10th September 2018

Objections to the proposal below can be mailed to environment@algoacme.co.za  by 10 September 2018.

Why FatTracks is opposing this:

Unfortunately today is the last day to object to this application!

This application could:

  • Create major problems on our roads, amongst other things, in the Southern and Eastern parts of our city
  • The impact on cyclists on the Marine Drive and Victoria route is potentially devastating as the area intended for mining is from Victoria Drive to Summerstrand over a period of 30 years
  • According to Andre Lemmer, the Chairperson of the Schoenmakerskop Ratepayers Association, the current operation of Glendore Sands has already had a significant impact on the traffic and destruction of roads in the area. The proposed mining is going to be on a far larger scale (see email objection below)
  • If the Driftsands application goes ahead, this impact will be 10 fold and more the application proposes to mine around 1000 hectares of land

Dear Interested & Affected Party
  
A mining right application has been lodged by Driftsands Mining (Pty) Ltd (Ref no. EC 30/5/1/2/2/10043 MR) in the Driftsands area, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, in terms of Section 22 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, Act. 28 of 2002.
  
An Environmental Authorisation will be required as the proposed project includes activities listed in Government Notices (GN 983, GN 984 and GN 985) promulgated in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (2014), as amended 2017, of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), Act 107 of 1998. These Listed Activities are 17, 19 and 27 of Listing Notice 1 (GN 983), and 17 of Listing Notice 2 (GN 984). 
 
A Scoping & Environmental Impact Report (S&EIR) will be done by the appointed consultants, Algoa Consulting Mining Engineers, in terms of Regulation 21 of the EIA Regulations of 2014. As part of the required public participation process, all Interested & Affected Parties have 30 days to provide comment on all reports, in terms of Regulation 41b of the EIA Regulations of 2014.
 
Please find the DRAFT Scoping Report regarding this application HERE. Please provide all comments on the report by the 10th September.  
 
Kind Regards
Clayton Weatherall-Thomas
 
Environmental Specialist
Algoa Consulting Mining Engineers
2 Deer Park Lane, Deer Park Estate, Port Elizabeth, 6070
Tel: 041 379 1899

Cell: 083 401 8091

environment@algoacme.co.za 

 

 


 

Email objection from Andre Lemmer - Chairperson of the Schoenmakerskop Ratepayers Association:

Dear Clayton

Please note that SRRA members have indicated their opposition to any sand-mine developments that involve added heavy traffic pressure on Victoria Drive. The most recent draft scoping report appears to indicate that one possible access route to the proposed new mines will be via Victoria Drive both eastwards and westwards from the servitude just one km from our village. T

he draft report seems unclear on the exact locations of the proposed mines. Moreover it does not specify exactly how many sand-laden heavy trucks will be involved in accessing the proposed mining sites: all we are told is that this will be subject to demand.

However one must take the following into account: On the 27th July 2017 the Schoenmakerskop Residents’ (SRRA) Committee conducted a traffic monitoring survey at the entrance to Glendore’s Rover Club sand and stone mine site where the upper section of Victoria Drive has been widened: we were surprised at the number of trucks lumbering, heavily laden with loads of sand from the mine site.

Despite assurances that no more than 20 trucks per day would be conveying sand from the projected new mine at Schoenmakers our survey revealed that 175 trucks (83 Glendore Sand and Stone and 92 private company vehicles) arrived and departed with loads of sand between 07h00 and 17h00 from the Rover site.

Moreover there were also 26 ‘bakkies’ leaving laden with sand. Clearly, given the ever-growing demands for building sand, there will be a heavy added volume of slow-moving traffic movement to and from the projected  mining operations: we must therefore reiterate our opposition to any mining development that could result in an increase in heavy traffic on Victoria Drive.

Andre Lemmer (SRRA Chairman)

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