City of Cape Town determined to get the harbours shipshape

Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town Ian Neilson talks to CapeTalk's John Maytham about the Harbour By-law draft legislation that the City made available for public comment on Monday.

This By-law proposes to reverse the long-running, systemic mismanagement of the city’s harbours under the National Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), and Public Works (DPW)

The City has been engaging with representatives of both the DAFF and the DPW for several years with a view to establishing a cooperative basis for the proper administration of the harbours within the City’s jurisdiction.

These include the Hout Bay, Kalk Bay, Murrays’ Bay, Granger Bay, and Gordon’s Bay Harbours.

These have been very poorly managed for a very, very long time.

Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town

We want a standard process for all of them.

Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town

All these efforts at forging cooperation have been unsuccessful.

The City says this has left it no choice but to forge ahead with the proposed By-law, arguing that the harbours cannot continue to be neglected and mismanaged, falling ever further into disrepair.

So we have decided it's important for us now to assume our responsibilities in terms of the Constitution and effectively take administrative control of these harbours.

Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town

He says the City is not seeking to take ownership of these harbours, put simply want to put into place a set of regulations which require the owners of these harbours to manage them properly.

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