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Savannah Environmental provides a holistic environmental management service to public and private sector clients. Current clients include:
  • Eskom Holdings Limited Generation Division
  • Eskom Holdings Limited Transmission Division
  • Department of Water Affairs
  • Department of Environmental Affairs
  • African Clean Energy Developments
  • South African National Roads Agency Limited
  • East Rand Water Care Company
  • Renewable Energy Investments South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • VentuSA Energy (Pty) Ltd
  • Just Energy
  • Thupela Energy
  • Rainmaker Energy Projects (Pty) Ltd
  • Moyeng Energy (Pty) Ltd
  • BioTherm Energy (Pty) Ltd
  • Windlab Developments South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Exxaro Resources Limited
  • Crenersol (Pty) Ltd
Current projects being undertaken by Savannah Environmental include Basic Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments and environmental compliance monitoring. Documents for public review are available for download below.

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Excelsior Wetlands EMPr Near Swellendam, Western Cape Province DEA Ref No: 14/12/16/3/3/1/433 Amstilinx (RF) Proprietary Limited

CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS AND CABLING NEAR AND WITHIN WATERCOURSES (CROSSING OF WETLANDS) AS PART OF THE EXCELSIOR WIND ENERGY FACILITY NEAR SWELLENDAM, WESTERN CAPE 

REVISED EMPr AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

Amstilinx (RF) Proprietary Limited proposes the establishment of a commercial wind energy facility and associated infrastructure on an identified site located near Swellendam in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.  The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) authorised the project on 27 September 2011.  The project was selected as a Preferred Bidder Project under Round 4 of the Department of Energy’s (DoE)Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPP).

Subsequent to the authorisation of the wind farm, a separate Basic Assessment process was undertaken for the development of infrastructure located within 32m of a watercourse (DEA Reference No.: 14/12/16/3/3/1/279) which is associated with the authorised Excelsior Wind Energy Facility.  Amstilinx (RF) Proprietary Limited was issued with an authorisation on the 13 August 2013. The validity of the environmental authorisation was extended by an additional 2 years on 13 June 2016.  

The Wetlands EMPr was approved as part of the EA issued for the project.  An amended EMPr was previously subjected to a 30-day review period from 

24 October 2016 – 23 November 2016.  This EMPr is now being subjected to a second 30-day review period, in line with the DEA’s requirements. The following changes to the approved EMPr should be noted:

  • The EMPr was reformatted in line with the format used for EMPr used for the Biotherm Wind Energy Facility.  
  •  Chapter 2 (which was previously Chapter 1) of the EMPr was updated to include the details of the project, summary of the conclusion and recommendations of the Basic Assessment Report, and the detailed approved final layout of the Biotherm Wind Energy Facility. 

Although non-substantive amendments were made to the EMPr, the objectives and outcomes remain unchanged.   

This letter serves to notify registered interested and affected parties, stakeholders and relevant Organs of State regarding the availability of these documents for public review and comment. 

The EMPr is available for download on www.savannahsa.com/projects.  A copy of the documentation is also available at the Swellendam Library, Voortrek Street, Swellendam, 6740.  

Please submit your written comment to Mrs Gabriele Wood  on by 26 April 2017. 

Email: gabriele@savannahsa.com

Fax: 086 684 0547

Postal Address: PO Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157



Revised EMPr
Revised EMPr - 24.03.17 873.36 KB View
Appendix A - Environmental Authorisation 2128.02 KB View
Appendix B - Final Facility Layout 255.44 KB View
Appendix C - Rehabilitation Plan 306.39 KB View
Appendix D - Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan 849.99 KB View
Appendix E - Stormwater Management Plan 3977.82 KB View
Appendix F - Plant Rescue & Protection & Rehabilitation Plan 324.33 KB View
Appendix G - Alien Invasive Management & Open Space Management Plan 395.35 KB View
Appendix H - Erosion Management Plan 255.84 KB View
Appendix I - Soil Management Plan 213.63 KB View
Appendix J - Construction Waste Guidelines 314.69 KB View
Appendix K - Traffic & Transportation Management Plan 488.07 KB View
Appendix L - Decommissioning and Closure Plan 248 KB View
Appendix M - Incidents and Complaints Register 108.2 KB View




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