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