General

DRAFT OPERATIONAL AND MAINTENANCE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT

The amended Record of Decision (ROD) dated 25 April 2004 issued for the Gautrain Project, specified the format and development route of the Environmental Management Plan for the Operational and Maintenance phase (O&M EMP) of the Gautrain project.
Following various presentations at…
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REHABILITATION EFFORTS IN FULL SWING

Extensive rehabilitation processes are underway to restore vegetation to an optimum state in areas where Gautrain construction has been completed.
Rehabilitation of the natural environment involves the grassing and landscaping of slopes for stabilisation and aesthetic purposes. In many…
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Sandton nature lovers welcome Gautrain’s rehabilitation of community dam

Nature lovers in Morningside, Sandton, are once again enjoying the lush greenery and abundant bird life at Outspan Dam following years of neglect.
The community joined efforts with Gautrain and the City of Johannesburg to restore the dam to its former glory. After years of sub-standard…
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REBIRTH OF MUSHROOM FARM PARK

Following the completion of Gautrain-related tunnelling and construction work in this area, Mushroom Farm Park (MFP) is being fully reinstated by Bombela Civils Joint Venture (Bombela).
This rehabilitation project is in line with Bombela’s Environmental Management Plan (EMP) together with a…
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SOIL EROSION AND ENVIRONMENTAL REHABILITATION INITIATIVES

In anticipation of the forthcoming rainy season, hydro seeding is undertaken to ensure the bulk ecological rehabilitation of the environment.
Vegetation on embankments and slopes are planted to combat soil erosion. A mix of indigenous and commercially available grass species are being planted.
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HOW BIG IS YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT?

There are many online carbon footprint calculators available aimed at providing an estimate of the emissions potentially generated by specific activities and/or operations.
Online carbon footprint calculators are mainly for individuals, small businesses and events organisers. They are aimed at…
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GAUTRAIN GOES GREEN ON SPRING DAY

In celebration of the first day of spring and as an Arbour Week gesture, Gautrain supported the planting of greenery at Free Me, a non-profit rehabilitation centre for indigenous wildlife based in the north of Johannesburg.
On 1 September, CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency, Jack van der…
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REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT AND GO BY TRAIN

Travelling by rail remains one of the most carbon-friendly forms of transport.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), modern transport is one of the largest sources of both urban and regional air pollution and greenhouse gases. Although modern technology is able to…
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PROJECT BRINGS CLEAR RESULTS

In association with the Jukskei River Catchment Management Forum and led by Environmental Wetland and Riparian specialist, Paul Fairall, Bombela Civils Joint Venture (B CJV) recently supported a project to clean one of Joburg’s most polluted lakes, Bruma Lake, and restore it to the required…
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OLD CULVERT DISCOVERED DURING CONSTRUCTION

An old culvert dating back to the 1930s will be partially demolished as it had no special architectural significance and was found in a poor condition.
Used as a pedestrian underpass and conduit for electrical cables and pipes in the past, the culvert was discovered by chance on a Gautrain…
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EROSION PROTECTION AND ECOLOGICAL REHABILITATION

The first summer rains were just in time for a mix of indigenous and commercially available grass species that Gautrain ecologists planted to combat soil erosion on slopes and embankments.
The grass cover is designed to contain a ‘mother crop’ that germinates quickly and ensures fast erosion…
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GAUTRAIN’S EFFORTS TO PRESERVE THE HERITAGE OF HATFIELD’S AILING PALM TREES

Concerned about the aesthetic beauty and the cultural heritage of the old palm trees in Hatfield, Gautrain continues its efforts to preserve the trees that are threatened by a deadly fungus infection.
After consulting various specialists who conducted extensive studies it was found that the…
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PROTECTING HERITAGE RESOURCES DURING CONSTRUCTION

When land had to be identified for Gautrain’s route, special care was taken to honour our national heritage.
Experts were consulted and careful research was done to ensure that places of historical significance would be protected for future generations. Before any development could take…
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Plant a tree during Arbor Week 1 – 7 September

National Arbor Week (Iviki Lezihlahla) serves to promote awareness for the need to plant and maintain indigenous trees throughout South Africa.
Trees are much needed in disadvantaged communities who often live in barren areas. There are nearly 2 000 indigenous tree species in South Africa….
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ACTIVE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN AFFECTED COMMUNITIES

An active public participation process gives affected communities the opportunity to become involved in the development of the Gautrain Project.
The comprehensive public participation process that Gautrain followed since the inception of the Project significantly influenced the final Gautrain…
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SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGNS FOR GAUTRAIN

The bar for environmental standards continues to be raised both globally and nationally.
Sustainable environmental design for Gautrain is committed to the triple bottom line that includes a responsibility towards environmental, social and economic concerns. Civil designers adhere to the…
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SAFETY AWARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

A comprehensive safety plan has been put in place by Bombela Civils Joint Venture (CJV) in order to meet the stringent demands created by the construction of Gautrain.
Every possible safeguarding measure is being taken to protect employees against the countless challenges created by the…
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GAUTRAIN’S ENVIRONMENTAL CARE

Adherence to Gautrain’s Draft Final Environment Management Plan is a requirement of the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment.
The aim is to ensure that sound environmental management processes are incorporated in day-to-day Project construction and operations…
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KICK THE CARBON HABIT ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY – 5 JUNE

By using public transport every individual has an opportunity to start living a low carbon lifestyle on World Environment Day.
Celebrated on 5 June, this day is a popular global event with colourful activities such as street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essay and poster…
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ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WASTE MANAGEMENT

The safe collection, storage and recycling of waste is vital for the protection of natural resources.
Materials such as oil and paint are commonly used at construction sites and several measures are in place to prevent environmental pollution. Gautrain formed a partnership with a non-profit…
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Public Transport Reduces Greenhouse Gases and Conserves Energy

Efficient land use produces results far beyond the immediate benefit of increased use of public transport.
It has the potential to significantly change the way we live and travel, reducing our individual carbon footprints while preserving and enhancing our mobility. Higher densities allow…
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What is the connection between public transport and climate change?

If just one commuter of a household switches from driving to using public transport, the household’s carbon footprint will be reduced by 10 percent.
If a household gives up its second car altogether, a household can reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent. Public transport is a green…
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Gautrain cares for the environment

Considering that traffic volumes are escalating by 7% per year in the economically active corridor between Johannesburg and Tshwane, carbon dioxide emissions from private cars will increasingly contribute to global warming.
And as the influx of people to the economic powerhouse of the country…
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Noise prevention during construction

As construction intensifies in the Pretoria, Centurion and Hatfield, residents are assured that noise levels are checked daily to minimise any inconvenience caused.
Noise measurements are taken at strategic points around construction sites. These sensitive receivers scientifically monitor…
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BRIGHT YOUNG MINDS REWARDED FOR TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS

Winning entries of an art competition colourfully depicted the bright future of public transport.
Three of the winning schools each received a brand new personal computer from Gautrain in recognition of these young minds’ creative and inventive transport solutions. To enter, children had to…
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GAUTRAIN FOR CLEAN WATER

Rivers in Gauteng are already highly polluted due to urbanisation.
By purifying water collected during the excavation of tunnels, Gautrain takes extra care to protect our natural resources from pollution. During the tunnelling process, ground water naturally seeps into excavated areas. Here…
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GAUTRAIN PRESERVES STATION HERITAGE IN HATFIELD

Gautrain will preserve most of the old Rissik Street Station in Hatfield for future generations.
It includes beautiful scluptures that currently adorn the columns of the parking bay. Rich in history, the Rissik Street Station was built in the late 1940s. From here, government documents were…
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CONSTRUCTION NOISE NIPPED IN THE BUD

Improved noise mitigation at the Mushroom Farm Park construction site is a welcome relief for Sandton residents inconvenienced by the sound of explosives and other tunnelling operations.
The inside of rock removal buckets and the backs of tipper trucks are now lined with noise absorbing…
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GAUTRAIN SAVES A YELLOWWOOD

Gautrain construction activities were held back for an hour or two in order to save a precious yellowwood tree near Rosebank.
The yellowwood is also known as South Africa’s national tree. A real yellowwood is a primeval to Africa as it has been growing here for more than 100 million years. It…
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WORKERS RECEIVE ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING

As Gautrain’s 80km route will run though established cities and suburbs, several steps have been taken to protect the environment during construction.
A recent addition is weekly training sessions of construction staff on site. The interactive training sessions are kept short and to the point.
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VULNERABLE PLANTS RESCUED IN EKURHULENI

Construction work in Ekurhuleni was brought to a halt recently in order to save plants that are listed as a vulnerable and threatened species.
The bulbous plants were found in a tranquil, undeveloped piece of land close to Esther Park. They are called Trachyandra erythrorrhiza. The plants are…
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NOISE, VIBRATION AND EROSION PROTECTION

The minimisation of noise, vibration and erosion are some of the issues that received attention in Gautrain’s Monthly Environmental Performance Report for July.
Noise monitoringSeveral measures are taken to ensure that noise created by construction activities cause the minimum disruption to…
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PROTECTING HERITAGE RESOURCES DURING CONSTRUCTION

When land had to be identified for Gautrain’s route, special care was taken to honour our national heritage.
Experts were consulted and careful research was done to ensure that places of historical significance would be protected for future generations. Before any development could take…
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GAUTRAIN KEEPS A WATCHFUL EYE OVER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT DURING CONSTRUCTION

Adherence to Gautrain’s Draft Final Environmental Management Plan (EMP) is a requirement of the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment (GDACE) and ensures that communities and natural resources are protected during construction activities.
The protection of water…
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SPOIL MANAGEMENT PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT

A rock crushing plant in Linbro Park will enable the recycling of excavated material so that no quarries or borrow pits need to be dug to obtain adequate construction material for the construction of the Gautrain alignment.
This measure limits environmental scarring while ensuring responsible…
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