From an eThekwini Municipality Executive Committee Member : "Not a decision motivated by altruism "


 

Councillor Tex Collins (DA) Caucus Leader

eThekwini Municipality

Executive Committee Member

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From: Tex Collins [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]
Sent: 22 May 2012 07:12 PM
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Subject: Small Craft Harbour

 

 

 

MEDIA STATEMENT

 

CLLR. TEX COLLINS

LEADER DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE

 

ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY,

 

 

TUESDAY MAY 22ND 2012 ;  RELEASE   IMMEDIATE

 

 

SMALL CRAFT HARBOUR. AN APALLINGLY EXCLUSIVE DECISION

 

 

 

Tex Collins Democratic Alliance Caucus leader has slated the decision by the  ANC dominated eThekwini Executive Committee to approve the lease of the sea bed for 99 years stating that it must be viewed exactly for what it is, “an appallingly exclusive decision which effectively excludes the vast majority of the citizens of Durban”.

 

“The small craft harbour will cater for only the “super rich” and will ensure that those beachgoers who for generations have visited the Vetchs beach will now be confronted by concrete breakwaters and admittance to the area only to those who can afford the fees.

 

Collins further stated that the Small Craft Harbour is certainly not motivated by altruism or the need to provide a facility for the average Durban family, rather a seemingly misplaced idea that the small craft will be good for Durban. In terms of the Integrated Coastal Management Act the seashore and the sea belongs to the people of the Republic Of South Africa and not a small group of well connected individuals who would put their own interests before those of the majority.

 

The development of the point area is an important aspect of the strategic plans for the City, but this development is definitely not dependant on a small craft harbour.  Development of the point areas has been moribund for some time and it is this area that should be  the main focus of attention. The Democratic Alliance has long been of the view that Durban already has a working and successful small craft harbour so what need is there to build  second harbour out in the ocean.

 

No clear indications have been provided as to where the funding for such a scheme will come from but there is no doubt that the beleaguered ratepayers of Durban will be asked yet again to dig deep into their already overstretched budgets to fund yet another major development that will provide nothing more than another nice to have rather than a need to have.   

 

 

 

Tex Collins

 

Caucus Leader

Democratic Alliance

Ethekwini

 

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Councillor Tex Collins (DA) Caucus Leader

eThekwini Municipality

Executive Committee Member

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