Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa making waves in Oceans Econ­omy

The Star Early Edition - - JUNE IS ENVIRONMENT MONTH -

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma launched Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa: Oceans Econ­omy in July 2014 in Dur­ban as a re­sults-driven ap­proach to de­vel­op­ment, in­volv­ing var­i­ous sec­tors such as busi­ness, labour, academia, civil so­ci­ety, Sta­te­owned En­ti­ties and Gov­ern­ment.

The sec­tors worked to­gether to de­velop de­tailed de­liv­ery ac­tion plans, set tar­gets and mon­i­tor progress on an on-go­ing ba­sis.

Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa is an adap­ta­tion of the Big Fast Re­sults method­ol­ogy that was suc­cess­fully ap­plied by the Malaysian Gov­ern­ment in the de­liv­ery of its Eco­nomic and Gov­ern­ment Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­grammes.

Two years into its launch, Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa Oceans Econ­omy is grow­ing the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor, hav­ing cre­ated 450 di­rect jobs and pro­duced 2 000 ad­di­tional tons of fish. This is a 35% in­crease for the sec­tor, which has added R500 mil­lion to the coun­try’s GDP.

The South African gov­ern­ment to date has un­locked a to­tal of R17.7 bil­lion in in­vest­ment through the Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa: Oceans Econ­omy process in the five ini­tially iden­ti­fied ar­eas which are Off­shore Oil and Gas, Aqua­cul­ture,

Marine Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Trans­port, Oceans Gov­er­nance and Tourism.

The fo­cus in the oceans econ­omy has meant a new wave in aqua­cul­ture, making it one of the fastest grow­ing food pro­duc­tion sec­tors.

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