). The following water uses as defined in Section 21 of the NWA are being applied for: 21(b) Storage of water, 21(c) Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse and 21(i) Altering the beds, banks, course or characteristics of a watercourse. HDL Consulting has been appointed by the Applicant to undertake the requisite WULA in terms of the NWA for the project. A copy of the WULA documentation is included in the Pre-Application Scoping Report for I&AP review and comment in terms of Section 41(4) of the NWA.

The Pre-Application Scoping Report and Executive Summary has been made available to the public for review for a 60 day comment period, i.e. from 15 October 2020 to 14 December 2020, and are downloadable via the links below. Potential Interested & Affected Parties (I&APs) have 60 days, i.e. until 14 December 2020, to register as I&APs and to submit comments to Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants 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 Scoping Report, which will be circulated in Phase 2 of the Scoping & Environmental Impact Reporting process.

Should you have any comments, issues or concerns regarding the proposed project or the findings of the Pre-Application Scoping Report, please provide your comments in writing to Ms Anja Albertyn of Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants, by email, fax or post (email: anja@hollandandassociates.net; Fax: 086 762 6126; or post: PO Box 31108, Tokai, 7966), on or before 14 December 2020.

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