MEDIA ADVISORY
 
Minister Mapisa-Nqakula Delivers Keynote Address at Steel Cutting Ceremony at Southern African Shipyards, Durban
 
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will deliver the keynote address at the steel cutting ceremony for the SA Navy’s Hydrographic Survey Vessel (HSV), which will be in support of various national imperatives, including but not limited to, Operation Phakisa, the dictates of the National Hydrographic Act and broader maritime security requirements.
 
The HSV is an extremely complex science vessel that is being built 100 percent in South Africa by Southern African Shipyards (SAS) which is a 100 percent black-owned company and 67 percent black women-owned.
 
The building of a vessel of this complexity is not only a South African first but an African first. At this stage, SAS has successfully completed the vessel design and tank testing phase and they are now ready to commence construction.
 
These are the kind of projects we would like more of our people to be part of. Not only is this innovative, but it will contribute to economic growth and youth development, said Minister Mapisa-Nqakula.
 
Members of the media are invited to attend the steel-cutting ceremony.
 
Details of the ceremony are as follows:
 
Date: Friday, 30 November 2018
 
Venue: Southern African Shipyard, 10 Rotterdam Road, Bayhead, Port of Durban
 
Programme:
 
13:30 Guests arrival and registration
13:30-14:45 Cocktail - Welcome drinks and canapés
14:45 – 14:55 Guests to be seated in the main marquee
14:55 – 15:00 Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Nomzamo Mbatha
15:00 – 15:10 Safety Briefing by Mrs. Thumela Mkhize Safety Manager SAS
15:10 – 15:25 Multi Faith Prayer (Christian, Hindu, Islamic)
15:25 – 15:30 National Anthem
15:30 – 15:40 Welcome Speech by Mr. Prasheen Maharaj Chief Executive Officer SAS
15:40 – 15:50 Speech by Mr. Aldworth Mbalati Chief Executive Officer DNG Energy
15:50 – 16:00 Speech by Mr Kevin Wakeford Chief Executive Officer Armscor
16:00 – 16:25 Move to Shipbuilding hall for steel cutting ceremony
16:25 – 16:45 Keynote Address by Minister of Defense and Military Veterans, Honorable Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
16:45 – 16:50 Donations handover to Umgeni community empowerment centre and Njemla Senior Primary School by Chief Financial Officer SAS, Mrs Trisha Misra
16:50 – 16:55 Vote of Thanks by Miss Lihle Magubane Representing the Workers Empowerment Trust
16:55 – 20:00 Dinner, Networking, Entertainment
16:55 – 17:15 Media Briefing
 
Enquiries: Joy Nonzukiso Peter 082 9900407
 
Issued by GCIS on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans
 
28 November 2018
 
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