Environmental Authorisation for the Mandeni Shopping Centre was granted in January 2013.
The authorization included as a condition that an independent and suitably qualified Environmental Control Officer (ECO) be appointed to monitor the implementation of the Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) during construction and operational phases of the project.
NatureStamp was contracted to undertake the ECO duties which included establishment of new wetland areas, monthly monitoring and additional wetland rehabilitation work.
The main concern of this development was the channelled valley bottom wetland system that crossed the site, and over which the shopping centre was constructed. As an offset to the wetland loss, the construction of two artificial wetlands was undertaken.