Amid concerns around the continuing oil leaks should the wreck of the Seli 1 remain in Table Bay, the media reports that city officials confirmed on Friday last week that the national Transport Department had agreed to pay for the removal of the wreck.
Interestingly, this announcement was made exactly three years to day that the vessel ran aground on September 7, 2009. The estimated cost of the operation is R40 million and JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security said that the money would be made available to the SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to contract the salvage.
A tender process?
It was mentioned in the press a few weeks ago that Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries director-general, Langa Zita had been suspended for ‘administrative reasons’ and this week it was reported that Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Zita had ‘mutually agreed to part ways amicably.’ There has been mention of a golden handshake by the DA, but there is no definite confirmation of the amount of money that Zita will receive.
Tina Joemat-Pettersson was also widely criticised in the press this week generally for just NOT BEING THERE, as she once again failed to appear at the portfolio committee on agriculture, forestry and fisheries. This is after she also failed to appear at the last portfolio committee meeting three weeks ago. Her excuse for her absence this week, according to portfolio chairperson Lulu Johnson, was that she is unable to fly due to ‘some sickness of the ears.’
Needless to say, many committee members were extremely displeased by her failure to appear – yet again and there were even calls by some MPs to cancel the entire meeting.
Ultimately the meeting did continue without the minister – a situation which is unfortunately becoming all too familiar.