Coastal economy of the Western Cape

pgwcThe following statements were delivered in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament byBeverley Schäfer MPP, DA Western Cape Spokesperson Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture, Mark Wiley MPP, DA Chief Whip and Lorraine Botha MPP, the DA WC Spokesperson on Premier

Debate Speech by:

Beverley Schäfer MPP 

DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture

Speech highlights:

  • Harbour management lies with a dysfunctional harbour steering committee instead of local government and as a result it has led to a huge loss in financial revenue
  • The small boat harbours have the potential to provide much needed opportunities for jobs for all coastal communities but instead have limited infrastructure thus limiting output
  • The policy of using racial quotas in the allocation of fishing quotas in the coastal communities needs to be reconsidered so that small scale fisherman living in coastal communities are allowed to feed themselves.
  • We do welcome the decision to invest R400-million on the upgrading of the harbours under Operation Phakisa

The full speech can be obtained here.

Debate Speech by:

Mark Wiley MPP 

DA Chief Whip

Speech highlights:

  • South African Commercial Ports play a pivotal role in the South African economy as 87% of all exports and imports pass through them while also servicing other countries in the region
  • South Africa’s sovereignty extends 200 nautical miles off the coast, called the Exclusive Economic Zone. 90% of our exploited fish stocks lie within this zone, mostly directly off the Western Cape coastline
  • In 2007 a study was conducted for the department of Environmental affairs by Ernest and young on the management and viability of the harbours. The study was shrouded in secrecy and even its very existence was denied by the ANC
  • Poaching by gangs and other organized crime gangs are also a big problem around the harbours and they do so knowingly there are measures in place to stop them

The full speech can be obtained here.

Debate Speech by:

Lorraine Botha MPP 

DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Premier

Speech highlights:

  • The Western Cape Fishing Communities are facing a serious threat in the form of the Small Scale Fisheries Plan
  • The new plan means it is no longer local fishing communities who will be able to fish
  • The result of this will be an increase of illicit practices in vulnerable communities-        The new licenses will be issued to 30 000 fishermen compared to 2 200 fishermen, putting on the already limited natural resources

The full speech can be obtained here.

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