Project Website Name: Darling 1B WEF Final EMPr and Site Layout, Western Cape Province

RE: NOTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF THE DRAFT VERSION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME AND SITE LAYOUT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT FOR THE DARLING 1B WIND ENERGY FACILITY, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

DFFE Reference: 14/12/16/3/3/1/2342

On 09 April 2021 initial notice was given in terms of Chapter 6 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998) (NEMA) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, 2014 (as amended), promulgated under Section 24 (5) of the NEMA, 1998, as amended, of the application for Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the Proposed Expansion of the Darling National Demonstration Wind Farm and Associated Infrastructure (Darling 1B Wind Energy Facility), Western Cape Province. The EA was issued to Darling Wind Power (Pty) Ltd on 05 November 2021.

In accordance with the EA issued, the Final Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) and Site Layout Map must be made available for comments by registered interested and affected parties (I&APs) before written approval of these can be received from the competent authority, i.e., the DFFE.

Invitation to Comment: Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Ltd) Pty (‘Arcus’), an ERM group company, has been appointed to act as the project manager to undertake the environmental process. Members of the public, local communities, and stakeholders are invited to comment on the Darling 1B WEF EMPr and Site Layout which is available for public review and comment, from Tuesday, 13 June 2023 until Thursday, 13 July 2023 (both days inclusive), at the Yzerfontein Municipality and is available for download below.

Following the 30-day public consultation period, the Final EMPr including the Final Site Layout, will be submitted to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment for approval prior to commencement of any activity.

The Public Participation Process will take into consideration Chapter 2 and Chapter 6 (41, 42, 43, and 44) of GN R. 326 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998) (NEMA) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, 2014 (as amended), promulgated under Section 24 (5) of the National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998 – NEMA), as amended. Comments received from the competent authority, public and organ of states will be incorporated, addressed and responded to in the Final EMPr and Site Layout.

Please click on the links below to access the Final EMPr and Site Layout of the Darling 1B WEF.

With reference to this public participation process, please send your comments / queries / questions on the EMPr and Site Layout of the Darling 1B WEF in writing on or before the 13 July 2023 to the below address.

Arcus Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Reference: 4982 Darling 1B WEF Final EMPr and Layout

Via Emaildarling@arcusconsulting.co.za

Via Online AidaForm:  Darling Aida Form

Via Telephone: +27105963502 / +27 (0) 72 595 0104

Contact Person: Ashlin Bodasing

Please note, regarding the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI Act 4 of 2013, as amended): If you request to register as an I&AP, your personal information will be made available to an appellant in the case of an appeal, and an applicant/EAP/independent person for purposes of being informed and given access to an audit report.

Correspondence throughout the Application Process will only be distributed to Registered I&APs.  Registration is possible throughout the Application Process.

Thank you for the interest in the project.