ARBU seeks PUBLIC mandate!

The Association of Recreational Beach Users  (ARBU) is an informal Group of concerned people who have come together to tackle the issues of lost jobs, lost economic activity and serious decline of domestic tourism within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park world heritage site along the Elephant Coast of KZN south Africa and the surrounding areas of the Umkhanyakude district Municipality due to the knock on impact of the 4×4 ban.


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The IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) is the Government appointed agency that is in place to manage the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage site, which is south Africa’s first world heritage site, and as such these guys should be taking up the issues of domestic tourism within the  area, but the IWPA has neglected the DOMESTIC TOURISM MARKET in favaour of the international tourism market. This has had a serious impact on the tourism numbers within the Umkhanyakude district municipality with KZN Tourism estimating a loss of more than 20 000 job losses way back in 2004. see occasional paper 20 by KZN tourism .

The IWPA has to the best of our knowledge avoided holding important mandated public participation process meetings through various devious and well planned moves which are supported at the highest government level (parliamentary decisions) which in our opinion are corrupt and unjust.

The IWPA have been mandated to hold public participation process meetings around their management plans by legislation associated with

  • the NEMA (National Environmental Management Act)
  • the ICMA (Integrated Coastal Management Act)
  • the MSA (Municipal Systems Act)
  • the 4×4 Ban and other ROD’s

It is our opinion that the IWPA has not followed procedures, which include these mandated public participation procedure meetings, and we would like to take these issues up at the local municipal level, through the local municipality mandated channels that start at the LMIDPPRF (Local Municipality Integrated Development Plan Public  Representatives Forum)  To do this we will require a mandate from the public, and we have thus embarked on a drive to aquire a mandate through the form of a petition which is based with AVAAZ.ORG

ImageLooking forward to your moral support and hoping that you asked your friends,as well as others, to sign our petition

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