Not an upgraded existing route that is 75km longer. Author: Tony Carnie Sanral further said that all necessary consultations were conducted and is following due process in developing the crucial N2 Wild Coast economic artery. 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. Climate change, the collapse of vast sea fisheries, doubling of reactive nitrogen and tripling of phosphorous since 1960, mass conversion of biomes - primarily to agriculture, a 6th great extinction of species due to habitat loss, and declining genetic diversity are all symptoms of a belief in this myth. He said Sanral welcomed government’s commitment to infrastructure spending, its backing of Sanral projects and its support for the principal of tolling. There is still no adequate justification for a tolled highway that alternatives would not meet, particularly in its routing through the ‘Greenfields’ section of the Pondoland Centre of Plant Endemism. THE N2 Wild Coast Toll Road has moved one step closer to becoming a reality after the government this week gave its construction a tentative thumbs-up. The 2003 public participation process was found to have been flawed in the 2004 Appeal Review, therefore how can this be used as a basis for the 2008 process. It also found that once the road was operational, economic income would be improved and sectors such as agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, construction and trade and tourism would enjoy increased income. The "Terms of Reference for Environmental Consultant N2 Wild Coast Toll Road Project" (TOR) included a requirement that there must be "due consideration of alternative options and a strong motivation for excluding the R61 and current N2 as alternative options". N2 Wild Coast Toll Highway – Environmental Monitoring Committee – Meeting No. Wed 19 Nov. Libode Town Hall - 10 am - 17.00 hrs The new route will be about 75km shorter than the existing N2 via Kokstad. The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. Departmental spokesperson Vuyelwa Vika said the toll road, which will start from Buffalo City and go through Transkei to Isipingo south of Durban, had strong business appeal, and constant delays were detrimental only to communities along the proposed route. The submissions have come from individuals, communities, businesses, 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. Kings in the area have voiced their unhappiness over the construction , calling it an invasion of natural land lush with natural flora, fauna and the site of the graves of their forefathers. Awesome SA supports an organisation called Sustaining the Wild Coast. However, it is also one of the poorest and would be well served by the development of a road system to encourage tourism and open up the region to economic opportunities. An unprecedented flood of thousands of objections has poured in to the consultants tasked with writing the final Report on the Wild Coast Toll Road EIA, despite holiday season timing for public comment. Cullinan appealed to the minister to visit the Wild Coast to meet the people and to experience the beauty of the area before making a final decision. The Msikaba and Mtentu Bridges are part of an improvement to the older N2 Wild Coast Toll Road that will be 85 kilometers shorter and 3 hours faster. 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. ENDS Val Payn On Behalf of Sustaining the Wild Coast (SWC) swcoastvalgmail [dot] com cell - 083 4416961. He questioned how many tolls KZN was meant to have and also questioned how all the toll fees accrued by Sanral were used. This ‘integrated approach’ emphasizes that the sustainable functioning of social and economic structures are dependent upon maintaining and working within the capacity of the environment to maintain and regenerate itself. Promoting eco-tourism development initiatives along the Wild Coast which includes training hiking guides, establishing guided hikes, helping local people set up community based ‘homestays’ and networking with other eco-tourism development organisations to promote responsible eco-tourism. They did not come. “They are not against development, but they do not know what they gain from this,” he said. During construction phase, some 6800 direct and up to 21300 indirect jobs were expected to be created, with 900 permanent jobs and some 18000 indirect jobs created after the road was built. The report recommends that a new study be conducted which takes into account social costs and uses updated financial assumptions. The objection has been lodged by attorney Cormac Cullinan in response to previous submissions by the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral). 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. In the minister's words "Therefore, I do not agree with the interpretation of the appellant that the EAP is compelled to provide a strong motivation that the R61 and current N2 should not be considered as an option. However, the reality is that hazardous waste is an everyday thing | http://ow.ly/lFOH50CHvAD. 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. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) says its making ‘steady progress’ in developing the multi-billion-rand N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR) project. PO BOX 32097 After all, it was Barend du Plessis, under the “dreaded apartheid regime” that instated this fiscal travesty by dumping the fuel levy into the fiscus, ending the road fund (the South African NP government was facing serious financial problems at the time). Residents may wait up to two months to hear if the department upholds its decision. The staff said they have permission from members of the mining lobby. Sustaining the Wild Coast's (SWC) focuses on assisting traditional rural communities living along Pondoland's Wild Coast, in the northern coastal regions of the former Transkei of South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, to create a positive future for themselves. South Africa is a country that has lived through one of the most frightening, riveting, and inspiring political revolutions in history. Tues 9 Dec. Holy Cross Community hall 10.00 - 17.00hrs your password Sanral CEO Nazir Alli this morning said he could not respond to the criticism because he had not seen the ANC statement. N2 Wild Coast Update; Hello Provincial Series; Investing In Series; N2N3 Freeway Upgrade; About tolls. FAX: 086 601 0381 The impacts included increased traffic congestion, accidents, pollution and noise, which would decrease property values and reduce residents' quality of life. More than 7800 submissions from the public were included in the report, which was started afresh in 2007 by CCA Environmental (Pty) Ltd after the original EIA was shelved in 2004. As at the 14 th of May 2020, the current status is underway.. OUTA and the DA have taken the matter to court, but to date have failed to make convincing enough claims to stop the projects. You can follow SWC on Twitter - @SWCOAST & on Facebook - SustainingtheWildCoast. “In the meantime poverty levels have deepened,” he added. That's not even 10% of the project. produces results. Sanral’s project manager for the N2 Wild Coast Road Project, Craig McLachlan said the project holds significant socio-economic benefits for local communities, including an … Or will the people of South Africa take matters into their own hands as the people of Brittany in France have? He responded positively at that time. “By the end of the year a decision on the mining project would have been reached, so that if it does not continue alternative developmental projects must be put in place,” Vika said. January 29, 2009 press statement by SWC. 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. Funding will be made available for the N2 Wild Coast project but the route will be tolled. 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. We now welcome the united voice against tolling that has been adopted by all parties in the province.”. 3 – 19 April 2017 2 5. For immediate release. Download Here: HSRC Research Report on Pondoland. Furthermore, the provision of this road will strengthen the national road network where it has been required for decades. This is to be a separate application. It sounds good and well, but a critical look shows these arguments to be misleading, highly contradictory, and totally oblivious to the realities at play in the region. Construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Highway Section 20 between the Lingeni Intersection (km 15.40) and the Msikaba Bridge (km 33.02). - If the road is intended to be a catalyst for secondary and ribbon development, then to say that ‘disturbance’ to the PCE will be limited to the 16% directly affected by the road surface and road reserve is a highly deceptive statement, to say the least. Assisting Wild Coast communities with advocacy, legal representation and specialist advice to enable them to 'own their future'. It is because of the social and environmental inappropriateness and unsustainability of the new ‘Greenfields’ section, and the extra taxes that will be imposed on the public in the form of tolls to pay for the road, that the proposed N2 has caused such a debacle and has been so opposed by the public. environmental organisations and civil society groups, while in Durban, where road users are protesting extra toll booths, local government have joined the chorus. The N2 ‘Wild Coast’ Toll Rd EIA appears to have resurrected a widespread and extremely short-sighted myth which is common in economic circles. The road reserve here will be 80 m wide; the road prism will generally vary between 20 and 50 m and the surfaced width will be 12,5 m. Thus, an area approximately 94 ha out of a total area of 600 ha (greenfield site) will be disturbed – i.e. The N2 Wild Coast Road will extend over a total distance of 410km between the N2 Gonubie Interchange ( near East London in the Eastern Cape) and the Mtamvuna River bridge (Between Mzamba in the Eastern Cape and Port Edward in Kwa-Zulu Natal). demonstrates inadequate consultation with IAPs. Our concern is about the route of this proposed toll road and the fact that it is to be a toll road which will place an extremely heavy burden not only on the people of the Eastern Cape but also on the residents of Durban. "The ANC is flabbergasted by Sanral's approach of constructing tollgates without even consulting the people who are affected by such tollgates. ", "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach. Under these circumstances it is difficult to see how the concept of a ‘Pondoland Park’ can be named as a tool for ‘mitigations’ of negative impacts. “Government has mandated them to do this.” In his recent Medium Term Budget Policy Statement speech, Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan singled out the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road as an example of investment in economic infrastructure in line with the National Development Plan. 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From the "who do they think they're fooling" department: Daily Dispatch 2008/11/18 "In this case, the exceptional beauty of this coastline and the unique culture of the AmaMpondo, together with the unique ecosystems and plants endemic to the area, have combined to create an area of immense natural beauty which will be severely degraded by constructing the highway through it. "Our clients do not oppose the improvement of the N2 road between Durban and East London, or making it a toll road if that is necessary to fund the upgrading. In reply to questions of whether the N2 was being planned as part of a broader spatial development plan, and how it would benefit the broader development objectives of the area, the Minister responded that the N2 was planned as part of the Wild Coast Spatial Development Initiative (WCSDI) intended to ‘unlock the development potential of the Eastern Cape’. 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. Their refusal has been extremely costly in terms of failed development and human lives lost as a result of the poor condition of the present roads. 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. 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. The documentation covering the various studies such as the economic impact studies and the environmental impact assessment are voluminous. For the construction of the Mtentu River Bridge which was awarded at R1,6 billion. Sustaining the Wild Coast needs support, because you know what... the future is not a place that we are going to go; it’s a place that we are going to create. Surely the route of the road should be dependent upon the outcomes of social development policies rather than the other way round? Three weeks ago, the TA asked community leader Sinegugu Zukulu to suggest 23 March. He represents the Khimbili communal property owners' association and members of the Sigidi, Baleni, Mdatya and Amadiba communities. We have decided to let this be an open letter: On 14 February, SANRAL’s new CEO Mr Macozoma got an invitation delivered by hand in Pretoria from Umgungundlovu Traditional Authority (TA) to discuss the N2 “Green Fields” Wild Coast Toll Road, which the community challenges in court. Since roads are the catalyst for development, the potential of the area will not be realized without a good road and the people of the area will be continued to be consigned to a life of poverty. This is approximately 13% of the entire length of the road. “Sanral is acting highly inappropriately by advertising for tenders and raising expectations within the construction industry before all legal objections to the toll road have been heard.”. Nevertheless, the Democratic Alliance has welcomed the reported decision by Ndebele to block plans to levy further tolls. The N2 West Coast road aims to connect Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal and create economic opportunities for the communities living on the Wild Coast. Mr Maluleke also pointed out that the statement did not say anything about the e-tolls project being cancelled. Vika said people could not continue living in hope after repeated promises of development. 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. N2 Toll - Msikaba Bridge Proudly Researched by: Estelle Pillay Last Updated on: 01 December 2020. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says up to 7 000 project-related jobs will be created during the construction of the new N2 Wild Coast road. Roughly, their requirements when going to tender equate to any 'impartial' verdict that aligns with their interests. The EIA is full of contradictions and unfounded assumptions. NW870E REPLY: The Minister of Transport The proposed development of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Highway is being done with a broad spatial planning process. It added: “Overall, it is considered that the potential social benefits of the proposed project, as assessed along the entire route, and if enhanced as recommended, would outweigh the potential negative impact. One cannot talk development in the Wild Coast area without also considering the spectre of the Xolobeni mining proposal. BRAAMFONTEIN, 2017 However, South Coast motorists should expect to contribute to the costs. This is according to lawyers representing communities on the Wild Coast who have lodged final legal objections to prevent the N2 Wild Coast toll road from going ahead. Pretorius said Sanral had secured Treasury funding for the bridges, but admitted it has no approved plan yet for finding the R6bn needed to connect them up. 10 am - 19h 30 Scottburgh Town Hall Environmentalists are also concerned a portion of the road between Lusikisiki and Port Edward will bisect the Pondoland Centre of Endemism (PCE) sections of the proposed Wild Coast/Pondoland National Park. 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. About 18000 indirect jobs are expected to exist after the road was built. Toll Project . The N2 Wild Coast Project entails the construction of two mega-bridge structures on the Msikaba and Mtentu Rivers, seven additional major river bridges and several interchange bridges, as well as new intersection, interchanges, pedestrian walkways and agricultural under and over passes. Plant search and rescue on Wild Coast project. Construction of the multi-billion rand N2 Wild Coast toll road was given the green light in January this year. The more than $2 trillion lost on stocks and shares is dwarfed by the up to $4.5 trillion worth of natural resources destroyed forever each year.’. In Richard Branson's Screw Business as Usual, he is calling for people to turn capitalism upside down – to shift our values, to switch from a profit focus to caring for people, communities and the planet. The EIA give no indication on how the necessary capacity building will occur or unfold. In April GroundUp described a looming court battle between SANRAL and several residents affected by the R9-billion N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR) from East London to Port Edward. In terms of mitigations for negative impacts, the Minister agrees that the road will bring ‘disruption to the status quo’, but suggests that the preservation of the environment is a secondary consideration to the improved quality of life the road will supposedly bring. “We have jobs that are in harmony with nature – why can’t they be boosted?”. http://www.thestar.co.za/?fSectionId=492&fArticleId=vn20100602145659883C... Bishop Geoff Davies - 6 May 2010 http://safcei.blogspot.com/2010/05/wild-coast-mining-and-toll-road.html The Wild Coast continues to be under threat from both the application to undertake sand dune mining and the N2 toll highway. Two recent developments causing much concern for local people are ongoing proposals to open cast mining in the area, and the proposed routing of a tolled highway, a new extension to the existing N2 national road, through the region. Tues 2 Dec Mahaha Junior secondary school 10am - 17.00 hrs Government’s Wild Coast Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) was undertaken in the mid 1990’s, which focused on a developmental strategy that could address poverty, create jobs and uplift communities of the impoverished Wild Coast area. The Wild Coast communities are legally challenging the lack of proper consultation and other serious legal deficiencies in the N2 proposals Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). That would cost  R1.415 billion per month, or R16.99 billion per year to pay back, leaving R30 billion for ongoing maintenance and new projects not included in the R197 backlog. N.002-200-2016/1 - SANRAL *(Details Change)* The gross once-off investment in the area during construction - R4 773 million. The full EIA can be viewed in various towns including the East London central library and Mthatha public library. Documents. “This framework is of significant importance to Sanral because it demonstrates government’s commitment to infrastructure investment in general – and roads in particular – and offers advance indications of long-term shifts in expenditure or revenue patterns that might be in the pipeline,” he said. Surely a legal challenge to the misappropriation of funds can be mounted and the effects thereof reversed? EIA statements that SANRAL should attempt to manage negative impacts do not constitute an adequate management plan. Cullinan, who has lodged an objection on behalf of local communities in the Pondoland region of the Wild Coast, says documents obtained during a recent Promotion of Access to Information Act application suggested that the independence of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) had been significantly compromised. Attempts to get their comment on the pending construction were unfruitful yesterday. fax 27 31 2616232 This myth has been widely perpetuated by a number of local media reports concerning the N2 project. 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. Safety threats, violent protests and financial instability are reportedly the cause of delays in the multi-billion rand Wild Coast N2 project, with contractors abandoning the site citing safety concerns. 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. Mitigations of negative impacts are not based in the realism of practical implementable plans and policy application given local conditions, but on assumptions that :-. It is stated that objections need to be made before 19th May. You can delete anything you don't personally agree with, or feel free to add any of your own comments that you feel it does not cover, or are more suitable for your own circumstances. Our own South African Environmental Outlook report, published in 2007 by the DEAT, makes it abundantly clear that South Africa cannot be at all complacent when it comes to the state of our environment, if we are to have any hope of pursuing a sustainable path. Tel 011 447 6037 Email theoh@nma.org.za. In effect he raided the road fund. But the proposed motorway has environmentalists in a froth, who said together with planned mining of sensitive coastal dunes in the same area it could have a “disastrous” impact. If the government is seriously considering tourism as key to unlocking the development potential of the region, as the Minister suggests, then how can government be simultaneously entertaining the idea of mining in the very same area where they are talking about a Pondoland Park and increasing tourism? Is this sense many mitigation give the appearance of being a ‘cop out’ by SANRAL. They are completely disrespected. Objectors now have less than a month to say why they believe construction should not go ahead. Sustaining the Wild Coast (SWC) will shortly issue a brief outline regarding our concerns. The latest news report follows a statement last month in which the KZN government threatened to go to court to oppose any move to erect toll booths south of Durban to help finance the construction of a new greenfields route along the Wild Coast. 155 signed the attendance register (attached). We hope to send you further information shortly. Richard Branson in his book – Screw Business As Usual – says: "We've a chance to take a shot at really working together to turn upside down the way we approach the challenges we are facing in the world and to look at them in a brand new, entrepreneurial way. 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. SANRAL’s Communication Manager Vusi Mona addresses some of the concerns raised in the article. Justifying a tolled highway on the basis of better access, without a preliminary investigation into what sort of access would bring most benefits and be most suitable for the social and ecological conditions of the area, borders on propagandizing and a case of ‘putting the cart before the horse’. This challenge can be met through the application of mitigation measures. Belief in this myth is leading us to the brink of catastrophic ecological collapse which threatens the foundations of modern civilization. Today 23 March, 200 attended Komkhulu. He pointed out that the budget statement had concluded that, if government did not proceed with tolling to fund major freeways, difficult trade-offs would need to be confronted to avoid a deterioration in the national road network. The 2007 South African National Framework on Sustainable Development argued for recognition of ‘non-negotiable ecological thresholds’ (NFSD, DEAT, 2007:21) that need to be reserved in order to maintain natural capital stocks over time. The annual increase in income in the service area of the proposed road during and after construction will be as follows: 2009/06/08GOVERNMENT has approved plans for the construction of a toll route through the Wild Coast in the face of fierce opposition from environmentalists and the royal house of AmaMpondo. 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\. Skilled labour will be coming from big towns? "We foresee a huge negative economic impact on businesses that will be directly affected by tolling this section of the N2," Manci said. They have been abandoned by the Chief, Mining Director Lunga Baleni. PLANS to build a toll road along the Wild Coast have been attacked as "an act of supreme folly" which would destroy one of the country's most valuable natural assets, mainly to enrich road construction companies and an Australian mining group. In 2008, eThekwini officials conducted a detailed analysis of the effects of the toll. 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. SWC works with Wild Coast communities to find sustainable solutions that improve local livelihood prospects, while respecting local cultural traditions and maintaining the wealth of natural biodiversity and unique ‘sense of place’ that the Wild Coast is re-known for. We will include your appeal with ours. Many public concerns raised in 2003 have still not been addressed or overcome in the 2008 process. 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