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Our Projects

Withers Environmental Consultants’ project experience includes the following categories:
•    Alternative energy, mining and industrial projects;
•    Large-scale resort, housing and commercial developments;
•    Service Infrastructure; and
•    Coastal projects;
•    Regional and local planning.

Alternative Energy, Mining and Industrial
Withers Environmental Consultants has been involved in several projects within the industrial and mining fields, some of these projects include environmental authorisation processes for the following projects:

Alternative Energy, Mining and Industrial Projects:
•    Environmental assessment process for the proposed Davidskraal Photovoltaic project near Victoria West, Northern Cape (2012-);
•    Environmental assessment process for the proposed Donkergats River Photovoltaic project near Atlantis, Western Cape (2011-);
•    Environmental assessment, Section 24G application and Atmospheric Emission License application for P&B Lime Works, Bredasdorp, Western Cape Province (2011-);
•    Environmental assessment for the proposed Mooifontein Uranium Mine, Edenburg, Free State Province;
•    Environmental assessment process for the proposed Brakkefontein Photovoltaic project near Atlantis, Western Cape (2011-);
•    Environmental assessment process for the proposed Brakpoort Photovoltaic project near Victoria West, Northern Cape (2011-);
•    Environmental assessment process for the proposed Storm Photovoltaic project, near Vredenburg, Western Cape (2011-);
•    Environmental assessment process for the proposed Mystic Photovoltaic project, near Vredenburg, Western Cape (2011-);
•    Environmental assessment process for the proposed Dunes Photovoltaic project, near Vredenburg, Western Cape (2011-);
•    Environmental assessment process for the proposed Groene Kloof Wind Energy Generation Facility near Mamre, Western Cape (2011-);
•    Environmental assessment process for the proposed Clover Valley Wind Energy Generation Facility near Mamre, Western Cape (2011-);
•    Environmental assessment process for the proposed Parklands Industrial Development, near Vredenburg, Western Cape (2010-);
•    Section 24G application process for a Direct Reduced Iron Pilot Plant, Cisco, Kuils River (2010), Western Cape;
•    Environmental Management Programme Consolidation, Alexkor Diamond Mine, Alexander Bay (2009/10), Northern Cape;
•    Prospecting Environmental Management Plan for the Riviera Tungsten Mine near Piketberg, Western Cape (2009/10);
•    Environmental assessment process for the Maitland Timber Processing Plant, Maitland, Cape Town, Western Cape (2008);
•    Environmental assessment process for the Witsenburg Copper Chrome Arsenic (CCA) Plant, Ceres, Western Cape (2006);
•    Environmental assessment process for the CCA Timber Processing Plant, Lourensford Sawmill, Somerset West, Western Cape (2005);
•    Environmental assessment process for Sand Mining near Struisbaai, Western Cape (2004);
•    Environmental assessment process for the Penny Pinchers Timber Treatment Plant, Blackheath, Cape Town, Western Cape (2003/2004);
•    Environmental assessment process for the Parmalat Mineral Water Bottling Plant, Bergwater Farms, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Western Cape (2003/2009);
•    Environmental assessment process for a diamond exploration project near Groblershoop Northern Cape (2002);
•    Environmental assessment process for the Vogelfontein Mineral water bottling plant and pipeline, Cederberg, Western Cape (2000).

Large- and Small-Scale Resort, Housing and Commercial Developments
The consultancy has undertaken many environmental impact assessment processes and compiled management plans for projects such as housing and commercial developments, coastal and inland resorts, golf course estates, and new cemeteries.  The practice has also supervised the development of such projects as the environmental control officer in accordance with their approved associated environmental management systems and plans.

Examples of such projects include environmental assessment processes for the following developments:

Land Development Project Experience:
•    Several low-cost housing developments in the Overberg Municipality, Western Cape Province (2011-);
•    Development of 760 low-cost housing units in Duinefontein-Heideveld, Cape Town (2010-).
•    Development of 184 low-cost housing units in Hazendal, Athlone, Cape Town (2009/10);  
•    Development of Indalu Game Reserve, near Mossel Bay and the introduction of tame elephant into the reserve (2010-).
•    Lodge and Resort Development within the Alexandria Dune Field, Eastern Cape (2009-);
•    Residential Development at Sea View Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape (2009-);
•    Klipland Residential Estate, Paarl, Western Cape (2008-);
•    Bella Riva Golf Estate, Fisantekraal Durbanville, Western Cape (2007-);
•    Overberg Gateway Industrial Park, Bortivier, Western Cape (2007/08);
•    Longlands Commercial Development, Stellenbosch, Western Cape (2007-);
•    Lekkerbly Residential Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape (2007/09);
•    Eden Residential and Agricultural Development, Philadelphia, Cape Town, Western Cape (2007-);
•    Melhoutboom Lodge, Zuurberg, Eastern Cape (2007-);
•    Haasendal Residential Apartments, Brackenfell, Western Cape (2007);
•    Salmonsvlei Residential Estate, Paarl, Western Cape (2007-);
•    Amoi Farm Residential Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape (2007/08);
•    Parklands Industrial Park, Vredenburg, Western Cape (2007-);
•    Site supervision for the construction phase of the Delaire Restaurant and Cellar (2007/08);
•    Klamputs Hills Residential Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape (2005-);
•    Stellenbosch Wine & Country Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape (2005-);
•    Preekstoel Residential Resort, Still Bay, Western Cape (2005-);
•    Gloria Cove Resort, Theewaterskloof, Villiersdorp, Western Cape (2005/07);
•    Welgedaan Residential Estate, Saldanha Bay, Western Cape (2006/07);
•    Aan de Weber Residential Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape (2006/08);
•    Jacobsbaai Coastal Residential area, Saldanha Bay, Western Cape (2005/09);
•    Candlewood Coastal Resort, Keurboomstrand, Western Cape (2006/07);
•    Sixteen Mile Beach Development, Yzerfontein, Western Cape (2005/06);
•    Gamka Private Wilderness Reserve, Western Cape (2005/06);
•    Verlorenvlei Coastal Game and Nature Reserve, resort housing and guest house development, Elands Bay, Western Cape (2004);
•    Keurbooms Whale and Nature Reserve, development of 32 resort houses, Western Cape (2003);
•    Langezandt Fishermans Village, Struisbaai, Western Cape (2003/05);
•    Bella Rosa residential and commercial centre, Bellville, Western Cape (2003/07);
•    Swartstomp Resort Housing on Theewaterskloof Dam, Western Cape (2002);
•    Site supervision for construction of The Square Retail Mall, Stellenbosch (2003/2004);
•    Wijnland Plaza regional shopping mall and petrol station just outside Paarl, Western Cape (Although all the approvals were obtained, this mall was not built) (2001);
•    Cederberg 4X4 Trail, Kromrivier, Western Cape (2000);
•    Knysna Elephant Park and Harkerville Private Nature Reserve, Western Cape (2000);
•    Cell-C Communication Masts within the Cape Town Metropolitan Area (1999);
•    De Zalze Golf Estate, comprising 500 houses, golf course and hotel estate, near Stellenbosch, Western Cape (1999);
•    Telkom Radio Communication Centre, Yzerfontein, Western Cape (1998/99);
•    Reins Nature Reserve, resort housing and conference facilities, Gourits River Mouth, Western Cape (1996).

Project Experience: Service Infrastructure
Withers Environmental Consultants has extensive experience in environmental assessment processes for the provision of civil engineering services, notably finding the most suitable environmental alternatives for the development of service infrastructure such as roads, water pipelines, waste water treatment works, electricity servitudes and water reservoirs. The consultancy has been part of many multi-disciplinary professional teams in the provision of such services, both on a regional and local level, for more than 20 years.  

Some of the more recent service infrastructure projects include environmental assessment processes for the following developments (as well as site supervision of the construction phase of some of the projects below):

Service Infrastructure Project Experience:
•    Upgrade of the R44 Provincial Road, Klapmuts, Western Cape Province (2011-);
•    Stellenbosch Wastewater Treatment Work, Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province (2011-);
•    Klapmuts Bulk Engineering Services, Klapmuts, Western Cape (2009-);
•    Klapmuts Sewage Works Upgrade and new Water Reservoirs, Klapmuts, Western Cape (2009/10);
•    Ashton Sewage Works Upgrade, Ashton, Western Cape (2007/09);
•    Robertson Sewage Treatment Works environmental control officer site supervision, Robertson, Western Cape (2007/08);
•    Stanford Sub-Station and Overhead Power Lines, Eskom, environmental assessment and environmental control officer site supervision, Stanford, Western Cape (2007/10);
•    Bezaansklip Reservoir, environmental assessment processes and construction phase site supervision, Saldanha Bay, Western Cape (2006);
•    Gamka Private Wilderness Reserve Bulk Water Supply and Pipeline Alignment, Western Cape (2006);
•    Bredasdorp-Arniston Bulk Water Pipeline, environmental assessment processes and construction phase site supervision, Western Cape (2006);
•    WBK Phase 1 water pipeline upgrade and application for exemption, Western Cape (2005);
•    Ocean View Heights Bulk Water Supply pipeline, Struisbaai, Western Cape (2005);
•    Hannasbaai Bulk Water Supply Pipeline and Reservoir, St Helena Bay, Western Cape, environmental assessment and construction phase site supervision (2005);
•    Ashton-Montagu Bulk Water Supply Pipeline, Western Cape, environmental assessment and construction phase site supervision (2002);
•    Darling Wind Farm – review of Appeal Application, Darling, Western Cape (2002);
•    Bulk water supply for the Koo Valley Irrigation Scheme, including the supervision of the drilling, pipeline alignment and installation, Montagu, Western Cape (2001);
•    Groundwater development for Bredasdorp, Napier and Struisbaai and the alignment of the bulk water pipeline to the respective reservoirs, including the compilation of an EMP and site supervision, Overberg, Western Cape (2000).

Coastal Projects
As a geologist, Aubrey Withers has extensive experience in marine processes and coastal sedimentary processes, along the western, southern and eastern coastlines of South Africa.

Some of these projects include the following:

Coastal Project Experience:
•    Biodiversity Impact Assessment and erosion stability of the frontal dunes on the farm Grootvlei, Lambert’s Bay, Western Cape (2008);
•    Dune stability of the Lilene Island Lodge, Vilanculos, Mozambique (2006-2008);
•    Erosion Stability of the Romansbaai coastal foreland scarp, Gansbaai, Western Cape (2006);
•    Dune Rehabilitation Programme, Pringle Bay, Western Cape (2005/06);
•    Erosion stability and building setback for the coastal escarpment on Erven 1632 and 1633, Sedgefield (2003), Western Cape;
•    Rehabilitation of the frontal dune system and alignment of boardwalks over the frontal dunes to the beach, Buffeljachts Coastal Holiday Resort, Western Cape (1992);
•    Rehabilitation of the dunes at the mouth of the Kleinrivervlei and Voëlklip beach front, Hermanus, Western Cape (1991/92).

Project Experience: Regional and Local Planning
Withers Environmental Consultants has extensive experience in the application of bioregional planning principles for ensuring long term sustainable planning practices.  The consultancy has been part of many multi-disciplinary planning teams in the compilation of Planning Frameworks, both on a regional and local level, during the past 20 years.  Some of these commissions include:

Regional and Local Planning Project Experience:
•    Kleinmond Spatial Plan, Western Cape (Draft) (2001);
•    Waenhuiskrans-Arniston Spatial Development Plan, Western Cape (Draft) (2001);
•    Coastal Policy for the Western Cape Province (1999);
•    Cederberg and Environs Spatial Development Framework, Western Cape (1998);
•    Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve between the Berg River and the northern boundary of the Cape Metropolitan area, Western Cape (1996);
•    Proposed (Cape) West Coast Biosphere Reserve: the merits for establishing a Biosphere, Western Cape (1996);
•    A Development Framework Policy for the Breede River between Malgas and Swellendam, Western Cape (1996);
•    Theewaterskloof Dam and Environs Structure Plan, Western Cape (1996);
•    Bulshoek Dam Structure Plan, Western Cape (1994);
•    Towards an Integrated Strategic Management Plan for the Klein River catchment area: a strategic development plan, Western Cape (1994);
•    Environmental evaluation of public access to the seashore of the West Coast between Bokpunt and Olifants River mouth, Western Cape (1993/94);
•    Structure Plan for the Kleinriviersvlei and Klein River, Western Cape (1993);
•    The consideration of environmental criteria in the preparation of a Master Plan and a proposed Management Plan for the Buffeljachts Coastal Holiday Resort (including the rehabilitation of the frontal dune system) (1992);
•    Environmental Planning and Management along the Hermanus coastline, Western Cape (1991);
•    A preliminary environmental evaluation and comment on future land use: Wilderness-Mossel Bay coastline, Western Cape (1991);
•    Environmental planning along the Nahoon-Orient Beach coastline, East London, Eastern Cape (1990).

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