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Captain Naresh Sewnath

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


Ports Heritage: History, Legacy, Challenges and Future Prospects


Captain Naresh Sewnath have been with TNPA for 30 years – started in 1988 with South African Transport Services and went to the Navy for 3 months then to sea as a deck cadet – sailed with both Safmarine & Unicorn for approximately 7 years on several types of ships. He obtained his qualifications in 1994 – shortage of Tug masters and joined Port of Durban as Tug Master.

He was part of the first group of pilot programme for Pilot training in Rotterdam in 1999, and first Harbour Master for Port of Mossel Bay – 2005 – 2009, port was run remotely by Port Elizabeth Harbour Master.

2009 to 2014 he was the Harbour Master for port of East London.

2012 – achieved International Diploma for Harbour Masters

2015 – Senior Manager Pilotage & VTS in CHM Office – (Senior Harbour Master)

2016 – Completed GIBS leadership course sponsored by Transnet 

He has been Instrumental in implementation of the Integrated Port Management System and in 2018 was elected Vice President of the International Harbour Masters Association 

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Mr Khensani Maluleke

Founder: Khensani Heritage Consulting


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


Over 23 years of heritage management experience at both private and public sector in South Africa and beyond, taught as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Pretoria, Wits and Robben Island Training Programme in collaboration with the University of Western Cape teaching Heritage Management to Post Graduate Students.

Served in a number of Heritage Councils and Committees, current, Chairperson of Gauteng Provincial Names Change Committee, Council Member of the South African Geographical Names Council, appointed by the MEC of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in Gauteng to the Appeals Tribunal in terms of Section 49 of the National Heritage Resources Act No. 25 of 1999, 

Served in the Memory of the World Committee in 2000-1 

Proven track record of managing a successful heritage management consulting firm in South Africa and beyond, built a reputable brand with a remarkable achievement of concluding over 300 Projects locally (SA) and Internationally. 

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Dr Pascall Taruvinga

PhD (UCT), MA (UZ), BA Hons (UZ), BA (UZ).

Chief Heritage Officer – Robben Island World Heritage Site


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


A heritage practitioner with extensive experience in archaeology, heritage management and implementation of the UNESCO Conventions and related intergovernmental programmes at national and international levels.


Currently, the Chief Heritage Officer for Robben Island World Heritage Site (South Africa) since 2013.


Previously held the following executive positions; Director for Research and Development (National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe), Programme Manager (International Council of African Museums-AFRICOM, Kenya), World Heritage Specialist (National Heritage Council of South Africa), Senior Consultant (AWHF); and part time lecturer with University of Zimbabwe (UZ), University of Cape Town (UCT), and University of Western Cape (UWC).


A member of several heritage professional affiliations (among them ASAPA, ICOM, ICOMOS). Past ICOMOS SA President and currently a Committee Member.


Has extensive experience in museology, community programming, heritage tourism, strategic planning, capacity building, stakeholder management, liberation heritage, rock art, World Heritage and conservation at different sites. An advocate for sustainable socio-economic development and community participation at heritage sites.


PhD studies on stakeholders, conservation and sustainable development.


A member of several national and international heritage professional associations and committees.


Has also published on heritage issues and is currently the Chief Heritage Officer of Robben Island World Heritage site in Western Cape, South Africa. Has published over 18 papers in refereed journals and books.


Mr Jonathan Sharfman

Representative of the African Centre for Heritage Activities and New York University Abu Dhabi


Jonathan Sharfman graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1999 with a Masters degree in maritime archaeology. Following graduation Jonathan worked on various shipwreck excavation projects including the wrecks of the Grosvenor (1782), Oosterland (1697) and Waddinxveen (1697). In 2003 he joined the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) as a field officer on their Lottery funded National Survey of Underwater Heritage. In 2005, Jonathan became the Manager of SAHRA’s Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit and remained in the position until 2013.

Jonathan formed the African Centre for Heritage Activities (ACHA) in January 2013. ACHA was established as an institution through which heritage could be promoted through capacity building, training and awareness raising initiatives. ACHA’s goals are to utilise heritage as a driver for development and social cohesion. 

In 2017, Jonathan took up a position as a post-doctoral associate at New York University Abu Dhabi and continues to work with the University developing a research agenda and academic strategy for Africa.

Jonathan completed his PhD in Maritime Archaeology at the Univesity of Leiden, Netherlands in 2017. His dissertation dealt with alternative approaches to the identification and management of maritime and underwater cultural heritage in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jonathan is a member of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists and was member of SAHRA’s Council. He is a Class IV Commercial diving supervisor and Category C skipper. 

Jonathan is a tutor for the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) in Africa and the Middle East. NAS trains divers and students in maritime archaeological survey techniques. 

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