Client: City of Cape Town: Transport for Cape Town

City of Cape Town: Basic Assessment for the Proposed Upgrade of Bayside Canal, Tableview

November 16, 2020

The capacity of the existing Bayside Canal has become severely compromised by an increased volume of stormwater runoff and extensive reed growth, thus creating a risk of flooding upstream properties. In addition, there has also been an accumulation of solid waste along the canal itself which ultimately is discharged into Rietvlei. In light thereof, the City of Cape Town (CoCT) is proposing the following:

  • Widening of the Bayside Canal from Blaauwberg Road southwards to the canal outlet;
  • Installation of a stormwater treatment system comprising a litter screening structure, sedimentation ponds and reed bed ponds to the south of the canal outlet within Rietvlei; and
  • Construction of a bypass channel to discharge stormwater directly into Rietvlei during high-order storms.

SLR Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd (SLR) has been appointed by BVi Consulting Engineers WC (Pty) Ltd (BVi Consulting), on behalf of CoCT, as the independent Environmental Assessment Practitioner to undertake the Basic Assessment process to meet the relevant requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations 2014 (Government Notice (GN) No. R982), as amended.


Name: Candice Sadan


On 13 November 2020, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) issued an Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the project. The full EA is available for download below. The instructions on the legislated appeal process is included in the below notification letter. The Final Basic Assessment Report is still available for information purposes.