The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) is pushing ahead with the development of the Baakens River Precinct Plan and had already spent more than R1.7 million of the R3.4 million grant for the project by the end of last year.
THE grant has been provided by the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC).
The purpose of the grant is to allow the MBDA to conduct a review of “land use options for facilitating integration of the Port of Port Elizabeth with the NMBM”.
The review is being carried out “given the imminent changes of land use associated with closure of the Port Elizabeth tank farm and manganese terminal,” the MBDA says in a report to the Budget Performance Monitoring Forum.
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has stated that provision will be made for a leisure/recreation area following the removal of the tank farm and manganese facility to Coega.
Port Elizabeth Port Manager Rajesh Dana told a recent Business Chamber breakfast that what was envisaged would be “unique”
He also said that TNPA would create a passenger terminal in the port “if the demand exists”.
Article published from Metro Minutes by Patrick Cull”.