Social Impact Assessments


Tony Barbour conducts Social Impact Assessments (SIAs) for a variety of projects, including large infrastructure projects (dams, pipelines, roads and transmission lines), mining projects, landfill sites, renewable energy projects (wind and solar energy), industrial projects, and urban development projects (shopping centres, mixed use developments, and housing projects).

Tony is the author of the Guidelines for Social Impact Assessment, which he developed for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Western Cape, in 2007. He was also the project manager for the development of a Social Assessment and Development Framework for the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa, in 2005, which included the development of guidelines for Social Impact Assessment, Conflict Management, Relocation and Resettlement, and Monitoring and Evaluation.

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KEY PROJECTS

Mining and Industrial Projects 

  • SIA Otjizondo Manganese Mine, Namibia (2011);
  • SIA for upgrade of PPC Riebeeck West Cement Plant, Western Cape, South Africa (2009 and 2011);
  • SIA for Elitheni Coal Mine, Eastern Cape (2008);
  • SIA for Moropule Coal Power Station, Botswana (2007);
  • SIA and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for Southern Ashanti Gold Mining Project, Ghana (2007);
  • SIA for Valencia Uranium Mine, Swakopmund, Namibia (2007);
  • SIA and Social and Labour Plan for Xolobeni Heavy Mineral Sands Project, Eastern Cape, South Africa (2007);
  • SIA and Social and Labour Plan for Tormin Heavy Mineral Sands Project, Western Cape, South Africa (2007).

Infrastructure and Development Projects

  • SIA for Boschendal Farm Mixed Use Development, Stellenbosch, Western Cape (current);
  • SIA for ESKOM transmission lines from proposed Bantamsklip Nuclear Power Station, Western Cape (2010). Project put on hold after initial scoping phase;
  • SIA for ESKOM transmission lines from proposed Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, Western Cape (2010);
  • SIA Bloubos Road, Somerset West, Western Cape (2010);
  • SIA Swartland Regional Mall, Malmesbury, Western Cape (2009);
  • SIA Klipfontein Mixed Use Residential Development, Malmesbury, Western Cape (2009);
  • SIA Struisbaai Harbour Development, Struisbaai, Western Cape (2009);
  • SIA Woodlands Golf Estate, East London, Eastern Cape (2009);
  • SIA for Mandela Bay Mixed Development Precinct, Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape (2008);
  • SIA for Annandale Mixed Development Precinct, Cape Town, Western Cape (2008);
  • SIA Bulk Water Scheme, City of Cape Town, Western Cape (2007);
  • SIA for raising of the Clanwilliam Dam, Western Cape (2005-2006);
  • SIA for 2010 World Cup Stadium on Green Point Common, Cape Town (2006);
  • SIA for road up-grade between Gansbaai and Bredadorp, Southern Cape (2005);
  • SIA for Zeekoevlei Golf Estate, Somerset West, Western Cape (2005);
  • SIA for Silwersand Golf and Resort Estate, Robertson, Western Cape (2003);
  • Socio-economic assessment for proposed by-pass options between the N2 and the Outeniqua Pass, George, South Africa (1997);
  • SIA for Sparrebosch Golf Course, Knysna, South Africa (1996);
  • SIA for Riversonderend Road by-pass (1991).

Renewable Energy Projects

  • SIAs for solar energy facilities: SIAs for over 20 solar energy projects in South Africa (2010-current);
  • SIAs for wind and solar energy facilities: SIAs for over 20 wind energy projects in South Africa (2009-current).

 Waste Management Projects

  • SIA for Stellenbosch Landfill Site (2011);
  • SIA for Barka Landfill Site, Barka, Oman (2011);
  • SIA Helderberg Waste Transfer Station, Western Cape, (2009);
  • SIA for Mare Chicose Landfill Site, Mauritius (2005);
  • SIA for Coastal Park Landfill Site (1998).

 Strategic Social Input into Projects

  • Social specialist for the assessment of large dam developments on the Eastern Nile Basin, specifically the Blue Nile (Abbay River) in Ethiopia, and the consequences for the downstream countries of Sudan and Egypt (2012-2013);
  • Social specialist for the development and design of the Decision Support System for the Nile Basin. Input included the development of social indicators used to assess water-related projects and development scenarios (dams and irrigation schemes) in the Nile Basin (2012);
  • Social specialist for the water resource classification of the Olifants/Doorn Catchment Area in the Western and Northern Cape Provinces (2011-2012).

Resettlement Action Plans

  • SIA and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for Southern Ashanti Gold Mining Project, Ghana (2007);
  • RAP for Mare Chicose Landfill Site, Mauritius (2005);
  • Maguga Dam, Swaziland. Development of socio-economic monitoring and evaluation programme, including indicators, for the resettlement programme, Swaziland (2001).