Weekly Press Review – 31 July 2017

This week Parliament’s portfolio committee on public works will conduct oversight visits to six harbours in the Western Cape, hoping to gain insight into the management of small harbours by the Department of Public Works. According to the press, the harbours that will be visited are: Struisbaai, Arniston, Gansbaai, Gordon’s Bay and Kalk Bay. In … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 31 July 2017

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Weekly Press Review – 24 July 2017

The Bengis name has made local headlines again this week with the news that 81 year-old Arnold Bengis, will face another 57 months in an American Federal prison. According to the press, Bengis senior was sentenced in the Court for the Southern District of New York for charges related to the case stemming from his … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 24 July 2017

Transnet and the Game of Thrones

Yesterday the Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi, toured the Port of Durban with the Chief Executive of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) ahead of the official launch of the Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy. There's nothing altogether strange about that - but I did feel like I had missed a crucial episode of The Game of Thrones. … Continue reading Transnet and the Game of Thrones

Weekly Press Review – 17 July 2017

Progress has been made in the fight against abalone poaching with the police confiscating illegally poached abalone in two different Western Cape locations this week. According to the press, police arrested two suspects in connection with the operating of an illegal abalone processing facility on a farm in Brackenfell.  In a separate incident, 213 bags … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 17 July 2017

Weekly Press Review – 11 July 2017

Viking Fishing’s court battle against the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) regarding fishing rights in the Western Cape has been dealt a blow. According to the press, the Western Cape High Court has decided that the company’s interdict against the department should not be made final. This after the fishing group won the … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 11 July 2017

Weekly Press Review – 3 July 2017

The big news for maritime historians this week is the discovery of the ship’s bell belonging to the ill-fated SS Mendi, which sank 100 years ago resulting in the deaths of more than 600 sailors. According to the press, the ship’s bell was left to Steve Humphey, a well-known local television personality with a special … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 3 July 2017