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The Rectification of The Unlawful Clearance of Vegetation And Enlargement of The Namaquasfontein Skool Dam, on Portion 4 of Farm 76, Piketberg, Near Redelinghuys, Western Cape Province: Nema Section 24g Process

CLEARANCE OF VEGETATION AND ENLARGEMENT OF THE NAMAQUASFONTEIN SKOOL DAM, ON PORTION 4 OF FARM NAMAQUASFONTEIN NO. 76, NEAR REDELINGHUYS, WESTERN CAPE:

NOTIFICATION OF INTENTION TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FORM IN TERMS OF SECTION 24G OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT (NEMA) (107 OF 1998) AND NOTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF THE AFOREMENTIONED DOCUMENTS FOR COMMENT

S24G ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT PROCESS:

DEA&DP Ref No.: 14/2/4/2/1/F1/13/0007/22

Heritage Western Cape Ref No.: 19102405AS1029E

Piekenierskloof Vrugte (Pty) Ltd commenced with the enlargement of Namaquasfontein Skool dam, located on Portion 4 of Namaquasfontein Farm Number 76 in Piketberg. The original volume of the dam was approximately 1000 m3 which was enlarged to a 47 000 m3 storage capacity, and a wall height of 6.2 m in 2017. The footprint of the enlarged dam included approximately 3,6 ha of indigenous vegetation. The dam is an off-channel dam with no catchment area and only filled from a pipeline from the Krom-Antonies River and existing boreholes. No Environmental Authorisation was obtained prior to commencement of construction. The Applicant now wishes to complete the enlargement of the dam from 47 000 m3 to a storage capacity of 200 000 m3, with a wall height of 11.5 m and a surface area of approximately 3.3 ha, and subject to the approval of environmental authorisation.

Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants has been appointed by Piekenierskloof Vrugte (Pty) Ltd to undertake the requisite Environmental Impact Assessment process for the project (in this case a Section 24G process) in accordance with the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (No. 107 of 1998), as amended, EIA Regulations (2014).

The Pre-Application S24G Application Form was made available to the public for review for a 60 day comment period from 15 October 2020 to 14 December 2020. All comments received were responded to and incorporated into the updated S24G Application Form which is available for further public comment for a period of 30 days, from 13 April 2022 to 19 May 2022, and downloadable via the link below. A comprehensive Executive Summary (within the letter of notification to I&APs) and Appendices are also provided as separate links for download below.

Potential Interested & Affected Parties (I&APs) have 30 days, i.e. until 19 May 2022, to comment on the aforementioned documents. Any comments received from I&APs will be incorporated into a Comments and Response Report CRR(2) and submitted to the DEA&DP.

Should you have any comments, issues or concerns regarding the proposed project or the findings of the S24G Application Form, please provide your comments in writing to Anja Albertyn of Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants, by email or post ( email: anja@hollandandassociates.net or post: PO Box 31108, Tokai, 7966), on or before 19 May 2022.

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