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. 

It has subsequently come to ERM’s attention that there was a technical error with receipt of certain comments, which resulted in the oversight of some comments from I&APs and stakeholders. Consequently, such comments were omitted from the Comments and Responses Report (CRR) attached to the Final BAR that was submitted to the DEA for decision. Having carefully reviewed the omitted comments, ERM concludes that no new information needed to be presented in the BAR and hence revision of the BAR was not necessary.

ERM has incorporated the above-mentioned comments into an updated CRR which has been submitted to the National DEFF on 30 August 2019 and is hereby made available to all registered I&APs from 2 September 2019.

Because there was no new information in the omitted comments, responses to them, or the Final BAR, it follows that there was no legal obligation to circulate the Final BAR for further comment to the Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) before submitting it to the decision-making Authority. It also follows that since I&APs had no further right to comment on the Final BAR and the Specialists Reports, they suffered no prejudice as a result of the circulation of the updated CRR.

The Final Basic Assessment Report and its Annexes are attached below:

Bhangazi Lodge BAR-Final_0.4.pdf


Annex A Combined.pdf

Annex B_Combined.pdf

Annex C_Combined_Part1.pdf

Annex C_Combined_Part2.pdf

Annex D_Combined.pdf

Annex E_Combined_Part1.pdf

Annex E_Combined_Part2.pdf

Annex E_Combined_Part3.pdf

Annex F_Combined.pdf

Annex G_Combined.pdf

Annex H_Combined.pdf

Annex I_Combined.pdf

Annex J_Combined.pdf

The Final Basic Assessment Report and its annexes will be available on the website for 60 calendar days fom 02 September 2019 until 02 November 2019

ERM Contact

Stephanie Gopaul

Tel: 031 265 0033
Email: [email protected]