Updates about the lake ST.Lucia Estuary
30 March 2023
Some have the impression that scientists have been given too much power because iSimangaliso keeps mentioning them and claiming that there will be no progress without their intervention, even though these scientists are not the ones who are suffering losses of their livelihoods, children, and farms that are supposed to provide food for their families. They feel the longer this is postponed, the more dire the current situation will become. However, the CEO of iSimangaliso Mr Sibusiso Bukhosini clarified to the meeting that scientists have not been given power to make any decisions on behalf of the organization but the truth of the matter is that there are legislative processes that need to be adhered to, and the organization is trying its level best to acquire assistance quicker, and he further mentioned that he took the concerns of the community very seriously.
Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Ms Barbara Creecy also visited iSimangaliso on the 10th of March 2023 to inspect the progress made with regard to the issue of the estuary and back flooding. She had a meeting with subsistence famers, commercial famers, affected parties and stakeholders at St. Lucia Town hall. This was her follow up to her previous visit which was on the 28th of April 2022 where she tabled the report from the panel of expect who reviewed the decision taken by iSimangaliso to breach the mouth of lake St. Lucia.