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INTERVIEW Unit within MCoE has achieved successes in number of drumlines deployed increased from 79 gaining industry recognition. The ongoing to 107. The division is currently in discussions in an National Skills Fund (NSF) Graduate and Student effort to reduce the capture of humpback dolphins. Placement Project is one of many placement projects underway. Graduate and Learner place- What are some of the achievements of the ments for students with commercial diving and KZNSB? boatbuilding (both hearing and deaf) stands at an The last shark attack/incident to take place off a protected beach in KZN occurred in 1999. This incident unprecedented 100%. Community Engagement remains central to the was not fatal. There have not been any fatal shark “Triple Helix” model and several key projects have attacks off KZN’s protected beaches since shark been delivered including boatbuilding projects at safety gear was first introduced in the late 1950s. Enkovukeni and Emdlebeni. Career expos have been We reached a significant milestone in August 2014 when we celebrated 50 years of bather protection held in almost every district in the province. In terms of Enterprise Development, a funded in KwaZulu-Natal. project to build 21 boats for use for business purposes has been approved. Furthermore, KZNSB will How important is research in the business be staging an Ocean Festival in September 2017. An of the KZNSB? incubation programme especially for women- and The Research Division is one of the most important divisions as it conducts and facilitates variyouth-owned businesses is being designed. ous scientific activities, which include monitoring, How do you maintain safe swimming while documenting and dissecting all catches, collecting at the same time reducing fatality rates of biological samples, investigating shark attacks and fish and dolphins? investigating new non-lethal alternatives to the curIn October 2015 the KZNSB Operations Division rent shark safety gear. The research results address rolled out the mixed gear concept of reducing the bather protection, recording of catches, reduction number of nets at a protected beach and replacing in environmental impact and biological research. them with drumlines. This has reduced the capture of non-target spe- Please expand on the value of partnercies by up to 50% during the nine years that it has ships to the KZNSB. been in place at 20 beaches. The latest change The Transport Education Training Authority resulted in the total length of netting along the KZN (TETA) funded Freight and Customs Compliance coast being reduced from 23.27km to 22.12km. The learnerships and the training of 30 deaf students that KZNSB is undertaking in collaboration with Whisper Boatbuilding Academy for the Deaf. A community development programme is underway at Enkovukeni in partnership with SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). There are many other strategic partnerships including the Commercial Diver Programme in partnership with the Sub-tech Group and KwaDukuza Municipality, Maritime Programme with EThekwini TVET College.



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