There have been a number of press statements issued over the past few days by the Minister of Fisheries, on the one hand, and the DA's Shadow Deputy Minister for Fisheries, Pieter van Dalen, on the other.
It is patently clear that South Africa faces a growing number of serious fisheries management and governance crises. This BLOG has recorded example after example of crisis and mismanagement afflicting fisheries. Most recently we have had the spectre of the Minister dueling her very own senior staff in public. It is all quite farcical.
Maritime Review Africa, Southern Africa's leading fisheries and shipping magazine, has now invited both van Dalen and Joemat-Pettersson to a panel debate where the various governance issues that have dominated the media recently and which are clearly in the fisheries public interest can be ventilated. Importantly, it will provide the Minister with a platform to clearly address the fisheries public on her most recent anti-corruption initiatives in her department.
Van Dalen has already accepted the invite via Twitter. We now await confirmation from the Minister that she will take this opportunity to discuss and debate the various critical issues affecting the management of fisheries in SA.