INAUGURAL MARITIME HERITAGE CONFERENCE

25th - 26th September programme

THE LAUNCH

07:00 - 08:00

Guest Arrival, Registration and Refreshments

08:00- 08:10

Opening by Programme Director - Mr Kaya Sithole: Independent Analyst

08:10 - 08:20

Welcome Remarks – Prof GN Zide: Vice Chancellor & Principal, Vaal University of Technology (VUT)

08:20 - 08:30

About Maritime Heritage Conference – Mr Morakabe Raks Seakhoa: Chief Executive Officer, Maritime Heritage Institute 

08:30 - 08:40

Speech – Advocate Mancotywa, Chief Executive Officer, National Heritage Council

08:40 - 08:50

Message of Support: Captain Naresh Sewnath

Senior Manager Pilotage & VTS, Chief Harbour Masters Office
Transnet National Ports Authority

08:50 - 09:00

Cultural Performance

09:00 - 09:10

Speech: Empowerment of Women in Maritime – Ms Julia Ramitshana: Member of the Board of Directors - Women in Maritime Association (WIMA) South Africa Chapter

09:10 - 09:30

Speech – Hon Cllr Ms Busisiwe Modisakeng:  Executive Mayor - Sedibeng District Municipality - The Sedibeng Growth and Development Strategy 

09:30 - 10:00

Speech – Hon Cllr Mr Gift Moerane: Executive Mayor – Emfuleni Local Municipality – Building a Vibrant Local Economy – The Vaal River City We Want to Live In

10:00 - 10:10

Cultural Performance

10:10 - 11:30

Maritime Heritage Awards Overview and Handover: Mr Morakabe Raks Seakhoa, CEO: Maritime Heritage Institute (MHI) and Commander Tsietsi Mokhele – Chairperson, Maritime Heritage Institute Board

11:30 - 11:45

Cultural Performance

11:45 - 12:15

Maritime Careers Expo and Walkabout

12:15 - 13:10

LUNCH

25th September Afternoon Programme

Plenary session

13:15 - 13:25

Opening Remarks:

 

Speaker:

Chairperson – Maritime Heritage Institute: Commander Tsietsi Mokhele

13:25 - 13:45

Session 1 

 

Topic:

 

Maritime Heritage: Reclaiming our Future, Advancing our Past - Opportunities and Challenges In World Heritage Sites Transforming from Oppression to Liberation.

 

Speaker:

 

Dr Pascal Taruvinga: Chief Heritage Officer – Robben Island World Heritage Site

 

Facilitator

Mr Makgolo Makgolo

Founding CEO of DITSONG Museums of South Africa. Founder Director of MAKGOLO Heritage Management Consult (Pty) Ltd and member of Robben Island World Heritage Site Council. Holds BA (honours) in Archaeology and African History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and MA (Honours) in Archaeology: University of Auckland, New Zealand.

13:45 - 14:05

Session 2

 

Panel Discussion - Maritime Liberation Heritage Project

Liberation Shipping – The Aventura Legends

 

Resource books titled:

In Transit - Autobiography of A South African Freedom Fighter

(Recounts the story of the Umkhonto WeSizwe troops sailing aboard an ocean-going ship mv Aventura to land on the shores of South Africa to commence a full-scale guerrilla warfare against apartheid government) 

 

Heeding the Call to Fight for the Fatherland: The Life and Struggle of TT Cholo

  •  biography by Dr Tlou Setumu -

 

Authors/Discussants

Commander Fanele Mbali and Commissar TT Cholo, respectively

14:05 - 14:20

 Q & A

Session 1 and 2

14:20 - 14:40

Session 3

 

How Do We Advance the Heritage Agenda of South Africa?

 

Facilitator:

Dr. Brown Bavusile Maaba

Masters’ Degree: University of Fort Hare; PhD: University of Cape Town

15:15 - 15:35

Session 4

 

Topic:

Regulation and Management of Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage Resources of South Africa

 

Speaker

Ms Lesa la Grange

Manager: MUCH (Maritime Underwater Cultural Heritage)
South African Heritage Resources Agency

 

Facilitator:

Mr Khensani Maluleke

Founder: Khensani Heritage Consulting

15:35 - 16:05

Session 5

 

Topic:

Maritime Archaeology and Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage (MUCH)

 

Speaker:

Dr Jonathan Sharfman

Maritime Archaeologist and founder/representative of the African Centre for Heritage Activities and New York University Abu Dhabi. Former Councillor for SAHRA.

 

Facilitator: 

Dr Lorenço Pinto

Lecturer: Heritage Studies, Sol Plaatje University

16:05 - 16:15

Q&A

Session 4 and 5

16:25 - 17:00

Topic: 

Youth as Custodians of Maritime Heritage

 

Speaker:

Mr Waseem Carrim

CEO – National Youth Development Agency

17:00 - 17:20

Summary of the Day

 

Mr Makgolo Makgolo

Founding CEO of DITSONG Museums of South Africa. Founder Director of MAKGOLO Heritage Management Consult (Pty) Ltd and member of Robben Island World Heritage Site Council. Holds BA (honours) in Archaeology and African History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and MA (Honours) in Archaeology: University of Auckland, New Zealand.

17:20 - 17:30

Vote of Thanks and Departure

 

Hon Cllr Mr Bongani Baloyi, Midvaal Mayor

26th September 2019 - Conference Seminars

08:00 - 09:00

Arrival and Refreshments

08:30 - 09:05

Welcome and Opening - Programme Director

09:00 - 09:15

PLENARY SESSION

09:15 - 09:45

Topic:

Sol Plaatje University’s Plans for Maritime Heritage in the Future

 

Speaker: 

Dr Lorenço Pinto

Lecturer: Heritage Studies, Sol Plaatje University,

Q&A

09:45 - 10:15

Topic

Ports Heritage: History, Legacy, Challenges and Future Prospects

 

Speaker:

Captain Naresh Sewnath

Senior Manager Pilotage & VTS, Chief Harbour Masters Office
Transnet National Ports Authority

Q&A

10:15 - 10:45

Topic:

Establishing Maritime Heritage Tourism: Assets, Routes, Services & Products

 

Speaker:

Department of Tourism - Sedibeng Municipality

Q&A

10:45 - 11:00

Networking Break

Breakaway sessions

11:00 - 12:30

Conference 1

Topic:

Learning and Development, Mapping the Opportunities in the Blue Economy Sector, Advancing Maritime Heritage

 

Facilitator

Commander Tsietsi Mokhele

Chair, Maritime Heritage Institute Board of Directors and Executive Chair and Director- ELEKHOM Global

Conference 2

Topic:

Advancing Efforts to Understand and Learn from Diverse Maritime Histories and Experiences, Appreciate Indigenous Maritime Cultures and Preservation of Maritime Heritage Environmental Knowledge.

 

Facilitators:

Adv Sonwabile Mancotywa 

Chief Executive Officer: NHC (National Heritage Council) 

and 

Dr Pascal Taruvinga

Chief Heritage Officer – Robben Island World Heritage Site

12:30 - 13:30

LUNCH

13:30 - 15:00

PLENARY – SEMINAR REPORTS & CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS

 

Facilitator:

Mr Khensani Maluleke

Founder: Khensani Heritage Consulting

15:30

CLOSING

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