Business welcomes port plan – but condemns 2020 relocation date
Days after Transnet unveiled its plans to transform the Port of Port Elizabeth into a people’s mecca with retail stores, restaurants and a maritime museum, the business community has expressed disappointment over yet another delay in moving the manganese facility.
Last week, the parastatal announced its vision for the proposed Port Elizabeth marina and tabled its plans at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s economic development, tourism and agriculture portfolio committee meeting.
Part of Transnet’s plan is to push back the deadline for moving the ore dumps to 2020 while committing to moving its fuel tank facility to the Port of Ngqura in 2019.
But Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber president Ian Nicholls said the facility was a hindrance that was holding back the tourism potential of the region as well as that of the oceans economy.
Transnet’s plan for a port with a service-driven harbour with added attractions including a ship repair precinct has been on the cards for many years, with the first date set to move the beachfront eyesore going back to 2014.
This was later pushed back to 2016-2017, then moved again to 2019 and now to 2020.
Article source: http://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2016/10/31/dumps-delay-slammed/