Progress With Relocation of Transnet’s Manganese Ore Dumps and Tank Farm On
Tuesday, 8 September 2009, Nelson Mandela Bay’s Deputy Executive Mayor,
Councillor Bicks Ndoni, led a delegation to attend the Parliamentary
Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises in relation to the removal of
the Transnet Manganese Ore and Oil Tank Farm facilities at the Port
Elizabeth harbour.

The high level delegation comprised the Deputy Executive Mayor
Councillor Ndoni, Mayoral Committee member Councillor Marsla Odayar,
the CEOs and representatives of the Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of
Commerce and Industry (PERCCI),
Coega Development Corporation(CDC) and
Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), as well as senior officials
the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM).

The delegation had been invited by the Parliamentary Portfolio
Committee to the meeting where Transnet was required to respond to a
formal complaint lodged with Parliament by PERCCI on the negative
effects the facilities were having on the city, its citizens and

In the meeting the Acting CEO of Transnet, Mr Christopher Wells,
committed to a co-operative approach with the NMBM, PERCCI, CDC and
other stakeholders with a firm view to having the two facilities moved
at the earliest possible time. The lease for the oil tank farm facility
expires in 2014.

Although at this stage no firm time-frames could be committed to, due
to certain studies being undertaken by Transnet, a process to determine
time frames and achieve the removal of the facilities as soon as
possible has been set in motion. The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee
will require monthly progress reports from Transnet with regard to it
meeting its obligations to move the two facilities. From its side, the
NMBM has an open door to report its perspective to the Parliamentary
Portfolio Committee.

The NMBM has long held the view that the facilities are unhealthy,
unsafe and inappropriate in the centre of the city and this decision is
the culmination of extensive engagement with Transnet over the last 18
months. The location of the facilities has been stifling investment
opportunities on strategically located land that has the potential to
unlock the development potential of the Central Business District and
the major tourism asset that the city has. A waterfront development is
being planned for the area and this will allow the city to effectively
compete with other tourism destinations as well as bring much-needed
investment and job creation to the city.

The NMBM and PERCCI welcomes the co-operative approach committed to by
Transnet as well as the definite commitment to move the facilities.
Despite numerous attempts by the NMBM to achieve the commitment of
Transnet to move the facilities before now, this is the first time that
Transnet has formally committed to the removal of the facilities as
well as a process to determine fixed time-frames.

A number of stakeholders are impacted by the decisions, and the NMBM
will now rally all stakeholders to be part of the joint process for the
removal of the facilities and the re-development of the area.

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