DEA Ref No. 14/12/16/3/2/61
Eskom have commenced with construction of a 132 kV overhead powerline from the Ruigtevallei – Dreunberg powerline without a valid environmental authorisation. Eskom previously undertook a basic assessment process of the powerline, however authorisation was granted for a route alternative 3, not Eskom’s preferred route. Eskom erroneously commenced construction of their preferred route.
In terms of the National Environmental Management Act (107 of 1998) and its Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (GN 543, 18 June 2010), a Section 24G report is required for development which has been commenced without the required environmental authorisation. As part of the application requirements an applicant is required to commission an independent Section 24G process which is intended to inform the competent authority when considering the anticipated impacts of the proposal. This report constitutes the Section 24G report which includes an environmental impact assessment.
GIBB (Pty) Ltd. (GIBB) is appointed as independent Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAP) to undertake the Section 24G process and apply for the environmental authorisation. The national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is the competent authority in this case.
The final Section 24G report is now available for public review. The report can be accessed on the page below and printed copies of the report will be available from 16 December 2014 at the locations listed below:
- Burgersdorp Public Library, Kerk Street, Burgersdorp (Tel: 051 683 1777)
- Venterstad Public Library, 19 Hopley Street, Venterstad (Tel: 051 654 0224)
Comments on the final Section 24G Report must be submitted directly to Department of Environmental Affairs using the contact details listed below:
Department of Environmental Affairs:
Ms Samekelisiwe Dlamini
Street address: Environmental House, 473 Steve Biko Arcadia, Cnr Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Road, Pretoria, 0083
Postal address: Private Bag XX47, Pretoria, 0001
Tel: 012 399 9000
Comments should also be copied to GIBB using the contact details listed below.
Public Participation Office
Ms Kate Parkinson
Postal address: PO Box 63703, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth
Tel: 041 392 7500
Fax: 086 608 2522