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South Africa’s ‘worst’ maritime disaster – the sinking of the S.S Mendi – relived at the 2017 World Maritime Day celebrations in Pondoland

The staging of this year’s World Maritime Day celebrations at the Wild Coast town of Port St Johns in the O.R Tambo District Municipality of the Eastern Cape province, by some accounts, arguably proved its worth beyond the simple recognition of the region as among South Africa’s undeserving highly underdeveloped areas, yet with direct access to 800 km of ocean space.

Time for talking about the importance of South Africa’s maritime economy is over. Work on it!’ urges Transport Minister, Joe Masangwanyi

The development of South Africa’s maritime sector is now formally in full swing under the banner of the Operation Phakisa (Oceans Economy) initiative, with billions of rand of State funds currently being invested in particularly ports and related infrastructure.
 

Prevention of accidents on board vessels, and timely reports thereon remains vital for a successful maritime sector: SAMSA

The prevention of accidents and accurate, timely reporting thereon when incidents occur to and on board vessels in South African waters involving people’s lives, remains a key contributor to success of the development of the country’s maritime sector, according to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

SAMSA senior official, Captain Thobela Gqabu appointed into intercontinental maritime body’s top leadership

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has expressed delight with an announcement of the election of one of its senior personnel, Captain Thobela Gqabu into the top leadership of the Indian Ocean Memorandum of Understanding (IOMOU) on Port State Control. Capt. Gqabu was elected the Vice-Chairman of the group during its 20th committee held in the Maldives over five days a week ago. The IOMOU with its base in India is made up of 19 member States a majority of whom have borders on the Indian Ocean.

Eastern Cape may need review of its coastal land use practices for maritime sector development success: SAMSA

Land use practices along South Africa’s 3200 km coastline, but particularly the 800km coastline of the Eastern Cape Province and precisely the Wild Coast on the Indian Ocean, may have to be revisited if currently declared marine tourism plans will achieve the desired effect, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) urged this past week. The call came from SAMSA Chief Operations Officer, Mr Sobantu Tilayi during a celebratory send-off event of some 97 youths due to be deployed on cruise tourism vessels worldwide from September 1, 2017.

97 Eastern Cape youths due for send-off on cruise ships around the world.

A joint initiative between government, private sector companies and non-governmental organizations to not only skill but create job opportunities in the maritime economic sector will pay off for 96 Eastern Cape youths this week, when they are officially sent off to join tourism cruise vessels sailing across the world.  The 97 youths out of a total 128 that recently completed specialized training in basic marine skills under the Maritime Youth Development Programe (Eastern Cape) over the last two months, are to join MSC Cruises vessels in different parts of the globe.

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