Oceana seems to be making a bit of a stink and the Hout Bay community are none too happy about it. The company’s fishmeal plant located in Hout Bay has been emitting the smell of rotten fish over the last few weeks and residents are up in arms according to newspaper reports.
Chief executive, Francois Kuttel has admitted that some may find the smell offensive, but says that there is nothing that can be done to stop the smell. “In instances where complaints were logged recently, it was found that the plant had been operating normally. The regulating authority has also conducted its own investigation and our operations have been found to be compliant,” said Kuttel.
It would seem that the residents of the area do not have a leg to stand on as Mushfeeqah Croeser of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has pointed out in the press that the plant has been in existence for more than 40 years and is a registered offensive trade.
Unfortunately for the residents of Hout Bay, they will simply have to put up with the stink …. or move.
The SA Agulhas II cruised back into Cape Town harbour this week, just in time for all those on board to cast their vote in Wednesday’s elections. All South African’s on board were said to be delighted to be back in South Africa in time to have their say in the election process.