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Title:Public Participation, Sustainable Development and Public Disputes: Public Scoping Processes in the Coega Deep Water Port and Industrial Development Zone
Authors:Bradshaw, Gavin
Burger, Wikkie
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:industrial projects
popular participation
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Abstract:The Coega industrial development zone project outside Port Elizabeth comprises two components: a new deepwater port at the mouth of the Coega River and an industrial development zone covering an estimated 4,000 hectares of land adjacent to the harbour. Popularly presented as being indispensable in the context of South Africa and the Eastern Cape, the project has nonetheless evoked conflict and controversy from the start. This casts serious doubt on the public participation processes conducted on behalf of the project. Evidence from analyses of the processes and outcomes of the public participation exercise in the Coega case illustrates these have not met the requirements of best practice. It is clear, from a conflict management approach, that participation processes that highlight conflicting issues without addressing them substantively add little value to the development process. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]