LEPHALALE — Many residents and businesspeople in Lephalale are awaiting Phase 2 of the Mokolo Crocodile Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP-2A). The final approval and implementation of this project are essential to ensure further developments in Lephalale and surroundings.
The MCWAP2 project team confirmed that the appeal period, which is part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, expired on 18 April 2019 and seven appeals were lodged with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) against MCWAP-2A Environmental Authorisation (EA).
The project team, consisting of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) and the Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) compiled the Appeals Response Report (ARR) and submitted the Final ARR to the DEA on 13 June 2019.
The next step is for the DEA to decide on the appeals within 55 calendar days after 13 June 2019 – therefore the DEA’s decisions are expected by no later than 7 August 2019.
The DMR EIA process for the Borrow Pits is still underway.
If mitigation measures are accepted and the final Environmental Authorisation for the MCWAP-2A is received before the end of 2019, the project plans to start construction in January 2021, while first water delivery is expected in April 2025, provided no serious delays are experienced with the project.
The team also indicated that contingency measures are being put in place to ensure water delivery to Medupi Power Station for three of their FGD units from August 2024 to April 2025.
The social component of this water project is sizable and is expected to provide in the water needs of the people of Lephalale in the future, as demand is expected to grow.