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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.

The Basic Assessment Report is available for comment from the 29 April 2019 to 31 May 2019 (i.e. a 32-day comment period).

The report is available below and at the following locations in hard and soft copy:

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
  • St Lucia Library.
  • KwaMsane Library.

Stakeholders are invited to register as Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) and to participate in the Basic Assessment process by identifying issues of concern and providing suggestions to enhance benefits of the project. Registered I&APs will be kept informed throughout the process. To register as an I&AP, submit comments, and to obtain more information, please contact ERM

Background Information Document

The aim of this Background Information Document (BID) is to provide stakeholders with initial project information, as well as information regarding the associated BA and Public Participation Process.

Download the Background Information Document (1.8Kb PDF)

Draft Basic Assessment Report

Bhangazi Lodge BAR.pdf

Annex A.pdf

Annex B.pdf

Annex C.pdf

Annex D (i).pdf

Annex D (ii).pdf

Annex D (iii).pdf

Annex E.pdf

ERM Contact

Stephanie Gopaul

Tel: 031 265 0033
Email: [email protected]