The IOX Subsea Cable System is a proposed fibre optic subsea cable system from India to South Africa via Mauritius and Rodrigues Island.
The proposed cable system would comprise a fibre optic cable of approximately 9 000 kilometres in length. Branches would run from the main trunk to landing sites in Mauritius, Rodrigues Island and South Africa.
In South Africa, the Project will involve installation and operation of a subsea fibre optic cable inside the Exclusive Economic Zone (approximately 372 km) and Territorial waters (approximately 22 km) to a coastal landing site in East London next to the East London Industrial Development Zone.
The Project requires Environmental Authorisation (EA) from the National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). The authorisation would be under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998).
To obtain an Environmental Authorisation, Indian Ocean Xchange (IOX) SA (Pty) Ltd must undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process in terms of the NEMA EIA Regulations, 2017. The DEA is the competent authority and has powers to authorise the installation or refuse it.
This website serves to disseminate Project information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, or wish to register as an Interested and Affected Party, please contact ERM.
Non-Technical Summary_IOX Subsea Cable System.pdf
DRAFT EIA Report.pdf