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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

UDM CALLS ON MINISTER TO INTERVENE ON
FLORA SALE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF L. M. MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM

After 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 UDM concerns.

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.

Enquiries:
Prof. L. M. Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Environmental Affairs and Tourism


Cape Town
18 October 2001

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