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Backgrounder Brief – Cape to Canary Wharf SAMSA Training Expedition

Cape To Canary Wharf Aghalhus Training Expedition

31 October 2012 –

Date: Friday 2 November 2012
Venue: Jetty 2, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Time: 5h30 am for 6h00 (Media Briefing to commence after the Vessel slips off at 8h30)

The SA Dedicated Training Vessel, the first of its kind to be used for training purposes, formerly known as the SA Agulhas1, will sail from Cape Town in South Africa to Canary Wharf on Friday, November 2, 2012.

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga together with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) CEO, Commander Tsietsi Mokhele cordially invites members of the media to join them as they bid farewell to Agulhas 1 as she embarks on her maiden international voyage with 40 Cadets onboard.

The vessel is scheduled to stop in Namibia, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire where it will pick up maritime cadets ending up in London where it will dock before steaming back to South Africa to prepare for a voyage to the Antarctica in January 2013.

Members of the media are therefore invited to join in the activities that will precede the vessel’s departure, including a live television broadcast on ETV/Enca. The Deputy Minister, Commander Tsietsi Mokhele and other maritime stakeholders will address the media at 8h30.

The SA Agulhas was acquired recently as a training vessel. SAMSA intends to reignite the minds of key decision makers about the value of maritime utilising its own asset to train its own young people and to come up with an authentically South African Maritime Skills Development Programme with real results in the drive to accelerate the creation of seafaring jobs both in Marine Navigation, Engineering and Tourism including hospitality.

The voyage to London will be in service of a contract that SAMSA has secured with the Commonwealth, who sought to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by staging an expedition to the Antarctic on Board our Agulhas, whilst our young cadets get training on Board.

To confirm your attendance or for more information please contact Tebogo Ramatjie on 082 646 6044 or email or Tokozani Mpepandunku on 072 664 1909 or email

Directions to the event is through the Cape Town V and A Waterfront, through Entrance 1 , proceeding to Jetty 4, where SAMSA representatives will meet members of the media.

Issued in collaboration with FBI Communications and Blue Leaf Communications, handling media liaison for this event.
Contact Sam Ngubane on 0785560965
Silindiwe Dube on 0727442865
Issued on October 31, 2012

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