Seekoei management plan on track

2017-11-30 06:00
The mouth of the Seekoei estuary was breached to help clear the causeway of water.

The mouth of the Seekoei estuary was breached to help clear the causeway of water.

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EXPERTS from Nelson Mandela University are putting the final touches to the proposed management plan for the Seekoei estuary.

The research team finalised the situational analysis of the estuary in October after the first public meeting with stakeholders. Comments from stakeholders and additional information from residents have now been included.

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen said the team was busy developing management objectives and implementation plans, to be included in the final document.

She said another public meeting would be held before the plan is finalised. It is expected that the final plan will be tabled to Council for discussion and adoption by March 2018.

The Seekoei estuary was the centre of a heated debate this past quarter when high seas increased the water level and the causeway, connecting Paradise Beach to Jeffreys Bay, was submerged.

The municipality was initially refused permission by the Department of Environmental Affairs to breach the estuary mouth so that water levels could lower. Permission was, however, later granted after the municipality submitted an appeal.

Goeie vordering met Seekoei-plan

‘n Bestuursplan vir die Seekoei-riviermond by Paradysstrand sal eersdaags deur kenners van die Nelson Mandela Universiteit gefinaliseer word.

Die navorsingspan het in Oktober hul eerste publieke deelname vergadering gehou en die plan sluit nou ook in insette van belanghebbendes en addisionele inligting wat deur inwoners verskaf is.

Kouga-burgemeester Elza van Lingen het gesê bestuursdoelwitte en implementeringsplanne sal ook deel maak van die plan.

“Ons beoog om nog ‘n openbare vergadering te hou voor die finale plan voor die Kouga-raad ter tafel gelê word vir bespreking en aanvaarding. Ons verwag om die plan teen Maart 2018 te kan finali-seer.”

Daar was groot omstredenheid rakende die Seekoei-riviermonding die afgelope kwartaal toe hoë seedeinings die water-vlakke in die rivier opgestoot het en die laagwaterbrug, wat Paradysstrand aan Jeffreysbaai koppel, oorspoel het.

Die Departement van Omgewingsake wou eers nie vir die munisipaliteit toe-stemming gee om die riviermonding oop te stoot sodat die watervlak kon verlaag nie. Toestemming is wel later verleen toe die munisipaliteit teen die besluit appelleer het.

Isicwangciso seSeekoei sisendleleni

Iingcali eziphuma kwiDyunivesithi iNelson Mandela zidibanisa imigca yokugqibela kwisicwangciso esiphakanyiswayo sokulawula ichibi iSeekoei.

Eli qela labaphandi lilugqibila uhlalutyo lwemeko yeli chibi ngoSeptember emva kwentlanganiso yokuqala nabathathi-nxaxheba. Izimvo ezisuka kubathathi-nxaxheba kwakunye nenye ingcombolo esuka kubahlali nazo zidityanisiwe apha.

USodolophu waseKouga uElza van Lingen uthe eli qela ngoku liphezu kokuqulunqa iinjongo zolawulo kwanezicwangciso zokwenza, ukuze zibe yinxalenye yoxwebhu lokugqibela.

Uthe enye intlanganiso yoluntu izakubanjwa phambi kokuba esi sicwangciso sigqityezelwe. Kulindeleke ukuba isicwangciso sokugqibela sithiwe thaca eBhungeni kwaye siphunyezwe ngoMarch ka-2018.

Eli chibi iSeekoei belisoloko lingumba wengxoxo eshushu kule kota idluleyo ngexa ukuphakama kolwandle kunyuse umgangatho wamanzi aye ayigubungela ibhulorho edibanisa iParadise Beach neJeffreys Bay.

Umasipala uye walelwa kuqala liSebe Lezokusingqongileyo ukuba kuvulwe umlomo weli chibi ukuze umgangatho wamanzi ubenako ukwehla. Ide yanikezelwa, ke noko, imvume emva kokuba umasipala efake isibheno.

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