The owner of Farm 717 submitted an application to the Department of Economic Development Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) for the regularization of unlawful commencement and continuation of listed activities in terms of Section 24G of the NEMA.
The final impact assessment report and supporting documents has been submitted for final decision making.
Farm 717 is located 12km south of Addo within both the Nelson Mandela Bay and Sundays River Valley municipalities. Farm 717 is 1520 ha in extent and was historically a dairy farm. The applicant purchased the farm in 2007. Between 2007 – 2019 the 70ha of overgrazed natural pasture was converted mostly to crops with some livestock remaining. An additional 20ha was converted to crops. Agricultural activities currently occupy an area of approximately 90 ha.
A Section 24 G process in terms of the NEMA is required to be carried out to attain environmental authorisation for activities listed in terms of the 2006, 2010 and 2014 EIA Regulations which have commenced and are currently in operation on Farm 717 .
NB: A future citrus project is planned on 150 ha of Farm 717.
A WULA in terms of the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) has been issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation to the applicant for the future planned project and authorises the extraction of 900 000 m3 of water per year and for the installation of a water pipeline across Sundays River within the Lower Sundays River Government Water Scheme (Section 21 a, c and i). A new WULA is required to license exisiting water use activities.
An integrated application for environmental authorisation and waste management license in terms of the 2017 EIA regulations (as amended, 2017) will be submitted to the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism for the future planned citrus project ( 150 ha) upon receiving the decision of the S24G application.