PROPOSED AGRICULTURAL EXPANSION ON PORTION 84 OF FARM 187 BRANDWAGT, NEAR WORCESTER WITHIN THE BREEDE VALLEY MUNICIPALITY, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE: NOTIFICATION OF INTENTION TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FORM FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION AND AVAILABILITY OF THE DRAFT BASIC ASSESSMENT REPORT

BASIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORTING PROCESS: DEA&DP Ref No.: 16/3/3/6/7/1/B2/32/1227/20

Heritage Western Cape Ref No.: 19091208AS0917E

Modderdrift Boerdery (Pty) Ltd (hereafter referred to as “the Applicant”) proposes the expansion of agricultural areas on the Portion 84 Farm 187 Brandwagt (C08500000000018700084), near Worcester within the Breede Valley Municipality in the Western Cape Province.

The Applicant proposes to expand agricultural activities on Portion 84 of Farm 187 Brandwagt which would include the clearance of approximately 17.15 ha of indigenous vegetation for the cultivation of table grapes, with irrigation under an existing enlistment. The expansion comprises two small sections, each approximately 8 ha in extent. Access to these areas will be obtained by using existing farm roads, and one access road that will run along the perimeter of the agricultural expansion areas. Roads will be less than 6 m in width and less than 1.35 km in length for the western area and less than 1.7 km in length for the eastern area.

Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants has been appointed by Modderdrift Boerdery (Pty) Ltd to undertake the requisite Environmental Impact Assessment process for the proposed project (in this case, a Basic Assessment Reporting (BAR) process) in accordance with the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (No. 107 of 1998), as amended, EIA Regulations (2014).

The Draft Basic Assessment Report has been made available to the public for review for a 30-day comment period and is downloadable via the link below. Interested & Affected Parties (I&APs) have 30 days, i.e. until 11 March 2024 to raise any issues or concerns related to the proposed project and the aforementioned documents. Any comments received from I&APs will be incorporated into a Comments and Response Report CRR(2) and included in the final Basic Assessment Report, to be submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP) for decision-making.

Should you have any comments, issues or concerns regarding the proposed project or the findings of the Draft Basic Assessment Report, please provide your comments in writing to Tilly Watermeyer of Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants, by email or post (Tel: 060 319 1217, email: brandwagt.ppp@gmail.com or post: PostNet Suite #108, Private Bag X12, Tokai, 7966), on or before 11 March 2024.