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Monitoring and Reporting

RoD and CEMP Compliance monitoring

External audits have been completed on-site since inception of the project. Most recently, audits that were completed over the 2010 and 2011 period showed that a high percentage of compliance was achieved with a mean score of 99 per cent over both years.
 

Biomonitoring

Biomonitoring gives an indication if pollution has entered a river or stream and is a useful tool to determine if the construction of the dams has had any impact on the surrounding water systems. A number of sampling studies were completed during the course of construction, using the SASS 5 methodology.
 
A number of minor concerns were raised during the monitoring period, but there have been no significant impacts on the system as a result of construction to date. Biomonitoring continues to be assessed on-site and the results have aided Eskom in ensuring corrective environmental management. The value of the biomonitoring further reaffirms that the objectives of the Partnership Steering Committee are met and that overall environmental management, conservation management and monitoring are aligned. Eskom continues to be compliant to all conditions of the ROD and EMP.
 

Power Line Surveys

Power lines continue to be a major risk to birds across the country through either electrocution or collision. Eskom, supported by the Endangered Wildlife Trust, is assessing the lines that are present at Ingula. A management plan that would allow Eskom to follow best practice principles to prevent collisions and electrocutions is currently under development. BirdLife South Africa undertakes quarterly power line surveys at Ingula and the surrounding areas to ensure monitoring of the lines and that the information is supplied to the greater EWT database. They have thus far proved the effectiveness of mitigation on site compared to mortalities of Cape Vulture, Denham’s Bustard and African Grass-Owl recorded in the immediate surrounding areas, where the lines are not fitted with bird warning devices.
 

Communication

The Ingula Visitors centre opened its doors in May 2009 and has so far hosted approximately 18 000 visitors. Most noticeable has been the interest shown by local schools and universities that have attended site visits.
 
The Ingula Monthly Update newsletter has continued to get positive responses from its readers. This update has excerpts covering construction, social and environmental issues that inform all interested parties of the current status of the project.
 
Eskom sponsored a World Wetlands Day event in February 2010 and February 2011 that involved a guided hike through the wetlands as well as an evening of presentations raising awareness of the importance of wetlands and their conservation.