ENLARGEMENT OF MIDDELPLAAS AND APPELKOOS DAMS AND ASSOCIATED WORKS, KOO VALLEY, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE: 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.: 14/2/4/2/2/B1/11/0018/21

Heritage Western Cape Ref No.: 19032601SB1002E

Willou Fruit (Pty) Ltd (‘the applicant’) initiated (and did not as yet complete) a project to increase the efficiency of water use via increasing the water storage capacity for irrigation on its farm properties, as well as to improve the farm’s feasibility by creating additional areas for agriculture on the farm. The applicant began the enlargement of dams and clearing for agriculture on site. Whilst the activities themselves are permitted within the current land use rights of the individual properties involved (Agriculture Zoning), some of the activities were commenced without an environmental authorisation and thus were in contravention of section 24F(1) of NEMA.

Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants has been appointed by Willou Fruit (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 18 May 2021 – 19 July 2021. 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 9 November 2022 to 9 December 2022, and downloadable via the link below.

Potential Interested & Affected Parties (I&APs) have 30 days, i.e. until 9 December 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 Ms. Melanie van Niekerk of Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants, by email or post (email: mvanniekerk@hollandandassociates.net or post: PO Box 31108, Tokai, 7966), on or before 9 December 2022.

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