Social Impact Assessments

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

Tony Barbour is the author of the Guidelines for Social Impact Assessment for developed for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Western Cape, (2007). These Guidelines are used throughout in South Africa. 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, which included the development of guidelines for Social Impact Assessment, Conflict Management, Relocation and Resettlement and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Social Impact Assessment Clients

Selected Projects

Mining & Industrial Projects

  • SIA Amandebult Platinum Mine, Limpopo Province, South Africa (2019)
  • SIA Venetia Diamond Mine, Limpopo Province, South Africa (2017)
  • SIA smelter expansion project, Tsumeb, Namibia (2017)
  • SIA coal mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa (2014)
  • SIA heavy mineral separation plant, Vredendal, Western Cape, South Africa (2012)
  • SIA Otjizondo Manganese Mine, Namibia (2011)
  • SIA upgrade PPC Riebeeck West cement plant, Western Cape, South Africa (2009-2011)
  • SIA Valencia Uranium Mine, Namibia (2007)
  • SIA and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) Southern Ashanti Gold Mine, Ghana (2007)

Renewable energy projects

  • SIAs for wind energy facilities: SIAs for over 60 wind energy projects in South Africa (2009-current)
  • SIAs for solar energy facilities: SIAs for over 60 solar energy projects in South Africa (2010-current)

Infrastructure and Development Projects

  • SIA Mixed-Use Development, including 8 000 middle to low income residential units, Cape Town, South Africa (2018)
  • SIA Mixed-Use Development, including 5 000 middle to low income residential units, Mossel Bay, South Africa (2018)
  • SIA Boschendal Farm Mixed Use Development, Stellenbosch, South Africa (2017)
  • SIA Eskom substation and transmission lines, George, South Africa (2016)
  • SIA Eskom transmission lines from Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, Western Cape, South Africa (2010)
  • SIA Struisbaai Harbour Development, Western Cape, South Africa (2009)
  • SIA 2010 Green Point World Cup Soccer Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa (2006)
  • SIA raising Clanwilliam Dam, Western Cape, South Africa (2005)
  • SIA Outeniqua Pass by-pass, George, South Africa (1997)
  • SIA N2-Riversonderend by-pass, Western Cape, South Africa (1991)

Waste Management Projects

  • SIA Waste to Energy Facility, Western Cape, South Africa (2017)
  • SIA Waste to Energy Facility, Gauteng, South Africa (2015)
  • SIA Helderberg Integrated Waste Management Facility, Cape Town, South Africa (2018)
  • SIA Coastal Park Integrated Waste Management Facility, Cape Town, South Africa (2015)
  • SIA Vissershok Hazardous Landfill Site expansion, Cape Town, South Africa (2014)
  • SIA Barka Landfill Site, Barka, Oman (2011)
  • SIA Mare Chicose Landfill Site, Mauritius (2005)
  • SIA Coastal Park Landfill Site (1998)

Strategic Social Input into Projects

  • Social Specialist for identification of multi-sector investment opportunities in the Eastern Nile Basin, Ethiopia-Sudan and South Sudan (Eastern Nile Technical Office) (2015)
  • Social specialist for 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, Ethiopia (Eastern Nile Technical Office)(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)