Ugu maritime industry poised for growth

2016-05-26 06:00
PHOTO: precious gumede At the workshop (front, from left) Aadil Osman, Sphamandla Mthembu, Anton Gets, Julie Naidoo, Don Govender and (back) Paul Jefferys.

PHOTO: precious gumede At the workshop (front, from left) Aadil Osman, Sphamandla Mthembu, Anton Gets, Julie Naidoo, Don Govender and (back) Paul Jefferys.

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LINDON Consulting hosted a workshop with private sector maritime stakeholders on Tuesday, 24 May in Port Shepstone.

The workshop the initiative of the Department of Economic Development­, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) to develop the Ugu maritime industry in order to encourage economic growth and job creation.

The EDTEA through the Trade and Sector Directorate has developed­ the KZN Integrated Maritime Strategy, a high-level road map for the development of the provincial maritime industry.

Given that the Ugu District is located along one of KZN’s most popular­ and pristine coastlines, EDTEA identified the need to optimise the Ugu maritime industry by developing an Ugu Maritime Strategy.

Chief consultant of the project Don Govender said the purpose of the workshop was to obtain feedback from the private business sector­ on the challenges and opportunities in the local maritime industry­.

Govender said feedback from the meeting would be taken into account during the development of the strategy.

The workshop was attended by representatives and organisations, including the South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Samsa­, South Coast Tourism, NSRI and Legend Kayaks, to name a few.

Looking at the different aspects - social, technology, environmental and economical issues, a number of questions were raised.

Tourism Ceo Justin Mackrory said that the beaches on the South Coast should be upgraded and IDPs should be adjusted.

Mackrory said there is a definite need for partnership for between the private and public sector.

“They should look into protecting biodiversity, climate, fauna and flora on our beaches.”

Another issue raised was the under-utilisation of the railway which makes it bad for those who would want to invest in maritime- related businesses.

Stakeholders agreed that the South Coast has no new technical inventions, which is also an area that needs to be looked into.

Water craft stakeholders said they depend on clients from abroad because many beach lifesavers do not have proper equipment, which shows a lack of municipality support.

The stakeholders asked why the public sector fails to communicate with the private sector, which leads to the number of issues the maritime industry is faced with on the lower South Coast.

Other questions asked were why the public sector always comes up with policies, but none are ever implemented.

Another area of concern was that of security and safety which affects­ tourism on the lower South Coast.

Stakeholders agreed that an organisation­ that will be responsible for maritime should be formed on the South Coast

For more information or if you wish to participate a future initiative of this nature, contact Don Govender­ of Lindon Consulting at 031 904 1050 or email info@lin


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