De Beers, as part of the Anglo American Group, proposes the development of a photovoltaic (PV) solar electricity facility (SEF) close to Venetia Diamond Mine. The facility is intended to reduce the mine’s consumption of grid-supplied power by procuring locally and sustainably generated solar power.
The proposed alternative sites (Regina 68MS and Drumsheugh 99MS) are located near Venetia Diamond Mine within the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, which is De Beers’ property.
A Scoping and Environmental Impact Reporting (S&EIR) process for the SEF is required in terms of the National Environment Management Act (NEMA, Act No. 107 of 1998) and the 2014 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations to obtain authorisation for the proposed project.
An application has been submitted to the Limpopo Department of Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism (LEDET).
The Scoping Report was made available for public review and comment from 12 November to 12 December 2021. All comments have been captured in the Comments and Response Report which can be found in the updated Scoping Report. This Scoping Report has been submitted to the Competent Authority for approval.
All registered stakeholders will be notified of the next round of public review during the EIA phase of the project.
Comments may be submitted via these channels:
Annexure A_EAP CV
Annexure B_EAP Declaration
Annexure C_Authority communication
Annexure D_Public Participation
Annexure F_Impact Assessment Methodology
Annexure G_PoS for EIA
Annexure H_DFFE Screening Tool Report
Annexure I_Application for EA