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With energy minister Gwede Mantashe’s increasingly absurd devotion to a sustained coal-powered future drawing more than enough attention from other corners of the media at present, the opportunity presents itself to address an issue I’ve hitherto left untouched in this column.

It is a little-known fact that the department of forestry, fisheries & the environment hosts National Marine Week in the second week of October every year. According to the department’s whopping 74-word press release on the subject, Marine Week aims to “create awareness of the marine and coastal environment, the promotion of sustainable use and conservation of these resources.”..

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