ANC West Coast slams 'anti-poor agenda' in fishing, mining

2016-11-07 19:04
Fishing. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - The African National Congress in the West Coast on Monday called for more to be done to transform the fishing and mining industries, claiming both were still run by "white monopoly capital".

ANC regional spokesperson Sammy Claasen commended the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for its efforts in transforming the fishing industry, but said more needed to be done.

"There remains a clear anti-poor agenda where economic gatekeeping, which seeks to protect white monopoly capital, is the running theme throughout West Coast industries," he said.

The party called for lifestyle audits into fishing and mining officials who had allegedly been "captured" by white monopoly capital.

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In the fishing industry, Claasen said:

  • 35% of fishing rights should go to youth, women, co-ops, and other groups;
  • A fishing transformation council should be established; and
  • Minister Senzeni Zokwana must look into the awarding of fishing rights over the last 10 - 15 years.

In the mining industry, the party wanted:

  • A review of BBBEE and supply chain targets;
  • Lifestyle audits into officials; and
  • A reduction of "unfair" white monopoly capital control of supply chains.

The party also had a problem with the Mykonos Festival, held every December.

"As the ANC in the West Coast, we reject the organisers' attempt to create and provide recreational entertainment exclusively for the white Afrikaner market at the Mykonos Festival."

He called on the owners of hotel and casino group Tsogo Sun to investigate alleged maladministration in management at Mykonos.

The Democratic Alliance won an outright majority in the West Coast District Municipality in the August local government elections. It is made up of the Swartland, Saldanha Bay, Bergrivier, Cederberg and Matzikama municipalities.

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