Final Report On Coastal Setback Lines To Be Submitted To DEDEAT

BY SUPPLIED - AUGUST 21, 2014

The final report on the proposed Coastal Management Lines for Nelson Mandela Bay will be submitted to the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) at the end of this month for a decision by MEC Sakhumzi Somyo.

This follows the conclusion of the public participation process on the proposals.

A report to the Public Health Committee explains that the MEC determines the management lines “in order to demarcate an area within which development will be prohibited or controlled”.

According to the report, there are currently 627 properties in Nelson Mandela Bay along the coastline that are located either entirely or partly in the area be-tween the sea and the coastal management line.

The report points out that coastal areas are “sensitive, vulnerable, often highly dynamic and stressed ecosystems”.

Increasingly, it adds, these coastal areas will be “subjected to climate change impacts, particularly related to rising sea-levels and the potential increase in the frequency and intensity of storm events”.

It says coastal areas therefore “require specific attention in management and planning procedures, especially where the coastal areas are subject to significant human resource usage and development pressure”.

The report explains that the proposed lines were finalised in 2012 using data that included information on tides, waves, predicted sea-level rises and cross shore profiles.

It says the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) addresses the need for the coordinated and integrated management of the coastal zone by all spheres of government.

The aim is to “preserve, protect, extend and enhance the status of coastal public property as being held in trust by the State”.

In addition, the legislation aims to “secure equitable access to the opportunities and benefits of coastal public property”. - MetroMinutes.