Creating a Competitive and Job Creating Maritime Economy

As far as South Africa is concerned, one often underestimates the degree to which our history has been shaped by the seas that surround us to the east, south and west. On the one hand, for the continent‟s inhabitants who, in successive waves and over centuries, made their way from the north across hills and plains, the Cape was the end of the road. On the other hand, for peoples outside, the Cape was the long eluding door to the alluring world of the exotic ocean that lies around its forbidding shores.

What is often overlooked is the centrality of the sea in the colonial enterprise or, in other words, the extent to which colonial power rested more on the control of the seas than on the control of the colonies themselves.


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