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Public hearing on proposed Addo MPA now scheduled for PE, Colchester and Alexandria

MARCH 15, 2016
Public hearing on proposed Addo MPA now scheduled for PE, Colchester and Alexandria

The Department of Environmental Affairs on Tuesday announced that a public participation meeting planned for the region in respect of the proposed Addo Elephant National Park Marine Protected Area, which was originally scheduled to take place at the Port Elizabeth City Hall on on Thursday morning (the 17th of March), will now also take place at two more venues in Colchester and Alexandria as below.

Additional venues;

  • Colchester, 17 March, 15H00, Sandunes Hall
  • Alexandria, 23 March, 17H30, Wenzel Park, Community Hall 

The meeting comes after the Department of Environmental Affairs on 3 February published in the Government Gazette 39646, draft notices and regulations to declare a network of 22 proposed Marine Protected Area (MPAs) as part of the Operation Phakisa initiative.

According to the Department, the draft regulations aim to facilitate the protection of coastal and offshore ecosystems to align with targets of the National Development Plan.

"The following are proposed for declaration as MPAs: iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Aliwal Shoal, Agulhas Front, Cape Canyon, Childs Bank, Protea Banks, Browns Bank Complex, Benguela Bank, Browns Bank Corals, Namaqua Fossil Forest, Namaqua National Park, Robben Island, Agulhas Bank Complex, Agulhas Muds, Amathole Offshore, Addo Elephant Park, Benguela Muds, Port Elizabeth Corals, Southeast Atlantic Seamount, Southwest Indian Seamount, uThukela Banks and Orange Shelf Edge," it described.

"The Department hereby invite interested and affected stakeholders to participate in public consultation workshops on the draft notices and regulations for the 22 proposed MPAs. The objective of the public consultation is to enlighten stakeholders to understand the draft regulations."

Please note that a detailed discussion for specific proposed MPAs will be held during specified workshops. 


Any person who wishes to submit comments and inputs is invited to do so by no later than 16H00 on 3 May 2016 by mail, or email as specified below. Please note that comments and inputs received after the closing date may not be considered.

By post to:

The Deputy Director-General: Environmental Affairs
Branch: Oceans and Coasts
P.O. Box 52126
V & A Waterfront,
Cape Town

By email to:

[email protected]

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