DRAFT OUTCOME REPORT FOR THE SANRAL ALOE SIMII PROPAGATION STUDY IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW P166 1/2 ROUTE WITHIN MBOMBELA METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY, MPUMALANGA (REFERENCE: LSA 153819 / 185231)
Notice is given in accordance with Regulation 41 of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations 2014 (as amended), as well as the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s (DFFE’s) decision on the request to amend an appeal regarding the Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the proposed construction of the new P166 1/2 route, issued on 20th September 2019, for the disclosure of the Draft Outcomes Report for the abovementioned project.
Background: In May 2016, DFFE issued an authorisation which permitted SANRAL to construct the new P166 1/2 route in the region of White River. The environmental authorisation did not permit the construction of the road along the preferred route due to the presence of Aloe simii population(s), however it did authorise the alternative route. In response, several appeals were lodged, and meetings were held between the different parties during 2016 and 2017. The Minister adjourned the appeal decision pending a 3-year study of A. simii. In summary, the authorisation of the length of road that will impact on the Critically Endangered A. simii was suspended pending a propagation study aimed at proving whether A. simii can be successfully propagated and in so doing, assist in the conservation of the species. A stewardship committee comprising of SANRAL, Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA), SANBI Lowveld Botanical Gardens and Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MPTA), was to be established to oversee the study. CES were appointed by SANRAL to conduct the propagation trials.
All Interested and Affected Parties are hereby notified of the availability of the Draft Outcome Report for the propagation study for public review and comment. An electronic copy of the report is available at http://www.cesnet.co.za/public-documents.
The 30-day review period will run from 1 – 30 April 2022. Kindly submit any comments before 30 April 2022 via email, post, telephone or fax to the below contact details.Please note that the collection and storage of personal information by CES is subject to the Protection of Personal Information Act, No. 4 of 2013. By providing CES with your details you acknowledge and permit CES to your details for the purposes intended under the National Environmental Management Act 1998
Published: 1 April 2022
Review Period: 01 - 30 April 2022
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