Basic Environmental Assessment for the construction of 132kV distribution lines from Melkhout to Dieprivier, Cacadu District 


New 132 kV overhead transmission powerlines are proposed to strengthen and upgrade the grid supply in the Patensie, Humansdorp and Kareedouw area, Eastern Cape, in order to support the recent and planned growth and development in the area.


An upgrade of the existing electrical distribution network is therefore required to accommodate the new supply. This involves the construction of new 132 kV infrastructure, new substations as well as the decommissioning of certain facilities. The construction of new and upgrading of existing substations will further aid in strengthening of the local network.  The total length of the proposed powerlines amounts to approximately 90 km.

 Eskom has received a positive environmental authorization for this project. A copy of the environmental authorization is available below.


 Environmental Management Programme Amendment Application
 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
Environmental Management Programme Amendment Application  6/23/20152.00 MBDownload
 Environmental Authorisation Amendment Application
 Environmental Authorisation
 Final Basic Assessment
Final Basic Assessment ReportFinal Basic Assessment Report1.66 MBDownload
Appendices coverAppendices content page1.66 MBDownload
Appendix ASensitivity, site and route layout maps979.01 KBDownload
Appendix BPhotographs413.14 KBDownload
Appendix CFacility illustrations636.60 KBDownload
Appendix D1Avifauna Assessment Report889.22 KBDownload
Appendix D2Vegetation Assessment Report8.87 MBDownload
Appendix D3Heritage Assessment Report816.70 KBDownload
Appendix D4Wetland Assessment Report1.74 MBDownload
Appendix D5Archaeological Assessment Report4.24 MBDownload
Appendix D6Palaeontological Impact Assessment6.78 MBDownload
Appendix E PPP and CRR10.39 MBDownload
Appendix E2. Response to ECHPRA196.70 KBDownload
Appendix FDetailed Impact Assessment540.26 KBDownload
Appendix GEAP declaration of interest and expertise838.93 KBDownload
Appendix HEAP declaration of interest and expertise384.79 KBDownload
Appendix ISpecialists' declaration of interest676.20 KBDownload