A Clanwilliam farmer has learnt the hard way that breaking the law is not good business.
Tierhoek Boerdery has been slapped with a R3.5million fine after being found guilty of 11 contraventions of laws on water and environmental protection.
The Water and Sanitation Department conducted its first monitoring and enforcement blitz inspections in the West Coast region in November 2017 after which Driehoek appeared in court facing these charges.
Department Spokesperson Sputnik Ratau told Sheqafrica.co.za: “The farmer intentionally didn’t comply with the act and stored water without authorisation.”
Driehoek contravened the National Water Act, 36 of 1998 on a number of counts relating to the construction of category 2 dams with safety risk, unlawful storage of water and unregistered water use.