A long-awaited plan to revitalise South Africa's many fishing harbours - and to build three new ones - is finally moving ahead, with several investment proposals already on the cards, the Department of Public Works has confirmed. The department has released its most comprehensive small-harbour briefing document to date, revealing the location of 33 economic development hubs and the expected job-creation opportunities. The document was presented at the South African Maritime Industry Conference in Port Elizabeth last month by Dhaya Govender, head of the department's small harbours development and state coastal property development unit. In an interview with Business Times, Govender confirmed the coastal plan was moving ahead, and was now incorporated in the government's Operation Phakisa, which aims to develop the ocean economy. He said investor conferences were due to be held next month, and final project decisions would be announced in November. "Municipalities have already been re...

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