Client: South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL)

Proposed Upgrade of the N1 Section 4 from Monument River (km 46.0) to Doornfontein (km 63.0) and Development of Borrow Pits and/or Quarries

SANRAL is proposing to upgrade a 17 km stretch of the N1 Section 4 between Monument River (km 46.00) and Doornfontein (km 63.00) to increase the capacity of the road. It is proposed that the total surfaced width of the road would be widened from 10.8 m to approximately 17 m. In addition, the existing road reserve, which currently varies between 30 – 40 m along this section, would be widened to approximately 60 m. The upgraded road would accommodate three lanes of traffic, with an alternating configuration of two lanes in one direction and one lane in the other. The road upgrade would also necessitate the widening of two existing bridges, closure of single property access points, possible relocation of services, and improvement of the intersection at Matjiesfontein. It is also proposed that additional borrow pits and/or quarries would have to be established in the area for sourcing road-construction materials for the proposed road upgrade. Ten potential borrow pit locations and three quarry locations have been identified for initial consideration.

SLR Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd (SLR) has been appointed by Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd, on behalf of the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL), to undertake a Basic Assessment process for each of two applications for Environmental Authorisation for the proposed road upgrade itself and for the establishment of borrow pits and/or quarries. These applications will be undertaken in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA), the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations 2014 (as amended) and the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA), as applicable. The application for the proposed road upgrade will be submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs and the application for the borrow pits and/or quarries will be submitted to the Department of Mineral Resources.

Status

After closure of the comment period on the Draft Basic Assessment Report (BAR) the report was updated to a Final BAR and submitted to the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries for decision-making. All registered Interested and Affected Parties will be notified of the decision and subsequent appeal period. The full Final BAR has been made available for information purposes below.

Contact Persons:

Eloise Costandius / Candice Sadan