Briers estimates the additional monthly maintenance and cleaning costs on this asset, as the result of the manganese ore, to be in the region of R1000 per month.
The cost of accelerated wear and tear over the life of Raoul’s asset is estimated to be: R250000.
Briers has this to say about the Manganese Ore pollution from the Port of Port Elizabeth; “Not only is this facility polluting the air and causing respiratory problems like Asthma it also causes damage to Building and vehicles as the particles are blown by the wind all over Port Elizabeth coastline. Health Hazards and Pollution to environment, the sooting up of buildings with the black microscopic powder over time makes the whole area look dirty and grimy when inspected a little closer, constant building maintenance has to be done. We are planning to erect a PE-Waterfront literally meters away from this disaster, this temporary storage facility is an eyesore and jeopardizes the project, along with it new jobs, investors are not willing to invest in that area when restaurants will have this powder settling on the plates of food at the restaurants! and making everything dirty, yacht owners also complain that the yachts moored close by have to be cleaned regularly and tehir sails collect this terrible black ore. Tourism and investment in the are a plus the lower property prices in Humerail and kings beach area all suffer from one outdated facility! this is transportation technology for this material that is 100 years out of date! time for serious change! my suggestion: Build a smelting works a few Km outside of PE along the same railway track and have smelted ingots transported into PE and through the harbor for export instead of the ore! One cannot move it to Koega harbor as the dust will pollute the nice and clean salt-works there! that would also not work and cause a huge legal suit. The smelting works will create hundreds of much needed jobs in the Eastern Cape.”
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