Welcome! “Government has mandated them to do this.” He also argues that it is only the 75Km (13%) of the Greenfields section that runs through the Pondoland Centre of Endemism (PCE) that is contentious, and that the narrow margins of the road reserve mean it is only 16% of the natural environment of the PCE that will be disturbed. The public consultation process is inadequate. “After visiting the area and witnessing for himself the poverty and disease that exists in that area, the minister felt that the people had suffered great neglect since there has been no significant development in the past 15 years,” she said. The EIA was met with a storm of protest from varied groupings, including KZN provincial government and the Ethkwini Municipality, taxi association, residents and environmental groups. Today 23 March, 200 attended Komkhulu. This is after … In a 21 page fax sent out to IAPs she dismissed all 49 appeals lodged in objection to the new road. The Ministry of Finance assigns less than 22% of the fuel levy to the purpose for which it was collected. Log into your account. About 18000 indirect jobs are expected to exist after the road was built. N2 Wild Coast Toll Highway – Environmental Monitoring Committee – Meeting No. Land rights activist and SWC community co-ordinator Pasika Nontshiza said: “This is ridiculous, they would not have completed consultation for a project which will erode 85km of endemic species, from where people get their plants and herbs.”. Given the lack of a broader socio –economic development plan needed to realize socio economic benefits of the road, in combination with the cumulative negative impacts that will arise as a consequence of the road, one has a likely situation where very few positive impacts might accrue, but a great many negative impacts might result. Author: Tony Carnie Minister of Water & Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, has approved the controversial N2 tollroad through the environmentally sensitive Pondoland Centre of Endemism. 26 of the appeals were dismissed out of hand due to the fact that they address socio-economic impacts of the tolling; which was the responsibility of the dept of transport and the SANRAL Act. The report recommends that a new study be conducted which takes into account social costs and uses updated financial assumptions. When loss through unsustainable use is factored into GDP, many of the developing countries that show positive GDP growth are actually experiencing net loss of capital, with dire consequences for future growth.’. The Minister overlooks the fact that there are many other options of ‘development’ that will bring benefits to the region without the high, and unsustainable, cost of human and environmental disruption that the proposed N2 will bring to the PCE. They have been abandoned by the Chief, Mining Director Lunga Baleni. The Minister misses the point completely when he dismisses the issues around the “Greenfields” section as being insignificant when viewed from the perspective of the road as a whole. We are asking for an extension to this deadline but we are also told that DEAT is requiring a notice of intention to appeal. From the "who do they think they're fooling" department: Daily Dispatch 2008/11/18 approximately 16% - to the extent that the vegetation will be uprooted. Whether the relative costs of upgrading the existing R61 were accurately compared to the cost of the new road with bridge-spans or not is doubtful, but the environmental and cost objections seem tenuous at best. Funding will be made available for the N2 Wild Coast project but the route will be tolled. FUNDING for the controversial N2 Wild Coast Toll Road project, including its two mega-bridges and the seven other bridges that will need to be built, will come from the Medium Term Budget. The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Wild Coast Highway Section 20 between the Msikaba Bridge and the Mtentu Bridge. How will our people benefit? However, the latest report shows that assumptions made with regard to projected revenue and traffic volumes simply no longer apply while costs have mushroomed, invalidating the original cost benefit analysis. But the idea of a formally declared Pondoland Park, as it was presented to Wild Coast Communities by former Minister of the Environment and Tourism Minister van Schalkwyk, was rejected out of hand by local communities who reside on the land, who see it as nothing more than an attempt at a land grab of communal land by government authorities. Update: They have finally indicated that an additional R3.65 added to the fuel levy would have to be implemented as an alternative to tolling, thus bringing the fuel levy to R5.77 per liter. In effect he raided the road fund. And in a classic sleight of hand, the honorable minister proves that the point is moot anyway because the condition was only raised in the TOR, but was never annexed to the contract binding the environmental consultants (CCA) to SANRAL, and can therefor be assumed to be non-binding. The contentious toll proposal was approved by the national Environmental Affairs Department earlier this year, but several groups have appealed to the environmental |affairs minister to scrap the project. Objections SANRAL, by way of it’s logic challenged spokesman, Vusi Mona, and it’s clearly equally challenged minister,  Dipuo Peters, claims that it is not possible to fund road maintenance and new infrastructure from the fiscus and thus we need toll roads. As of May 2019, a project had been opened to upgrade the surface of 15km of the Road DR08046, which is a portion of the Wild Coast Meander. According to Cullinan, the environmental affairs minister had no legal alternative but to scrap the toll road proposal because the environment impact assessment had not considered the full socio-economic impacts of tolling. It criticised Sanral for not consulting stakeholders such as the eThekwini Municipality and the KwaZulu-Natal government. Attempts to get their comment on the pending construction were unfruitful yesterday. However, this must be seen in the context of the size of the project. He said the community they claimed to be concerned about had received no responses to their concerns on the future of the existing projects, from which they derived an income. We will include your appeal with ours. M through its contracts. “Sanral boasts about the magnificence of the mega bridges over the Msikaba and Mtentu gorges, but their justification for the R2.5bn price tag is ludicrous,” said Pretorius. By ANDREW STONE NMA EFFECTIVE SOCIAL STRATEGISTS The project, initially intended to take off some 10 years ago, has been stalled by objections from Pondoland communities whose homes the road will cut through, and from environmentalists who fear the ecological impact. Join the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), in association with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) for a webinar, unpacking and deliberating on themes critical to the DDM implementation | Register here: ow.ly/Y9wG50CNQf8 ... 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The N2 Toll Road EIA points out that the proposed highway will result in substantial damage to the environment, particularly the extension through the ‘Greenfields’ section which traverses the Pondoland Centre of Plant Endemism. Mitigations for climate change make it essential that dependency on carbon producing private motor vehicle use is reduced in favour of greater public transport facilities ( such as rail) and regional development systems that are not dependent upon the extensive long distance road haulage of goods. “The estimated present (2007) value of this additional income is approximately R15829 million.”. this project is in the province of eastern cape in the district municipality of or tambo and the local municipality of ingquza hill. Construction on the stalled multibillion-rand N2 Wild Coast project is to resume on Monday when the contractor returns to the site. In 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development here in South Africa, Kofi Annan, then UN Secretary General, stated ‘…a path to prosperity that ravages the environment and leaves a majority of humankind behind in squalor will soon prove to be a dead-end road for everyone.”, The Millennium Assessment of 2005 showed that ‘the degradation of ecosystem services represents loss of a capital asset’ and furthermore that ‘loss of eco-systems services are seldom, if ever, brought into the balance sheet of GDP. Cullinan's comment on mining refers to the Australian group Mineral Resource Commodities (MRC), which was recently granted approval to mine titanium and other heavy minerals from the Xolobeni area of the Wild Coast. Over three and a half years ago the previous EIA was turned down by the Minister of Environment Affairs because of “inappropriate links” between environmental consultants Bohlweki and the consortium of construction companies proposing the unsolicited bid for a high speed link between Durban and East London. Wed 19 Nov. Libode Town Hall - 10 am - 17.00 hrs Both the UNDP and GEO4 state that poverty relief in many instances is interdependent upon reversing environmental degradation and nurturing sustainable livelihoods. demonstrates inadequate consultation with IAPs. / Mbizana contractor boosted by N2 Wild Coast Road project (MyPR.co.za) May 7, 2018 By // by Alan Straton Filed Under: General Business Eastern Cape, 07 May 2018: Positive socio-economic effects anticipated from the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd’s (SANRAL) N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR) are beginning to materialise. Building cost was estimated at R6.4-billion in 2007. Last month, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry lodged a challenge against the N2 Wild Coast toll road on behalf of more than 3 500 local companies. We don’t know what that is based on and that it’s probably wrong, based on the the other Peters track record. Lylie Musgrave Email: theohnma [dot] org [dot] za, A number of requests were received from people who wished to send in comments against the N2 toll road proposal and in support of SWC (Sustaining the Wild Coast - www.swc.org.za) principles. The greenfields route between Lusikisiki and Port Edward is not of concern only because of the threat it poses to the Pondoland Centre of Endemism but it will also isolate the present economic centres of the region, notably Mt Frere, Flagstaff and Bizana and it will have an impact on Kokstad. The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has awarded a R1.65 bllion tender for a new mega-bridge project on the Wild Coast. It reveals that construction costs increased by 45% to 55% over the past eight years, pushing up the cost whereas the growth rate in the economy has declined dramatically. But John Clarke of Sustaining the Wild Coast initiative raised concerns over current capacity to manage the road and environment effectively. If the government is truly serious about addressing issues of poverty alleviation and inequality in the rural areas of Eastern Cape, while paying more than lip service to environmental considerations, then they need to go back to the drawing board and rethink their concepts of sustainability and development, instead of trying to perpetuate a flawed and unsustainable development model based on inappropriate models of development thinking that were fashionable in the 90s’. Dumisani Maluleke, the deputy chief financial officer of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) said the minister had announced that this and the Moloto Road upgrades would be tolled. It is incorrect. This included the toll road and the establishment of the Pondoland National Park. However, once again nobody from the traditional authorities attended the meeting. - By NTANDO MAKHUBU, http://www.dispatch.co.za/article.aspx?id=321370. 2. One of six issues singled out as causing rising spending pressures across the public finances was the funding of South Africa’s road infrastructure. The new route will be about 75km shorter than the existing N2 via Kokstad. He added that although the project meant a new and improved road, a single trip could cost drivers R250 from East London to Durban, although regular travellers could apply for an exemption. Nevertheless, the Democratic Alliance has welcomed the reported decision by Ndebele to block plans to levy further tolls. Patrick Pillay, executive committee MF representative, said the toll had always been opposed, because it would create undue hardships on business and motorists. misleadingly characterises the project as a regional social development initiative, misleadingly assesses the benefits of secondary development, fails to assess the cumulative effects of mining and the toll road\. He said that the promise of jobs was a tool used by the authorities to bolster their position. ribbon development, pollution, unsustainable resources use. However, if you would like to send it exactly as it is, then it is recommended that you include a 'provisio' along the lines of:-. It would seem that it is the engineering companies that are driving this proposal. The road will be 410km long from East London to Mtamvuna River on the border between the two provinces. They will have to pay toll fees when they travel this route after its upgrade. THE economic spin-offs of a proposed N2 toll road through the ecologically sensitive Wild Coast outweighed potential damage to the environment and loss of wildlife diversity. Objectors now have less than a month to say why they believe construction should not go ahead. The EIA is full of contradictions and unfounded assumptions. In 2010, it seems, the idea of a dedicated road maintenance fund was put forward by S’bu Ndebele, transport minister at the time, although it seems the DA had been promoting the idea for some time before. The release is the latest step in the proposed construction of the motorway from Buffalo City through Transkei to Isipingo south of Durban, cutting out 85km of the existing N2 route. Construction on the stalled multibillion-rand N2 Wild Coast project is to resume on Monday when the contractor returns to the site. Thurs 20 Nov Mthatha Town Hall 10.am - 19.30 Instead they came the same night, in the dark. PRESS RELEASE 12 -04 -2010 N2 TOLL ROAD - GOVERNMENT APPEARS OBLIVIOUS TO THE COMPLEXITY OF REAL ISSUES AT STAKE A recent parliamentary response to questions about the N2 Toll Road, posed to the Minister of Transport, shows the government has a deeply flawed understanding of the broader issues surrounding the N2 Toll road debacle. In the latest submission, Cullinan disputes claims by Sanral that building a new toll road along the Wild Coast would help to create jobs and uplift rural communities in Pondoland. The N2 Wild Coast toll road has veered off track again, raising fresh questions about the affordability of a multibillion-rand scheme that has been linked to an Australian-backed mining venture. He said Sanral welcomed government’s commitment to infrastructure spending, its backing of Sanral projects and its support for the principal of tolling. Construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Highway Section 20 between the Lingeni Intersection (km 15.40) and the Msikaba Bridge (km 33.02). So if this is being planned, why is SANRAL forging ahead with its tolling regime? What is clear is that the minister is being a "loyal cadre" and carrying out the wishes of the ANC, while betraying her office and responsibilities to the environment. SWC is very much in favour of developing infrastructure on the Wild Coast, but this must be done in ways that benefit both local communities and their rich and varied heritage, both cultural and ecological. This means that all subsequent ‘consultation’ has been geared toward finding justification for the proposal, rather than beginning from a base which first determined local need, and then proposed suitable infrastructure arising out of this. It also said it was flabbergasted at the tolling decisions, including the proposed booths on the N2 just south of Durban. Far from revealing that the N2 proposal is part of a well thought out Spatial Development Plan for the Wild Coast Region, the Ministers response highlights the deep and inconsistent fatal flaws inherent in the N2 proposal. "The ANC is flabbergasted by Sanral's approach of constructing tollgates without even consulting the people who are affected by such tollgates. Many of the comments have described the EIAR as ‘fatally flawed” in many ways, but particularly in its lack of compliance with required legal standards and adherence to public participation norms. The documentation covering the various studies such as the economic impact studies and the environmental impact assessment are voluminous. The party’s KZN transport spokesman, Radley Keys, said he had introduced a motion in the provincial parliament eight years ago against further toll booths in KZN. We are instructed by the meeting at Komkhulu today 23 March 2017 to say exactly the following in a short letter from the Traditional Authority of Umgungundlovu to the new CEO of SANRAL: “Starting from now, SANRAL will cease and desist from all activities in our community. This is not the first time such a devious tactic designed to stifle public comment has been employed”. A major concern addressed by numerous appeals was SANRAL's bias towards the new 75km section of road between Lusikisiki and Mzamba and against the upgrading of the existing R61. The report said, however, that the economic spin-offs for the Eastern Cape could be substantial. For the full study see www.ccaenvironmental.co.za. The deadline for public comments on the new N2 Wild Coast Toll road EIA is 22 January. agency soc limited (sanral) invites tenders for the construction of the n2 wild coast toll highway section 20 between the lingeni intersection (km 15.40) and the msikaba bridge (km 33.02). Various parties have mounted legal challenges to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dgkvztcd_95f7k2zxhj. Only investment in people brings 'development'. As long ago as 2003, we asked SANRAL to upgrade the existing roads. If you don’t respect this, we will tie up your staff and keep them here by us, until their father comes and fetch them.”. Note that this is a summary of some of the main points that SWC has raised in its N2 EIA commentary: Although the new EIA process professes to give an independent assessment of the merits of the proposal it is still saddled with dealing with the problems of an extensive infrastructure proposal, with far reaching and long term consequences for future national and regional development, that was developed as an isolated and unsolicited bid by a consortium of private bidding companies whose primary motivation was profit, rather than arising out of an integrated and comprehensive regional development plan. The new scoping report and EIA for the N2 ‘ Wild Coast’ Toll road has been completed and is available for download from the websites www.nra.co.za or www.ccaenvironmental.co.za or by contacting Theo Hansford. Mr Maluleke pointed out that reductions in public sector spending and increased investment in physical infrastructure, including roads, were recurring themes of the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement. This myth is that ecological losses are justified if they result in economic gains. Those who will be directly affected by the toll road are extremely concerned not least because of the lack of consultation. Tues 9 Dec. Holy Cross Community hall 10.00 - 17.00hrs Awards. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NO 743 DATE REPLY SUBMITTED: 30 MARCH 2010 DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: MONDAY, 15 MARCH 2010 (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: NO 7 – 2010) Mr G R Morgan (DA) asked the Minister of Transport: (1) Whether the proposed development of the N2 Wild Coast Toll highway is being done in conjunction with a broader spatial planning process for the areas that will be impacted by the road; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) (a) how will the proposal for the new road benefit the broader development objectives of the area and (b) what are the negative effects of the proposed road in respect of the broader development objectives of the area? Given the high environmental impacts of the proposal and the very ‘wishy washy’ suggested impact mitigations which lack any concrete detailed planning, the proposaI does not comply with NEMA regulations or Constitution Section 24 , and does not support the vision of the recently adopted National Framework for Sustainable Development as a guideline for the future development path of South Africa. The issuing on Monday of a record of decision by the Department of Environmental Affairs authorising construction of the road is the latest in a long line of action – or inaction – around the mega-billion-rand project. According to Shell & SAPIA in 2014 the following applied: Now, since SANRAL has to publish it’s Annual Financial Statements, we can see what they actually spend. This project is in the province of Eastern Cape in the district municipality of OR Tambo and the local municipality of Ingquza Hill. E-MAIL: theoh@nma.org.za, Outa has done so since the first version of this post, @ 8.5% as per the world-bank rate for South Africa, http://safcei.blogspot.com/2010/05/wild-coast-mining-and-toll-road.html, http://www.dispatch.co.za/article.aspx?id=270854. Skills development, mentorship, leadership and entrepreneurial development programmes. agency soc limited (sanral) invites tenders for the construction of the n2 wild coast wild coast highway section 20 between the msikaba bridge and the mtentu bridge. We are calling for support from all areas of the globe and ask that you add your voices to the call of the Pondoland people. We give only one example. We believe strongly that the people of the Eastern Cape deserve the development of a road system which does not punish them with excessively high toll fees. N2 Wildcoast Toll Project . PO BOX 32097 The Ministers response implies that the Pondoland Park is central to the implementation of the WCSDI. This includes SMME contractors and targeted enterprises such as QSME suppliers of g o target which stipulates a minimum amount to be spent o E Roughly, their requirements when going to tender equate to any 'impartial' verdict that aligns with their interests. SWC's dedicated Too Great a Toll fund is helping Wild Coast communities with resources to legally challenge the government's approval of the N2 ‘Wild Coast’ tolled highway. We believe this is dishonest as residents of that area have not been informed that toll fees could be in excess of R75 to get to Durban. The N2WCR will extend from East London via Mthatha, Port St Johns and Lusikisiki to the Mtanvuna River near Port Edward. Join the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), in association with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) for a webinar, unpacking and deliberating on themes critical to the DDM implementation | Register here: The results of two surveys conducted nationwide by the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI) are the latest in a number of surveys conducted over the past year with Built Environment professionals in the private sector, that confirm how government is not doing enough to fast track development. He said the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which they had been asked to re-do, was almost ready, they were just processing public and community input. Mitigations of negative impacts are not based in the realism of practical implementable plans and policy application given local conditions, but on assumptions that :-. 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