Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Phase 1 South Africa

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
Activities and timeframe
Study area
Stakeholder engagement 

Release of SKA1_Mid Draft Integrated Environmental


The review and comment period on the Draft Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) is extended up to 17 March 2017.

 You are invited to submit comments and inputs on the Draft IEMP until Friday 17 March 2017.  

All interested and affected parties are invited to submit comments and inputs on the Draft Integrated Environmental Management Plan of the South African mid-frequency array of SKA Phase 1 (SKA1_MID) during a period of 30 days, from Wednesday 01 February 2017 until Friday 03 March 2017.
Interested and affected parties must make use of the form provided on the link below to submit comments and inputs. Completed forms must be sent to CSIR before the end of Friday 03 March 2017, via email to “” or via post to “PO BOX 320, 7600 STELLENBOSCH”.

>> Download form

The Draft SKA1_MID Integrated Environmental Management Plan will be available:

  • on the project website at in “Documents”. Access the report here.
  • at the Library in Carnarvon, Brandvlei, Williston and Van Wyksvlei.
Supporting documents including the specialist studies and the Strategic Environmental Assessment report are available at in “Documents”. Access the reports here.
Please note that public comments are only requested for the Draft SKA1_MID Integrated Environmental Management Plan. 
For more information please visit the project website:
For any further enquiry about the SEA, please contact CSIR.
Tel: (021) 888 2429

Introduction and background


The MeerKAT and SKA projects are part of the Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) programme under the National Development Plan (2012). The National Development Plan is intended to transform the economic landscape in the country, create a significant number of new jobs, strengthen the delivery of basic services and support the integration of African economies.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has committed to contribute to the implementation of the National Development Plan by undertaking Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) to integrate the regulatory environmental requirements for the SIPs while safeguarding the environment. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was appointed to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the SKA Phase 1 in South Africa.

The mission statement of the SEA is:

“to provide a platform to coordinate research and data collection within the SKA Phase 1 study area and integrate the environmental authorisation process ensuring that environmental factors are adequately considered and environmental principles implemented at the strategic planning stage”

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)


As defined by Sadler and Verheem (1996), the SEA is  "a systematic process for evaluating the environmental consequences of proposed policy, plan or programme initiatives in order to ensure they are fully included and appropriately addressed at the earliest appropriate stage of decision making on par with economic and social considerations."
In South Africa, SEAs are undertaken to evaluate the opportunities and constraints of large scale strategic developments at the regional and national scales. To date, three SEAs have been commissioned in support of the SIPs: the Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) SEA in support of SIP 8, the Electricity Grid Infrastructure (EGI) SEA in support of SIP 10 and the SKA Phase 1 South Africa SEA in support of SIP 16.
The ultimate goal of a strategic environmental assessment  is to define a sustainable development process which will meet the necessary human development goals while maintaining the ability of natural systems to continue to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depend.

Study area


The study area of the SEA consists of a core area and three spiral arms. The core area (red outline on the map below) consists of 38 farms. The three spiral arms (blue outline on the map below) consist of 131 land parcels.




Environmental, social and economic aspects


The strategic issues to be assessed during the SEA include biophysical, social and economic risks and opportunities of the SKA Phase 1 infrastructure and activities in South Africa.



Activities and timeframe


Stakeholder engagement


The SEA stakeholder engagement will focus on exchange of local knowledge in the SEA study area and the review of the draft Integrated Management Plan which will be generated during the SEA for the SKA Phase 1 South Africa.


Contact details:


Telephone: 021 888 2482

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