Babanango Causeway - Basic Assessment and Water Use Licence

Phelamanga has been appointed to undertake the Public Participation activities linked to an application by the Emcakweni Community Trust for the construction of a 200m long and 4m wide causeway across the White Umfolozi River in the Babanango Valley. This proposed causeway will provide quick, easy and safe access between the northern and southern banks of the White Umfolozi River. The causeway will replace an existing causeway further downstream, which is derelict and found to be unsafe by Engineering Consultants, and poses a significant hazard when crossing, as well as being a far more time-consuming crossing. On both the northern and southern banks of the proposed causeway there are existing dirt tracks which will be lengthened to connect to the proposed causeway itself. This project requires a Basic Assessment and a Water Use licence. The Emcakweni Community Trust have made these applications, and I&APs have an opportunity to see the Basic Assessment Report (BAR) and review the proposed project, the alternatives and the no-go options described in the report


Key Dates to note:

Basic Assessment Comments are due by Close of Business 19 September 2019

Water Use Licence Application Comments are due by Close of Business 22 October 2019


Please forward all comments to Rose Owen on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Documents related to this project are available at the following links (the size is indicated in brackets for each document) if you have any difficulties with any documents please contact us

Basic Assessment Report 1_Babanango_River_Crossing_V5.pdf (5 955KB)

Basic Assessment Report Annexure - A Regional Map (170KB)

Basic Assessment Report Annexure - A Locality Map (177KB) 

Basic Assessment Report Annexure B Master Layout Babanango_R01i-New_Umfolozi.pdf (1 149KB)

Basic Assessment Report Annexure C Specialist_Report_measures_included_in_the_BAR_and_EMP.pdf (386 KB) 

Appendix 1 White_Umfolozi_Causeway_Crossing_EMP_V2.pdf (1 564KB)

Appendix 3 Freshwater_and_Vegetation_14082019_002.pdf (3 007KB)

Appendix 4 Floodline Assessment Babanango_Flood_Assessment_NatureStamp_Final_Report.pdf (2 439KB)

Appendix 5 Aquatic (Instream) Babanango_Report_Rev_1.pdf (2575KB)

Appendix 6 Geotechnical Report 1_32687-C_-_Imfolozi_Causeway_Crossing.pdf (222KB)

Appendix 6 Geotechnical Report 2_CAD_32687-_C-01.pdf (684KB)

Appendix 6 Geotechnical Report 3_CAD_32687-_C-02.pdf (2 954KB)

Appendix 6 Geotechnical Report - Photos 4_Plates_C_1-7.pdf (526KB)

Appendix 7 Engineering Design 1_Drift_flow_letter.pdf (477KB)

Appendix 7 Engineering Design 2_TD_05-Detail_11-_NEW_UMFOLOZI_CROSSING_Causeway.pdf (406KB)

Appendix 7 Engineering Design 3_U05_DBN_TD08_Babanango_R01i-New_Umfolozi.pdf (1 149KB)

Appendix_List.pdf (93KB)



Hulamin and Isizinda MES Postponement Applications

Phelamanga has been appointed as the independent facilitator to assist Engage Engineering in collaboration with Climate Legal, COEX Environmental Planners and the IMA Trader team as they prepared the Hulamin (PTY) Ltd and Isizinda Aluminium (Pty) Ltd application for postponement of compliance timeframes of the Minimum Emissions Standards (MES) in terms of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (No. 39 of 2004). 
The applications are for the Hulamin sites at Edendale and Campsdrift and the Isizinda site in Richards Bay.

The application was advertised from 4 July 2019 in various local newspapers, documents are available online and hard copies are available at the following venues:

Hulamin, Moses Mabhida Rd, Pietermaritzburg

Isizinda 4 Harbour Arterial Rd, Richards Bay

The Comment period is from 4 July to 13 August 2019.


A public meeting for each site was held as follows:


Date: 16 July 2019

Time: 14.00

Venue: Isizinda, Boardroom, 4 Harbour Arterial Rd, Richards Bay


Date: 17 July 2019

Time: 16.30

Venue: Hulamin, Training Centre, Moses Mabhida Rd, Pietermaritzburg

The minutes of the meeting are available as follows:

Isizinda Minutes: 190716_Isizinda_MES_Minutes_V2.pdf

Hulamin Minutes: 190717_Hulamin_MES_Minutes_V2.pdf

The documents are available as follows:
The Hulamin Background Information Document is 503 KB in size 190709_BID_Hulamin_PMB_V5.pdf

The Isizinda Background Information Document is 301 KB in size 190625_BID_Isizinda_V3.pdf

If you would like the DRAFT Atmospheric Impact Report (AIR) or Air Dispersion Modelling Report please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note:

The Hulamin AIR is 1 182 KB in size

The Hulamin Air Dispersion Modelling Report is 5 225 KB in size

The Isizinda AIR is 908 KB in size

The Isizinda Air Dispersion Modelling Report is 5 396 KB in size

Please note - as per the minutes of the Isizinda meeting there are updated tables that are an addendum to the Isizinda AIR - please contact rose@phelamanga for these tables.