ISSUED BY PROF L. M. MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM
repeatedly expressing its concerns about the deal between the National Botanical
Institute (NBI) to enter into a joint venture with the Chicago-based Ball
Horticultural Company, the UDM welcomes the Glazewski report underwriting the
Since the announcement was made a few months ago, the UDM raised concerns
regarding 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 impact of the deal
on the pharmaceutical and related industries in South Africa is also unclear.
The Glazewski report severely criticises the deal and confirms the UDM's
concerns by stating that the deal is not beneficial to South Africa, and
recommended that it be renegotiated. The report even goes as far as to say that
South Africa stood to gain "relatively insignificant financial benefits"
from this deal.
The UDM thus urges the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs to intervene and
suspend this deal, pending further negotiations, and thereby act in the best
interest of all the people of South Africa.
Prof. L. M. Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Environmental Affairs and Tourism
18 October 2001