If your dreams can fit into your pocket – they are not big enough

It is not often that you walk away from a maritime industry function feeling inspired to dream bigger, but I left last night's WISTA-SA's networking meeting feeling resolute to follow through on some major plans for 2020. "If your dreams can fit into your pocket - they are not big enough," Nolwandle Mboweni, CEO of … Continue reading If your dreams can fit into your pocket – they are not big enough

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Appoint of contention

With a number of vacancies currently on its Executive Management Team, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is in a unique position to address its gender balance during the IMO World Maritime Day themed year of "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community" by appointing relevant, strong maritime women. According to SAMSA's website there are … Continue reading Appoint of contention

Crowdfunding as a tool for the boat building sector

One of the most common moans made by delegates at many of the maritime conferences is the lack of access to capital for start-up projects in the maritime sectors. By its nature, the maritime sector is a capital intensive space to play in and many entrepreneurs’ dreams are dashed sitting in a chair at their … Continue reading Crowdfunding as a tool for the boat building sector

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

Could SAMSA get a permanent CEO by the end of this month?

Acting CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority, Sobantu Tilayi, recently jested that he could have pronounced himself as the permanent position holder when he stepped into the Minister of Transport's shoes to deliver a speech at the eThekwini Maritime Summit during April. But it's no real laughing matter that the Authority has been … Continue reading Could SAMSA get a permanent CEO by the end of this month?

New DoT Minister misses maritime 

It is disheartening to note that the first briefing given by the new Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi, yesterday outlining the immediate tasks for his department made no mention of the maritime industry. This, despite the recent revealing of the DoT's Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy as well as the central role that the DoT's agency, the … Continue reading New DoT Minister misses maritime 

An African passport by 2018?

One of the many challenges that the highly mobile people of the maritime industry face is that of accessibility to jurisdictions within Africa. This is particularly frustrating for Africans aiming to work on the African continent and may even hamper emergency response to potential maritime incidents. Discussions at the recent World Economic Forum meetings in … Continue reading An African passport by 2018?