Public deserves to see report on Robben Island ferry rescue

Three weeks ago, the Robben Island ferry Thandi experienced problems while ferrying visitors to the museum and the crew and passengers had to be rescued.

An investigation was conducted by the SA Maritime Authority, but on Wednesday they informed the Provincial Standing Committee on economic opportunities, tourism and agriculture, that they would not be releasing the findings to the public.

Chairperson of the committee, Beverley Schafer says the report is of utmost importance because is in the best interest of the public to restore confidence in knowing that transport going to the Island is safe.

She says the report should be released to the public.

Experts have said that we can have proper vessels built specifically for 7 mile trip to the island and back running as any other world class ferry, why are we not doing that?

Beverley Schafer, chairperson of the standing committee on economic development,tourism and agriculture in WC

Schafer says she recommends that government should go back and relook at the business model and do things differently.

What we are saying is that they need to re-look at their business model. Robben Island museum has been plagued with a whole lot of problems since it opened to the public in 1997. This is not a world class ferry with world class standards that Robben Island rightly deserves.

Beverley Schafer, chairperson of the standing committee on economic development,tourism and agriculture in WC

It is an international Unesco world heritage site and it deserves having the best service going forward. Thank goodness that nobody lost a life in that incident, thanks to the NSRI and all the people that helped.

Beverley Schafer, chairperson of the standing committee on economic development,tourism and agriculture in WC

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