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Afro Fishing's contentious plans to add a R380 million pelagic fish meal and oil manufacturing plant to its sardine cannery in Mossel Bay may just have suffered a fatal blow after two of its main brains have been implicated in an alleged money laundering scandal in Namibia.
 
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The South Africans, chartered accountant Johannes Augustinus Breed and economist Adriaan Jacobus Louw are the alleged powers behind Afro Fishing's fish meal plans. They are also directors of the controversial multi-million dollar Seaflower Pelagic Processing plant in Walvis Bay which is now at the heart of an alleged money laundering scandal in Namibia.

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SA economist AJ Louw (left) and Johannes Augustinus Breed, one of the two directors of Afro Fishing in Mossel Bay.

Mosselbayontheline has been questioning the secrecy around Afro Fishing's new management and financiers/affiliates since February last year when their unobtrusive application to build a pelagic fishmeal and -oil plant in Mossel Bay's harbour first appeared in the local paper.

When we eventually linked Breed and Louw to fishing companies in Namibia and Angola which had engaged in fishy deals with the beleaguered Namibian state-owned Fishcor, Breed and Afro Fishing tried to muzzle us with a high court interdict - which they lost with cost.

In the latest development in the ongoing international #fishrot investigation, the Namibian cabinet has decided to cancel a controversial N$20 billion partnership between the state-owned fishing company Fishcor and African Selection Fishing.

The two teamed up in 2017 to form a fish-processing entity called Seaflower Pelagic Processing.

Seaflower – now at the heart of an alleged money laundering scandal – operates from Walvis Bay.

The decision comes barely a week after The Namibian reported the deal was structured in such a way that the government, through Fishcor, got a raw deal.

It ended up as the minority shareholder while shouldering most of the financial outlay as well as bearing most of the risk and responsibility for the venture – including loans, collateral and guaranteed state-funded fishing quotas.

Former justice minister Sacky Shanghala's lawyer, Marén de Klerk, and two South African businessmen emerged as key beneficiaries of the 30-year deal.

The partnership is also the subject of a court case in which two former ministers, Bernhard Esau and Shanghala, are accused of allegedly masterminding a scheme to get at least N$75 million through Celax Investments Number One. Celax is owned by De Klerk.

Court charges claim Seaflower Pelagic Processing was used as a conduit for money laundering.

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THE DECISION

The Namibian learned Cabinet approved exiting the deal after the minister of fisheries and marine resources Albert Kawana recommended it at a meeting last week.

A government document seen by The Namibian states that “Cabinet approves the termination of the agreement between Fishcor and African Selection Fishing and Seaflower Pelagic Processing”.

The document also states that Kawana, minister of public enterprises Leon Jooste, minister of justice Yvonne Dausab and attorney general Festus Mbandeka were given the responsibility of terminating the contract.

The Namibian understands Cabinet also approved a job-saving proposal tabled by Kawana to avoid the abrupt closure of the factory.

The proposal aims “to allocate 5 000 metric tonnes of horse mackerel to Seaflower Pelagic Processing for a period of six months to preserve employment”.

Government officials were this week reluctant to comment on the issue.

“Unfortunately, I cannot at this stage comment on a matter that is still under consideration by Cabinet,” Dausab said.

She directed questions to Kawana and minister of information and communication technologies Peya Mushelenga.

“It is not in my culture to discuss Cabinet proceedings in public,” said Kawana.

Jooste said he was still waiting for instructions from Cabinet and had no information at this stage.

Mbandeka did not respond to calls or text messages.

 

 

A RAW DEAL

The Namibian reported that the 2017 agreement between Fishcor and African Selection shows the government had to deliver close to N$700 million in start-up capital – made up of N$530 million for building and setting up a fish-processing plant at Walvis Bay, as well as for the purchase of a refrigerated trawler for the venture.

In terms of the shareholders' agreement between Fishcor and Africa Selection Fishing, the government was committed to allocating 50 000 metric tonnes of horse mackerel a year to the joint venture from 2017 to 2047.

The agreement shows African Selection was not responsible for much apart from managing the Seaflower venture at no charge to Seaflower.

Apart from De Klerk, other beneficiaries of the joint venture are South African businessmen Adrian Louw and Johannes Breed. The three, through African Selection Fishing Namibia, held a 60% interest in Seaflower Pelagic Processing. Fishcor is the minority partner with 40%.

Cabinet will also have to consider the involvement of De Klerk, who is wanted by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

The lawyer owns 100% of Celax and is the company's sole director.

Celax was formally registered on 24 January 2017, six days before African Selection Fishing Namibia signed its shareholder agreement with Fishcor.

De Klerk resigned as a director of SeaFlower and African Selection Fishing on 15 January this year.

https://www.namibian.com.na/…/…/Cabinet-to-quit-Fishcor-deal?

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* Three directors of Seaflower Pelagic are now "safely" in South Africa and probably won't be extradited to Namibia? While Namibian attorney Marén De Klerk fled to SA earlier this year, AJ Louw and Johannes Breed are the powers behind the equally controversial Afro Fishing in Mossel Bay whose plans to add a multi-million rand pelagic fish meal and -oil plant to the existing sardine cannery are awaiting the green light .. . The proposed fish meal plant was heavily opposed by the public, but the final decision must still be made by the Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning (DEA&DP) under MEC Anton Bredell and the Garden Route District Municipality.

  • It is uncertain how these latest developments will affect Afro Fishing's fishmeal plans . . . ?

https://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/index.php/afro-fishing-s-md-links-himself-to-gang-wars-in-manenberg-in-final-basic-assessment-report

https://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/index.php/fishy

http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/cape-high-court-judge…

 

MATHIAS HAUFIKU and TILENI MONGUDHICABINET has decided to cancel a controversial N$20 billion partnership between the state-owned fishing company Fishcor and African Selection Fishing.
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MATHIAS HAUFIKU and TILENI MONGUDHICABINET has decided to cancel a controversial N$20 billion partnership between the state-owned fishing company Fishcor and African Selection Fishing.
 
 
 Also, read our previous Facebook post: 
 
 

While the world is still in lockdown due to the most controversial flu bug "pandemic" in the history of mankind, South Africa's involvement in the biggest international fishing scandal in decades is slowly but surely surfacing . . .

When Mosselbayontheline last year mentioned the connection between the directors/affiliates of Afro Fishing, Johannes Augustinus Breed and Adriaan Jacobus (AJ) Louw, and the Namibian Fishcor in the #fishrot scandal, Afro Fishing tried to muzzle the publication with an urgent high court interdict which they lost with costs. Since then, nothing was heard again about Afro Fishing's heavily contested application to establish a multi-million rand pelagic fish meal and -oil processing plant in Mossel Bay's harbour.

http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/cape-high-court-judge…

Mosselbayontheline also exposed the irregularities in the environmental assessment and public participation process:

https://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/index.php/afro-fishing-s-md-links-himself-to-gang-wars-in-manenberg-in-final-basic-assessment-report

The SA mainstream media also refrained from mentioning a word about the various South Africans who featured prominently and repeatedly in the #fishrot Wikileaks files in which the biggest fishing scandal in Namibia was exposed ... despite Susan Puren's in-depth article in Noseweek in which high-ranking SA officials and even a previous minister of fisheries were mentioned.

Small wonder Islandic whistleblower Jóhannes Stefánsson mentioned he is more afraid of the SA fishing mafia than the #fishrot accomplices in Namibia and Angola . . . as he believes it was in Cape Town that he was poisoned during his last negotiations.

While the Namibian government and media left no stone unturned to seek justice after the #fishrot scandal broke in November last year and immediately jailed three ministers and Fishcor officials, the South African government and mainstream media basically ignored the entire scandal as though it has nothing to do with South Africa . . .

Even when Namibian lawyer Marén de Klerk fled to South Africa earlier this year when the Namibian Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) wanted to question him regarding his involvement in the #fishrot scandal, nothing was done to locate or extradite him.

In the latest turn of events, De Klerk and the two South Africans (Louw and Breed) who represented African Selection with him on the board of directors of Seaflower Pelagic, are now under investigation for their fishy partnership and deals with Fishcor.

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The Namibian understands the government – through Fishcor – poured close to N$700 million in start-up capital and loan guarantees into the joint venture called Seaflower Pelagic Processing in 2017.

Documents show the government received a raw deal as a minority owner while shouldering the costs of a majority shareholder in a joint venture set up in 2017.

This partnership is now the subject of a court case in which two former ministers are accused of masterminding a scheme to get at least N$75 million.

Seaflower Pelagic had five directors when the deal was sealed.

Africa Selection was represented by De Klerk, Angolan-based South African accountant Johannes Augustinus Breed and South African economist Adriaan Jacobus Louw, while Fishcor was represented by James Hatuikulipi and Mike Nghipunya.

Now documents show the key players in the transaction are De Klerk and Louw – through African Selection Fishing Namibia.

Seaflower Pelagic Processing was used as a conduit for money laundering, court charges allege.

https://www.namibian.com.na/…/Lawyer-De-Klerk-in-N$20-billi…?

 

Exposed: Zuma 'bodyguard' was link man in international fishing conspiracy


Noseweek Issue #245, 1st March 2020 By Susan Puren

Much has since been written about the WikiLeaks Fishrot Files that exposed corrupt politicians and officials in Namibia’s fishing industry.


In return for lucrative fishing rights in their country they received close to $10m (R147m) in bribes from the Icelandic fishing conglomerate Samherji.

Two government ministers in Namibia resigned and are awaiting trial, together with another seven senior officials who were also caught with their hands in the cookie jar. In Iceland, Samherji’s CEO has stepped down while the whistleblower, Icelandic citizen Jóhannes Stefánsson, is in hiding, fearing for his life.

But Samherji also actively tried to get into South Africa’s fishing waters, wining and dining politicians and officials during secretive meetings as far back as 2014. It is all there to see in the WikiLeaks tranche of more than 30,000 leaked emails and confidential documents online. As many as 1,210 of these deal with an elaborate plan to capture a huge chunk of South Africa’s fishing industry, specifically horse mackerel, which earns in excess of R1.4 billion per annum. The tale unfolds mostly in emails written in 2016 between Stefánsson and Allie Baderoen.

At the time Stefánsson was still Samherji’s frontman in Namibia, where he had bribed politicians and officials for many years.


Baderoen, a Cape Town businessman, was steering negotiations on behalf of a South African company called Global Pact Trading 193 (Pty) Ltd which controversially received an experimental fishing permit for horse mackerel from South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in December 2015. Global Pact obtained the permit, ostensibly by promoting the idea that horse mackerel was a cheap source of protein that could feed the poor.

This, Global claimed, was not happening because the big players in the fishing industry do not bring their catch to our shores. Instead, tonnes of fish are block-frozen at sea, transshipped and exported to countries such as Angola, Zambia and the DRC without creating a single job on South African soil.
After unsuccessfully lobbying the suits at DAFF for several years, a permit was finally issued under the watch of the department’s then minister Senzeni Zokwana. Granted under section 83 of the SA Marine Living Resources Act, which allows the minister to determine and authorise any scientific investigation or practical experiment, the permit allocated a massive 8,000 tonnes of the oily fish per annum to Global Pact, but without even mentioning details of the required experiment in the official permit conditions.

The quota was worth between R80m-R120m and, with the stroke of Zokwana’s proverbial pen, this new entrant to the industry sneaked in through the transformation back door to become the second-largest horse mackerel rights holder in South Africa, without having to go through the application processes imposed on all other applicants. The permit also
uniquely entitled Global Pact to fish on the West and South coasts of South Africa at any time they chose.

This raised eyebrows throughout the fishing industry. The South Arican Deep Sea Trawling Industry Association (Sadstia) and 21 other entities launched an appeal, saying such an allocation to a newcomer was unheard of and in conflict with the fishing capacity management regime, which was developed and implemented by the very same department that had granted Global Pact’s so-called experimental permit.

 

http://mosselbayontheline.co.za/images/pdf/Nose245_Susan_Fishrot.pdf?

https://www.namibian.com.na/…/Lawyer-De-Klerk-in-N$20-billi…?

http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/cape-high-court-judge…

http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/afro-fishing-s-md-lin…

 

 

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Die eerste lig in die tonnel het uiteindelik deurgebreek vir 18 huiseienaars van die omstrede Seemeeupark-dorpsontwikkeling in Hartenbos wie se aftree-huise einde 2015 reeds die eerste onheilspellende krake begin toon en in 2016 inderhaas ontruim moes word weens erge grondverskuiwings.

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'n Skikkingsooreenkoms is onlangs uiteindelik met die Switserse versekeringsreus Zürich bereik waarvolgens 75% van die oorspronklike eisbedrag aan 18 eisers uitbetaal is wat destyds die eerste skadevergoedingseise teen die Seemeeuvlug-kompleks se versekeraar ingestel het. Die skikking volg nadat regter Nathan Erasmus verlede jaar persoonlik die perseel kom besoek het om hom regstreeks van die feite te vergewis en 'n einde te bring aan dié voortslepende hofsage.
Die eisers het die saak met koste gewen en hoewel al 18 eisers vroeër vandeesmaand uitbetaal is, is daar gemengde gevoelens oor hulle noodgedwonge moes skik vir 75% van die oorspronklike eisbedrag.

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Wonderwerke gebeur! Karin Prinsloo, Pieter Nel en sy vrou, Annetjie, is dankbaar en verheug oor die uitspraak. Pieter en Annetjie, wat destyds vanaf Bloemfontein hierheen sou verhuis om hul aftreejare langs die see te kom geniet, is ook destyds haweloos gelaat. Hulle glo ingryping van Bo en "toe-val-die-lig"-toevallighede het meegewerk dat hulle danksy Samaritane "bekostigbare" tydelike blyplek in Hartenbos kon bekom en saam met ses ander huiseienaars die regskoste vir die Zürich-saak kon help betaal. "Ons glo dié saak sal meehelp dat die klasaksie-saak wat seker nou al R220 miljoen beloop, ook spoedig afgehandel word", het hy gesê.

 
Die Zürich-skikking sluit nie die gesamentlike klasaksie-skadevergoedingseis van meer as R200 miljoen in wat 'n groep van 62 huiseienaars van die Seemeeupark-ontwikkeling vroeër teen die betrokke owerhede - die Mosselbaai Munisipaliteit, Wes-Kaapse Regering en die Nasionale Huisbouersregistrasieraad (NHMRC) - aanhangig gemaak het nie. Die dagvaardings is reeds in November 2018 op die drie respondente beteken, en die Mosselbaai munisipaliteit was die eerste wat feitlik dadelik laat blyk het dat hy die eis gaan verdedig.

 

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Huiseienaars moes dadelik hul huise ontruim nadat dit in 2016 onbewoonbaar geraak het. Die feit dat hulle geweier het om dié huise te sloop voor die hofstryd afgehandel is, het waarskynlik meegehelp in hul sege teen die Switserse versekeringsreus Zürich nadat regter Nathan Erasmus persoonlik verlede jaar die perseel kom besoek het.

 

Die Seemeeupark-grondverskuiwingsramp is sedert 2016 in die nuus nadat huise in dié gesogte dorpsontwikkeling bestaande uit Seemeeuvlug, Rylaan 2 en Tuscan Village in 2015 begin kraak het kort nadat die eerste eienaars hul intrek geneem het. Die ontwikkeling is destyds goedgekeur en gebou op 'n ou uitgewerkte steengroef op die familieplaas Vyf Brakke Fonteinen wat aan die destydse burgemeester, André Nel, behoort het. Die eienaars, wat tot R4 miljoen per huis eis, asook verlies aan inkomste, beweer in hofstukke die Mosselbaaise munisipaliteit was grof nalatig toe hy in 1999 die behuisingsontwikkeling goedgekeur het ondanks waarskuwings dat die gewraakte stuk grond op 'n ou steengroef is en nie geskik is vir ontwikkeling nie.

 

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 Hartverskeurende verhale van pensioenarisse wat in September 2016 letterlik op straat gelaat is nadat die munisipaliteit uitsettingsbevele op hulle bedien en 'n week tyd gegee het om hul huise te ontruim, het destyds landwyd opslae gemaak. Sowat 30 gesinne is regstreeks geraak, onder wie meesal bejaardes wie se pensioengeld in dié aftreehuise belê is. Verskeie van hulle het weens die stres ernstige siektetoestande ontwikkel en moes boonop noodgedwonge hul siekefondse kanselleer of afskaal.

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'n Paar van die 62 huiseienaars van die Seemeeupark-ontwikkeling wat in 2016 haweloos gelaat is en steeds angstig wag op terugvoering nadat hulle in Desember 2018 'n dagvaarding vir 'n skadevergoedingseis van R200 miljoen op die drie betrokke owerhede beteken het. Die respondente in dié klasaksie-saak is die Mosselbaai munisipaliteit, die Wes-Kaapse regering en die Nasionale Huisbouersregistrasieraad (NHBRC).

 

Die munisipaliteit het destyds beweer die ontwikkeling is op private grond gebou en dus nie sy verantwoordelikheid nie, hoewel hy wel die hersonering van die grond in 1999 goedgekeur het.

"Dit was 'n senutergende (reg)stryd wat net sewe van ons huiseienaars onder uiters moeilike omstandighede sedert 2016 moes veg om die regskostes aan te hou betaal terwyl ons nie eens meer 'n dak oor ons kop gehad het nie.

"Baie wonderwerke het egter in dié tyd gebeur en ons is baie dankbaar vir die uitkoms. Ons glo en vertrou regter Nathan Erasmus se bevinding sal ook meehelp om die voortslepende gesamentlike klasaksie-saak teen die betrokke owerhede te bespoedig", het Pieter Nel, een van die huiseienaars, vandeesweek gesê.

 

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Dankie Vader! Gróót verligting en dankbaarheid . . . Karin Prinsloo en Annetjie en Pieter Nel is drie van die 18 Seemeeuvlug-huiseienaars wat vandeesmaand hul uitgerekte hofstryd teen die versekeringsreus Zürich met koste gewen het. Hulle vertrou die uitslag van dié hofsaak sal ook die uitgerekte klasaksie-saak teen die betrokke drie owerhede bespoedig.

Ook Petro Botes, woordvoerder van die Seemeeuvlug-huiseienaarsvereniging wat die Zürich-saak help dryf het, is hoopvol dat dié hofuitspraak druk op die respondente in die klasaksie-saak sal plaas om verdere regskoste te vermy. Die saak sloer al sedert 2018 en die regskoste hoop op.

Botes het net lof vir hul respan onder leiding van adv. Dirk Coetsee en prokureur Johan Cilliers van Cilliers & Associates wat die eisers se saak hanteer het.

Lees ook ons vorige berigte hier: http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/mosselbaai-munisipali…

https://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/r200-miljoen-skadeve…

 

 

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Response to a personal attack aimed at Mosselbayontheline in the Mossel Bay Advertiser of 1 February 2019 which was not allowed . . . 
 
Mosselbayontheline sent the underneath responses to a libellous letter for publication to the Mossel Bay Advertiser, but were told that it cannot/may not be published . . . ?
 
 
Mossel Bay Advertiser
 
Dear Editor
 
I was shocked and disappointed to see how the Mossel Bay Advertiser allows a resident to openly launch a lengthy, personal and slanderous attack on someone without even contacting the person for comment?
 
I have also tried in vain to comment online on the Letters' commentary field . . . the reply either has been removed deliberately or it does not function properly? I trust you will allow me to fully respond to Deon van Zyl's prominent and libellous letter in last week's MBA? Ironically, Van Zyl makes himself guilty of exactly the flagrant lies, crimen injuria and distortion of facts of which he publicly accuses me?  
 

Mosselbayontheline follows with interest the slanderous, derogatory and false accusations made by Deon van Zyl and would like to remind him that we have the original emails in which he refused to name any of Afro Fishing's directors and also asked me to remove AJ Louw's name from his reply after I had to research and name the directors myself, which he then basically was FORCED to CONFIRM . . .

The fact that Johannes Breed and AJ Louw are prominently mentioned in various international newspapers as recently as 2019 regarding their 60% shares in the Seaflower Pelagic Plant in Walvis Bay while the beleaguered Fishcor in the #fishrot scandal owns the remaining 40% is and was in public interest - why kill the messenger?

The #fishrot investigation is still very much ongoing, and in the latest development lawyers are also under scrutiny for their involvement in ALL the fishy deals involving fishing quotas in Namibia . . .  ? The fact that the international #fishrot scandal coincided time-wise with the deadline for Afro Fishing's public participation process is/was entirely beyond our control - why the paranoia?   

The fact that even a high court judge dismissed Afro Fishing's attempt to gag Mosselbayontheline from informing the public of what is truly going on in the national and international fishing industry says it all . . . 


"Namibia’s fisheries minister, Bernard Esau, has handed the state-owned National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) a fishing quota potentially worth N$1.8-billion in a controversial deal that will benefit an international company, official documents show."

https://amabhungane.org/…/namibian-fishing-industry-cries-…/
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/…/2018-05-14-amabhungane-n…/

Even more disturbing: We also read with interest the same slanderous, derogatory and false accusations in Deon van Zyl's response to public comments in the official Comments & Responses Table of Cape EAprac which on Wednesday was submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) as part of the Final Basic Assessment Report (FBAR) for Afro Fishing's proposed fishmeal plant.
In his response to the comments of Interested & Affected Parties, he called this same journalist a "local activist" who "linked him (Van Zyl) to gang wars in Manenberg" . . . ? Where THAT came from, only Van Zyl will know . . . 

However, Mosselbayontheline is by far not the only Interested & Affected Party whose written submissions in the public participation process were met with such hostile, slanderous and disparaging retorts from both Van Zyl and Afro Fishing's consultant engineer, Chris Albertyn, who is also the founding member of Lethabo Air Quality Specialists (LAQS). These libellous and disparaging responses and personal attacks from a "panel of experts" to members of the public's valid concerns in an official document are not only unprofessional and unacceptable but also raise serious questions and concern regarding the legality of the entire public participation and basic assessment process.

http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/afro-fishing-s-md-lin…

One cannot help wondering why Afro Fishing's directors/shareholders and financiers could not be made public from the beginning and why we are so targeted for informing the public of what is truly happening in the fishing industry and along Africa's coastline. Ironically, the latest scandal involving SA's fishery industry was exposed yesterday . . .
Kill ALL the messengers?

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/…/2020-01-31-barnabas-xulu…/

http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/afro-fishing-s-md-lin…

https://www.mosselbayadvertiser.com/…/reaction-to-so-called…

Kind regards,

Elsa Wessels

0842401540

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Above letter was apparently refused due to its length and links to websites as proof

 

Letter to the editor3

 

SECOND ATTEMPT: 

Dear Editor

Mosselbayontheline follows with interest the slanderous, derogatory and false accusations made by Afro Fishing's MD Deon van Zyl in last week's Advertiser. We would like to remind him that we have the original emails in which he refused to name any of Afro Fishing's directors/shareholders (in both the oral & written interview) and also asked me to remove AJ Louw's name from "his" reply after I had to research and name the directors/affiliates myself, which he then basically was FORCED to CONFIRM in the final email . . . 

The fact that Johannes Breed and AJ Louw are prominently mentioned in various international newspapers since 2017 until as recently as yesterday regarding their 60% shares in the Seaflower Pelagic Plant in Walvis Bay while the beleaguered Fishcor in the #fishrot scandal owns the remaining 40% is and was in public interest - why kill the messenger? THREE of Seaflower's five directors have since been implicated in the #fishrot scandal and the investigation is still very much ongoing. Contrary to Van Zyl's statement, the investigation includes ALL fishy deals involving fishing quotas in Namibia to date  . . .  ?

The fact that the international #fishrot scandal coincided time-wise with the deadline for Afro Fishing's public participation process is/was entirely beyond our control - why the paranoia?   

The fact that even a high court judge dismissed Afro Fishing's attempt to gag Mosselbayontheline from informing the public of what is truly going on in the national and international fishing industry says it all . . . 

One cannot help wondering why Afro Fishing's directors/shareholders and financiers have never been made public from the beginning and why Mosselbayontheline is so targeted for informing the public of what is truly happening in the fishing industry along Africa's coastline. Ironically, the latest scandal involving one of Seaflower Pelagic's directors was exposed yesterday . . .

Kill ALL the messengers?

 It IS in public interest to know:

Afro Fishing's MD, Deon van Zyl, is misleading the public by stating that the Namibian scandal only refers to government officials and ministers who were bribed by an Islandic fishing company for fishing quotas from 2014 to 2016, while the #fishrot investigation is still ongoing and includes ALL companies and business people involved in fishing deals with Fishcor till 2019.

Namibian lawyer Marén de Klerk, who represents African Selection Trust with Johannes Breed and AJ Louw on Seaflower Pelagic's Board, is now also being investigated by Namibia's Anti-Corruption Commission regarding payments of N$90 million in dubious transactions from the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor).
 
Seaflower Pelagic Processing's directors are the axed Fishcor board chairperson James Hatuikulipi who has since been incarcerated, Fishcor chief executive Mike Nghipunya who has since been suspended, Angolan-based South African accountant Johannes Augustinus Breed, South African economist Adriaan Jacobus (AJ) Louw and lawyer Marén Brynard de Klerk, who has allegedly fled to South Africa.
 
This means that three of the five directors of Seaflower Pelagic, with AJ Louw as board chairperson, have already been linked to the #fishrot scandal.  
 
More related information on our website:  www.mosselbayontheline.co.za 

Kind regards,

Elsa Wessels

0842401540

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This letter was also refused by the Mossel Bay Advertiser - without any apparent reason. 

 
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Making a meal of it

Noseweek Issue # 244 ­ February 2020

By Susan Púren 

Mossel Bay fishmeal company put in its place by fearless local journalist.

In a victory for press freedom, Judge Siraj Desai of the Western Cape High Court has dismissed with costs the urgent application to gag the website mosselbayontheline.co.za and its owner, veteran journalist Elsa Wessels.

The Angolan­based South African businessman Johannes Breed and his Mossel Bay company Afro Fishing applied for the interdict early in December last year. At the time Noseweek reported on Breed’s desperate effort to stop all Wessels’s publications from reporting on the alleged ties between Afro Fishing and Namibia’s Fishrot Scandal.

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Journalist Elsa Wessels

 

Wessels also owns weskusontheline.co.za and has an active Facebook page that gets thousands of hits daily.

The fishing industry worldwide was shocked when WikiLeaks started to download 30,000 confidential documents on the internet on 11 November. The bombshell was followed by a television documentary broadcast by the Doha­based news channel Al Jazeera that exposed bribery, fraud, money laundering and state capture in Namibia.

It showed that high­ranking political figures in the country were receiving millions of dollars from foreign companies in return for profitable rights in the local fishing industry.

But even before the broadcast, Thorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, the CEO of Iceland’s largest fishing and fish processing conglomerate, Samherji, had stepped aside pending the outcome of an internal investigation into the company’s business in Namibia. The Namibian Minister of Justice Sacky Shanghala and the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau, as well as ex­Investec Asset Management Namibia managing director James Hatuikulipi, the chairman of state­owned Fishcor, resigned and were subsequently arrested, while Fishcor’s CEO, Mike Nghipunya, was suspended.

Hatuikulipi and Nghipunya represented Fishcor on the board of Seaflower Pelagic Processors (Pty) Ltd, a joint venture between Fishcor and African Selection Fishing (ASF), the Namibian arm of the Angolan based company, African Selection Trust (AST).

Johannes Breed of Afro Fishing in Mossel Bay is a director of both ASF and AST. Breed was unhappy when Wessels reported these facts, especially since Afro Fishing’s public participation process to establish a fishmeal processing plant in Mossel Bay was in its final stages.

Afro Fishing

Afro Fishing's existing sardine cannery on the Mossel Bay harbour 

He rushed off to the Western Cape High Court to stop her. Wessels was only able to obtain legal representation the day before the case was heard, but Judge Desai agreed with her legal team and postponed the Fish factory in Mossel Bay matter for three days to enable them to compile a supplementary answering affidavit.

"Nothing I said in any of my online publications that the applicants rely on in their founding papers, carry the message or implications or innuendo that the applicants attempt to ascribe to it in their melodramatic ‘interpretation’ thereof,” Wessels states in the answering affidavit.

“The whole application is very untoward bullying and an abuse of the process of court by a financially very strong company bearing down on an individual investigative journalist,” says Wessels.

She also referred to the Noseweek “breaking news” article, “Fishrot stink wafts into South Africa,” saying there was no urgency in the matter as the link between Breed and the Angolan company had been in the public domain, published in many other publications long before Mosselbayontheline wrote about it in articles about Afro Fishing’s planned fishmeal factory in Mossel Bay.

The affidavit says the articles the applicants refer to carried very little of Wessels’s own creation or writing and consisted of links to earlier stories in other publications, written by other journalists about the Fishrot Scandal and Namibia’s fishing industry in general. Wessels also disputes that parts of one of the articles were defamatory as alleged by Afro Fishing’s Deon van Zyl in an affidavit before court.

“None of the underlined portions, considered individually or together as a whole, can by any stretch of the imagination be stated as defamatory. Alternatively, it is true and in the public interest for it to be published. I have nowhere in any of the articles I wrote made the astonishing and hyperbolic statements or accusations or imputations ascribed to my articles by the applicants or any innuendo to that effect.”

The full judgment will be released later. Copyright © 2020 www.noseweek.co.za

https://www.noseweek.co.za/article/4399/Making-a-meal-of-it

 

Also read: 

Mosselbayontheline's official reply to a letter published in the Mossel Bay Advertiser yesterday in which Afro Fishing's MD Deon van Zyl falsely accused us of various misconducts - while he also, unbelievably, accused us in an official government document of linking him to "gang wars in Manenberg" . . . ? 

 

http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/index.php/who-controls-the-mossel-bay-advertiser-it-s-dangerous-when-money-distorts-the-truth-and-impartiality

https://web.facebook.com/mosselbayontheline/posts/2627728744125043?

 

 

 

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Just a rubber stamp - actually TWO - stand between a pristine coastal town with five Blue Flag status beaches and a risky R380 million pelagic fish meal and -oil processing plant with the potential to irrevocably turn Mossel Bay into just another polluted harbour town in dismal South Africa where not even the rivers can be maintained or the lights kept on . . . 

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It's been just under a year since Afro Fishing's unobtrusive and uninformative legal notice regarding a public participation process for a fish meal plant appeared on 22 February 2019 on a back page in the Mossel Bay Advertiser. Very few people saw the notice and/or realised the importance and implications of its content . . . and within the next few months, the final decision will be made by the Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning (DEA&DP) under MEC Anton Bredell and the Garden Route District Municipality.

 

Afro Fishing

Interested and affected parties who submitted their objections, comments and input during the public participation process that ended on 12 December 2019 were notified by email on Wednesday that the Final Basic Assessment Report (FBAR) for Afro Fishing's proposal was finally completed and submitted to the DEA&DP for decision making. Only once a decision is taken by DEA&DP, will the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) consider an application for an Atmospheric Emissions License (AEL).  

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Attached to the email from senior consultant Melissa Mackay of Cape Environmental Assessment Practitioners (Cape EAPrac) was a link to the submitted FBAR which will also be available on the Cape EAPrac website (www.capeeaprac.co.za) for information purposes only, as well as a copy of the Comments & Responses Table which includes comments submitted to Cape Eaprac to date, along with the specialist team's responses.http://mosselbayontheline.co.za/images/MOS569_Comments_and_Responses_27Jan20.pdf

It is this Comments & Responses Table with shocking and libellous retorts from Afro Fishing's MD Deon van Zyl and "panel of experts" that caused the latest public outcry over this highly contested fishmeal plant and questions regarding the legality of the entire public participation and basic assessment process.

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Melisa Mackay and Deon van Zyl (middle) with some members of Afro Fishing's panel of experts during Afro Fishing's last public information meeting in Mossel Bay's town hall.

The abusive and derogatory nature, personal attacks and flagrant lies in some responses to the public's concerns and valid questions are reminiscent of the bully-tactics Afro Fishing used in December last year in an attempt to gag Mosselbayontheline and to prevent us from reporting on the international #fishrot scandal in African waters that shocked the entire fishing industry. As none of our articles was defamatory or factually untrue, Judge Siraj Desai of the Western Cape High Court dismissed Afro Fishing's urgent high court interdict application with costs.

http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/index.php/cape-high-court-judge-desai

However, in several of the responses to Interested & Affected Parties' concerns in the official Comments & Responses Table that now forms part of the Final Basic Assessment Report (FBAR), Deon van Zyl tries to discredit this journalist by referring to her as a local activist and falsely accusing her of linking him to gang wars in Manenberg . . . ?

We publicly challenge Van Zyl to reveal any such article? 

Van Zyl accuses same journalist of providing "twisted reports that feed the narrative she wants" when most of the articles about the #fishrot scandal, Fishcor and the link with Afro Fishing's one director and alleged shareholder/affiliate/financer were written and published by national and international publications since 2017.

Van Zyl also mentions that he "confirmed" the names of Afro Fishing's directors Shamera Daniels and Johannes Augustinus Breed in an email in July 2019 . . . thereby actually admitting that he refused to give their names in both our oral and written interviews and basically were forced to confirm it after I researched them myself and named them, as well as AJ Louw, in the Q & A emails when he refused to answer the question.   

 

However, Mosselbayontheline is by far not the only Interested & Affected Party whose written submissions in the public participation process were met with such hostile, slanderous and disparaging retorts from both Van Zyl and Afro Fishing's consultant engineer, Chris Albertyn, who is also the founding member of Lethabo Air Quality Specialists (LAQS).

 

Here are some examples of the public's written comments and the responses by Afro Fishing's specialist team: (In some cases we protect the identity of the commentators due to the libellous and unacceptable nature of the response.) See them all here: http://mosselbayontheline.co.za/images/MOS569_Comments_and_Responses_27Jan20.pdf

1. Interested & Affected Party:

As reported in the Mossel Bay Advertiser of 7 June 2019, the practitioner concerned (Mr Albertyn) visited fishmeal plants in Portugal and Spain as a guest of the applicant, thereby exposing himself to possible undue influencing by the applicant’s Chief Executive Officer who lead the so-called “Fact-Finding“ excursion to Portugal and Spain.
 
Apart from referring to an unnamed factory in Portugal, it is of particular concern that he did not declare his overseas trip to Portugal and Spain, presumably paid for by Afro Fishing and/or the manufacturers/operators of the RTO (Dürr AG or Haarslev Industries A/S). The visit was ostensibly to expose him to RTO technology, similar to what is planned for the proposed new facilities at the Afro Fishing plant at Mossel Bay.
 
However, there cannot be any reason why he could not research the technology concerned on his own. It is also surprising that as a qualified engineer he did not mention RTO technology as the technology used elsewhere when he did his initial Air Quality Impact Assessment for the project (Final Report No REP 0002 / November 2018). The technology concerned has allegedly been available for approximately 15 years.
 
Furthermore, a visit of a day to each of the two plants (Annexure K8: Fact-Finding Feedback Report), was insufficient to make any proper assessment of any value of emissions or odours from the plant or to properly consult the communities affected by the plant. Page 152

 RESPONSES

Lethabo Air Quality Specialists (LAQS)  (Chris Albertyn):  
 
LAQS hopes that Mr X is not suggesting that Mr Albertyn was bribed by Afro Fishing and/or technology providers to produce a report in Afro Fishing's favour because such an accusation is libellous. If Mr X has proof that such an arrangement existed he should lodge a complaint against Mr Albertyn with the Engineer Council of South Africa, the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom and the Institute for Professional Environmental Practice in the USA.
 
Their contact details are easily obtainable from the internet, a source of information that Mr X seems to hold in high regard. These bodies will investigate Mr X's claims and, if found guilty, reprimand Mr Albertyn or, if they deem any offence serious enough, scrap his registrations. However, should they find Mr Albertyn innocent, what will Mr X be prepared to forfeit in return? But then, as a retired person who was employed by a polluting industry (and defended it while employed as communication official), Mr X stands nothing to lose by making such loose allegations, does he? To whom should Mr Albertyn have declared his visit to two fishmeal factories in Europe?
Mr Albertyn made no secret of his visit to Spain and Portugal. He even had aerial photographs of the two sites available at the public meeting and showed these to all who were interested. Mr X, obviously, was not. Of course, Afro Fishing paid for the visit to Spain and Portugal, but only for the direct expenses, e.g. visa costs, transport, accommodation, etc.
 
LAQS did not levy any fees for Mr Albertyn's time spent during the visit. Does Mr X seriously expect Mr Albertyn to travel overseas at his own costs to investigate something without a means of recovering the costs? Mr Albertyn is, of course, more than willing to return to both factories and spend an extended period of time at each to, as Mr X puts it, "make any proper assessment of any value of emissions or odours from the plant".
 
LAQS will, of course, expect Mr X to carry the costs and will gladly provide him with a quotation for the costs involved. With all due respect, if Mr Albertyn only researched the technology on-line, which, incidentally, he did, and did not visit such a plant to verify issues identified during the internet search, Mr X would have accused him of not doing due diligence by confirming matters directly through a site visit. (Mr Albertyn does not necessarily believe everything he reads on the internet!)
 
This is how we reported on our Facebook page on 25 June 2019 about same issues: 

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Gekaapte media? Wyl besorgde inwoners nog wag op terugvoering van die openbaredeelnameproses oor die beoogde vismeelfabriek in Mosselbaai se hawe, het Afro Fishing sommer die plaaslike koerantjie se nuusredakteur en die konsultant wat die ONafhanklike omgewingsimpakstudie moet doen, op 'n oorsese reis na Spanje en Portugal geneem om na die jongste EERSTEWêRELDLAND-tegnologie in vismeelaanlegte te gaan kyk. Iets ruik NIE lekker nie . . . Die vismeelspan in Tarifa, Spanje. Deon van Zyl, grootbaas van Afro Fishing, omgewingskonsultant Melissa Mackay van Cape EAPrac, Nicky le Roux, nuusredakteur van die Mossel Bay Advertiser en Chris Albertyn, konsultant-ingenieur.

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Foto: Mossel Bay Advertiser.
Lees meer hier: http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/wat-gaan-agter-die-sk…

https://www.mosselbayadvertiser.com/News/Article/General/best-practices-latest-technology-investigated-201906070830

 

2. Interested & Affected Party:

Key concerns with any new fishmeal development in Mossel Bay harbour are unpleasant odours and additional heavy traffic to and from the harbour area that will be in the road right next to my unit causing additional disturbances, particularly during the night. Currently, the harbour area has a moderate impact on the vicinity, traffic is manageable and unpleasant odours are limited.

Response:
 
Cape EAPrac: Please refer to the specialist Air Quality, Socio-Economic and Traffic Impact Assessments that are included with the Draft BAR. According to these specialists, the impacts are likely to Negligible to Moderate.
 
Afro Fishing (Deon van Zyl):  Odours will be managed using the odour abatement methods detailed in the project design and process flow detail. This includes a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) plant. The RTO plant operates at maximum temperatures of 850˚C and will incinerate the particles that cause bad odours.
 
Previously the site was active for the fishing company I&J. Our intention is to continue with fishing and processing activities. The site is also earmarked by TNPA for commercial fishing and processing which allows for such activities. As a direct neighbour, you would have bought your unit knowing that the neighbouring section of the harbour was zoned for fishing and industrial purposes.
 
 3. Interested & Affected Party:

Heritage Mossel Bay is of the opinion that the overall public participation process followed has been inadequate and that the basic assessment as carried out ultimately amounts to no more than minimum compliance with legislative requirements.

 
While notices / invitations to participate in the public participation process meet the minimum legislative requirements more effort should have been put into this aspect to ensure that public participation is as wide and thorough as possible on a project which may have grave consequences for the tourism industry of Mossel Bay, and therefore the creation and protection of jobs.
 
 
Reponses
 
Cape EAPrac: There has been public participation since February 2019 and has included notices, written notices, newspaper adverts, newspaper articles and email correspondence. The investigations into the proposal and its potential impacts have not been taken lightly and have examined the issue very closely. We disagree with your statement that the process has only considered minimum compliance.
 
LAQS: It appears as if Ms Wiggill does not trust the authorities to enforce the necessary measures to control the impact of the proposed factory. She is directed to the comments made by Dr Johann Schoeman, the Garden Route District Municipality's officially appointed Air Quality Officer.
 
Afro Fishing: The process followed was, in fact, longer than usual. Afro Fishing did do a pre-application in March 2019 already where 'Interested and Affected Parties' could already register. The process could just have been to make the project public during the formal public participation month in December 2019. Many newspaper articles regarding the project and application were published throughout the year. Many impact studies were performed which were probably not necessary but important for AF and the public to ensure we comprehensively understand the impacts. A task team was sent to Europe to be introduced to the odour abatement technology. It is our view that we certainly did not 'do the minimum' required. This is, however, a process and the application is by no means complete. There is still a long way to go.
 
4. Interested & Affected Party:
 
The cut-off date of 12 December 2019 for the submission of comment is too short and is unacceptable. I, therefore, insist that the comment period should be postponed until the "fish rot" investigation in Namibia has been fully investigated and dealt with at which time objections should still be submitted as the application and the outcome will have a material influence on the fishmeal facility in Mossel Bay.  

Reponse: 

Afro Fishing (Deon van Zyl):
 
The “fish rot” scandal in Namibia is totally unrelated to this project and investment. Just because a local activist (Mosselbayontheline - Elsa Wessels) incorrectly links Afro Fishing to this scandal does not mean it is true.
 
She has even linked me to gang wars in Manenberg - see her articles. This same activist continues to publish articles stating that I refuse to inform who the Afro Fishing directors are when I confirmed the directors in an email in July 2019. This same activist also provides a twisted report that feeds the narrative she wants.
She fails to inform that the Namibian scandal pertains to government officials and ministers who were bribed by an Icelandic fishing company for fishing quotas and that these same officials are now in jail. They have also had to resign from the boards they represented, etc. 
 
She fails to inform that the scandal is not linked to Afro Fishing or the Namibian fishing company that shares a common director with Afro Fishing. She also fails to inform that the Namibian Fishing company that shares a director with Afro Fishing has a gazetted arrangement whereby they are compelled to employ 700 land-based employees.
 
The employment of land-based employees is why they were allocated their quotas and not any link to the corrupt Icelandic fishing company arrangement as Elsa Wessels is purporting.
 
The department officials anyhow have 112 days to record a decision regarding this application, so there is plenty of time for DEADP to determine for themselves whether Afro Fishing is linked to Iceland and corrupt Namibian officials.
  • Mossebayontheline takes note of the slanderous and false accusations made by Deon van Zyl and would like to remind him that we have the original emails in which he refused to name any directors and also asked me to remove AJ Louw's name from his reply when I myself researched the directors . . . with quite a few witnesses!
  • The fact that Johannes Breed and AJ Louw are mentioned in various international newspapers since 2018 regarding their 60% shares in the Seaflower Pelagic Plant in Walvis Bay while the beleaguered Fishcor in the #fishrot scandal owns the remaining 40% is in public interest - why kill the messenger?
  • Van Zyl is misleading the public by stating that the Namibian scandal only refers to government officials and ministers who were bribed by an Islandic fishing company for fishing quotas from 2014 to 2016, while the #fishrot investigation is still ongoing and includes ALL companies involved in fishing deals with Fishcor till 2019.
  • Namibian lawyer Marén de Klerk, who represents African Selection Trust with Johannes Breed and AJ Louw on Seaflower Pelagic's Board, is now also being investigated by Namibia's Anti-Corruption Commission regarding payments of N$90 million in dubious transactions from the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor).
  • Seaflower Pelagic Processing's directors  are the axed Fishcor board chairperson James Hatuikulipi who has since been incarcerated, Fishcor chief executive Mike Nghipunya who has since been suspended, Angolan-based South African accountant Johannes Augustinus Breed, South African economist Adriaan Jacobus (AJ) Louw and lawyer Marén Brynard de Klerk, who has allegedly fled to South Africa.
  • This means that three of the five directors of Seaflower Pelagic, with AJ Louw as board chairperson, have already been linked to the #fishrot scandal. 

ACC hunts in SA for Fishrot lawyer linked to N$90m 

The N$90 million paid by Fishcor appears to have benefited the same clique that included former ministers Bernhard Esau and Sacky Shanghala and former Investec Asset Management Namibia managing director James Hatuikulipi, who allegedly pocketed close to N$103 million from Fishrot bribes. Noa said the latest suspect can run but not hide.

https://www.namibian.com.na/index.php?id=87727&page=read&fbclid=IwAR2U1Za8-2ozvjl69JxlnKTz0U_cIuH0hKyV_iF9cRbby4tJ_eCFvj-0VH8

 

Also, read our response to Mr Deon van Zyl's personal and slanderous attack in a local community paper on 31 January 2020:

https://web.facebook.com/mosselbayontheline/posts/2627728744125043

 

NAMIBIAN investigators are looking into N$900 million in fishing quotas allocated to the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) from 2014 to 2019, of which at least N$100 million was kickbacks for “key people”.

The Namibian understands that the kickbacks – which could rise to N$300 million – do not include bribes of around N$150 million paid through a fishing quota donated by Namibia to Angola, devised to line the pockets of well-placed politicians and businessmen.

The Angolan case is now unfolding in the courts.

https://www.namibian.com.na/196331/archive-read/Fishcors-N$100m-kickbacks

 

The handing of a fishing quota to the benefit of a foreign company contradicts a government commitment to “Namibianise” the fishing industry, critics in Namibia say.

 Namibia’s fisheries minister, Bernard Esau, has handed the state-owned National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) a fishing quota potentially worth N$1.8-billion in a controversial deal that will benefit an international company, official documents show.
 

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-05-14-amabhungane-namibian-fishing-industry-cries-foul-as-quota-handed-to-international-interests/

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 The Final Basic Assessment Report (FBAR) for Afro Fishing's heavily contested proposed R380 fishmeal and fish oil reduction facility in Mossel Bay's harbour has been completed. The estimated 400 people who registered as interested and affected parties (I&A) in the public participation process were yesterday notified by email that the report is ready for submission to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP)      for decision making. Only once a decision is taken by DEA&DP, will the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) consider an application or an Atmospheric Emissions License (AEL).  

Melissa Makay, senior consultant of Cape Environmental Assessment Practitioners (Cape EAPrac) that was appointed by the Applicant, Afro Fishing (Pty) Ltd, to ensure compliance with the regulations contained in the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA, No 107 of 1998 as amended) and the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (NEMA:AQ, Act 39 of 2004) for a Basic Assessment (BA) Process.

The activity requires an Environmental Authorisation (EA) and Atmospheric Emissions License (AEL) in order to commence. The Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) and the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) are the respective competent authority to consider this application.

Lethabo Air Quality Specialists (LAQS) with founder member chemical engineer Chris Albertyn has experience in timber industries, clay brick manufacturers, galvanisers, tanneries, abattoirs, asphalt producers, automotive sector, bio-fuels, metallurgical smelters, hazardous waste incineration, petrochemical, to name a few.

LAQS is located in Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape and has been in operation since 2005.

 

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Afro Fishing's two directors, Johannes Augustinus Breed (37) and Shamera Daniels. Photos: Internet

Shamera Daniels, co-director of Afro Fishing with Johannes Augustinus Breed, has an impressive history in South Africa's fishing industry. Recently, the South African Pelagic and Fishing Industry and Association (SAPFIA), honoured her as their role model for Woman's Month 2019 - Women in the Pelagic industry:

 In addition to running her own business, Shamera finds herself on the Boards of several renowned industrial bodies, including being Vice Chairperson of South African Pelagic and Fishing Industry and Association (“SAPFIA”), a member of SAMSA’s National Fishing Forum, Chairperson of the West Coast Rock Lobster Association, Co-Vice Chairperson of FishSA, and majority stakeholder and Managing Director of Soundprops 1167 Investment (Pty) Ltd and Suidor Fishing (Pty) Ltd. More recently, Shamera’s career has experienced exponential growth when she became the Majority Shareholder in Soundprops 1167 Investment (Pty) Ltd, a company wherein she has been an active director since 2009.

 

 

 https://www.fishingindustrynewssa.com/2020/01/20/update-the-fact-of-the-matter/

https://www.fishingindustrynewssa.com/2020/01/17/afro-fishing-takes-on-the-media/

https://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/index.php/fishy

 

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