Psychiatric clinic planned for Zwavelpoort Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 August 2013 19:27
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A psychiatric wellness centre and nursing institution is planned for Zwavelpoort. The proposed site for this clinic is on portion 122, a portion of portion two, just off Achilles Road.

The project is undertaken by Igna and Denza Steenkamp and they have commissioned Interdesign Landscape Architects (ILA) to act as the independent environmental assessment practitioner (EAP).

ILA will handle the required application to the deciding authority, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD).

The National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) requires that an environmental impact assessment by means of a basic assessment process must be undertaken before development may take place.

There is a house and outbuildings on the property. The surrounding properties are all agricultural, but several of these land owners have applied for subdivisions of ½ ha and 1 ha or consent uses for various other operations on their properties.

The site of the proposed clinic is indicated in brown

The basic assessment process will investigate both biophysical and social impacts associated with the establishment of the centre. The assessment will determine whether the activities can proceed and the mitigation required to ensure limited impact on the environment.

For the project to go ahead a waste management license must also be granted for the construction of a sewage treatment plant on the property.

When the basic assessment report is handed in, GDARD will issue a decision on whether the activity should be allowed to go ahead and will specify specific conditions which must be implemented.

A public participation process is an important part of the basic assessment and allows interested and affected parties, who are familiar with the area where the activity is proposed, to voice their concerns and make comments about potential environmental and social impacts.

Apart from adjacent property owners, the ward councillor for ward 91, Lex Middelburg, affected communities, local municipalities and others such as the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) and the Department of Energy (DME) were also invited to participate.

Registering as an interested and affected party gives you the chance to review and provide comment on the draft basic assessment report. Registration closes on Thursday 12 September.

For more information, contact Shalini Chetty from Interdesign Landscape Architects at 012-348-1922 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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