Hermanus Bypass

The proposed Hermanus Bypass has been under investigation by the Province since 2010. In the 2016 survey of HRA members, some 75% of members were opposed to the 2 bypass alignments impacting on the the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

From the Chairman's Quarterly Report (15 April 2022)

"The current situation with the Bypass as we understand it is as follows:

Our Mayor has said that during her term of office there will be no Bypass through Hermanus.

Consequently no provision has been made either in the IDP or in the municipal budget. Similarly we are assured that the Bypass is not on either the Department of Transport and Public Works (DT&PW) IDP or in its budget.

Whilst it is comforting to hear such assurances there remains the issue of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) commissioned by the DT&PW which is the critical factor in either approving or rejecting the application on environmental grounds. With an approved EIA the door is open at some future date to go ahead, but without approval the Bypass is dead. Any new attempt at building a Bypass would trigger a new EIA and considering the millions already spent this seems unlikely. The only cast iron assurances we will have is if the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) does not approve the EIA and it lapses and if the MEC responsible for Environmental Affairs does not approve it.

Until then, and only then, can we consider the matter closed. In the coming weeks the HRA, Whale Coast Conservation and the other organisations and individuals opposing the Bypass, will seek clarity on the issue through our legal representative and give feedback accordingly."

Some background information

SRK Consulting (South Africa) Pty Ltd (SRK) has been appointed to undertake the Scoping and Environmental Impact Reporting (also referred to as EIA) process required in terms of the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998, as amended (NEMA).

HRA's formal intervention, lodged in letters to SRK and the Western Cape Provincial Government, can be traced in the documents below (click the links):

Since then, SRK has submitted the Amended Final EIA Report to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning on 30 September 2020. The DEA&DP issued a letter on 14 December 2020 rejecting the Hermanus CBD Bypass, listing a number of aspects that should be addressed in a revised report.

This will be released for public comment once amended and before being resubmitted to DEA&DP for decision‐making. Any additional / updated documents are on the SRK website:

Source: https://www.srk.com/en/public-documents/hermanus-cbd-bypass-eia-

Registered stakeholders will be notified of opportunities to comment. Once again, the HRA will lobby support to have their members' voices heard.