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Imvubu Berries: Upgrade of existing farm dams & construction of new dam

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Imvubu Berries (Pty) Ltd (the applicant) appointed Setala Environmental (Pty) Ltd as the independent environmental assessment practitioner (EAP) to undertake the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed project. The project involves the upgrade of existing in-channel farm dams and the construction of a new off-channel farm dam for the existing lawful water use(s): Surface water abstraction and storage; and for the abstraction of groundwater at Elandsbosch 122-KR for domestic purposes. The scope of the project includes application for environmental authorisation and a water use licence for the use of water for irrigation purposes.

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The study site is situated on portions of the Farm Elandsbosch 122-KR, in the Modimolle-Mookgopong Local Municipality, Limpopo Province. The study site is approximately 45km northwest of the Town of Mookgopong (Naboomspruit) in the Waterberg Mountains. The project is within the A50A Quaternary catchment (QDA) in the Lephalala River catchment in the Water Management Area (WMA): Limpopo. The project involves the upgrade of existing in-channel farm dams and the construction of a new off-channel farm dam for the existing lawful water use(s): Surface water abstraction and storage; and for the abstraction of groundwater at Elandsbosch 122-KR for domestic use. The study site consists mainly of the existing in-channel farm dams along a small tributary to the Lephalala River, earmarked for upgrade and the area of the proposed new off-channel farm dam (Dam 8). The Dams are numbered and referenced as shown below in the attached maps. In-channel farm dams numbers 1,2,3,4,6 & 7 are all existing structures, with off-channel dam number 8 the new proposed dam. Dam number 5 is an off-channel storage, plastic lined, in-ground dam/ reservoir, situated within the farming operation next to the shade net structures and near the main office. Three earth dams are proposed of which Dam 6 and 7 will be new dams constructed in the stream and Dam 8 will be a reservoir dam constructed more than 35m out of the stream. At the positions of Dam 6 and 7 there are existing structures that will be disregarded and build as new dams. Dam 6 will overflow into the stream that leads to Dam 7. The overflow from Dam 7 will be diverted to Dam 8 that is out of stream. Dam 8 will overflow back into the stream and into Dam 1 that is the main irrigation dam from where the water will be pumped to the various irrigation blocks on the farm. All the dams will be constructed with an outlet pipe and valve at the stream level as well as an outlet chamber 100mm lower than the spillway level to divert the normal flow to the stream and to keep the spillway dry. This is to prevent erosion in the spillway. The scope of the environmental application is restricted to these proposed components of the project, Dam 6, Dam 7 and Dam 8.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 17:22

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15643

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