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Fishy odour threatens jobs at Lucky Star fish factory

Hout Bay residents are calling for the business to relocate or want the property lease terminated.

Workers of Oceana Brands marched to the mayor’s office against the proposed closure of the factory on 11 September 2015. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some Hangberg residents in Hout Bay have marched to the Oceana Fish Factory in solidarity with workers who face possible job losses.

More than 1,000 Hout Bay residents had previously petitioned the City of Cape Town to address the odour emanating from the Lucky Star fish factory, calling for the business to be relocated or have the lease terminated.

In response, Hangberg residents handed over a petition to Oceana Management yesterday calling for extended production hours and for the factory's business lease to be renewed.

The South African National Civic Organisation's Roscoe Jacobs said, "As a community we support the business. We support the fact that locals are being employed and we want Oceana to continue operating."

Two weeks ago, residents marched to the mayor's office against the proposed closure of the factory. They said the smells may be unpleasant, but are not harmful.

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