VAAL GAMAGARA REGIONAL WATER SUPPLY SCHEME-PHASE 2 (VGRWSS-II)
The Vaal Gamagara Regional Water Supply Scheme (VGRWSS) is a water supply scheme located in the Northern Cape Province that was completed in 1968 by the Department of Water Affairs, now Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (DHSWS), and transferred to Sedibeng Water in 2008.
Sedibeng Water subsequently proposed the upgrading of the VGRWSS via the following two phases:
Phase I – upgrading the scheme from the Roscoe Reservoir to Blackrock (already in construction phase);
Phase II – upgrading the scheme from Delportshoop to Olifantshoek.
NM Environmental was appointed by Nemai to assist in the following components of the project:
- Public Participation Process
- Water Uses License Application
SERVICING MBIZANA TOWN AREA WITH SEWAGE: 2ML WASTEWATER TREATMENT WORKS AND OUTFALL SEWER
Mbizana Local Municipality is currently made up of 31 wards and is one of the local municipalities under Alfred Nzo District Municipality. Alfred Nzo District Municipality has proposed the construction of a sewer system with a conventional sewer treatment plant to accommodate the current and future anticipated population.
Mbizana is made up of a main town and surrounding villages, located in the Eastern Cape Province on the R61 road connecting KwaZulu Natal South Coastal Boundary to the N2 highway. Mbizana is one of the smallest rural towns in the Eastern Cape with a rapid growing population.
With a population of approximately 246 516 living in 46 730 households occupying an area of roughly 2 806 km2. One of the major contributing factors to the overflow of wastewater within the town is the rapid population growth. Currently Mbizana is using pit latrines, conservancy tanks and septic tanks whereby a “honey sucker” removes all wastewater contents and dispose off at a single pond located in extension 3 in North-East of Mbizana Town. However, these septic tanks do overflow during and/or after heavy rainfall. Hence overflowing of sewerage waste can be seen in adjacent properties and also it can be seen in the streets of Mbizana after heavy rainfall.
The specifications of the proposed development as follows:
- Construction of approximately 30635 m of internal reticulation pipeline with 30635m of internal reticulation with PVC pipes ranging from 160mm-500mm diameter with 645 manholes.
- Construction of approximately 11760m of outfall sewer with PVC pipes ranging from 160mm-500mm diameter with 215 manholes.
- Construction of approximately 1800m of rising sewer mains with PVC pipes ranging from 160mm-250mm diameter with discharge manholes.
- Construction of 2ml waste water treatment works (WWTW), that will be locate in a vacant land next to Mbizana dumping site.
- A pump station
- Sludge drying beds
NM Environmental, were appointed as Independent Environmental Control Officer [ECO] for the project
The uMzinyathi District Municipality (DC24) is one of the ten districts of KwaZulu-Natal. The Municipality is bordered in the north by the Amajuba Municipality, in the west by the uThukela Municipality, in the south west by the uMgungundlovu Municipality, in the south east by the iLembe Municipality and in the east by King Cetshwayo District Municipality.
The municipal area is 8079 km2 and has extensive grasslands in the north supporting the primary agricultural sector based on cattle ranching for beef, small scale sheep and mixed farming and maize cultivation. In the southern areas substantial forestry is prevalent. Sugar cane and smaller scale fruit farming such as avocado and kiwi fruit cultivation also occur.
NTININI-VUMANKALA BOREHOLE WATER SUPPLY PROJECT: BOREHOLES & RETICULATION
The specifications of the proposed development as follows: Standardised Specifications
- SABS 1200 A General
- SABS 1200 AB Engineer’s Office
- SABS 1200 C Site Clearance
- SABS 1200 DA Earthworks (Small Works)
- SABS 1200 DB Earthworks (Pipe Trenches)
- SABS 1200 DK Gabions and Pitching
- SABS 1200 DM Earthworks (Roads, Subgrade)
- SABS 1200 GA Concrete (Small Works)
- SABS 1200 L Medium Pressure Pipelines
- SABS 1200 LB Bedding (Pipes)
- SABS 1200 ME Subbase
- Clearing and grubbing
- Removing, maintaining, and replacing topsoil
- Excavation of pipe trenches, bedding, compacting, backfilling
- Mixing and placing of concrete
- Curing/ wetting of concrete, reinforcing steel fixing and formwork
- Valve chamber construction
- Installation of pipes
- Construction of standpipe installations
- Finishing and tidying.
NM Environmental, were appointed as Independent Environmental Control Officer [ECO] for the project.
Coal Prospecting Rights Application for various properties in uMhlathuze Local Municipality
iDlanga Mining (Pty) Ltd (iDlanga) appointed NM Environmental as the Independent Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) to facilitate the Environmental Authorisation process for the proposed Coal Prospecting Rights Application located in the Magisterial District of Empangeni.
The proposed prospecting rights project will cover an area of 4049 hectares and is located:-
- The area is located about 25 km North-West of Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal.
The proposed prospecting project is located within the Ntambanana Magistrate District. The proposed area is along the R34 main road towards the town of eMpangeni. The larger portion of the proposed area is at Umhlathuze Local Municipality which is located within the administrative boundaries of King Cetshwayo District Municipality. The Umhlathuze land area covers 123 359 ha and incorporates Richards Bay, Empangeni, eSikhaleni, Ngwelezane, eNseleni, Felixton, Vulindlela, Bhucanana and Heatonville as well as the rural areas under Traditional Councils.
IDlanga trading (Pty) Ltd proposes to prospect coal on a 4049-ha land. The proposed prospecting will have a lifespan of approximately 3 years.
The application is for a prospecting right in respect of coal using a drilling method. Prospecting is the first stage in the potential utilization of a mineral deposit by searching for valuable minerals (coal). The area is believed to have high occurrence of coal reserves, hence the presence of other mines in the area that have high quality bituminous coal with similar geological formation within a radius of approximately 45 kilometers.
Coal Prospecting Rights Application Newcastle Municipality, KwaZulu Natal
iDlanga mining (Pty) Ltd (iDlanga) appointed NM Environmental as the Independent Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) to facilitate the Environmental Authorisation process for the proposed Coal Prospecting Rights Application located in the magisterial district of Newcastle.
The proposed prospecting project will cover and area of 2078.90584 hectares and located:
- 7km South of Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal
iDlanga mining appointed NM Environmental to assist with the application of the Environmental Authorisation, together with the associated Public Participation Process (PPP). NM Environmental will be responsible for the compilation of the Basic Assessment Report (BAR) and Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) as well as to undertake the associated PPP.
The proposed prospecting project therefore requires environmental authorisation in terms NEMA and will follow a Basic EIA authorisation process in terms of NEMA Government Notice Regulation (GNR) 327.
The application is for a prospecting right in respect of coal using a drilling method. Prospecting is the first stage in the potential utilisation of a mineral deposit by searching for valuable minerals (coal). The initial prospecting activities will be non-invasive and restricted to a desktop study, which will include a literature survey, plus aerial photograph and satellite image interpretation, ground validation of targets, and geophysical surveys.