n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Securing the regional maritime landscape
Maritime security in Southern African waters, Thean Potgieter & Reiner Pommerin (Eds.) : review

Volume 74, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0023-270X
  • E-ISSN: 2304-8557



Much of the well-being of communities worldwide is dependent on the sea. The bulk of the world's global trade, approximately 80%, moves by water and the sea contains profound wealth in terms of natural resources (e.g. protein) and energy. Another fact is that globalisation and maritime trade are increasingly showing a closer interface. Maritime security along Africa's coast line is, thus, of the utmost importance. Growing activities of piracy around Africa's eastern and western coastal waters, especially since 2008, have increasingly threatened vital global commercial sea lines and international trade. The disturbing increasing rate of piracy and armed robbery along Africa's coastline further means that the African continent is currently paying a severe penalty in strategic and economic terms. The severity of maritime insecurity has compelled various role players in the international community to actively ponder and pursue solutions to the problem. It has also sparked a number of South African scholars and maritime practitioners to focus on the phenomenon of maritime insecurity along Africa's coast lines and the effect thereof in African waters.

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