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Transport Minister S'bu Ndebele has called on African ministers to rally together to fight piracy, human trafficking and dumping of toxic wastes in Africa's coastal waters.
Speaking at the opening of a two-day 2nd African Union maritime conference in Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convection Centre yesterday, Ndebele, pictured, said they are making significant strides on road safety but skies and maritime remained a challenge.
He said the country has developed one of the most effective public road safety campaigns but still faced with high numbers of deaths on roads.
Ndebele said the growth of intra- and inter-African and Europe to Africa travel has come with its challenges.
"Illegal activities have increased, including the trafficking of drugs and other contraband goods in maritime and the skies," he said.
"It is only through a global response that we can truly hope to deal decisively with these challenges.
"There is a need to develop coordinated and integrated, and continent-wide transport safety programmes cutting across all modes."
He revealed that International Maritime Organisation has declared 2010 the year of the seafarer.
He said Africa will increase the number of seafarers and thereby prepare people to enter the maritime transport sector.
"South Africa is targeting to train 1200 officers a year and about 7000 non-officers."