A proposal that could curb the illegal trade in perlemoen has fallen between two stools, with neither the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism nor its fisheries arm able to explain why the process has ground to a halt.
The executive committee of the Cape Town unicity trashed five years of negotiations and consultantsâ€™ reports costing R221 500 when it decided recently to scrap a plan to rejuvenate the historic, but degraded, Companyâ€™s Garden. Pressure from the South African Municipal Workersâ€™ Union could be behind the decision.
Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Valli Moosa seems set to challenge black empowerment fat cats as he considers ways to put an end to perlemoen poaching. Black empowerment companies have acquired big quotas as part of transformation in the fishing industry.