Mr. Faber asked what the definition of inland waterways was. In countries such as China and London, rivers were considered inland waterways. SA didn`t really have inland waterways. He asked why the Charter was necessary if there were international agreements on the objectives of the Charter. He asked if he understood that SA had two ships. What are these ships? Was there a budget for the operation of the ships? He asked how much work would actually be created. The South African government should create jobs and not be an employer. He asked if there would be partnerships with smaller companies. The DoT continued the second stage of its briefing on the African Maritime Charter. The purpose of the information was to ask the Committee to recommend the ratification of the African Maritime Charter by presenting it to Parliament in accordance with Article 231, paragraph 2 of the Constitution.
A Charter context was provided. The Organization of African Unity adopted the African Maritime Charter in July 1994. Shipping has been recognized as essential to the economic development of the African continent and African states have therefore had to cooperate. In June 2010, the African Union adopted the updated and expanded Charter, which contained provisions relating to the safety and protection of the marine environment. The Charter has been included in the scope of international law, which covers maritime transport and related activities in coastal and inland routes, coastal seas, including the exclusive economic zones of States Parties. The Charter aimed to strengthen cooperation between African Union member states in maritime transport, inland navigation, ports and related activities. It was an instrument of cooperation between African nations and included virtually all of the important problems facing Africa, including the lack of cooperation in maritime administration and port operations, the lack of cooperation on sea and inland routes, the lack of cooperation between landlocked and transit countries, and the lack of cooperation in infrastructure development. Shipbuilding and repairs. It was recalled that the Charter was an implementation of Objective 18 of Operation Phakisa, an initiative to harness the potential of the SA oceans.
Some of the themes of interest to South Africa have been the need to develop comprehensive maritime transport policies and strategies for Africa. In addition, there was a need to harmonize laws, policies and institutions to facilitate cooperation and cooperation to ensure continental and regional security. cooperation between States Parties in the areas of maritime security, sea protection and search and rescue operations. Port reform was needed and port services needed to be more efficient to ensure the competitiveness of African ports. In consultations, both the State Law Advisers Office and DIRCO indicated that the Charter was not in contradiction with national and international law. The charter was distributed for advice to the ministries of environment, trade and industry, international relations and cooperation, water affairs, the National Ministry of Finance and state-owned enterprises, as well as TO SAMSA, Transnet and the shipping industry.