31 May 2015

Between 2009 and 2014 DH Environmental Consulting (DHEC) undertook a series of aquatic environment assessments and investigations for the proposed Sitari Country Estate development, north of Macassar, Cape Town.

This work culminated in the preparation of a concept design for the re-creation of the Klein Zeekoevlei wetland (a copy of the report may be found here).

On 10 December 2014, a blogpost regarding the wetland appeared on the Sitari website, in which was stated that Bill Harding of DHEC would be “overseeing the remediation of the wetland at Sitari Country Estate”. A full copy of the post may be found here.   The same article also appeared in SA Property News on 20 January 2015.

Bill was the wetland specialist for the highly successful Century City (Intaka Island), Capricorn Business Park, Silvermine River Flood Management Scheme and Paardevlei wetlands.

The Sitari post of 10 December 2014 was placed without our prior knowledge or consent. We condoned it, however (see our Twitterpost of 13 December 2014), on the basis of prior written indications from the developer that we would undertake the work. On 19 December 2014 an email from the developer’s agent indicated that a meeting to discuss going forward would take place early in 2015. Neither this meeting, nor any contact from the developer, transpired.

It has recently (28 May 2015) come to DHEC’s knowledge that the wetland re-creation work has since been contracted to someone else.

Accordingly we have objected to the continued, unsolicited and misleading use of Bill Harding’s name and association on their website and requested that it be removed with immediate effect.

Furthermore, we wish to place on record that we have not been involved in any of the phases that are required to take the concept ideas into a working design, inclusive of the hydrological and water quality (stormwater treatment) models.



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