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Friday, 13 May 2016

Unlocking the economic potential of South Africa's oceans

STRATEGIC: CPUT has aligned itself to meet the goals of Operation Phakisa, a South African government initiative aimed at unlocking the economic potential of the country’s oceans STRATEGIC: CPUT has aligned itself to meet the goals of Operation Phakisa, a South African government initiative aimed at unlocking the economic potential of the country’s oceans

CPUT is committed to advancing maritime domain technologies.

The university recently outlined its contribution to Operation Phakisa at the Tech Opportunities for the Oceans Economy conference, which was jointly hosted by CPUT’s French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) and the organisations Le Cap40 and French Tech Cape Town.

Operation Phakisa (meaning “hurry up” in Sesotho), is a South African government initiative aimed at unlocking the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans by focusing on marine transport and manufacturing, aquaculture, marine protection services and ocean governance, offshore oil and gas exploration, coastal tourism and small harbour development.

By unlocking the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans, the government aims to address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality in South Africa.

Director of F’SATI, Prof Robert van Zyl, says to support the government’s initiative, CPUT will produce a nanosatellite constellation for Maritime Domain Awareness.

The nanosatellite constellation will consist of nine bespoke CubeSats that will be used for applications such as vessel tracking, monitoring of South Africa’s extensive oceans, rural connectivity and e-Health (communication with remote clinics).

“The technology being developed is cutting-edge and has already attracted the attention of global players in the maritime industry” says van Zyl.

As a precursor to the mission, the unit is developing a 3U CubeSat, ZACUBE-2, which will be used to test the new vessel tracking ability and infrared technology that will play a key role in the project.

Chief Director of Space Science at the Department of Science and Technology, Humbulani Mudau, says to reach the goals of Operation Phakisa, developments in space science and technology is key.

“As government we are aware that space science has a huge role to play in Operation Phakisa,” he says.

CPUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Prins Nevhutalu, says CPUT is serious about unlocking the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans and has established a Chair in Oceans Economy, which is held by Prof Kenneth Findlay.

Nevhutalu says the university is also exploring the feasibility of a faculty or school of ocean studies, which will be multidisciplinary.

“As we seek opportunities for Operation Phakisa, job creation must be at the forefront,” he says.

“We must leverage our resources so that our people can have a better life.”

*F’SATI (French South African Institute of Technology) is a French South African graduate institute for teaching, research and development, located in South Africa, which contributes to the creation of knowledge and transfer of technology in South Africa. It is supported by the Embassy of France, the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie of the region Paris Ile-de-France, the Department of Science and Technology (SA Government), the National Research Foundation and many other institutions.

*Le Cap40 and French Tech Cape Town support business engagement between the Western Cape and France, as well as the establishment of Technology start-ups in Cape Town

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Written by Candes Keating

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Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

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