Shark boy inspires DEA Minister

Sharing the platform at yesterday's launch of National Marine Week, Achmat Hassiem - aka shark boy - stole much of the limelight as he motivated learners to pursue their dreams. But he also managed to capture the attention of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, who attempted to persuade him to share his motivation with public … Continue reading Shark boy inspires DEA Minister

Maritime Newsmaker of the Year 2013

Last night we hosted our annual function to thank clients for their valuable support as well as to present the Maritime Newsmaker of the Year Award. The award aims to recognise individuals, companies or organisations that have garnered media attention that depicts the maritime industry in a positive way. It recognises those who have successfully … Continue reading Maritime Newsmaker of the Year 2013

Tina took two hours of my time

I  wasted almost two hours of my Sunday by responding to Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson's invitation to a press briefing to discuss her response to the Public Protector's report: Docked Vessels. 25 minute drive to town 10 minutes to park and get through parliament security 10 minutes wait 2 minute introduction to panel 6 minutes to … Continue reading Tina took two hours of my time

Weekly Press Review – 16 August 2013

The Fisheries Department is back in the hot seat this week (again) with officials again being criticised for still not getting the country's research and patrol vessels back in the water. Acting Fisheries Department deputy director-general, Desmond Stevens had the rather unenviable task of updating parliament on the status of the vessels and assured those … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 16 August 2013

Leaving PE on the SA Agulhas II

Nelize Ernst and I joined the SA Agulhas II at the end of her "shakedown cruise" to experience first-hand how the new vessel is handling and accommodating her research crew. Leaving Port Elizabeth harbour last night under the guidance of the (almost) full moon was nothing less than spectacular as the vessel was guided through … Continue reading Leaving PE on the SA Agulhas II

Conference Call rocks maritime sector

There are conferences aplenty in South Africa and Africa that plug into the maritime domain, but this week's South African Maritime Industry Conference (SAMIC) hosted by SAMSA can truly be heralded as one that should repower the engines of the maritime industry in the country. I sat there for the entire conference. I did not … Continue reading Conference Call rocks maritime sector

Don’t sign a petition to save the rhino!

If you've ever eaten a crayfish taken illegally out of the sea, please do not sign any anti-rhino poaching petitions. If you've ever snuck a perlemoen out the sea or eaten one that has been, please do not sign any anti-rhino poaching petitions. If you've ever eaten fish in a restaurant with questionable origins or … Continue reading Don’t sign a petition to save the rhino!