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Digital Media Kit: Department of Transport Commemorates Day of The Seafarer

Media Invite – Day of the Seafarer

 

Attention All Media

Pretoria, Durban, June 21, 2018: The Department of Transport’ Maritime Transport Branch will hold a special dialogue involving seafarers and maritime industry leaders to address seafarer’s wellbeing to commemorate the Day of the Seafarer on June 25, Monday.

Members of the media are invited to attend these special sittings in a mid-morning conference, from 9:30 – 2pm. They would be able to interview seafarers and take pictures at the dialogue events.

The DOT and the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) will hold dialogue events to mark the Day of Seafarer on June 25 in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban.

These gatherings, hosted by industry panelists, will give further exposure to this year’s Day of the Seafarers theme, Seafarers Wellbeing and their state of mental health.

Sindisiwe Chikunga, MP Deputy Minister of the Department of Transport said by addressing the issue of seafarers’ wellbeing and particularly mental health, these dialogues could inform specific strategies to tackle stress and other issues affecting seafarers’ mental conditions.

“It is critical for us responsible for the well-being of Seafarers to make the tools available to assist the mental state of our fellow seafarers.
“Seafarers play an important role in the value chain of goods, services and our everyday needs.

“Without then we are not able to enjoy the simple things like cellular phones, and other modern inventions,” Deputy Minister Chikunga said.

These dialogue sessions will seek to highlight and showcase best practices and good examples, bringing out areas of concern and examples of shortcomings.

The DOTS was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the revised Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention. The purposes of the convention is to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.

 

The 2018 social media campaign has involved seafarers telling their stories of their life at sea under the hashtag #GoodDayatSea. The hashtag encourages seafarers to share photos of themselves in a positive work environment.

The campaign also supports the hashtag: #SupportSeafarersWellbeing. This hashtag will be used by shipping companies and others within the industry, to show how they provide a decent working environment for seafarers and how they address mental health issues among their seagoing staff.

Adding to the commemoration of DOTS, seafarers are invited to submit their best photographs showing a typical day at sea, whether at work, rest or play. Photos should reflect the theme hashtags #SupportSeafarersWellbeing and #GoodDayatSea.

A panel of expert judges will choose the winners and the result will be announced in the fourth quarter of 2018. The overall winner will receive a GoPro Hero 6 and an iPad, the second place prize is an iPad, and highly commended entries will receive a digital photo frame.

Seafarers can upload up to three photos each to the photo wall at dayoftheseafarerphotos.imo.o

Deputy Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga

rg and entries must be submitted by 12pm on 31 July 2018.

Details for the DOT Day of the Seafarer events are as follows

Port Elizabeth

Date: Monday, June 25

Venue: Raddison Blu, Marine Drive and 9th Avenue, Summerstrand, PE

Time: 9:30 for 10am until 2pm

Lunch will be served.

 

Cape Town

Date: Monday, June 25

Venue: Cape Sun, 23 Strand Street, Cape Town

Time: 9:30 for 10am until 2pm

Lunch will be served.

 

Members of the media should RSVP to the following details

Port Elizabeth – Tankiso Moshoeshoe  info@fbicommunications.com/0827876987/0793176850

Cape Town – Snenhlanhla Ndudula info@fbicommunications.com/0627378407

 

ENDS

Follow the conversation under the hastags: #DayOfTheSeafarer #SupportSeafarersWellbeing #GoodDayAtSea #SASeafarers

 

Issued by FBI Communications on behalf of the Department of Transport

For updated information go to:

Website: www.transport.gov.za

Facebook: Department of Transport

Twitter: @DoTransport

 

 

Notes to Editors

About the Department of Transport

The Department of Transport is responsible for regulation and coordination of Transportation in South Africa that is Public Transport, Rail Transportation, Civil Aviation, Maritime Transport and Road Transport. The mission of the Department of Transport (DOT) is to lead the development of integrated efficient transport systems by creating a framework of sustainable policies, regulations and implementable models to support government strategies for economic, social and international development.

For media interviews, please contact

Port Elizabet (Tankiso Moshooshoe) – PR Coordinator – 0793176850

Cape Town (Snenhlannhla Ndudula) – PR Coordinator – 06273784047

If unavailable please contact Farhana Ismail –  0827876987

 

Media update- Day of the Seafarer

 

Attention All Media

 

Pretoria, Durban, June 23, 2018: Its two days to go until the world celebrates the Day of the Seafarers (DOTS) which takes place on Monday 25th June 2018.

“Seafarers’ Wellbeing” is the theme this year. South Africa will celebrate in three major centres: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban.

DOTS is an International Maritime Organization (IMO) calendar event that is being marked globally by all maritime nations.

The Department of Transport (DOT), supported by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) are spearheading the celebrations.

Seafarers work under the most challenging and sometimes endangering conditions to keep the global economy thriving and make the world we live in possible.

There is tremendous strain endured by seafarers who spend months at sea, without contact with their families and loved ones, surrounded by nothing, but water.

The South African government is embarking on a process to encourage all maritime stakeholders to come up with defined strategies that will reduce stress and other issues affecting seafarers’ mental conditions.

On Monday in Durban SAMSA will host a high level round table briefing involving seafarers and maritime industry leaders. On the same day DOT  will hold simultaneous briefing sessions in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, discussing the wellbeing of seafarers.

Government aims not only to raise awareness and celebrate seafarers, but to showcase seafaring as a career choice.

The IMO has activated this year’s social media campaign where seafarers tell their stories of their life at sea under the hashtag #GoodDayatSea, encouraging seafarers to share photos of themselves in a positive work environment.

Other campaigns also include #GoodDayAtSea and #SupportSeafarersWellbeing showcasing how shipping companies provide a decent working environment for seafarers and how they address mental health issues among their seagoing staff.

Adding to the commemoration of DOTS, seafarers are invited to submit their best photographs showing a typical day at sea, whether at work, rest or play. Photos should reflect the theme hashtags #SupportSeafarersWellbeing and #GoodDayAtSea.

A panel of expert judges will choose the winners and the result will be announced in the fourth quarter of 2018. The overall winner will receive a GoPro Hero 6 and an iPad, the second place prize is an iPad, and highly commended entries will receive a digital photo frame.

Seafarers can upload up to three photos each to the photo wall at dayoftheseafarerphotos.imo.org and entries must be submitted by 12pm on 31 July 2018.

ENDS

Follow the conversation under the hastags: #DayOfTheSeafarer #SupportSeafarersWellbeing #GoodDayAtSea #SASeafarers

 

For updated information go to:

Department of Transport

Website: www.transport.gov.za

Facebook: Department of Transport

Twitter: @DoTransport

SAMSA

Website: www.samsa.org.za

Facebook: South African Maritime Safety Authority

Twitter: @SAMSAMARITIME

Blog: www.blog.samsa.org.za

Notes to Editors

About the Department of Transport

The Department of Transport is responsible for regulation and coordination of Transportation in South Africa that is Public Transport, Rail Transportation, Civil Aviation, Maritime Transport and Road Transport. The mission of the Department of Transport (DOT) is to lead the development of integrated efficient transport systems by creating a framework of sustainable policies, regulations and implementable models to support government strategies for economic, social and international development.

About SAMSA

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), is a South African government agency responsible for the implementation of current International & National Regulations regarding the Maritime industry. It advises Government on maritime issues relating to or affecting South Africa, including but not limited to providing a search and rescue capability, and conduct accident investigations and provide emergency casualty response.

 

For media interviews, please contact

Port Elizabet (Tankiso Moshooshoe) – PR Coordinator – 0793176850

Cape Town (Snenhlannhla Ndudula) – PR Coordinator – 06273784047

Durban (Farhana Ismail) – PR Coordinator –  0827876987

 

 

 

MESSAGE BY THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT, ON THE COMMEMORATION OF THE DAY OF THE SEAFARER – 25 JUNE 2018

 

 

The shipping industry and its Seafarers bring prosperity to the world.

 

But, as vital as the industry is to the world and its people, equally important is the work of the brave Seafarers who perform one of the most difficult jobs in the world.

 

Today in South Africa, we commemorate our Seafarers’ well being like the rest of the world for the first time in three (3) cities.

 

The coastal cities of Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth will this year host the Seafarers roundtable dialogue session to discuss issues under the theme “Seafarers Well Being”, and we will continue to do so every year.

 

Had it not been for our Seafarers’, the global trade would come to a standstill, people would be devoid of their basic necessities and some nations would find it extremely difficult to even survive. We consider your well being as the most critical of our concerns as South Africa,

 

We join the rest of the world to say Thank you! to our Seafarers, we salute you the heroes of the seas.

 

Thank you

 

 

DAY OF THE SEAFARER IMAGES

Acting DG for DOT:Maritime,Dumisani Ntuli during the Day of the Seafarer in Cape Town

 

acting DG for DOT: Maritme, Dumisani Ntuli with seafarers during the Day of the Seafarer in Cape Town

 

School pupils at the Day of The Seafarer celebrations in Durban.

 

SAMSA’s COO Sobantu Tilayi

 

Seafaerers Londy Ngcobo and Zama Tshabalala

 

Panel speakers from Cape Town

 

DOT’s Tsepiso Mashilo and seafarers from the Eastern Cape

 

Zama Tshabalala

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BOLD INTERVENTIONS FOR SEAFAFERS’ WELLBEING

 

Pretoria, South Africa, June 26, 2018: The International Day of the Seafarer (DOTS) was commemorated in three multi-city events held in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, yesterday.

June 25 marks the acknowledgement and remembrance of the sacrifice seafarers have made over the centuries, in ensuring that the world functions swiftly through their efforts.

The Department of Transport (DOT), in partnership with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) hosted the commemorative DOTS events in the form of roundtable discussions involving seafarers and maritime industry leaders.

DOTS is an International Maritime Organization (IMO) calendar event that is being marked globally by all maritime nations.

Critical issues facing the seafarers’ day to day implementation of their duties, were raised during robust question and answer sessions.

DOT and SAMSA, as custodians of the South Africa seafarers’ registry, reiterated that seafarers’ matters was every ones’ business. To this end the DOTS theme for this year, “Seafarer’s Wellbeing” entrenched government’s commitment in protecting the men and women who risk their lives in order to ensure goods travel freely, and daily living needs transported.

Dr Bonginkosi Nzimande, Minister of Transport, said in a statement: “As vital as the industry is to the world and its people, equally important is the work of the brave seafarers who perform one of the most difficult jobs in the world.”

Nzimande said had it not been for seafarers, the global trade would come to a standstill.

During the roundtable sessions, delegates heard the DOT had committed to enhancing the wellbeing of seafarers by proposing to add specialised health services in vessels.

Dumisani Ntuli, head of Maritime Transport in DOT, said through the assistance of the Department of Health, the health services onboard would be beefed-up.

“We are determined to roll out services to help elevate the health status of the seafarers, while working at sea.

“Psychological, medical and physiological services will help ease the burden faced by seafarers, while removed from land services. Health professionals will soon be travelling with seafarers,” said Ntuli.

“As a country, in comparison to other maritime nations, we have a low number of seafarers. To catapult the growth of the country’s maritime industry, we need more youth to consider the maritime industry in choosing their preferred career paths.

“By ensuring the wellbeing of our current seafarers, we understand that we may be able to inspire the younger generations to enter the maritime industry.”

Sobantu Tilayi, Chief Operations Officer for SAMSA reiterated the authority’s openness to seafarers and informed those gathered that the overall wellbeing of seafarers was their priority.

Seafarers had to prepare themselves for the challenges associated with working in a diverse and multi-cultural environment, he said.

Some seafarers gathered in Durban asserted that one of the challenges they faced at sea was being perceived as ill-disciplined when they raised labour-related issues with their superiors on-board.

Tilayi said: “It is important for our seafarers to understand that it is the Merchant Shipping Act, rather than the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, which governs the labour rights of seafarers.”

He encouraged seafarers to view the maritime industry in its global context, and consider the norms and standards established in the companies in which they worked.

“We encourage all our seafarers to understand the complexities of the industry they serve,” Tilayi said.

DOT and SAMSA said the maritime industry had the potential to address the high unemployment rate, and a plan of action was necessary to include the following interventions:

  • Adopt South African models and knowledge to solve the country’s unemployment rate.
  • Develop and own a South African shipping fleet for economic growth.
  • Develop a seafarers’ culture and create employment opportunities for qualified South African seafarers.
  • Develop a career path plan.
  • Build the fishing industry to accommodate SA seafarers.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the SA Agulhas to use it as a training vessel for South African seafarers.
  • Integrate technological advancements in the industry.

Ntuli pointed out that in previous years South Africa owned the Unicorn and Safmarine Shipping lines, which also traded in international waters and South African coastal shores. As a result, South Africa’s maritime sector was booming.

With the cessation of these vessels South Africa’s maritime sector was negatively impacted.

Ntuli added that South Africa needed to develop and grow its shipping lines on its coastal highway to recover its previous prestige.

ENDS

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Follow the conversation under the hastags: #DayOfTheSeafarer #SupportSeafarersWellbeing #GoodDayAtSea #SASeafarers

 

Issued by FBI Communications on behalf of the Department of Transport and SAMSA

For updated information go to:

DOT

Website: www.transport.gov.za

Facebook: Department of Transport

Twitter: @DoTransport

SAMSA

Website: www.samsa.org.za

Facebook: South African Maritime Safety Authority

Twitter: @SAMSAMARITIME

Blog: www.blog.samsa.org.za

 

Notes to Editors

About the Department of Transport

The Department of Transport is responsible for regulation and coordination of Transportation in South Africa that is Public Transport, Rail Transportation, Civil Aviation, Maritime Transport and Road Transport. The mission of the Department of Transport (DOT) is to lead the development of integrated efficient transport systems by creating a framework of sustainable policies, regulations and implementable models to support government strategies for economic, social and international development.

About SAMSA

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), is a South African government agency responsible for the implementation of current International & National Regulations regarding the Maritime industry. It advises Government on maritime issues relating to or affecting South Africa, including but not limited to providing a search and rescue capability, and conduct accident investigations and provide emergency casualty response.

Issued by:

Tebogo Ramatjie

Communications Specialist: Corporate Affairs

SAMSA

 

For media queries and requests for interviews, please contact:

Farhana Ismail

Tel. 031 2085525/Cell. 0827876987

farhana@fbicommunications.com

 

 

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