We object to all oil exploration off our Southern Cape coast. Immediately, we object to the latest application for oil/gas exploration rights by Sungu Sungu Petroleum (Pty) Ltd (Ghana) for a 2,500 km² portion of the 11,224 km² area known as the Pletmos Baisin (offshore, between Knysna and Jeffrey’s Bay). In between, there is the famous Tsitsikamma National Park with iconic tourist destinations such as Nature’s Valley and Storms River. Other towns affected include Plettenberg Bay and Cape St Francis. Remember the Kiani Satu. Imagine something far worse happening! SIGN PETITION AGAINST OIL EXPLORATION PUBLIC PARTICIPATION Last year, PASA (Petroleum … ‘Click here to read full article…’
In yesterday’s Knysna’s Mayoral Committee meeting, councillors were informed that there would be a delay in the intended delivery of much-needed housing to the Qolweni and Bloemfontein areas. ANC Councillor Wiseman Litoli was upset, saying that there’d been promises and that, “If we’re playing with the emotions of the people, we’re inviting war.” Town Planner, Mike Maughn-Brown, insisted that he had previously said that the Knysna Municipality could not commit to time frames as there are “processes out of control”. In this case, it is the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) which must come from provincial government. Brown went further to … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Plettenberg Bay Harbour Developer’s Application for Extension Rejected In April, we reported that the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning of the Western Cape had rejected the developer’s Final Scoping Report for the Harbour Development; however, he was granted six months within which to submit a revised and compliant Scoping Report. The six-month extension expired on 7th October; two working days before the expiry date the developer applied for a two-year extension. On 21st October, the Department rejected the application for extension, informing the developer that approval for the current environmental application has now finally lapsed.
In the midst of screaming contrasts, there have been several meetings, some public and others in secret, regarding the Plett Small Boat Harbour. One of the latter was allegedly held in October 2013 between Peter Ahern, the developer, and the Plettenberg Bay Tourism Association, a relatively new section 21 company that has also divided the town’s opinion: 1. Are they a positive step forward after bungling by the previous ANC administration or 2. Do they represent the interests of only a few business owners.