Published: 07 January 2016
By:Brenda du Toit
“The Minister of Tourism goes shark cage diving with Marine Dynamics Tours - Never too old to do adventure tourism!” Marine Dynamics Tours proudly hosted the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, on their shark cage diving boat Slashfin. The Minister’s reaction upon seeing the sharks: “Seeing these great white sharks, seeing them underwater and nearby is something quite unique and I would strongly recommend that everyone should do it sometime in their lifetime”.
The water was a warm 19,7degrees and five great white sharks were seen. Hanekom was joined by his wife Trish who enjoyed the research aspect shared by the marine biologists on board - "Such a fabulous experience, a unique combination of shark diving, responsible tourism, science, education, conservation and benefits for communities. Thank you.”
Owner of Marine Dynamics, Wilfred Chivell, was on board. Prior to the shark trip the Minister helped release five adult African penguins from the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) where they had recently received treatment. This important rehabilitation centre for seabirds in the Overstrand was officially opened by Hanekom at the end of February 2015. Hanekom visited the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary prior to leaving and made a donation toward the rehabilitation.
His parting words for his trip: "Thank you so much for a most incredible, unforgettable experience! Exciting and informative. Never too old to do adventure tourism." Hanekom who handed out the Lilizela Awards said, "Marine Dynamics offers a unique and exciting adventure: diving with sharks. Tourists remember this remarkable experience in our ocean forever. They encounter our amazing biodiversity up close, and they tell others about it.
By creating meaningful and memorable experiences, Marine Dynamics is helping to position South Africa as a competitive global destination with unique attractions, and is spreading the valuable message of marine conservation around the world. The Department of Tourism applauds your outstanding work to showcase our country internationally.” (Article shortened: Editor)
Brenda du Toit, Personal Assistant: Wilfred Chivell