New-age pioneers in the maritime industry

Online since 1.03.2017 • Filed under Advertorial • From Issue 5 - March 2017 - August 2017 page(s) 76
New-age pioneers in the maritime industry

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence safeguards 37 beaches on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline with shark safety gear that it owns and maintains. The organisation positions itself as ‘the only organisation of its kind in the world’.

Established in 1964 by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board changed its name in 2012 when it introduced its Maritime Institute of Sectoral Occupational Excellence. Now called the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB), the organisation’s mandate is to be a global leader in bather protection against shark attack while minimising environmental impact, thus promoting tourism. KZNSB’s mission is to strive to be a leader in environmentally-sensitive protection of bathers against sharks and capacity building in the maritime sector. The organisation has achieved distinguished accomplishments, defining its successes towards achieving its mission.

The KZNSB Act requires the organisation to provide measures to reduce the risk of shark attack and attempt to reduce the environmental cost associated with those measures.

The organisation facilitates skills development for sectors that include ocean and coastal shipping, inland waterways, aquaculture, port activities, maritime security, boat building, boat repair, and associated landbased activities with a focus on youth and previously disadvantaged communities as beneficiaries of these skills.

The KZNSB is a registered ICDL training and assessment centre and works closely with various SETAs and accredited training service providers.

As part of the organisation’s drive towards reducing environmental impact, measures have been implemented that include net reduction, introduction of drumlines, beach clean-up campaigns, and the introduction of pingers to deter dolphins and whales.

The KZNSB received a permit from the Department of Environmental Affairs to test the Shark Repellent Technology (SRT), well known as the shark repellent cable. This technology is the brainchild of the KZNSB.

The 100m-long cable emits a low frequency pulsed electronic signal that repels white sharks. The success of this innovation will provide the basis of developing a barrier system that protect bathers without killing or harming sharks or any other marine animals.

KZNSB scientists are actively involved in many spheres of shark and dolphin research, including maintaining the South African section of the International Shark Attack File and funding alternative methods of protecting bathers.

KZNSB also undertakes awareness programmes for the public in bather safety by using boat tours, static display areas on site, outreach programmes, website, external exhibitions/displays, social media, radio interviews, publications and advertisements.

KZNSB has embraced several CSI avenues – primarily its on-going Outreach Programme that delivers a solid marine education to learners throughout South Africa, and especially for those who do not have the opportunity to visit the coast and know very little about the sea, sharks, and other marine life. Advice on safe bathing and reducing pollution in rivers and on the beaches is part of the programme.

KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence

T +27 031 566 0400



Issue 5 - March 2017 - August 2017

Issue 5 - March 2017 - August 2017

This article was featured on page 76 of SABI Magazine Issue 5 - March 2017 - August 2017 .

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