The Midvaal Local Municipality has appointed a team of environmental experts to urgently assess and give guidance on the processes and procedure followed by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) relating to the proposed housing development in Golf Park.
The municipality is urgently considering its options to appeal the approval of the registration following observations made by Midvaal officials during the ‘Open Day’ meetings held by environmental consultants appointed by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements (GDHS) on Saturday, 6 October 2018 at Golf Park and Henley-on-Klip.
During the public meetings, municipal officials observed the following:
- The event was poorly organised and failed to begin at the times stipulated.
- Residents did not receive clear and/or concise information relating to the processes and procedures as many highlighted that their questions and concerns were poorly addressed.
- Residents were given inadequate and inaccurate information relating to the proposed housing development.
It is the municipality’s responsibility to ensure that the decision made by GDARD is consistent with the environmental management principles as provided for within the National Environmental Management Act, 1998, that: “Environmental management must place people and their needs at the forefront of its concern, and serve their physical, psychological, developmental, cultural and social interests equitably. Development must be socially, environmentally and economically sustainable”.
Therefore, noting the concerns raised by several residents of Golf Park and Henley-on-Klip, the municipality has concluded that in order to ensure the best course of action, it is important that residents are furnished with clear and concise information relating to the housing development including its merits and impact and the processes being followed by GDARD to register the development, which has prompted our decision to appoint independent environmental experts.
The Department of Environmental Affairs promulgated the GAUTENG PROVINCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK STANDARDS AND EXCLUSIONS OF ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES FROM REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION on 02 March 2018. In terms of the said standards, a development has to be registered with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) for exemption from the need to obtain Environmental Authorisation as provided for in the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (NEMA). It should be noted that this exemption means that the process does not require any public participation with the community or the municipality as a stakeholder, but it is a process which falls completely within the ambit of GDARD. The proposed Golf Park housing development was registered on 21 September 2018 with the following Registration No: GPEMF/18-19/0028.
NB: Please quote the Registration No: GPEMF/18-19/0028 in the appeal forms.
Executive Mayor Bongani Baloyi has also instructed the Councillors responsible for Ward 14 and 15 to urgently appoint task teams that will liaise directly with the municipality and share relevant, concise and timely information with residents.
NEMA APPEAL FORM – NATIONAL APPEAL REGULATIONS 2014 - download
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