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SAMSA CLOCKS 20 IN A TROT AND STILL YOUNGER FOR IT!

It is often stated as a truism that time flies past quite quickly when fun is had, and that the opposite is just as true when the going is tough. Whether or not there be any truth in the claims, what is an indisputable fact is that with each passing year of existence, gains are achieved and milestones reached. The same is true of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) which clocked its 20th year of existence in 2018 and whose founding in 1998 has led to a series of achievements and milestones reached in especially the country’s maritime economic sector.

 

THE MARITIME SECTOR ISN’T QUITE ABOUT ‘MARRYING TIME’: SAMSA EXPLAINS ITS ROLE IN SA’S ECONOMY

It is not unusual for people working for the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) – spread across the length and breadth of the country’s waterways – to be mistaken for workers of the popular Asian smartphone maker, Samsung; an apparent ‘mistake’ followed almost immediately by curious, yet polite requests for phone repairs or news of models planned for the future.

Sheer laziness by South Africans could cost them control of their own economy and country: Eastern Cape Premier

Sheer laziness among South Africans coupled with an entrenching penchant for particularly Government hand-outs could lead to a hefty price to pay – the loss of control of the country to foreigners, Mr Phumulo Masualle, Premier of the Eastern Cape has warned. Mr Masualle issued the stern warning while addressing dozens of youths, their parents and community members at a send off event of a group of youths due to travel abroad for employment in tourism cruise ships around the world.

 

Probe into capsized catamaran in Cape Town underway: SAMSA

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) says it has begun an investigation into the incident of a capsized small leisure vessel in the port of Cape Town late on Monday afternoon and from which occupants escaped with minor injuries. In a statement on Tuesday, SAMSA said the incident involving the sunset cruise Catamaran  Escape Cat, occurred at the breakwater entrance to Table Bay port in Cape Town at 06.45pm on Monday.

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New maritime education bursary for women up for grabs: SAIMI

Women empowerment but particularly the previously disadvantaged is gaining momentum in South Africa’s maritime economic sector, boosted this time around by the launch of a study bursary being offered to young black women keen on maritime studies. The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), the country’s newest institution entrusted with among things; the country’s national cadet training programme, is behind the initiative announced two months ago.

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South Africa calls for a single oceans security group for Indian Ocean rim countries. SAMSA

Current groups efforts aimed at strengthening shipping safety and security around Africa’s oceans area a welcome, due development in the fight against piracy and other crimes but risk being seriously undermined by a duplication of efforts , the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has warned.

 

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Waning piracy threat in African oceans no reason for relaxation: IMO Durban workshop hears

The virtual elimination of piracy along eastern oceans of the African continent over the last few years - thanks to a concerted highly collaborative international effort - is no reason for the continent to relax.

Other serious crimes involving and affecting international shipping and impacting global trade remain a constant threat and present danger, delegates to a three day International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop in Durban, South Africa heard on Monday.

Shipping safety and security comes under focus in South Africa at IMO three day workshop in Durban: SAMSA

Strengthening of safety and security of global shipping against all forms of criminal activity at sea through close collaboration and information sharing among maritime states comes under focus in South Africa this week at a gathering in Durban led by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Norway ups financial support against illegal fishing and plastic waste in Africa. Nelson Mandela University rakes in R1-million more

The development of a cadre of knowledgeable personnel with high expertise in the management of illegal fishing in South Africa and in the rest of the continent has been given a further boost with the allocation of an additional financial support of about R1-million by the Norwegian government. The additional funding confirmed earlier this week will go to the Nelson Mandela University (NMU)’s Fisheries Law Enforcement Academy (a.k.a FISHFORCE) established in 2016.

2035 the target date to rid Africa of plastic waste filling the oceans!

Seventeen years from now, Africa must be rid of the menace of plastic waste infesting particularly the oceans surrounding it, that is the ambitious target the African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) is setting itself in the global war against plastic waste.That is according to its lead member, the Port Elizabeth based nongovernmental organization, Sustainable Seas Trust, which this week launched an initiative called the Africa Youth Waste Network to rope in the continent’s youth in the battle against mounting plastic waste all across Africa.

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