An investigation has been launched into a collision between a car carrier vessel and an inactive tugboat. According to the press the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has revealed that the incident happened while the ship was berthing alongside the Durban Point Precinct. No injuries were reported, but the quayside was damaged and the … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 23 April 2018
A call by the Committee for Economic Opportunities has been made for further investigation into the sinking of the Tandi, which nearly sank off Robben Island on 15 September with 60 passengers on board. According to the press, this is after an initial investigation conducted by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) released their … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 4 December 2017
Making headlines this week is the news that prominent local business woman, Chichi Maponya, has been accused of hijacking a ship-refuelling deal that was meant to benefit students and poor fishing communities. It has been confirmed that Maponya, along with her co-directors at Plan BEE Fuel Distributors, are the South African partners in a joint … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 26 September 2017
The partial sinking of the chartered Robben Island ferry, Thandi, on Friday afternoon has made headlines this week. According to the press, the vessel began taking on water while returning from the island and the 68 passengers and crew on board had to be rescued. Senior manager of ferry operations at the Robben Island Museum … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 18 September 2017
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?
Residents of the Overberg region are rejoicing this week as the Western Cape parliament is to finally address the issue of perlemoen poaching in the area. According to the press, Debbie Schaffer, chairman of the committee for economic opportunity, tourism and agriculture in the provincial parliament said that she has invited representatives from the Department … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 16 September 2016
The battle against the poaching of South Africa’s perlemoen has been emphasised in the press again this week with the police making two more arrests and confiscating perlemoen with an estimated value of R3.5 million. According to Pieter van Dalen DA-LP, poachers seem to be using our ocean as their own personal ATM machine. If … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 26 August 2016