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South Africa’s oceans and more than 3 000km of coastline have untapped economic potential. A 2013 study by the Department of Environmental Affairs estimated that the country’s oceans have the potential to contribute an additional R177-billion to GDP, and an additional 800 000 to 1-million jobs, by 2033.

An initiative of the South African Presidency, Operation Phakisa is an adaptation of the Malaysian government’s “Big Fast Results” methodology for economic transformation, renamed Phakisa from the Sesotho word for “hurry up”. The Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy initiative in 2014 brought government, industry, education and civil society role-players together to collaborate in developing detailed implementation plans to accelerate growth of the “blue economy”, in five focus areas: maritime transport, manufacturing, off-shore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and marine protection and governance.

Implementation of the plans developed under Operation Phakisa is being driven through Delivery Units located in the relevant national government departments, with oversight and coordination by the Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation in the Presidency.

Skills development will be key to implementing these plans and unlocking the economic growth and employment opportunities identified in Operation Phakisa.

As an apex maritime institute, focused on strengthening collaboration amongst education institutions and identifying programmes required to deliver the necessary maritime skills development, SAIMI is well-placed to facilitate the skills development response to the outcomes of Operation Phakisa.