South Africa is the strategic African hub for maritime operations in the South-South trade corridor from Asia to the East Coast of South America, and for the connector routes along the East and West coasts of Africa. With its proximity to offshore drilling and exploration sites around Africa and its impressive and growing infrastructure, South Africa is a compelling choice for ship and rig building, maintenance and repair for the World’s shipping operators as well as for the Oil and Gas industry.
South Africa has a coastline of 3 900 km including its sub-Antarctic islands, with an exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 1.5 million square km. Over 30 000 vessels pass South Africa’s coast on an annual basis with 13 000 docking in the South African ports. Around 80 oil rigs are estimated to be in range of the Western Cape, offering significant potential for repairs as well as land-based operational support.
The country has eight major ports, including two of the World’s biggest dry bulk ports. Port capacity if planned on a 30-year forecast and billions of dollars are already allocated for upgrades and expansion.
300 million tonnes of cargo and 1.2 million tonnes of liquid fuel are transported along South Africa’s coast, providing economic opportunities in the ports. The aquaculture sector has the potential to grow significantly providing opportunities for partnership with Italian fish breeders and equipment providers. Small Harbours and subsequent coastal development as well as coastal and marine tourism have a significant potential to increase economic activities.
Under the priority program named Operation Phakisa (Operation Hurry Up), the South African Government aims to grow the Oceans Economy’s contribution to the country’s GDP to ZAR129-177 billion by 2033; some 250% to 350% of its current value.
The program provides opportunities for partnerships with Italian stakeholders particularly in Marine Transport and Manufacturing, Aquaculture, Offshore Oil and Gas, Marine and Coastal Tourism.
- Provide an overview of South Africa’s Ocean’s Economy, its challenges and strengths
- Describe the existing co-operation between Italy and South Africa and growth plans
- Offer insight into projects and initiatives that South Africa is planning to implement that can be of interest to Italian stakeholders
- Italian and South African CEO’s, government officials, senior executives, engineers, project developers, investors and solution providers in maritime transport, infrastructure, ports management, oil & gas, logistics, boat building, aquaculture, marine &coastal tourism.
- Representatives of Italian and South African trade and investment promotion institutions, clusters and consortia.
- Programme Director: Ms Marcella Uttaro, Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa
- 10:30 Welcome Remarks: Ms Titi Nxumalo, Consul-General of South Africa in Milan
- 10:40 Presentation by the speakers:
|10:40||Mr Siyabulela Mhlaluka,||General Manager: Sales & New Business Development, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT)
|Mr Darren Fraser,||Senior Strategy Manager: Transnet Port Terminals (TPT)
|10:50||Ms Lisa Mazaleni,||Investment Promotions, Department of Agriculture and Forestry
|Mr Kishan Sankar,||Aquaculture Advisor, Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
|11:05||Mr Xolani Dlamini, ||Director: Programme Coordination – Destination Development, Department of Tourism
|Mr Kenny Hlela,||Director: Tourism Investment Coordination, Department of Tourism
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