DoT to minimise La Mercy noise pollution


The Department of Transport (DoT) says that it will be spending R11.1 million to minimise noise and air pollution at the La Mercy Airport, north of Durban.

The measures required in terms of a Record of Decision (ROD), include acquiring equipment and establishing forums to comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.

Responding in writing to DA Parliamentarian Stuart Farrow, the DoT said noise mitigatiion was a joint responsibility by the various tiers of government, the Airports Company SA (ACSA) as well as the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs.

The R7 billion La Mercy Airport is set for completion early next year and will initially have the capacity to handle 7.5-million passengers annually. Its 7km-long runway is capable of accommodating all new generation aircraft, including the Airbus A380 super jumbo.

The DoT said the money did not include funds for the relocation of approximately 1330 households identified as possibly being affected by high noise levels por the soundproofing of their homes as “the ROD does not have any requirement” for this.

Asked whether any progress has been made regarding the Dube Trade Port project, a commercial area to be established around the airport at an estimated cost of R2 billion, the depertment noted that “one contract has been signed between ACSA and IIemebe Consortium covering the construction requirements of both ACSA and the trade port. An Agency Agreement that covers the port components of has also been signed between the port and ACSA.”

The various components include a R233.2 million cargo terminal, a trade zone, an agrizone and a support zone. The budget for bulk infrastructure and services in the trade zone is R135.3, for the agrizone access road is R19.5 million and for roads as well as bulk infrastructure in the support zone is R22.1 million.

The Dube Trade Port has appointed a Cargo Terminal Operator and is in the process of securing leases with other operators, the DoT added.