Fish River cottages ‘unsafe’

Thulani Gqirana

-cottages22A PIECE of land at the Fish River Mouth dotted with holiday cottages is completely uninhabitable and it is unsafe for anyone to live there.

This is according to Eastern Cape Roads and Public Works Department spokesman Sisanda George, who said the owners of cottages at the popular holiday destination were served with eviction and demolition notices after it was found that having people living there was risky because their homes were built on a wetland.

“We have done a thorough audit of the area and it was found unsafe for habitation. Because of the state of the land, the municipality cannot provide even the most basic of services to the inhabitants there, including water and sanitation,” he said yesterday.

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6 thoughts on “Fish River cottages ‘unsafe’

  • February 22, 2014 at 11:24 am
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    Something fishy here. Someone is looking for a good spot for a holiday home. Maybe JZ and family?????

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  • February 22, 2014 at 7:14 am
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    Shacks are being built on the side of the streets, On the N2, and anywhere they please?
    Soweto on sea is next to the salt pans and that entire area loods when it rains it is marsh land, just one of the many locations, why are they not being evicted?

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  • February 21, 2014 at 6:37 pm
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    The cottage The official’s name says it all. It’s not about the safety of the inhabitants. It’s all about politics and trying to please the higher ups in the ANC.

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  • February 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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    We have had a cottage there for nearly 70 years. An Environmental Management Plan has been adopted & stuck to. Water & sanitation is provided by the cottage owners who also maintain the roads. Rhodes University Environmental Sciences after a visit in 2010 said our impact on the environment is minimal & could be used as a model for other communities. Employment is also given to local labour, some who have been there for 30 years & would lose their jobs. The squatter fishermen who live on the banks of the Fish who sell undersized fish and are decimating the prawn banks are more of a threat to the environment.

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  • February 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm
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    Sounds ‘Fishy’ alright … hmmm … wonder who’s up to what … on this?

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  • February 21, 2014 at 12:25 pm
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    But shacks is being put up every were but this is allowed. The government want the land that is all it is.It has been safe for year and now it is unsafe.What the flipp do they want with this land.Stay tuned.Corruption is calling.

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