Pretoria: Cabinet has approved the ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 and the Convention on Work in the Fishing Sector, 2007.
“The ratification of the Convention will provide for improved conditions for decent work in the maritime sector ensuring that fisheries have decent conditions of work on board fishing vessels,” said Minister in The Presidency responsible for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, Collins Chabane at a post Cabinet briefing on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has officially handed its investigation into suspected financial and procurement irregularities, maladministration, and corruption in the Fisheries Branch to the South African Police Services (SAPS).
In March 2012, the department initiated a forensic investigation into the award and multiple extensions of the vessel management function to a shipping management company.
Essentially the investigation had to establish whether there were irregularities in the past tenders and management thereof awarded to the company and to its business associates.
Smit Amandla Marine has been providing the vessel management function to Government for the past 10 to 12 years.