How to Appeal
Two farms adjacent to the Olifants estuary, the third most important estuary in South Africa in terms of wildlife and biodiversity, are part of MSR's long-term mining plan, a plan that is currently underway. We have seen the destruction they have caused to a number of pristine west coast beaches already. We cannot let this happen to Olifants Estuary area. Authorisation for prospecting on these farms has been approved but is delayed under appeal, filed by the Centre for Environmental Rights.
We, as the Protect the West Coast Organisation, are filing our own appeal against the approval of the prospecting, BUT, we need you, the public, to do the same.
Below, is the process of submitting an appeal, all the relevant documentation required to file an official appeal as well as some examples of the arguments we have listed in our own appeal. For the appeal to have effect it must be focused on the prospecting application and the BAR (Basic Assessment Report) submitted for approval.
Download Documentation here:
The process of submitting an appeal is as follows:
a) Complete the Appeal form and identify issues in the BAR that you wish to appeal against. Some points could include: Loss of public access to the designated area; Impact on the Estuary and Marine environment; Failure to be consulted as an interested and affected party (I&AP).
b) Prepare a short report/letter with these points expanded/supported.
c) Submit the appeal (the appeal form as well as your supporting letter) to the Minister of Environmental Affairs before the end of 2 December 2020 (1 December 2020 might be safer).
The address to which the original appeal must be submitted is outlined below:
Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
Attention: Director: Appeals and Legal Review
Postal Address: Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001
Hand Delivery: Environment House, Corner Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083