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MEDIA STATEMENT - THE INAUGURAL MARITIME HERITAGE LECTURE AND COLLOQUIA

THE INAUGURAL MARITIME HERITAGE LECTURE AND COLLOQUIA EXPLORE OUR SHIPPING HERITAGE, THE REMAKING AND SUSTAINING OF SOUTH AFRICA AS A NATION STATE:

The Maritime Heritage Institute (MHI) is hosting a groundbreaking inaugural Maritime Heritage Lecture and Colloquiain celebration of the World Maritime Day, National Heritage and Tourism Months on the 9th of October 2020 on digital online media platforms, amid the worldwide Covid19 pandemic restrictions.

This follows a very successful launch of the Maritime Heritage Conference in 2019 - under the theme of: MaritimeHeritage:- Reclaiming our Future, Advancing our Past – that boasted the support of the Sedibeng District Municipality, Lesedi Local Municipality, Midvaal Local Municipality, Emfuleni Local Municipality, Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) and National Heritage Council.

Our speakers include Mr Vusumuzi Mkhize, Director General the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), Commander Tsietsi Mokhele: Chairperson of the Maritime Heritage Institute (MHI); Dr Nomvuyo Nokwe, Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA); Ms Louisa Mabe, Acting CEO of the National Heritage Council SA (NHC); Mr Thapedi Masanabo, Curator: South African Memorial at Delville Wood, France; Ms Julia Ramitshana, Women In Maritime Africa (WIMA); and Ambassador Major-General Prof Solly Mollo, South African High Commissioner to the Republic of Uganda

President of the South African Military History Commission

In keeping with the theme of World Maritime Day 2020, being “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet”, the inaugural Maritime Heritage Lecture’s is “Our Shipping Heritage: The Making & Sustaining of Nations” and seek to reflect on our maritime heritage and history which show the role of ships in the development and sustaining of our society.

The aims of the Maritime Heritage Lecture and Colloquial Series, in celebrating the National Heritage Month, are to situate and advance the knowledge and engagement of our maritime heritage and future in popular, scholarly, ordinary folk, interest-specific and communities’ consciousness and everyday practice.

It takes place as part of South Africa’s 25th national Heritage Day/Month celebrations, together with the 26th anniversary of our Freedom and Democracy and marking the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 42nd World Maritime Month/Day, the latter proudly hosted by South Africa.

To this end, the Conference – which this year is negatively affected by the Covid19-related restrictions - seeks to bring together individuals, institutions and groups with wide-ranging interests and knowledge in maritime heritage to explore and discuss diverse themes in this important sector.

For media enquiries, please contact:

The Maritime Heritage Institute

+27 11 791 9141 or

info@maritimeheritage.africa

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