At a CEO networking workshop hosted by SAMSA in Cape Town recently, Commander Tsietsi Mokhele, CEO of SAMSA gave his support to the marine manufacturing sector. Addressing top level industry delegates, he committed to assisting in unblocking issues and encouraging more investment in marine manufacturing. This is an extremely welcome position as we face a weakened rand, a national downturn in manufacturing and projected growth of less than 1%. Focused effort on increasing our exports is vital.
SABBEX sadly says bon voyage to Kareemah Jacobs who has competently held the helm of the Export Council for the last two years. Kareemah is replaced by Simone Balman who is a keen sailor and business woman and we welcome her enthusiasm and expertise to the team.
The Durban Maritime Summit being hosted this week by Ethekwini Maritime Cluster brings to the fore the opportunities and challenges in KZN for manufacturing, port development and requisite skills development. Government structures in the Eastern Cape are also focused on marine opportunities and overall the effects of Operation Phakisa are beginning to be felt within various government ministries nationally.
The Department of Transport have drafted a Small craft safety strategy and MIASA will be keeping a close eye on developments there and the revision of the National Small Craft Regulations. Keeping barriers to entry into boating as low as possible is imperative to the growth of the local industry which has been steadily shrinking over the last five years.
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