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  • The formal launch of the ORWRDP project took place on 19 March 2007.
  • The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to establish the potential impacts the environmental will sustain has been completed.
  • Phase 2A - De Hoop Dam - has passed through its planning phase.
  • An asset register is being compiled to determine the economic evaluation of the infrastructure cost for Phase 2H - incorporation of Labalelo WUA infrastructure.
  • Phase 2I - the provision of a pipeline from De Hoop to the Steelpoort Pump Storage Scheme - was approved as National Bulk Water Infrastructure.
  • The Revised Record of Decision (RoD) was issued on 16 October 2007.
  • The following Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) were conditionally approved by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT):
  • The following Environmental Management Programmes (EMPRs) have been approved by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME):
  • The Authorities Co-ordinating Committee (ACC) and the Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) have been established in compliance with the requirements of the revised RoD (conditions 3.2.3 & 3.2.2.
  • The Chairperson of the EMC has been appointed.
  • The Environmental Control Officer (ECO) is fully functional on site as required by the RoD (condition 3.2.4).
  • The following aspects of the RoD have been complied with:
    • Plant Relocation - (priority areas) was undertaken by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
    • Grave Relocation – a total of 61 graves have been relocated from the priority area with consent of their next of kin (affected parties).
    • Archaeology – 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.
    • Off-site Mitigation Area – The Minister has approved the establishment of the proposed conservation area as a Conservation Forest in terms of the National Forest Act. It was gazetted on the 6th of July 2007.
    • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) – DEAT is busy finalising the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the appointment of a PSP to undertake the SEA in collaboration with various Departments.
    • Land Matters – DWAF has acquired almost all the land it requires for the project, only two more portions remains to be acquired.
    • Environmental Awareness Training – The 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 the Minister of the DWAF and the individual mines in the project area.
    • the agreement on Procurement and Recruitments of goods and services was signed by the Minister of the DWAF, 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
  • more...

Euphorbia Sekhukuniensis that
was rescued by SANB

click for larger view
Archaeological excavation
showing potsherds

A grave to be relocated

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