Department of Transport, Roads and Public Works
Loss of habitat and Biodiversity
Road shoulder maintenance
Impact on sensitive environments
Transformation of landscapes
Pollution (water, dust, noise)
Compliance to NEMA Principles
EIA procedures are complied with for all provincial road construction. Many of these issues are addressed at the project level through the EIA process. Accordingly environmental issues, related to dust abatement and waste management are addressed in contracts for specific projects.
Integration of Environmental Considerations into Decision Making
Addressed if EIA is complied with.
Participation, Empowerment and Transparency
All road projects have community stakeholder participation through site meetings.
Issues related to public safety during the construction phases are addressed.
Environmental Justice and Equity
The Occupational Health and Safety Act is adhered to and issues related to rights of workers are addressed
Addressed through EIA
Problems experienced with the use of herbicides in road shoulder maintenance programmes
EIA’s are compiled
Compliance to Relevant Environmental Legislative Provisions
R1182, R1183, R1184 (EIA)
EIA’s are compiled for all new roads.
Partial compliance to legal provisions for EMPR’s under the Minerals Act for the use of borrow pits. Older borrow pits have not been rehabilitated.
Existing Arrangements for Co-operative Governance and Environmental Management
Design and construction of roads is carried out by consultants appointed by the Department and/or by the Department itself. Consultants are appointed for EIA’s where required in terms of the law.
Joint project with DACE regarding road shoulder maintenance
Recommendations for Co-operative Governance and Environmental Management
Department to formalise an agreement with DACE for the eradication of declared weeds from road reserves and the training of road maintenance teams in weed control.
“Environmental clause” to be included in all road contracts and the terms of reference for contracts will reflect this requirement.
DACE and Department of Transport, Roads and Public Works will jointly develop guidelines for integrating environmental issues into road construction and maintenance.
4.2.7. Public Property
To plan and develop public property and the maintenance and management thereof.
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