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?

TETA is on the take!

The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) collects levies from its registered members annually and is tasked to redistribute the money to fund relevant training in the maritime sectors. So, if you clicked on this blog thinking the title referred to a scandal at the Authority, I hope you will not be too disappointed to … Continue reading TETA is on the take!

Coastline confusion

Can anyone tell me exactly how long South Africa's coastline is? I am talking about our coastline - excluding any islands that we may have jurisdiction over. Situated at the southern tip of Africa and surrounded by sea on "three sides," we like to assume that we have access to a generous coastline, but the … Continue reading Coastline confusion

Access denied: flirting with the maritime economy?

There's a general movement that is gaining traction in the maritime sectors that aims to boost the industry's contribution to job creation and the GDP. The Blue Economy is on everyone's lips and national, regional, continental and even international strategies are being developed to see our oceans contribute meaningfully to our human desire to produce and … Continue reading Access denied: flirting with the maritime economy?

What is a Maritime Maestro?

Maritime Maestros have salt in their veins. They are committed to the industry in a way that goes beyond the scope of a 9 to 5 job description. They give passionately and devote their energies to develop the future of the industry as a whole. They lead the industry and often pioneer new paths - they … Continue reading What is a Maritime Maestro?