Water Governance aspects for a proposed Business Park

Project Name/Type: Water Governance aspects for the N1 Gateway Project
Client: deVilliers Brownlie Associates
Location: Western Cape Province, South Africa
In Association with: deVilliersBrownlie
Completed: 2019
Categories: water governance and water use licensing

water use license water governance assessment

CBSS was subcontracted by deVilliers Brownlie Associates to undertake an evaluation of water governance aspects (including for artificial wetlands) associated with the proposed development of a Business Park adjacent to the N1 Highway in Kraaifontein.

The questions raised were:

(a) does an artificial wetland¬† constitute a “water course” in accordance with the definitions under section 1 of the NWA, and

(b) does the exclusion under the General Authorisation for section 21(c) and (i) water uses (as published in GN509) relating to the construction of sewer lines apply after the removal of soils exhibiting wetland characteristics.

This evaluation inter alia entailed an assessment and interpretation of historical aerial imagery of the area that dated back to 1938, prior to the construction of the N1 Highway, in order to determine whether water uses as described under section 21(c) and/or (i) are associated with the proposed development.

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