DTP TRADE ZONE TO WATSON HIGHWAY LINK ROAD: Final EIR
Dube TradePort proposes to construct a new 3.5 kilometres (km) long road to link the TradeZone at the Dube TradePort to the Watson Highway (recently renamed Ushukela Drive). The study area is located just north of the Dube TradePort and is approximately 34 km north of the Durban CBD, KwaZulu-Natal and falls within the jurisdiction of eThekwini Municipality.
The proposed project is intended to allow for northern access to the DTP via a road adjacent to the paved access road to the Herrwood Estate (610133 Street) off the Watson Highway. The proposed link road will also serve as an arterial road for developments planned for the surrounding land and will accommodate two lanes of traffic in both directions, with a road reserve approximately 54m wide. The DTP and its encompassed King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) are expected to generate high volumes of traffic during operation. While access to the KSIA is currently available from the N2 and R102, the need for additional access to the DTP and associated KSIA has been identified by the proponent. This project will thus provide the additional access required from the Watson Highway. The link road will provide access for heavy vehicles to and from the TradeZone, supporting the industrial and commercial activities.
In order to obtain Environmental Authorisation to undertake the construction, DTP is required to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and conduct a Scoping and Environmental Impact Report (S&EIR) process and compile an Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) EIA Regulations. The application and Reports must be submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for authorisation. Arcus GIBB (Pty) Ltd, an independent company, was appointed by DTP to undertake the EIA for the proposed Trade Zone to Watson Highway Link Road project.
The Final Environmental Impact Assessment (Final EIR) has been submitted to the DEA for review and assessment. As part of the public participation process, the Final EIR is also made available to interested & affected parties (I&APs) for review at the the following venues:
- Tongaat Central Library, 1 Victoria Road, Tongaat
- Arcus GIBB office (Durban)
The Final EIR can also be downloaded from this website (files below).
No comment period is prescribed but I&APs wishing to comment must make their submissions directly to the DEA Case Officer at the details below:
Name: Ms Sandile Vilakazi
Title: Assistant Manager: Impact Assessment
Postal Address: Department of Environment Affairs
Private Bag X 447
Tel: 012 310 3891
Fax: 012 320 7539