The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) in partnership with Eskom Holding S O C Ltd is applying for Environmental Authorisation for the construction of the new 88kV Spring Grove Tee powerline.

The construction of the new 88kV Spring Grove Tee powerline will consist of the following:

  • The construction of approximately 5 kilometres of 88kV Powerline;
  • The erection of approximately 20 to 30 self-supporting metal lattice towers; and
  • Associated stringing activities of the 88kV powerline conductor.

Kerry Seppings Environmental Management Specialists (KSEMS) have been appointed as independent environmental consultants to undertake the required EIA process.


In order to determine the overall environmental feasibility of the proposal, a Basic Assessment is required as per the National Environmental Management Act EIA regulations (Government Notice No. R 544 of 18th June 2010) promulgated as of the 2nd of August 2010. A Basic Assessment is an assessment carried out to determine the environmental impacts of a development project. It is a planning and management tool for sustainable development and aims to inform decision-makers about the potential environmental, physical, biological and socio-economic effects of the proposed project. This allows relevant authorities and decision-makers to provide an Environmental Authorisation (EA) either authorising or rejecting the proposal.

A BAsic Assessment involves:

  • Submit application form to the Competent Authority
  • Conduct public participation as per regulation 54 of the act
  • STEP 1: Register I&APs and key stakeholders on the database (ongoing)
  • STEP 2: Notification of the EIA process and availability of the BID (adverts in local and regional press, letters to Registered I&APs, site notices)
  • STEP 3: Consultation with and dissemination of information to I&APs through the BID, one-on-one consultation, public meetings, public open days and focus group meetings during the BAR process;
  • STEP 4: Invite I&APs to comment and add input on the Draft Basic Assessment Report (40-day comment period);
  • STEP 5: Record all comments, issues and concerns raised by I&APs in the Comments and Response Report for inclusion in the BAR;
  • Preparation of the Draft BAR. Submission of Draft BAR to I&APs for the 40 day comment period;
  • Submit final BAR to competent authority (i.e. DEA;
  • Acknowledge receipt of BAR;
  • Accept BAR or Reject BAR; and
  • Competent Authority to notify the applicant of the decision.
  • To receive information and to be invited to meetings, please contact:

    Calum Cockerill
    Kerry Seppings Environmental Management Specialists cc
    Tel: 031 769 1578/072 292 2818/079 322 2957
    Fax: 086 535 5281

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