The Robben Island Museum (RIM) has made headlines again this week rejecting reports that its ferry service is operationally inadequate saying “it is business as usual”.
RIM briefed the provincial standing committee on economic opportunities, tourism and agriculture regarding the incident relating to the tourist ferry, Thandi, which capsized last month.
Committee chairperson Beverley Schafer said the ferry service was “operationally inadequate” to transport passengers.
RIM chief executive Mava Dada said, “We are supporting the SA Maritime Authority with their investigation. Our own internal investigation is also underway to identify any possible blind spots.
“Tourists and guests to RIM are assured that it is business as usual.”
This weekend saw the 29th annual Blessing of the Fishing Fleet festival at the V&A Waterfront.
According to the press the festival is a cultural appreciation and fundraising event packed with all thing Portuguese.
Event co-ordinator, Alberto Goncalves, said, “The event is held to bless the boats and fishermen who go out to sea each year and has become somewhat of a social event. It is also held as a fundraising event for Portuguese welfare.”
The SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) successfully completed their farthest disentanglement operation this weekend.
According to the press SAWDN managed to free a 14 metre humpback whale entangled in rope over 40 nautical miles offshore of the Southern Cape coast.
Along with the National Sea Rescue Institute Plettenberg Bay (NSRI), the SAWDN arrived at the scene and found a juvenile whale anchored to the seabed with fishing rope around its tail. The animal was freed and all lines were recovered.
SAWDN spokesperson Craid Lambinon said, “The cutting operation took 20 minutes. We are confident that the operation has been successful and the whale appears to be healthy.
“This is the farthest out to sea that a SAWDN operation has been conducted.”