Jill has a private residence that she has owned for 1 years and estimates her bill for cleaning, accelerated maintenance and loss of value for her asset from the Manganese Ore Facility in the Port of Port Elizabeth to be approximately R4 800.00 but is not sure of the true figure as she has only lived in the property for 6 months.
Jill says the Manganese Ore Facility and Tank Farm should move as; “I have read all the information given and strongly agree with every reason you have given why the Manganese Ore facility and Tank farm should be moved.
I moved to South End in September 2016. At first I enjoyed living in South End. Then around November the trains were arriving with Manganese Ore far more frequently. When the South Easterly blows my chest started to close and I had to go to the Doctor as I had difficulty breathing.. Since then it has been a nightmare.
The harbour loads the ore onto the ships all night, 2 – 3 times a week at times. I did some research on Google and found out that the reason for the increased activity is that South Africa is exporting the Manganese Ore to China, hence increased activity.
I sleep with all the windows closed to keep the ore dust out. You can imagine how hot it was during the summer months, but it was my only salvation to keep my lungs clean.
My home is filthy. I cannot clean the high windows due to the water shortage. It is a horrible living in these conditions.
Life in this townhouse in South End is depressing, noisy and extremely dirty.
Even if the trains are not being off loaded when the southerly wind blows everything is covered in a layer of ore dust from the dumps.
It is relentless.
This Tank farm must be moved as soon as possible.”
See more here: Manganese ore – Just Say No.