Basic Assessment

for the Proposed Cultural Tourism Lodge Development at Lake Bhangazi (South), iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal

Bhangazi Community Trust was granted permissson, by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, to develop a tourism facility within iSimangaliso Wetland Park (which is a World Heritage Site). In an effort to exercise this right, the Bhangazi Trust proposes to develop a Cultural Heritage Lodge on the 9.94 ha piece of land allocated which will consist of 68 sleeping units including staffing quarters. The site is located along the Main Road to Cape Vidal in the Mtubatuba Local Municipality within the uMkhanyakude District Municipality. It lies along the fringe of a small south-eastern extension of Lake Bhangazi, just west of the St Lucia road before it crosses the coastal dune belt to Cape Vidal.

Notice is hereby given that the Bhangazi Community Trust will submitting an application for Environmental Authorisation to the National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in accordance with the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (No. 107 of 1998), as amended, and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations (Government Notice R. 326). The Project will require Environmental Authorisation through a Basic Assessment (BA) in terms of NEMA as the following activities are triggered:

  Project Activities
GNR 324< Activities: 4; 6; 12 & 14
GNR 327 Activities: 12 & 30<

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) has been appointed as the independent Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) office to undertake the Basic Assessment and associated Public Participation Processes in light of the triggered activities.

Final Basic Assessment Report

Notice is hereby given of the submission of the Final Basic Assessment Report on 16 July 2019, to the National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (formally known as the Department of Environmental Affairs) for adjudication purposes. 

ERM Contact

Stephanie Gopaul

Tel: 031 265 0033
Email: [email protected]