TROUBLED WATERS PART 2: Algoa Bay Fish Farm Now On NCOP And Bhisho Agendas

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

Questions about the Algoa Bay fish farm have been submitted in both the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and Bhisho Legislature for next week.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana will be asked in the NCOP whether the site selected by his department in Algoa Bay for the fish farm was “prioritised” in the consultant’s report.

Cathlene Labuschagne (DA) wants to know if it was not prioritised on what basis it was rejected and if was prioritised on what basis it was selected.

She also wants to know whether an economic impact assessment was conducted with specific regard to tourism and other industries in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Eastern Cape Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo will also be questioned in the Bhisho Legislature about the fish farm.

Ross Purdon (DA) wants to know whether “due process” was followed in relation to the “consultative procedures” required in respect of the granting of environmental authorisation for the project by the Department of  Environmental Affairs.

In addition, he wants to know whether any environmental, pollution and tourism concerns about the siting of the fish farm have been raised and what the details of this are.

Purdon has also asked the MEC whether any local investors “have pledged their support for this project,” and whether any international investors have been sought and secured for the project and if so what are the details.

 

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