"Robben Island has struggled to manage its ferries properly"

On Friday, one of the Robben Island ferry's began to sink in Table Bay with 68 people on board.

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries, but the incident has highlighted problems within the management of the Robin Island ferries.

Read: NSRI: Maritime Safety Authority to probe cause of sinking Robben Island ferry

Tourism Spokesperson Beverly Shafer says they have been aware of these problems for a long time.

We've known for a number of years that Robben Island has struggled to manage their ferries properly.

Beverly Shafer, Tourism Spokesperson

With tourism on the rise, Shafer says this issue is of great concern. She says the ferries should be running as smoothly as possible.

She adds that in 2015, the number of visitors to Robben Island dropped, and that was largely due to the unreliable ferry service.

Shafer says it is up to the national government to intervene.

I call on the national government. So far, to date, they have not been able to manage these ferries properly. Give it to the City or give it to the province, let's run it on behalf of them to ensure the safety of tourists to Robben Island.

Beverly Shafer, Tourism Spokesperson

Shafer says we are leading up to a potentially big tourism season. She says this has been disastrous, not only for the tourism industry but because they can't assure both international and local tourists that the boasts are safe.

Listen to the full interview below:


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