Impact and Resource Management
Regulatory Support

Regulatory Support

Most of the current members of MENCO were previously employed by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. During this time they were involved with the compilation of:

  • The compilation of the format and structure of the Integrated Water and Waste Management Plan,
  • Development of the concept Integrated Water use Licence,
  • Development of operation guideline in the M-series for the compilation of the Integrated Water Resource Management Plan,
  • Appointed specialists in the Best Practice Guideline H1: Integrated Mine Water Management,
  • Involvement in the development of various Memoranda of Understandings between organs of state,
  • Involved in the development of the operational policies for the implementation of the Waste Discharge Charge System,
  • Mine Closure Strategy for the rehabilitation unit: Resource Protection and Waste,
  • The development of the Internal and External Water Use Authorization Guidelines for the DWAF;
  • Assistance to the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in Capacity Building, Training and Skills Transfer in the Water Use Authorization Process (National).
Monitoring Plans: Ground and Surface Water

Monitoring Plans: Ground and Surface Water

While the development of a Monitoring Plan normally is done as part of the EIA, WULA or EMPR process, it is sometimes required to reveiw or update, or even entirely redo the monitoring plans. In the case of the DWAF project (the Biological Remediation of the Hartbeespoort dam), it was required to review all available monitoring plans in the Hartbeespoortdam catchment, and compile an Integrated Water Monitoring Plan to co-ordinate these plans to allow the optimal extraction of information and to minimise costs. It is surprising how various monitoring plans is inadequate to define the groundwater or surface water environment, to detect impacts early, measure for the correct variables, or even to minimise costs. While the reasons for this are numerous, it is reasuring to know that MENCO have both the cabability, and experience to develop adequate monitoring plans.

Example of completed projects

Various. See also our project page

Public Participation

Public Participation

Generally public participation seeks and facilitates the involvement of those potentially affected by or interested in a decision. The principle of public participation holds that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process. Public participation implies that the public`s contribution will influence the decision, with their opinions considered carefully in the decision-making process by the authorities. Public participation may be regarded as a way of empowerment and as vital part of a democratic and transparent governance.

Public participation allows the identification of impacts to the community that a positive (or negative) decision may have on the community, as viewed by the community. Early and continuing public involvement allows the project sponsor/owner to be aware of the problems and impacts, and to deal with these issues early. In that way, attempts can be made so that the impacts can be avoided, minimized or otherwise designed in a manner acceptable to all parties involved. If involved early, the public can provide insight (directly or indirectly) into what their community would find acceptable in the way of mitigation. Often, there are designs or enhancements that will allow the project to fit more harmoniously into the existing community.

If the demographics, values, impacts, and desires of a community are known early, and on a continuing basis through an effective public involvement process, the project sponsor/owner can better incorporate them into the design of the project. Design options can often also add enhancements into the project.

Whether Public Participation takes place as part of an EIA process to authorize a scheduled activity, EMPR process to allow mining or prospecting to take place, or part of the WULA process to authorize a water use activity, MENCO have considerable experience in Public Participation.

Example of completed projects

Various. See also our project page

Environmental Management Programme Reports

Environmental Management Programme Reports

From the SEMPS required as part of application for prospecting rights, to the facilitation of the complete EMPR process (Public Participation, Scoping, Environmental Impact Assessment as well as Environmental Management Plan) as per the requirements of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act, MENCO have successfully completed various projects for companies such as Samancor, International Ferro Metals and Andulusite Resources.

Example of completed projects

Various. See also our project page