Search

Draft Basic Assessment Report for the Proposed Development of 2 intersections on the National Route 2 and Rehabilitation of Access Roads at Magalakangqa, eBika and Mnyamanzane Village, Eastern Cape, Eastern Cape. 

 

GIBB has been appointed by the South African National Road Agency (Pty) Ltd, herein referred to as SANRAL to conduct a Basic Assessment as part of the National Route 2 (N2) Rehabilitation Project in the Province of the Eastern Cape. The site for this specific project is located within the Magalakangqa village (32°16'21.47"S and 28°13'13.78"E), the eBika village (32°17'8.80"S and 28°12'31.59"E) and Mnyamanzane village (32°16'22.84"S and 28°11'57.57"E) which lie approximately 9 km north of Butterworth, along the N2 in the Mnquma Local Municipality. The project will entail:

·         Approximately 12 km of existing gravel access roads which traverse the Magalakangqa, eBika and Mnyamanzane villages will be upgraded to 4 m wide tarred roads including side drains as required.

·         The closure of six (6) informal intersection which links from the Qhora village to the N2.

·         Upgrading of the N2 by developing a formalised and strategically located intersection that links to the N2 and which do not pose a threat to oncoming traffic


Figure 1: Locality of the proposed development.

 LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

This Draft Basic Assessment Report (BAR) and has been prepared in accordance with the EIA Regulations published in Government Notice No. R543. These regulations fall under Section 24(5) read with Section 44 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998 as amended in 2010) (NEMA). The NEMA Section 24(5) stipulates that “listed activities” require environmental authorization by way of a Basic Assessment or full Environmental Impact Assessment. 

 

Number and date of the relevant notice:

Activity No (s) (in terms of the relevant notice) :

Description of  listed activity as per project description:

Listing Notice 1

(GN R. 544,
18 June 2010)

47.

(i)

The widening of a road by more than 6 m, or the lengthening of a road by more than 1 kilometre –

Where the existing road is more than 13,5 m

The existing road reserve at the proposed intersection along the N2 is more than 13, 5 m. The expansion of this road to include turn off lanes on each lane has a combined width exceeding 6 m.

 

Listing Notice 3

(GN R. 546,
18 June 2010)

13

(a)

ii.

(cc)

Clearance of  an area of 1 Hectare or more of vegetation where 75 % cover constitutes indigenous vegetation

Critical biodiversity areas and ecological support areas as identified in systematic biodiversity plans adopted by the competent authority

In Eastern Cape

Outside urban areas, in:

Sensitive areas as identified in an environmental management framework as contemplated in chapter 5 of the Act and as adopted by the competent authority

The access roads to be upgraded which traverse the Magalakangqa, eBika and Mnyamanzane villages vary between 3 – 4 m wide, with combined length of approximately 11.5 km. Clearing may be required in order to expand the access tracks to a 4 m width.

Furthermore the project site falls within the Mthatha Moist grassland (Mucina and Rutherford, 2006) which is classified as an indigenous and endangered vegetation type.  The site also falls within an aquatic CBA 1 and CBA 2 zone and Terrestrial CBA2.  Vegetation and CBA maps are provided in Appendix A.

The project site has already been disturbed by the existing access road, and the residential villages. All required vegetation clearing will be limited to grasses, and areas that have already been previous cleared. 

Listing Notice 3

(GN R. 546,
18 June 2010)

19.

(a)

ii.

(ee)

The widening of a road by more than 4 m, or the lengthening of a road by more than 1 km:

In Eastern Cape province

Outside urban areas, in:

Critical biodiversity areas as identified in systematic biodiversity plans adopted by the competent authority or in bioregional plans.

The existing road at the proposed intersection along the N2 will be widened by approximately 6 m.The project site falls within an aquatic CBA 1 and CBA 2 zone and a Terrestrial CBA2 and also within the ‘Mthatha Moist Grassland’ of the Eastern Cape.

However there is very limited natural vegetation as the immediate area has been transformed by the surrounding village settlements. The project site does therefore not represent key characteristics and species of the CBA and vegetation type.

Listing Notice 3

(GN R. 546,
18 June 2010)

24.

(d)

(a)

ii.

(ee)

The expansion of:

Infrastructure, where the infrastructure will be expanded by 10 m2 or more where such construction occurs within a watercourse or within 32 m of a watercourse, measured from the edge of a watercourse excluding where such construction will occur behind the development setback line.

In Eastern Cape province

Outside urban areas, in:

Critical biodiversity areas as identified in systematic biodiversity plans adopted by the competent authority or in bioregional plans

Portions of the existing access roads to be upgraded lie within 32 m of non perennial unnamed tributaries (minor drainage lines) of the Zazulwana river and the Mcucu River.   The road infrastructure as measured in terms of its length and width exceeds 10 m2. Furthermore the above the falls within an aquatic CBA 1 and CBA 2 zone and Terrestrial CBA2.

Existing piped culverts and causeways will not be expanded and an application to DWA for general authorisation have been applied for.

 

As part of the public participation, you are hereby invited to comment on the Draft Basic Assessment Report. Should you wish to express your views regarding this proposed development, please send us your written comments. The names of all registered I&APs, together with the comments received will be incorporated into the Final Basic Assessment Report and will be submitted to DEA.

 

Please submit your name, contact information (address, telephone number, e-mail address, postal address) and written comments to the contact person below.

 

Contact

Mary-Anne Crocker

GIBB, P.O. Box 19844, Tecoma, 5214

Tel: (043) 706 3628; Fax: (043) 721 0141

Email: macrocker@gibb.co.za   

  Login