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WORLD MARITIME HERITAGE SOCIETY FOUNDING COMMODORE AND PRESIDENT, CAPTAIN FREDERICK JAMES FRANCIS, DELIVERS THE MARITIME HERITAGE LECTURE AT THE 3RD MARITIME HERITAGE CONFERENCE, EXAMINING OUR SEAFARING AND SHIPPING HERITAGE: SURVIVAL, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN TIMES OF PANDEMIA


The Maritime Heritage Institute (MHI), in association with the Department of Public, Constitutional and International of the University of South Africa’s (UNISA) College of Law, the National Heritage Council (NHC) and the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) is hosting the 3rd yet another groundbreaking Maritime Heritage Conference in celebration of our National Heritage Day, Tourism Month and the World Maritime Day on 24th September 2021.


“This follows very successful inaugural and 2nd voyages of the Maritime Heritage Conference that have set to sail for this and many more to come in this long exploration to re-anchoring the African maritime heritage story”, says Mr Morakabe Seakhoa, Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime Heritage Institute


Mr Seakhoa said the Maritime Heritage Institute was very pleased “to welcome aboard the three partners in UNISA, NHC and SAIMI. The developing partnership is certainly good news as it advances the exciting work the MHI is doing, especially among the youth, to be involved in matters of maritime heritage in order to reap the benefits this industry has the potential of yielding, starting with this 3rd Maritime Heritage Conference”.

“In keeping with the theme of World Maritime Day 2021, being "Seafarers: At the Core of Shipping's Future", the 3rd Maritime Heritage Conference’s is “Our Seafaring and Shipping Heritage: Survival, Challenges and Opportunities In Times of Pandemia” and seeks to reflect on our maritime heritage and history which show the role of seafarers and ships in the development and sustaining of society, especially during pandemic crises”, continued Mr Seakhoa.


He said the MHI is delighted to announce that “the keynote speaker at this 3rd Maritime Heritage Conference is Captain Frederick James Francis, the founding Commodore & President of the World Maritime Heritage Society, delivering the Annual Maritime Heritage Lecture”.


An impressive array of other speakers include Commander Tsietsi Mokhele, Board Chairperson of the Maritime Heritage Institute; Ms Louisa Mabe, NHC’s Acting CEO; Mr Siqhamo Yamkela Ntola, Senior Lecturer at UNISA’s Law College’s Department of Public, Constitutional and International Law; SAIMI’s CEO, Mr Odwa Mtati; Prof Rosabelle (Rose) Boswell, Anthropologist and Poet, South African Research Chair in Ocean Cultures and Heritage at the Nelson Mandela University; Ms Tsepiso Taoana-Mashiloane, Acting CEO of the S.A Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA); Ms Jessica Davids, Specialist - Maritime Education and Training; Mr Patric Tariq Mellet, from the Asirawan Siam Healing House & SA-Thai Slave Heritage Reflection Centre and a councillor at the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA); and Ms Wendy Cooke, from the South African Sea Cadets - Vereeniging Unit.


The aims of the Maritime Heritage Conference, in celebrating the South African 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 26th national Heritage Day/Month (24th September) celebrations, together with the 27th anniversary of our Freedom and Democracy and marking the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 43rd World Maritime Month/Day.


“To this end, the Conference – which this year is again 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”, concluded Mr Seakhoa.


To attend the 3rd Maritime Heritage Conference, please follow the link on our website:

www.maritimeheritage.africa.


For media enquiries, please contact:


The Maritime Heritage Institute

+27 11 791 9141 or

info@maritimeheritage.africa

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