By my count, there are at least 13 active residential and/or commercial development projects in the Waterberg.
They range from the enormous Thaba Lesodi (855 housing units, 60-room hotel, two golf courses – on about 3,400 hectares) to a recent, much smaller proposal for 25 housing units on 250 hectares on Bakkers Pass Road to a residential/commercial development in Vaalwater. The projects are in varying stages of review. In fact, some have been approved and others seemed to have been halted by the developer. Ultimately it is the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) that approves or denies.
The Conservancy is trying to be kept informed about projects, and be engaged with the environmental consultant, developer, and LEDET where appropriate. As we look at the bigger picture of impact on the Waterberg, we are concerned about water supply, densities, light and noise pollution, roads, sewage and refuse systems, and more. While we understand the rights of land owners to propose new developments, we are concerned that if all the proposals were approved and built, the essential nature of the Waterberg would be in for dramatic changes.
Our approach is not confrontational, but rather constructive. We are urging developers to take advantage of the environmental guidelines that the Conservancy prepared a couple of years ago to plan their developments in an environmentally wise and sensitive manner.