The consultant for the public participation process in the Cradle City development, has corresponded. The correspondence comes in the wake of an absence of communication,which is long overdue given the time line outlined at the public meeting held at the end of 2008.
After several emails, the following timeline has been provided, and is subject to change.
Draft Scoping Report and Plan of Study (PoS) for Impact Assessment available for public review
Compilation of Issues and Response Report
May – June 2009
Commission specialist studies for EIA
July – August 2009
Draft EIA available for public review
inalisation and submission of EIA to GDACE
The Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) is Strategic Environmental Focus (SEFSA), and the correspondence came from Tebogo Mokgejane, Public Participation Manager though the document is signed by Kabelo Mphake (no designation given).
The content emailed on 3 March, reads as follows:
SEF CODE: 502142
GDACE Ref No: GAUT 002/08-09/N0418
PROJECT UPDATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT PROCESS FOR THE PROPOSED CRADLE CITY DEVELOPMENT, LANSERIA, GAUTENG
Our previous correspondence dated 14 October 2008 regarding the abovementioned project as reference. We would like to thank all the stakeholders who have taken the time and effort o register as well as to participate in the process to date. We also to thank all the attendants of he Focus Group meetings and the public meeting.
As you may be aware, Amari Land has embarked on the EIA process for environmental authorisation of the development of a 900ha piece of land, into a mixed-use development ocated around the Lanseria International Airport, in Gauteng. This process would include onducting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the compilation of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the proposed development.
Although preliminary findings of the specialist studies have been presented during the initial stages of stakeholder consultation, these studies are in the process of being finalised. Strategic Environmental Focus (SEF) (Pty) Ltd would therefore like to notify you that the project is still active.
All registered Interested and Affected Parties will kept up to date regarding the next phase of Public Participation in due course.
Please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Tebogo Mokgejane, should you wish to obtain further information.
A query has been lodged, and followed up, regarding the availability of a Scoping Report, and the time line of events going forward. No response has been received as yet.
The press is often updated on this project, and the reports read as though the project is a "done-deal".