The owner of Tierhoek Boerdery in Clanwilliam has been slapped with a R3.5m fine for unlawful water activities. A Cape Times report says the farmer was found guilty in the Clanwilliam Regional Court of 11 criminal charges – six related to water, and five to environmental transgressions.

This outcome was due to the co-operation between the Department of Water & Sanitation, the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning, and the NPA’s Assets Forfeiture Unit.

The farmer allegedly contravened section 49A of the National Environmental Management Act by developing infrastructure for the off-stream storage of water.

He was found guilty of unlawfully and intentionally failing to comply with the National Water Act by storing water without authorisation and failure to register and to submit an application to register dams with a safety risk within 120 days to the Department of Water & Sanitation after completion of a dam.

He was ordered to pay R1.25m to the Department of Water & Sanitation, R1.2m to the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning, and R1m to the NPA.

Full Cape Times report