Save Langebaan Lagoon fight heads to court

The Langebaan Lagoon on the West Coast of the Western Cape is under threat, say activists.

A community group called Save Langebaan Lagoon is in the process of preparing court papers for an urgent judicial review to oppose commercial fishing venture planned for the Lagoon.

Save Langebaan Lagoon legal advisor Jennifer Kamerman says the government failed to consider the consequences of the fishing venture.

Kamerman explains to Refilwe Moloto the steps they have taken to fight the massive sea development.

We are asking the court to find that the environmental authorisations granted by the minister of Environmental Affairs are in fact unlawful.

Jennifer Kamerman, Legal advisor - Save Langebaan Lagoon

She says they are arguing that the granting of these authorisations was an administrative injustice and want the court to set them aside.

She explains why Langebaan Lagoon is so vitally important to the area's biodiversity.

What's at stake is an approved plan by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to develop floating fish factories on an industrial scale in the bay waters of the Langebaan Lagoon.

Jennifer Kamerman, Legal advisor - Save Langebaan Lagoon

The bay waters of the Langebaan Lagoon intermingle with the marine protected area of the Langebaan Lagoon which is an area rich in biodiversity value and it is also a complex marine system that is both sensitive and vulnerable.

Jennifer Kamerman, Legal advisor - Save Langebaan Lagoon

Find out more here:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Save Langebaan Lagoon fight heads to court


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
In Africa with Avi and Kumbi: Children's book helps kids explore continent

In Africa with Avi and Kumbi: Children's book helps kids explore continent

Historian Nomalanga Mkhize explains what motivated her to write a children's book on African history.

Here are proposed steps to be taken when parents reported for spanking

Here are proposed steps to be taken when parents reported for spanking

Centre for Child Law's Isabel Magaya says it is advocating for a social worker to look at the situation at the child's home.

Premier Alan Winde: If we can't get safety right, we can't fix any other things

Premier Alan Winde: If we can't get safety right, we can't fix any other things

Western Cape premier and Elsies River Community Policing Forum's Imraan Mukaddam discuss and react to plan to roll-out new cops.

Here's how to secure all-expenses-paid trip to Antarctica this summer

Here's how to secure all-expenses-paid trip to Antarctica this summer

You could secure a berth on the Sansa and make your way to Antarctica, leaving Cape Town in December.

Why Stellenbosch residents oppose R44 upgrades

Why Stellenbosch residents oppose R44 upgrades

Stellenbosch Ratepayers Association André Pelser says the town is the jewel of the country and the upgrade will hamper tourism.

Medical schemes suspend five executives over corruption allegations

Medical schemes suspend five executives over corruption allegations

Chief executive Dr Sipho Kabane says they don't want to be seen to be sweeping serious allegations under the carpet.

Popular articles
4 things you should never say if you want to get rich

4 things you should never say if you want to get rich

Don’t ever say or, worse, believe any of these wealth-destroying platitudes, implores personal finance expert Warren Ingram.

Fraudsters are getting professional, scamming consumers with ingenious methods

Fraudsters are getting professional, scamming consumers with ingenious methods

“It makes all of us a target to fraudsters,” warns Manie van Schalkwyk of the South African Fraud Prevention Service.

'We have evidence that the EFF and Julius Malema took bribes for tenders'

'We have evidence that the EFF and Julius Malema took bribes for tenders'

Arabile Gumede interviews Stefaans Brummer, a journalist at the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism.

[WATCH] 'If this world were mine', grocery store impromptu rendition goes viral

[WATCH] 'If this world were mine', grocery store impromptu rendition goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

South Africans are increasingly buying cars they can’t afford using balloon payments, says consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

The recent findings of a private pathologist ruled out suicide as the cause of death of the former Bosasa boss.