Last week at the Maritime Trade Forum ahead of the BRICS Summit in Durban, I learned that the Minister of Transport had declared 2013, Maritime Year in South Africa. Riad Khan of the Port Regulator stated this quite clearly while welcoming delegates to these maritime discussions and I silently chastised myself for not knowing such … Continue reading 2013 is Maritime Year: but shhh, its a secret!
The big maritime news of the week is the official launch of the Global Ocean Commission which held its inaugural meeting in Cape Town. The commission, which is co-chaired by Trevor Manuel, is made up of a group of independent leaders from various countries. Their aim is to come up with a blueprint to stop … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 28 March 2013
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is in the news again this week with the appointment of Desmond Stevens as chief director of marine resource management. Although his appointment is only in an acting capacity, he is being described as poorly qualified for the position; with no tertiary degree and, more importantly, no … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 20 March 2013
Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is back in the news this week. This time the minister is being sued by Sue Middleton, chief director of fisheries operations, for defamation of character after she allegedly made statements to the press saying that Middleton had been found guilty of financial mismanagement. Middleton is … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 15 March 2013
The maritime industry seems to have suddenly woken up and started some vigourous planning for the next couple of weeks. While some events have been a long time in the offing - others seem to have simply sprung up on the calendar. THE BOSBERAAD Last week the National Department of Transport (NDoT) surprised maritime stakeholders … Continue reading Full diary: warning – event ahead!
Journalists were alerted that there is a port in Cape Town last weekend when a South Korean long-liner, the Hwa-Tsan, blazed for over four hours in the Cape Town harbour. Sadly a loss of life was reported. One crew member died and another 25 had to be rescued from the burning vessel. The vessel was … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 8 March 2013
'The world's greatest living explorer', 68 year-old Sir Ranulph Fiennes has arrived safely back in Cape Town after a lengthy evacuation process from Antarctica. Fiennes, who is suffering from severe frostbite after attempting to adjust a ski binding without gloves on, is said to be 'extremely disappointed' at having to give up his quest to … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 1 March 2013