Operation Phakisa is creating jobs with more to come
Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, has told a briefing ahead of his departmental budget vote in the National Assembly more than 4 500 jobs had been created in the various projects making up the blue economy sector of Operation Phakisa. It was launched by President Jacob Zuma north of Durban late in 2014 as one of a number of fast track components to boost the national economy. Radebe told the Cape Town briefing R7 billion has been allocated to Transnet National Ports Authority to improve ports. The money will be spent on rehabilitation and maintenance of proclaimed harbours in Gansbaai, Saldanha Bay, Struisbaai, Gordons Bay and Lamberts Bay, as well the establishment of three new harbours at Boegoebaai in Northern Cape, Port St Johns in Eastern Cape and Hibberdene in KwaZulu-Natal. Phakisa is seen by government as integral to the National Development Plan (NDP) which includes growing the oceans economy as one of its nine points. Unlocking the economic potential of South Africa’s ocean focuses on six priority potential growth areas. They are marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, marine protection services and ocean governance, small harbours development and coastal and marine tourism.