Community to picket against Logistics Park development

Concerned residents who attended the meeting at City of Love Ministries Church in Merebank.

Since the inception of the development project of the Clairwood Racecourse in 2013 to change into a logistics and distribution park for goods and shipping containers, local community members have made enormous inputs into the environmental impact assessments, health, safety and social issues that will affect all residents in the area.

Co-ordinator of South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), Desmond Mathew D’Sa, said that the community’s greatest fear is a number of serious accidents that the project will cause.

“While we are worried about our health and the high levels of pollution, we are also concerned that this development could be the beginning of a plan to indirectly relocate people out of this area. We need to be vigilant and fight back by using the legal means and community activism that we so rightly used during the anti-apartheid struggle of the 70’s, 80’s and the 90’s. The type of development we are witnessing at the old Clairwood racecourse site will affect the future of the people of Merebank, Wentworth and surrounding areas of South Durban,” he said.

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Numerous meetings have occurred over the years on the development and since early 2017, these meetings have occurred in Merebank.

A meeting was recently held at the City of Love Ministries church in Merebank, was well attended by local residents who expressed their concerns of the huge truck accident on the M4 and in residential areas of Clairwood. They pledged their support to raise awareness about the danger that looms on this is project.

The meeting took the following resolution to picket outside the Clairwood racecourse from 8am to 11am on Saturday, September 9. The residents and committee of the Clairwood Racecourse Action Committee promised to encourage everyone that is affected, to attend in their numbers.

“A plea is made to everyone to join the picket line at the gate of the racecourse to express their frustration of this project that is already causing health and environmental problems. Let alone, the social problems where local residents cannot even sit down and have a family meal on a Sunday or holiday due to the dust poured into their food while they are having lunch or supper,” said D’Sa.

Future meetings will be held on Wednesday, September 6 at 6pm at Seven Day Adventist and Thursday, September 7 at 6pm at the Shree Parasakthie Temple on Barrckpur Road Merebank. For more information, contact  Desmond D’Sa on 0830- 982- 6939,Victor Kupsamy on 073- 510-0011, Roshan Ramdheen, 084-306-3267, Bongani Mthembu on 031-461-1991.


Candice George

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