UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

IMPACT ASSESSMENT NEEDED ON THE FLORA SALE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MTUTUZELI MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM

Following a deal by the National Botanical Institute (NBI) to enter into a joint venture with the Chicago-based Ball Horticultural Company, criticism has been lashed out from various sectors. The UDM is concerned about the impact of this deal on floriculture, eco-tourism, and potential economic opportunities. The UDM policy strongly supports sustainable environmental development. We also believe that through the implementation of bio-diversity programmes thousands of jobs can be created.

The implications of the controversial deal have not been clearly defined and have also sparked much concern. The Deputy Director of The Surplus People Project, Glenda Glover, has added her voice to those of concern, asking what the implications are for the people of South Africa.  What is also unclear is the impact of the deal on the pharmaceutical and related industries in South Africa.

We thus urge the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs to urgently investigate whether or not this deal is in the best interest of all the people of South Africa.

Enquiries:
Prof Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Environmental Affairs and Tourism

Cape Town
10 April 2001