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is declared as the Platinum SDI.  2 further corridors are currently being researched, namely, a north/south corridor linking Botswana with the Cape through Mafikeng and Taung and the N12 Treasure Route through KOSH

The SDI’s consists primarily of the rehabilitation of core infrastructure (road, rail ,port and border posts) thereby re-establishing key linkages and opening up inherent un-and under-utilised economic development opportunities for the region

The Provincial government facilitates the development of the SDI’s and promotes investment via the Invest North West investment promotion strategy

Governing Laws and Policies

The Growth, Employment and Redistribution Strategy (GEAR)

The Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP)

The Department of Trade and Industry SDI Strategy.

Responsible Authority/ies

North West Department of Economic Development and Tourism

Invest North West

All Provincial Government Departments

Department of Trade and Industry

Local Government Authorities

Environmental Issues

Development of anchor projects resulting in pressures on resources (land, water, soil).

Increase in waste streams.

Air pollution

Loss of habitat and Biodiversity

Compliance to NEMA Principles

Sustainable Development

The intention of the SDI’s is to ensure economic growth and development of the region.

In accordance with EIA regulations an environmental evaluation process was undertaken in the Platinum SDI.  

Integration of Environmental Considerations into Decision Making

Besides compliance with EIA regulations, specific integration of environmental concerns into decision making is not clear

The proposed Sustainable Development Framework will include these mechanisms and will be part of marketing of the SDI’s in the province.

The Invest North West investment promotion strategy has no specific reference to environmental management concerns

Participation, Empowerment and Transparency

A broadly consultative process on the development of the SDI’s and the identification of potential development opportunities as well as more detailed studies of development projects has been undertaken.

Further consultation and involvement of all I&AP in future projects must be ensured

Environmental Justice and Equity

The SDI strategy is a government-private sector partnership with the primary objective of economic growth and development of the region.  

One of the primary aims of the SDI is job creation

Ecological Integrity

Ecological integrity has not specifically addressed in the studies.

The EIA regulations, if applied effectively, should ensure ecological integrity is maintained.

The proposed Sustainable Development Framework will recognise environmental opportunities and constraints in the province and identify sensitive areas.

Co-operative Governance

The Economic Development and Infrastructure Cluster focus on the implementation of projects identified for the SDI’s led by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism and Invest North West. Environmental issues and concerns should be addressed here.

Compliance to Relevant Environmental Legislative Provisions

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