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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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

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?

Conference Call

The fact that "some 90 per cent of trade is carried by sea" is the most over-used statistic at maritime conferences. If you are that way inclined, you may be tempted to create a drinking game out of how many times this is presented during any given conference programme. Maritime professionals just love this fact - … Continue reading Conference Call

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