On 12 November 2010, Alan Straton from MyPE wrote:
The Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce (PERCCI) held a successful briefing of the general public and various stakeholders in May 2010 on the progress (or lack thereof) of the removal of the manganese ore dump (or as Transnet like to call it the ‘manganese holding facility’) and tank farms.
As an aside – if the manganese ore area is a ‘holding facility’ then the powers that be are doing a patently obviously bad job at holding all the manganese ore within the facility!
PERCCI will be holding up a follow up meeting and attempting to answer the question; “What happens when the tank farm and manganese ore facility finally move from the Port Elizabeth Harbour?”
Much speculation abounds as to what use this piece of land will be put to, especially in the light of recent media reports that have highlighted the potential for a waterfront development and included some wildly speculative potential employment figures – see: Questions Over Job Creation Claims for PE Waterfront.
PERCCI is inviting all PE residents to find out what the future could hold for this valuable piece of waterfront property and propose how to get there. PERCCI have invited Derick van der Merwe, the ex-CEO of the Cape Town Waterfront Company to speak on that development, it’s benefits and how it all came about.
With much speculation around the ‘real reason’ why Acting Transnet CEO Chris Wells resigned all the doomsayers are now saying that Chris Wells’ resignation signals the death knell for the relocation of the manganese ore and tank farm. Consequently it would be in the best interests of Port Elizabeth residents to attend the 25 November feedback session at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC).
Date: Thursday, 25 November 2010 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 (please allow enough time to get through port security) Venue: Algoa Bay Yacht Club, PE Harbour RSVP: Maritza Beer on events[at]pechamber.org.za or Lesley Domingo on functions[at]pechamber.org.za.
Whilst you are down at the yacht club why don’t you make a reservation to have lunch at the Chartroom Restaurant after the meeting – I may even allow you to buy me a Fanta Brown from the pub.
Contact PERCCI for more information.
Anyone willing to lay bets that if the East Wind blows on Thursday 25 November that Transnet will STOP the loading of Manganese Ore whilst the feedback meeting is in progress.