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Fawu objects to potential fish plant closure over Hout Bay stench

Oceana’s fishmeal factory, which employees 98 people, could close down following years of complaints about the stench it emits.

(Also read our article: 'Cape's 12 fishing harbours slipped into state of serious decline' - Zille)

Community complaints have persisted over the years, despite Oceana Group having invested over R50 million in odour-minimisation technology.

The group recently announced it was considering relocating operations to St Helena Bay, 175km from Hout Bay.

Concerns have emerged surrounding potential job losses for the affected employees and the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) staged a march in the CBD on Friday.

The union handed over a memorandum to City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and Oceana CEO Francois Kuttel.

Kiara Worth, co-founder of Fresh Air for Hout Bay, says that the smell negatively affects the well-being of residents.

The smell from the factory, when it is in production, is absolutely gut-wrenching. It causes headaches and nausea. We are trying to promote a healthier and fresher environment in Hout Bay.

Kiara Worth, co-founder of Fresh Air for Hout Bay

Zolani Mbanjwa, Fawu organiser, says that the smell does not warrant the potential loss of 98 jobs.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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