Thieves have been stealing fittings from boats at Hout Bay harbour leaving the harbour in a dire state with half sunken boats. It is reported that there are about 17 sunken boats in the harbour, creating a navigational hazard as well as preventing access to limited harbour space.
Capetalk presenter John Maytham spoke to Premier Helen Zille about the situation at Hout Bay Harbour:
This a very big crisis for us and yes I have been in a process with the National Department of Public Works and Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry for about four to five years now trying to get them to pick up on their responsibilities. The harbours can really be a hub to economic growth and development, particularly jobs if we manage them correctly— Helen Zille - Premier of the Wester Cape
Zille says for years she is been trying to get a joined meeting between municipalities, Department of Public Work and Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry to come up with a plan and a better solution for the management of the harbours.
Still on the same topic; John also spoke to Shaheen Moolah Managing Director at Feike Marine Consultants:
According to Moolah the situation at Hout Bay harbour is dire. He says the half sunken boats take up most of the repair jetty space.
This means that vessels that need repair have limited access to the repair jetty. Vessels that are left there for repairs get stripped overnight and this is a big concern, he says.
Listen to the full conversation on the John Maytham Show: