In July this year during the looting and destruction of properties in Gauteng and KZN, the UPL Warehouse caught fire and resulted in air pollution.
Following the incident, the minister of forestry, fisheries and the environment, Barbara Creecy, announced on 3 October that the draft terms of reference to establish the multi-stakeholder forum in line with the recommendation of the portfolio committee during its visit to the site in August had been developed to ensure that affected communities are fully briefed on all developments.
The forum will ensure meaningful engagement between authorities and the public, and act amongst others as a conduit for the dissemination of information to communities affected by this incident.
The minister and the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs, Ravi Pillay, have directed that a stakeholders’ forum be established keeping in mind that the public has a right to be informed on matters that affect their health and wellbeing and to participate in decisions that affect them.
A copy of the draft terms of reference can be accessed here
Stakeholders are invited to distribute the draft document to interested parties who might not have access to email or to pass on the contact details below to enable them to obtain their own copy.
Until the forum is established and has its own secretariat, enquiries can be directed to Jane Tennet of HSG Attorneys - az.oc.cnigsh@enaj. Jeremy Ridl - independent specialist consultant to HSG Attorneys will oversee the process and prepare the final document with stakeholder input - moc.liamg@55ldiraj.
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