The Basic Assessment Report has been revised and is being made available for a second 30-day commenting period to the broader public, identified I&APs and relevant Organs of State for their perusal and comment. The commenting period commences on 11 November 2020 and closes on 11 December 2020.


A Basic Assessment Report (BAR) has been compiled in support of an Environmental Impact Assessment being undertaken for the proposed construction of a waste transfer facility in Stellenbosch. The Stellenbosch Landfill Site which currently receives waste for the Stellenbosch Municipality is fast approaching its capacity. The Stellenbosch Municipality wishes to construct a waste transfer facility on a portion of Farm 279/RE in order to divert and reduce the amount of waste taken to the Stellenbosch Landfill Site located in Devon Valley.

Farm 279/RE is located south of the Stellenbosch Landfill Site, east of the Stellenbosch Waste Water Treatment Works and Wynland Water Vereeniging, and north of Droë Dyke Farm. Please see the Locality Map attached at the end of this information sheet.


The primary waste stream to be handled at the proposed facility is residual waste collected from domestic households within Stellenbosch. Provision has been made to include waste collected from the trial organics separation at source programme. The proposed facility will not operate as a public drop-off facility. Waste entering and leaving the proposed transfer facility will be handled by the Stellenbosch Municipality and approved contractors and off-takers.

The proposed facility is designed to accommodate delivery of waste by 10 trucks undertaking two to three trips per day. General waste will only be accepted at the facility if there is a contractor to collect the waste (also referred to as an “off-taker”). If there is no off-taker, the general waste will be taken to the current landfill site in Devon Valley. The collection of the waste for beneficiation would be by the off-taker, using their own fleet and resources.


In the draft BAR dated November 2018, two site alternatives were proposed. These site alternatives were located on Farm 279/RE on the southern portion of the property, south of the R310. Subsequent to the first public participation iteration, the Stellenbosch Local Municipality has decided that a third alternative be identified and assessed. The third alternative is located on the northern portion of Farm 279/RE, north of the site alternatives proposed in the initial draft Basic Assessment Report. Please see the Locality Map at the end of this document.

The three alternatives are described below.

Site Alternative 1

The development footprint of Site Alternative 1 is 12 200m2 in extent and is located south of the R310, and the Asara Wine Estate and Hotel. Settlement Pond 1, a remnant Settlement Pond, is located south / south-east of Site Alternative 1. East of the site is the Wynland Water Vereeniging. West of the site is the remaining vacant land of Farm 279/RE.

Site Alternative 2

The development footprint of Site Alternative 2 is 9 140m2 in extent and is located just north of the southern boundary of Farm 279/RE. East of this site alternative is Settlement Pond 1. To the north is the remainder of the vacant land of Farm 279/RE. This site alternative is positioned further from the R310 road as opposed to Site Alternative 1. The access road and ramp to the facility will be constructed over a portion of Settlement Ponds 2 and 3.

Site Alternative 3

The development footprint of Site Alternative 3 is 17 000m2 in extent. The site is located north of the R310, and east of the Asara Wine Estate and Hotel. The existing Stellenbosch Landfill Site is located north of the site and the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) to the east.

The building layout is very similar for all site alternatives, which will include:

  • A guardhouse with access control at the entrance to the site (not applicable to Alternative 3 as this will be shared with the adjacent MRF);
  • For Site Alternatives 1 and 2, an access road off the R310 (the existing service road will be upgraded), with a single dual-direction weighbridge on the incoming lane over which the drop-off vehicles will drive on entry/exit;
  • An access ramp to a raised platform approximately 3 m above the handling/storage area;
  • The container handling and skip storage area which is an enclosed and roofed building with one day’s waste storage capacity, a tipping hall and future compaction/loading hall, with a footprint area of about 1 200 m2 (approximately 11,5 m high from ground level to top of roof ridge);
  • Site offices, ablution buildings and mess-room (single storey);
  • Container storage area;
  • Space allowance for an additional transfer bay;
  • An on-site conveyer/compactor system (which is excluded from the initial project but may be built at a later date); and
  • Stormwater catchpits.



The 2014 NEMA Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations of 2014, as amended, apply to the proposed activity which necessitates a Basic Assessment Process. The proposed activity includes activities listed in GN327 and GN324 of the 2014 EIA Regulations, as amended. These are:

Listing Notice 1 (GN 327 of 2017)

Activity 12

The development of infrastructure or structures with a physical footprint of 100 square metres or more within 32 metres of a watercourse, measured from the edge of a watercourse.

Activity 19

The infilling or depositing of any material of more than 10 cubic metres into, or the dredging, excavation, removal or moving of soil, sand, shells, shell grit, pebbles or rock of more than 10 cubic metres from a watercourse.

Activity 28

Residential, mixed, retail, commercial, industrial or institutional developments where such land was used for agriculture, game farming, equestrian purposes or afforestation on or after 01 April 1998 and where such development will occur outside an urban area, where the total land to be developed is bigger than 1 hectare.

Listing Notice 3 (GN 324 of 2017)

Activity 12

The clearance of an area of 300 square metres or more of indigenous vegetation except where such clearance of indigenous vegetation is required for maintenance purposes undertaken in accordance with a maintenance management plan.

Activity 18

The widening of a road by more than 4 metres, or the lengthening of a road by more than 1 kilometre (in the Western Cape in areas outside urban areas containing indigenous vegetation).


The following impacts have been identified and assessed for Site Alternatives 1, 2 and 3, as well as Alternative 4, the no-go alternative (do nothing).

Design and planning phase

  • Potential loss of indigenous vegetation
  • Loss of artificial wetland habitat
  • Loss of farming land and actively farmed vineyard
  • Visual impact on the physical landscape
  • Visual impacts of buildings and infrastructure
  • Visual impact on the entrance to Stellenbosch
  • Cumulative impacts resulting in the fragmentation of the rural landscape
  • Compatibility with surrounding land uses
  • Heritage impact on the cultural landscape and visual qualities of the valley

Construction phase

  • Disturbance/contamination of wetland flats and the Veldwagters River during pond drainage and infilling
  • Potential health risks to employees on site due to contaminated groundwater
  • Visual impact of construction activities and vegetation clearing
  • Noise impacts
  • Dust impacts
  • Increased congestion due to construction traffic
  • Construction phase job creation

Operational phase

  • Seepage / runoff of contaminated water from the site into the floodplain wetlands, the Veldwagters River and/ or the Eerste River via groundwater or surface pathways
  • Degradation of the river and wetlands as a result of litter and waste spilled or dumped from transport trucks or blown from the site, and runoff of sediment from access roads
  • Air emissions impact – odour management
  • Noise impacts
  • Visual and congestion impact due to operational traffic
  • Impact of waste from domestic households bypassing the landfill site
  • Impact of contracted off-takers re-using the waste
  • Operational phase job creation



The Basic Assessment Report has been revised and is being made available for a second 30-day commenting period to the broader public, identified I&APs and relevant Organs of State for their perusal and comment. The commenting period commences on 11 November 2020 and closes on 11 December 2020.

At the end of the commenting period, all comments will be captured and addressed and included in a Final Basic Assessment Report which will be submitted to the competent authority, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning for the environmental decision.

Comments on this report may be submitted on or before 11 December 2020 to:

The Environmental Partnership
P O Box 945, Cape Town, 8000
Tel: 021 422 0999; Fax: 021 422 0998

  • Status: Revised Basic Assessment Report
  • Start date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
  • End date: Friday, 11 December 2020


For a concise yet comprehensive summary of the Basic Assessment Report, please see this Information Sheet.

Revised Basic Assessment Report

Download attachments: 

Appendix A: Details and Expertise of EAP

Appendix B: Locality Map

Appendix C(i): Site Alternatives Location

Appendix C(ii): Site Alternative 1 Site Plan

Appendix C(iii): Site Alternative 2 Site Plan

Appendix C(iv): Site Alternative 3 Site Plan

Appendix D(i): Sensitivity Map

Appendix D(ii): Biodiversity Overlay Map

Appendix E: Environmental Management Programme

Appendix F: Revised Traffic Impact Statement

Appendix G(i): Freshwater Assessment Report

Appendix G(ii): Addendum to Freshwater Assessment Report

Appendix H(i): Revised Visual Impact Assessment

Appendix H(ii): Addendum to Revised Visual Impact Assessment

Appendix I(i): Heritage Impact Assessment

Appendix I(ii): Proof of Submission of HIA to HWC

Appendix I(iii): Supporting Letter Submitted to HWC

Appendix J: Geohydrological Assessment Report

Appendix K: Revised Botanical Input

Appendix L(i): Architectural Concept

Appendix L(ii): Landscape Concept Plan

Appendix M: Engineering Report

Appendix N(i): NID Submitted

Appendix N(ii): NID Response

Appendix O: Site Photographs

Appendix P: Screening Tool Report

Appendix Q: Need and Desirability Document

Appendix R: Public Participation Process Report

Appendix S: DEA&DP Letter to Municipalities to Reduce Organic Waste to Landfills by 2022

Appendix T(i): Public Participation Plan

Appendix T(ii): Approval of Public Participation Plan

Appendix U: Correspondence with DEA&DP

Appendix V: Existing Waste Management License

Appendix W: Confirmation of Service Availability

Signed Declarations




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November 11, 2020

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