SA Navy may take over patrols

2012-03-19 08:21

Cape Town - The SA Navy could take up the role of patrolling the country's coastline to protect marine resources, according to a report on Monday.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson had discussed this possibility with her defence counterpart Lindiwe Sisulu, according to the Cape Times.

With an agreement in principle, the matter was being taken further by agriculture director general Langa Zita and navy chief Vice Admiral Refiloe Johannes Mudimu.

Smit Amandla Marine would patrol the coastline until the end of the month, when its contract expired.

Joemat-Pettersson announced in November that Sekunjalo Investments Ltd had been awarded an R800m contract to man and maintain state-owned marine patrol vessels. The contract was subsequently withdrawn and being investigated by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Agriculture department spokesperson Selby Bokaba told the newspaper that operations would continue from April 1.

"The only difference is that the vessels, which are owned by the department, will not be manned by Smit Amandla Marine. There will not be any vacuum."

  • Mhlonso - 2012-03-19 08:35

    Why must everything go to tender???

      Trevor - 2012-03-19 08:50

      Because the navy don't know how the boats work.

      Rob - 2012-03-19 10:10

      Love me tender...... Anyway great idea, this will get the Navy up & doing something posotive.....Hmmmm, now what tasks are we able to set our mighty SANDF & get them off the bunks in the morning ?

      Barry - 2012-03-19 12:47


  • Warwick - 2012-03-19 08:47

    We have a navy??

      Salomé - 2012-03-19 13:29

      Your ignorance exceeds your IQ by far!

  • Trevor - 2012-03-19 08:51

    Row row row your

      Alan - 2012-03-19 08:56

      'oar' not

      Ze Don - 2012-03-19 09:04

      I've got this sinking feeling...

      mlucejko - 2012-03-19 10:22

      I thought that was the reason why we paid all those millions ?? So the Navy would protect our coastline ?? I thought that was their job !! Otherwise what do we have a navy for ???

      mlucejko - 2012-03-19 10:25

      So at the moment we have a very expensive navy and they don't protect our coastline ?? So what the hell do they do ??

      Dirk - 2012-03-19 11:27

      Does stealing and corruption ring a bell?

      Francois - 2012-03-19 11:33

      This doesn't BOAT well.

      Francois - 2012-03-19 11:34

      One more. Seems tenders are on sail.

  • Ze Don - 2012-03-19 08:56

    News headline 02/04/2012: SA navy frigate held hostage by 2 poachers.

  • SAMusic - 2012-03-19 09:03

    isn't it the Navy's work to patrol our coast?

  • patrick.klerck - 2012-03-19 09:15

    About time, at the very least the navy should have started a coast guard a long time ago.

      Megan - 2012-03-19 11:12

      pre-1994 the Navy did participate in anti-poaching patrols along the SA coast. I just can't understand why they stopped it.

  • Mike - 2012-03-19 09:22

    If the navy take over then private boats will have to pay e-toll to keep them afloat

  • Ian - 2012-03-19 09:26

    Which of the ships that the navy has will they use. The old strike crafts? By using the Frigates that we have we will be wasting huge amounts of money. We do however have 3 sea worthy strike craft that could do the job. Fewer crew needed, and can be run at 1/5 of the cost. Maybe not a bad idea. Using the Frigates though would be a overkill.

      Roger - 2012-03-19 10:22

      No mate use the submarines then you can have an undersea operation rather than an undercover one. Tenders are used to carry people out to boats !

  • Gerhard - 2012-03-19 09:31

    Are you people aware of the fact that Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu does not have a sea going ticket!! It is going to be open season on our marine recourses. 65% of the sailors in the Navy cannot even swim!!!!! Of all the ships, submarines and frigates that we purchased in the arms deal, how many are operational??? Time to get into fish distribution. It is going to be a very easy business to run at zero risk!!

      haigs - 2012-03-19 10:44

      65% of the sailors can't even swim? So what, 100% of the air force can't fly!

      mattcredible - 2012-03-19 12:27

      Gerhard - I'd really like to know where you get that number from. Part of basics training (or MSDS as it's now called) when you go to Saldhana is actually swimming...

  • Achmad - 2012-03-19 09:32

    This is an important development and must be applauded. Our coastal marine reserves are part of the countries heritage - we must stop the the wholesale devastation of a precious resource.

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-19 09:34

    Who's patrolling the coast protecting RSA currently?

  • Heibrin - 2012-03-19 09:42

    Ahhh boy, I can't begin to tell you how much this made me laugh. What the $#$%&^*%^ have they been doing with the Navy until now, besides using it as a vehicle for earning corruption money?? In the old SA the Navy's sole responsibility was patrolling our coast & resupplying the bases in Antarctica etc, as far as I know. Can't swim, can't 'drive' the ship, can't do jack sh*t. Worthless bunch of clowns.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-19 09:58

    The navy headquarters used to be in Pretoria... duh? Maybe they've moved since then - to Johannesburg or somewhere equally inappropriate.

      mattcredible - 2012-03-19 12:29

      Navy HQ was for a long time in Simon's Town. It has only moved for logistical purposes to PTA, similar to the fact the naval HQ in the States is in the Pentagon, we have all our SANDF HQ's together - which makes sense surely?

  • LynneOeschger - 2012-03-19 10:19

    Hang on - I thought this had always been the Navy's job?

  • Nicki Labuschagne - 2012-03-19 10:43

    Whaaaaat?!!!! So what is the navy's job then? Heaven help us in this country - it's even worse than I thought.

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-19 11:25

    If they are going to patrol as well as they upkeep their buildings, we are doomed.

  • mattcredible - 2012-03-19 12:37

    I'm sorry hey, but I think very little credit is actually given to the SANDF. They did go through a dive post '94, that's undeniable. A lot of it was due to politicians though and the arms deal has cast a negative impression. The training is still top-class though with many of our soldiers, sailors and air(wo)men managing to go to military competitions against our UK, US and other counterparts and more often than not, come out on top. With the very diminished budget, the good men and women working in the SANDF do still take a lot of pride and work hard for the most part. It is also imperative to remember that our defence force is primarily made up of reserves, due to budgets, we cannot afford to have as many PF staff as would be ideal, but bare in mind there are a lot of reserves that give up time with family and friends to still keep us running. Do your research and stop all the negativity and realise it's not really the "Navy's" fault for it's reputation it has. Things are improving daily.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-19 13:07

    As usual the tax payer gets to foot the bill.

  • Anton Oosthuizen - 2012-03-19 18:02

    no navy no air force army next

  • steveroodt - 2012-03-20 07:09

    To be quiet honest i thought this was the Navy's job already.

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-03-23 09:31

    So what does our navy do, if not protect the coastline? Surely it's their job. Obviously all is not as it seems, otherwise there wouldn't be any need for this article. Get to work SA Navy.

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