Save a beach Development of a Maintenance Management Plan for the Cape St Francis Coastal Environment
December 2022 FBAR and EMMP - Cape St Francis Coastal Environment
The Kouga Local Municipality has commissioned a Basic Assessment (BA) and Integrated Environmental Maintenance Management Plan (EMMP) for the Cape St Francis village coastal area. Management recommendations provided in the report are in the form of development interventions and maintenance actions. Because of the location of the village in a coastal area and within a sensitive environment, approval from the competent environmental authority (i.e. the Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT)) is required before many of the suggested actions can be implemented.
Activities under Listing Notices 1 and 3 of the EIA Regulations (2014 as amended) are triggered by the suggested development and maintenance activities. A Basic Assessment must therefore be undertaken and submitted to the DEDEAT in terms of EIA Regulations (2014 as amended) under Section 24 of the National Environmental Management Act (No. 107 of 1998). This notice serves to inform you that the Final BAR has been submitted to the DEDEAT for their review and decision-making (Reference number EC08/C/LN1&3/M/32-2022).
Find the 2 MB Cape St Francis Coastal Area FBAR _compressed.pdf HERE
Many thanks Belinda Clark CEN (Working to conserve South Africa's dwindling natural resources) http://www.environmentcen.co.za ______________________________________________________________________________
A public workshop was held on 18 June 2021 in Cape St Francis, to discuss the first phase of the Coastal Maintenance Management Plan. We promised to share copies of the 2 presentations, as well as a link to the virtual recording on Zoom.
POSSIBLE REMOVAL OF CAPE ST FRANCIS DUNE INVESTIGATED Kouga Municipality is investigating the possible removal of a portion of the dune at Cape St Francis that sparked a community protest earlier this month. Kouga Finance Portfolio Councilor, Brenton Williams, said the municipality would be submitting an emergency application to the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) in terms of Section 30(A)2 of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema), requesting permission to try and redress the situation that gave rise to the protest. Williams, who's been acting as Executive Mayor this past week, said the dune had been built-up and extended by a few local property owners. “The dune now stretches right up to the high-water mark. This results in a massive backwash, especially at high tide when the swell is big,” he said. He said the municipality was exploring ways to minimise the immediate threat to lives while also protecting public land and private properties along the coast. "One of the short-term solutions we are considering, is removing a portion of the dune," he said. “Once the immediate risk has been addressed, the next step is to compile a dune management plan for our region's coastal areas." He said global warming, rising sea levels and coastal developments dating back to before current Environmental legislation were all contributing to a range of safety challenges along the coast. “In some areas the beach has eroded to such an extent that municipal infrastructure and properties are at risk of being washed away by the ocean. "In other areas infrastructure and properties are at risk of being overrun by sand.” He said a dune management plan was essential going forward so as to keep coastal communities safe from these climate-related challenges.
Country South Africa Province Eastern Cape District Sarah Baartman Municipality Kouga Area • Total 4.38 sq km Population (2011) • Total 342 • Density 78 sq km Racial makeup (2011) • Black African 3.5%, • Coloured 1.8% • White 94.7% First languages (2011) • English 55.6% • Afrikaans 42.1% • Xhosa 1.8% • Other 0.6%