Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says that the state of the provincial harbours has been severely damaged.
Zille says this is a result of the current mismanagement of national government and former Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.
In a briefing to the local fishing community on Tuesday, she said the harbours need to be restored to their immense potential for job creation and growth.
These fishing harbours should be economic hubs, for fishing, tourism and other water-related activity. But all of it is in a state of disrepair and falling apart.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
According to Zille, the Western Cape government will pass a bylaw to regulate the management of the Cape's harbours.
Speaking to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies, she said that harbours have been largely neglected, and poorly managed under the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Under the reign of the national government, the 12 fishing harbours in the Western Cape have allegedly dilapidated and lost major jobs and tourism investment.
Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: