THE UTA

Environmental Impact Assessment Section 24G

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a legal requirement that necessitates an investigation into the potential impact planned activities may have on the environment in which they are to be effected. This process culminates into either the issuance of environmental authorisation for those activities and/or waste license. These investigations can take the form of either a Basic Assessment (BA) or a full scoping and EIA. The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP), has prescribed in Section 24 of [...]

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The UTA completed the following projects during the last quarter:

Brakkekloof – Business Plan Chamomile Farm – Environmental Control Officer – Monitor and Control Construction phase Farm Worker Competition Evaluation – Impact Study Pomposkloof – Soil Potential Survey West Cape Apples – Feasibility Study Imbaza Mussels – Viability Assessment Esperanza Feedlot – Legal Inputs Central High School – Borehole Assessment David Jephta Farm – Borehole Assessment Ericaville – Business Plan MacMillan Farm – Evaluating grazing carrying capacity Anyskop Farm – Asset Verification Khoi-Klaas – Verify strategic partner’s contribution Social Dialogue: Consensus Building in the Western Cape – Impact Study Sweet Safraan – Legal [...]

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UTA Success Story Thokozani Ovation

In 2013, the UTA assisted Thokozani to develop a business plan and restructuring of the new company (Thokozani Staff Holdings) that had just obtained majority shareholding in the Diemersfontein Group. The UTA business plan enabled Thokozani Staff Holdings to obtain funding through the Agri BEE Fund. Furthermore, in 2015, the UTA continued the support for Thokozani Staff Holdings in their quest to update the business plan in respect of the following:   Thokozani Staff Holdings (TSH) to become the majority shareholder [...]

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UTA Explores New Product: Rabbit Farming

When one thinks of a rabbit, you think of a ‘bunny’. Instead, this should be viewed as a source of high protein and a niche market product that offers opportunities to new farmers who have limited access to land under intensive farming conditions. Previous attempts in South Africa at producing rabbit meat as a cheap source of protein have failed due to the costs involved in production. In Europe, rabbit meat is sought after and an everyday meat in most [...]

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UTA Projects (requests) completed in the 1st quarter

Kliprivier Kleinboere Trust – Legal Opinion Matjiesrivier Dairy – Feasibility Study Howard Barend Honeybush – Resources Assessment Alternative Food Study in the Western- Cape – Special Request (Tender) Evaluation of the Food Security Programme – Special Request (Tender) Slangrivier Saambouboer – Financial Viability Study Hopefield Abattoir Group – Training (Special request) Ravensmead Farm – Suitability Study Metro Group – Training (Special request) Dwarsberg Farm – Resource Assessment Baviaanskloof Trust – Legal opinion Honeybush Tea Nursery – Business Plan Lilly Farm – Water source determination & Pasture assessment

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The UTA completed the following projects during the last quarter:

Alona Fresh Produce – Financial Viability Assessment Agri Jobs Fund – Coordinating jobs fund application process Nuutbegin Farm –Viability Study Enaleni Farm – Strategic & Financial Viability Study McGregor Small Scale Farmers – EIA Opinion (Screening) KK Poultry – Borehole Assessment Lease Agreements- DPAC– Reviewing lease agreements and providing legal opinion

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New UTA Manager

As from the 1st of April 2015, Belvin Namoobe is the new UTA Project Manager. Prior to this appointment, Belvin was Casidra’s Business Advisor for the Cape Winelands, Overberg, and West Coast District areas under the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP). He holds a BCom Economics and Finance, Bcom (Honours), and an MSc Agricultural Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Former University of Natal). Belvin has vast experience in business assistance to SMME enterprises, project plans and financing.

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The UTA completed the following projects during the last quarter:

Nyanga Abattoir – Pre-feasibility Study Kraaibos Chicken Project – Dam Maintenance Plan Fynbos Vrugte en Wyn – Viability Study Bakoord Project – Legal Opinion on lease agreement Adam Freek Beekeeping – Business Plan Arya (Pty) Ltd– Pre-feasibility Study CRDP Dysselsdorp – Special Project – Evaluation AgriPlanner and Agri Forecast – Pilot Project evaluation Agulhas Vaardigheids Skool – Soil Survey Agulhas Flower Growers – Soil Survey Old Bethlehem Co-Op : EIA Opinion & Water Investigation Robertson Small Scale Farmers – Conflict Resolution Sweet Safraan – Legal Opinion on lease agreement and a [...]

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UTA Manager Resignation

  It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of the UTA Manager, Quinty Moroaswi, who recently accepted a new position at Old Mutual. Quinty will be leaving the services of Casidra on the 12th February 2015 to pursue another career. We wish her only the best with her future endeavours.  

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Projects completed by the UTA in the 2nd quarter

Matzikama phase 2 – Feasibility Study Greenville Farm Estate – Water source determination Bonne Accord – Business plan development Dag & Nag – Water Source Development LS pig farming – Generic Lease Agreement African Roots – Pre-Feasibility Study Human Capital – Strategy Development Seasons’ Find – Environmental Impact Assessment Diagnostic & Design Evaluation of Service Needs of Different Farmer Categories Doebucks (Pty) Ltd – Viability Study.

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UTA‘S SUCCESS STORY TABLE GRAPES CPAC

On the 14th of December 2012, the UTA received a request from the Table Grapes CPAC to conduct a soil classification and draw up a soil map for the Lushof Boerdery and WCB Farm. Although these farms are situated on the same premises, the management is different. Lushof Boerdery is a worker’s Trust and Mr. Warren Bam is part of it. He also have his own portion that measures 13.5 ha, that he is leasing from a neighboring farm, [...]

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Projects completed by the UTA in the 2nd quarter of 2014

Matzikama Packaging and Cooling facility – Feasibility study De Heuwel – Economic Viability Ebenhaezer Irrigation project – Specialist input to planning models Business Registration and guideline – Generic guideline document City of Cape Town Food System – Investigation and evaluation on food security Elim Renaissance – Peer review Stellenbosch Commonage – Environmental authorisation Multi-purpose packaging facility Dysselsdorp – Concept plans Land Reform Evaluation – Western Cape evaluation of land reform projects Boschendal Treasury Trust – Business Plan.  

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