Minister of Transport, Dr Blade
Nzimande delivering a keynote address
The Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande has called ‘upon all South Africans especially the historically disadvantaged, to seize this opportunity, by getting closer, and not fear the oceans because, the oceans, with so much to offer, awaits everyone’.
These were Minister Nzimande’s closing remarks at the end of Maritime Transport Dialogue held at the Southern Sun Elangeni – Maharani Hotel in Durban. The dialogue was over two days (28 Feb – 01 March).
“I can conclude that the purpose of this dialogue has been accomplished”, the Minister expressed his satisfaction at the success of the dialogue.
He said the dialogue was a call to action by all stakeholders and interested parties, to transform our plentiful ocean endowment into an Economic Zone.
However Minister Nzimande expressed his displeasure about the matter of fronting.
“Issue of fronting in the maritime sector is a matter to be dealt with decisively. This is the matter that undermines our efforts to transform this industry. As we know, fronting is a deliberate circumvention of the B-BBEE Act and the Codes. This is a serious offence that deliberately mis-represent our transformation objectives.”
These are some of the points from the Declaration that was made at the end of the Maritime Transport Dialogue:
- We commit ourselves to the acceleration of the implementation of the Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy(CMTP) in support of Operation Phakisa/Oceans Economy and its objectives. 2. We all commit to the transformation of the sector so that it can benefit the previously disadvantaged blacks, women, youth, people with disabilities, rural communities and inland provinces. 3. Putting in place institutional mechanisms including the Maritime Transport Development Council (MTSDC) we commit to drive transformation, starting with the establishment of the interim MTSDC by end of June 2019, which will lay the basis for the establishment of a permanent structure. 4. During this year, we will work towards establishing an innovation hub for the maritime sector, working together with other relevant government departments, business, academics, science councils and other stakeholders in line with the 4th Industrial Revolution.
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