The Herald of 25 January 2011 ‘featured’ an advert titled ‘Notice of atmospheric emission licence application’ – ‘Renewal of the atmospheric emission licence for the manganese ore berth, Port Elizabeth’.
Just in case you are feeling yourself this morning and missed that, here it is again; ‘Renewal of the atmospheric emission licence for the manganese ore berth, Port Elizabeth’.
I can hear violins playing and I can see dolphins leaping as the door opens to the start once again of a concerted effort to; “Just say NO to Manganese” – come on Transnet you know you can, the citizens of Port Elizabeth are here to help you over your addiction to this stinky crazy frigging mess that we don’t want on our doorstep anymore.
No, it is not about the harm to our environment or health, the countless lost job opportunities, the jibes and innuendo from our mates, family and tourists who constantly refer to our Friendly City as dirty. It is just about us wanting to be rid of this abomination once and for all.
The advert placed by consulting engineers SRK Consulting reads:
NOTICE OF ATMOSPHERIC EMISSION LICENCE APPLICATION
Renewal of the Atmospheric Emission Licence for the Manganese Ore Berth, Port of Port Elizabeth.
Notice is given in terms of Section 38 (3) of the National Environment Management: Air Quality Act (Act No. 39 of 2004) that an application will be submitted to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to renew the existing atmospheric emissions registration certificate for the manganes ore berth at the Port of Port Elizabeth.
Transnet Port Terminals
Proposed Listed Activity:
The following activity listed in terms of the Act is relevant to the Manganese Ore Berth;
14 Category 5:
Mineral Processing, Storage and Handling
Storage and handling of ore and coal
Description: Storage and handling of ore and coal not situated on the premises of a mine or works as defined in the Mines and Safety Act 26/1996.
Location and Description:
The manganes ore berth is situated to the east of the Dom Pedro Jetty in the Port of Port Elizabeth (Erf 587, Port Elizabeth). Activities conducted on the site include the bulk handling, storage and loading of manganese ore.
Opportunity to comment:
Interested persons and the public are invited to submit written representations on, or objections to, the application by 7 March 2011 to:
PO Box 21842, Port Elizabeth, 6000
Fax: 041 509 4850
Representations should include the name, contact details and indication of any direct business, financial, personal or other interest in the application. All comments will be recorded and submitted to the authority with the licence application.
Date of Advertisement: 25 January 2011.
Do yourselves a favour (only if you share the majority sentiment that is!) – send this notification and link to this article as far and as wide as you can, this may be the first chance we get to send ANOTHER strong message backed up by our municipality that the time has come for Transnet to join hands with the citizens of Port Elizabeth and to “Just say NO to manganese”.