Guest Speakers at EMC Meetings, 2012
1 February: Kevin McCann - Wildlands Trust and KZN Crane Foundation Chairman. Strategic Partnerships in Protected Area Expansion
7 March: Peter Thomson – uMngeni Catchment Management and its Relationship to the Spring Grove Dam
Update on Fish Barrier, December 2011
The recent fish survey conducted on the Mooi River has confirmed that smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu are absent in the waters above Inchbrakie Falls. (The smallmouth bass is a species of fresh water fish in the sunfish family). This result thereby vindicates the considerable efforts that has been made into the Fish Barrier investigations related to the construction of the Spring Grove Dam.
Traffic Management and Mitigation, September 2011
The Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for Traffic Management and Mitigation for the transportation of aggregates from the commercial quarry in Pietermaritzburg to the construction site in Rosetta, via the N3, P147 and R103 was approved on 16 August 2011 by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).
The delivery of aggregate to site using public roads has been a contentious issue with the local community, in particular the Nottingham Road Landowners Association. The P147 and R103 have historically experienced and currently experience a high volume of through-traffic of heavy vehicles.The local stakeholders felt that construction vehicles will exacerbate the problem, compromising the safety of other road users.
The KZN Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) are actively policing the P147 and R103 and the traffic count data indicate a reduction in the number of heavy vehicles as compared to the 2010 baseline data.
The EMP for Traffic Management and Mitigation was not a requirement of the Record of Decision (RoD), however, was a condition included in the EMP for the construction of the Spring Grove Dam wall. This was in response to the concerns raised by the stakeholders who felt that adequate consultation had not taken place during the EIA stage about the option of commercial quarry and the use of public roads to transport material from commercial sources. The RoD had made reference to a quarry on Spring Vale Farm if developed.
The Traffic EMP was available for public comment for a period of 30 days and a public meeting was held on 21 June 2011. A detailed Issues and Response Report was submitted to DEA with the EMP for approval. There are several conditions in the EMP approval that TCTA must implement. The conditions of approval include and are not limited to the following:
Approximately 30 truckloads to be delivered to site per day
The heavy vehicles transporting aggregates from the quarry and the construction site, as well as abnormal loads must follow a one-way loop, i.e. enter through Nottingham Road and exit via Mooi River
TCTA must appoint a Traffic Safety Officer who will be responsible for liaising with the KZN DoT, RTI and N3TC.
Hauling of material to site commenced on 18 August 2011. The trucks are labelled with appropriate construction and identification signage so that stakeholders may be able to report any transgressions.
An Issues Register is available on site to record any issues, complaints or compliments. Each issue and/or complaint is allocated a reference number for the purposes of tracking the status. The responsible person is the Social Monitor, Ms Katie Fenenga. She can be contacted on: 0833874604
The performance and efficiency of the system, i.e. Issues Register, is also monitored by the independent Environmental Control Officer (ECO).