Widening of Durban port entrance gets environment go-ahead

Aug 18, 2004
Author: P&S

Another hurdle overcome! This follows the news that the KwaZulu Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (DAEA) has authorised the widening and deepening of the Port of Durban entrance channel.

The National Ports Authority (NPA) proposes widening the channel into Durban Bay from approximately 130m to 220m bottom width by relocating the North Pier (breakwater). At the same time the entrance channel and subsequent channels within the port will be deepened, from approximately 12.8m to 16m at the port side and 18m at the sea side.

The proposed development lies within NPA property.

Although these plans remain subject to possible appeal, all that remains for the work to begin as planned in 2005 is for final financial approval from NPA parent body, Transnet. This however is regarded as a formality as the proposal has the support of and is being driven by government.

Applications to appeal the environmental approval may be lodged with the MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, Professor LBG Ndabandaba, Private Bag X9059, Pietermaritzburg 3200 on or before 10 September 2004 and setting out facts as well as grounds of appeal including supporting documents.

Copies of the Record of Decision issued on 11 August 2004 may be obtained from Mrs Ramdeen or Mr Ngubane at the DAEA offices at the above address or from Mrs G Fechter, Arcus Gibb, email gfetcher@gibb.co.za

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