Improving South Africa’s maritime security


Southern Africa faces numerous maritime security threats that undermine its economic and development potential. In response, South Africa is drafting a National Maritime Security Strategy (NMSS).

Yet despite drawing up several important maritime strategies, African states struggle to implement them owing to lack of resources and capacity. How will South Africa’s NMSS help it overcome this challenge while also addressing security threats and building it’s blue economy?

Chair: Dr Lisa Otto, Senior Researcher, SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, University of Johannesburg


Metse Ralephenya, Director: Maritime Safety, Security and Environment Protection, Department of Transport

Rear Admiral David Mkhonto, Chief Director: Maritime Strategy, South African Navy

Timothy Walker, Senior Researcher, ISS

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