Phase 2A: De Hoop Dam
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PHASE 2A: DE HOOP DAM PROGRESS REPORT

  • The planning phase has been completed
  • The Environmental Management Plan (EMPs) for the De Hoop Dam and R555 Realignment have been conditionally approved by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT)
  • The Environmental Management Programmes (EMPRs) for the De Hoop Dam Borrow Pit and Dam Quarry have been approved by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME)
  • The Environmental Control Officer (ECO) is on site
  • The Tender Design of the De Hoop Dam has been completed
  • The Authorities Co-ordinating Committee (ACC) and the Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) have been established
  • The Chairperson of the EMC has been appointed
  • Plant Relocation was undertaken by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
  • A total of 61 graves have been relocated from the priority area with consent of their next of kin (affected parties)
  • The project Archaeologist is presently on site as construction has commenced. A significant find was made recently, close to the planned works area. It has been demarcated as a “no-go” area until the Archaeologist has concluded its preliminary work on the site
  • The establishment of the proposed conservation area as a Conservation Forest in terms of the National Forest Act has been approved and was was gazetted [gazette available?] on 6 July 2007
  • DEAT is busy finalising the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the appointment of a PSP to undertake the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in collaboration with various Departments
  • DWAF has acquired almost all the land it requires for the project, only two more portions remains to be acquired
  • DWAF, with the aid of the ECO, presented the first Environmental Training and Safety Awareness course on 13 June 2007. Aspects of Fauna, Flora, Archaeology, the conditions of the RoD and EMPs as well as Safety was addressed
  • The Tender Design of the De Hoop Dam has been completed
  • The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was approved by Minister Hendricks and the individual mines in the project area
  • The agreement on Procurement and Recruitments of goods and services was signed by Minister Hendricks, the Premier and the Executive Mayor of the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality
  • Numerous Tenders have been advertised and the contracts awarded
  • The Labour Forum has been established, and is already working with some of the Project Contractors to acquire the labour for their respective projects
  • De Hoop Dam Labour Charter was siggned on 19 March 2007
  • Construction of the Visitors Information Centre (VIC) has started
  • Twenty one privately-owned farms/properties affected by the De Hoop Dam basin have been purchased
  • Land for the establishment of a conservation area has been acquired
  • A report on the unregistered land rights has been completed and submitted to the Land Affairs Board
  • The project area was declared a National Conservation Forest.
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