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.

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