Private sector partnerships benefit city

The donation of a small motorised boat, a Superduck UE, to the City of Cape Town will assist the Environmental Resource Management Department to undertake extensive offshore water quality monitoring around its three marine outfalls in Hout Bay, Table Bay and Camps Bay as well as perform inshore law enforcement patrols and coordinate coastal emergency response.

Sea-worthy and operational inshore boats are essential tools for the increasing requirements of the city on a daily basis.

“Practical donations like this assist us a great deal with various coastal programmes. We are extremely grateful to Kelpak for this donation as it supports our commitment to coastal sustainability and will help protect the status of the city’s coastline by contributing to a healthy and clean environment,” said the city’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

As a company that generates an income from marine resources, Kelpak has a great interest in the optimal functioning of the city’s coastal operations.

“This is therefore the sort of thinking and partnership we would like to encourage. Cape Town is one of the fastest growing metros in the country, which places great pressure on our resources and we will have to look at new ways in which we can bolster some of our city operations.”

“As such, we have started to identify initiatives which the private sector may want to get involved in and would welcome similar collaborations to this one with Kelpak,” said Van der Merwe.

For the most part, the boat will assist with the ongoing weekly collection of various marine and ocean samples to monitor the impact of the City’s marine outfalls. Furthermore, the city is able to provide immediate waterborne response to various coastal emergencies with this vessel and bolster is coastal law enforcement activities.