The deadline for comments on plans to build a R3bn cement factory in the Riebeek Valley has been extended for a second time – to the end of June.
Orrie Fenn, chief operating officer of Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), said the extension would mean residents and concerned parties would have had 18 months in which to comment on the plans.
The deadline was initially set for January 31, but residents complained this was not enough time to review the volume of documents pertaining to the project. The first extension expired on Monday.
“We have got a good relationship with the people of Riebeek Valley. And we have had requests for an extension. It is important that the community as a whole has ample time to study the report, which is about 13 volumes,” Fenn said.
Fenn said the company was looking at various scenarios for the new plant. He said it was hoped that the final Environmental Impact Assessment report would be ready for government approval by the end of June.