R5.4 Million Required To Rehabilitate North End Lake


A total of R5.4 million is required for the rehabilitation of North End Lake, according to a report submitted to the Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Committee this morning.

It is estimated that the work, for which an environmental impact assessment has been initiated, will be completed by July 2016.

The report points out that a number of studies have emphasised the need to improve the poor quality of the water in the lake in order to “realise fully” its socio-economic worth and environmental value.

The report states that once the quality of the water has improved, it is anticipated that a number of sporting codes will use the lake, adding that the lake has the potential to contribute to the regeneration of the surrounding area and the economic development of the metro.

It points to the possibility of commercial developments following, such as retail outlets - development of the Stadium Precinct falls within the mandate of the Mandela Bay Development Agency.

The report says it is in the interests of the city to ensure the rehabilitation of the lake becomes an economically viable project, which will add value to the Stadium Precinct.

It adds that rehabilitation of the lake will also be positive in terms of the marketing of Port Elizabeth and as a water sports destination in line with Vision 2020. - MetroMinutes.


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