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
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
Last week's media coverage of abalone busts highlights that poaching is an ongoing problem in our waters. There was another small victory for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries along with the South African police department who raided a home in South Beach yesterday and discovered almost five tons of abalone with an estimated … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 30 July 2012
If it wasn't so sad, she would be funny. Problem is that the industry cannot afford to laugh at this lady. In the light of today's announcement that the performance and evaluation system for Heads of Department in government has been amended, we recommend that the following forum is the only one that makes sense … Continue reading Pretoria Comedy Club
Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Pieter van Dalen, has stepped up to the pulpit largely created by the likes of fisheries commentator, Shaheen Moolla over recent months. On Friday he was once again catapulted into the media spotlight when he was asked to leave the Press Club meeting due to be … Continue reading A pressing comment
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!
If life is about collecting a series of experiences that enrich your existence and perhaps even set you apart from those that are content to live their lives from their couches, then the maritime industry surely delivers more than most! This morning I attended a presentation at the Department of Forestry and Fisheries where two … Continue reading Experience life at sea!