Weekly Press Review – 23 March 2012

The DAFF tender is still firmly entrenched in the headlines of the last week. It now looks like the navy could be asked to step in and secure our waters, while the battle between DAFF, Smit Amandla Marine and Sekunjalo continues.  The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries spokesman, Selby Bokaba, is giving nothing away, saying:  ‘I am unable to talk about the navy.  I have made it clear we are exploring various options.  Indeed there are more than two options available.’

According to Melanie Gosling, Environment writer for the Cape Times, South Africa stands to lose R1 billion and thousands of jobs within the fishing sector if the issues surrounding the tender to run the government’s fisheries vessels prevents this year’s research cruises from happening.  These vessels provide the data determining how many fish can be caught each year.

Decisions need to be made – and quickly.

Shaheen Moolla is in the press again this week responding to the opinion piece by Tina Joemat-Pettersson in the Cape Times last week.  The Minister’s feelings are certainly not spared as, once again, she is criticised for her proposed plan to move fisheries to Pretoria as well as her justification thereof.

While it is disconcerting to watch such a dismal saga unfold in the daily news – it is equally disconcerting to know that once again the maritime industry is shrouded in negative publicity when what it really needs is a massive PR boost to showcase it as the massive economic driver it actually is.  I’m not so sure that the dictum: all publicity is good publicity applies.



Weekly Press Review: 16 March 2012

The Cape Times and other daily news portals have kept Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and her department firmly in the headlines this week.

She has been criticised for her planned relocation of the Marine and Coastal Management offices to Pretoria.  So many weighed in on the subject that the Minister herself  responded in the Cape Times offering her version of events and the ‘facts’ that support the reasoning behind the proposed move.

Me thinks she doth protest too much.

Further to the Sekunjalo tender confusion, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has turned the tables on Smit Amandla Marine,  who are now also being dragged through the mud due to accusations of conflicting interests and even possible charges of corruption that can apparently be lodged against the now non-existent Smit Pentow Marine.

It would seem that all those involved are keen only on how much mud can be slung and it is unlikely that this debacle will fade from media attention over the coming week. We look forward, however, to some real and responsible reporting from the mass media on this matter.

A maritime “meme”

According to thedailymeme.com  “Meme’s are viral and propagate around sometimes mutating as they propagate.”  Many of you may have seen the widely spreading graphic (meme) that takes a type of person, a place or a profession and breaks them down into six perceptions with the last perception purporting to the the “true” perception or reality. Over January and February Facebook was literally flooded with these perception meme’s so I have created one for the maritime industry. I hope you like it: