Uncle Andrew is leaving us, but who will take his place ?

Andrew Zaloumis is apparently leaving the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) and we need to know who will be taking his place? ARBU - profile picA

Uncle Andrew has been the CEO of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority since its inception as the Greater St. Lucia wetlands Park World Heritage site.  Andrew Zaloumis has done many things that please politicians and the elite who have benefited from his tyrannical rule, but the folks on the ground within the St. Lucia / Dukuduku area are not very happy with the IWPA and their attitude to the local tourism market.

The fact that so many folks lost their economic opportunity due to the #4x4ban and its long term negative knock on impact within the local tourism industry of the Elephant Coast is still a very sore point that needs some attention.  The new CEO will need to either fend these folks off some how, or allow some form of vehicle access to the Elephant Coast beaches.  Either which way this new CEO for the IWPA will be stepping into a very hot seat that was vacated due to some pressure of unknown origin.  Why did #UNCLEANDREW decide to leave this lucrative position of power?

The truth will come out soon enough, but in the mean time we do need to prepare for the coming actions.  The ARBU or Association of Recreational Beach Users needs your support in the form of a mandate, and you can read more about that here or go along and sign the petition here  

What will Andrew be doing once he leaves the IWPA after more than 17 years as the undisputed tyrannical boss, who bulldozed folks over and got away with many political issues due to his personal relationship with #UNCLEJACOB the top man in the ring of politics.  Will the former CEO of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park be prosecuted for his part in the wilful and deliberate neglect of the fish breeding grounds that come along with an estuary-system, or will the destruction of our heritage go unpunished ?

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The fact that the central government, the provincial government and the local municipal government have not got their acts together and implemented the St. Lucia Estuary Management Plan is all in the hands of  #UNCLEANDREW , but now that he is stepping aside who will we blame for this ecological disaster ?

The Mtubatuba local Municipality and the Umkhanyakude District Municipality were continually sidelined and pushed out of the picture by the IWPA.

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The KZN legislature gave Uncle Andrew Free reign

The central government just said  “YES SIR… YES SIR   THREE BAGS FULL SIR”

The department of Agriculture has not instituted an estuary management plan within the St. Lucia Estuary catchment zones because there is no such plan…. this is purely because the IWPA   under the direct leadership of Andrew Zaloumis made it difficult to achieve.  Without the direct input of the IWPA and the local residents of ST. Lucia the mandated Estuary management plan for the St. Lucia Estuary is set to fail and cause more harm than good.

The fact that the IWPA has not held meaningful public participation process meetings with the public to discuss the ecological disaster at hand is a very serious concern, and the CEO is leaving as the issue becomes a threat to tourism within the Umkhanyakude district Municipality.

Which way to go and where should this problem be attacked from?

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We need to attend the IWPAPPP or iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority Public Participation Process, and I will soon be writing more about that, along with where and how to register as an IAP or Interested and Affected Party.

Authored by #FRANKIE2SOCKS

 

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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. Continue reading