NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2015
END OF YEAR TEAM BUILDING PADDLE & HIKE
The SES George Branch & the Cape Town Branch had a fun and very productive 3 day end-of-year team building session in November. One of the highlights included a day trip paddle up the Touw River at the Garden Route National Park in the Wilderness followed by a hike to the upper waterfall and a VERY “refreshing” swim near the waterfall! We combined this with an overview of the past year, a day of training with regards to Legislation & Regulations and Strategy Planning for 2016. Bring on the New Year! ON BEHALF OF THE SES TEAM’S IN GEORGE AND CAPE TOWN WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A FEW CURRENT PROJECTS @ SES
SHARPLES ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES IS PART OF THE PLAN TO DELIVER MORE WATER TO WILLISTON
The town of Williston is totally dependent on groundwater for human consumption and use. This water is abstracted from four production boreholes situated northeast of the town. The Karoo-Hoogland Municipality would like to supply water to the town in the midst of a growing population and the current drought being experienced in the country. It was therefore decided to augment the water supply. The Department of Water and Sanitation was approached for funding which was granted under the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant (RBIG) funding scheme. The proposed project entails the equipping / refurbishment of new and existing boreholes, the construction of a pump station at the Sak River and the construction of the connecting pipelines which will transport the water from the boreholes and the Sak River to an existing reservoir. The pipelines will cross a number of non-perennial drainage lines and include the installation of pumps in the Sak River. Activities in these drainage lines and the Sak River require Environmental Authorisation before construction can commence. SES was therefore appointed to undertake the Basic Assessment Process to obtain Environmental Authorisation. Freshwater, biodiversity and palaeontological studies have been done as part of the impact assessment. The Basic Assessment Report is currently available for comment on the SES website HERE.

 

CONTAMINATED LAND ASSESSMENT FOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN HERMANUS
The Overstrand Municipality, with support from the Department of Human Settlements, is proposing to recover builder’s rubble and green waste from an historical landfill in Hermanus, so that the site can be utilised for the development of social housing. In order to determine if the site is suitable for residential development SES was appointed to facilitate a Phase 1 Contaminated Land Assessment, as part of a larger Environmental Impact Assessment Process required to obtain a Waste License. The specialist assessment reported on the contamination level of the soil underlying the waste body, and it determined the applicability of the Norms & Standards for the Remediation of Contaminated Land & Soil Quality (GN No R 331 of 2 May 2014). The results of the assessment indicated that the site will be suitable for residential development once the waste body has been removed, and SES is now applying for a Waste Management License for the recovery and processing of waste from the landfill.

 

PLANS IN THE PIPELINE TO ERADICATE ALIEN FISH SPECIES IN THE CEDERBERG
The upper reaches of the Biedouw and Breekkrans Rivers support numerous indigenous (endemic) fish species, including the endangered Clanwilliam Sandfish, Clanwilliam Sawfin and Doring Fiery Redfin, and the Vulnerable Clanwilliam Redfin, Clanwilliam Yellowfish and the Clanwilliam Rock Catfish. However, invasive alien fish (primarily smallmouth and spotted bass) have invaded these rivers and heavily impacted (or obliterated) native fish populations and associated biota in all but the uppermost reaches of these rivers. Continued proliferation of invasive alien fish may lead to localized extinctions of native fish. It is therefore required to put measure in place to eradicate the alien species. This project forms part of a larger river rehabilitation initiative in which CapeNature’s Invasive Alien Fauna unit is actively implementing a series of river rehabilitation projects, aimed at eradicating alien fish species in 14 priority rivers in the Western Cape. The Breekkrans and Biedouw Rivers are two such priority rivers identified as their upper reaches support numerous indigenous (endemic) fish species which require conservation. Funding for the sub-programme was sourced through the Natural Resource Management Programme driven by the Department of Environmental Affairs to effectively control invasive alien fauna. The proposed method to eradicate alien fish species, involves the construction of ‘weir-like’ barrier structures (similar to the image example) across the width of both river channels at locations strategically selected based on a set of characteristics (bedrock visibility, channel width and landowner support). The structures are designed in a way so as to create a ±1m drop (waterfall) which is said to be an effective height in preventing the upstream migration of alien fish species.

SES is currently compiling an Environmental Impact Assessment for both sites and is scheduled to submit a combined application to the DEA&DP in January 2016.


KEY EVENTS TAKING PLACE
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION WORKSHOP
The International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIAsa) Western Cape Branch is hosting a training workshop on PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION - THEORY AND PRACTICE. This one day workshop will be presented by internationally acclaimed Public Participation (PP) practitioners, Tisha Greyling and Erika du Plessis.


DATE: 28th January 2016
TIME: 08h30 - 16h30
COST: IAIAsa Members R550 (Excl VAT)
Non Members R1100 (Excl VAT)
VENUE: The Hollow Tree at Oude Westhof, Unit 4, Oude Westhof Village Square, Van Riebeeckshof Road, Oude Westhof, Bellville.
RSVP Please register on the IAIAsa NEW online event registration system before the 25th January 2016 CLICK HERE.

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