By Catherine Bruce Wright
On 16 September, students of the Criminal Law Enforcement Programme (CLEP) visited the Hermanus New Harbour with the aim of gaining insight into the processes of the Harbour and the work experience of compliance officers. Compliance Manager Mzwandile Grootboom and his team presented the work done by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), sharing their working experience at Hermanus New Harbour and the surrounding coastal area.
Students gained awareness of operational aspects to ensure compliance by the port authority with the Marine Living Resources Act and its regulations. The information complemented their theoretical coursework, and is likely to benefit them in their studies, forthcoming fieldwork and future practice.
What our students say …
I would like to thank Mr Grootboom for the information that he shared with us as HVT students. We gained more than just information: our career paths are more clear now and for that we are grateful. 👏Ono Mahlanganyana
It was such an amazing day we did get an experience to know how it is outside about the career of officer, challenges they deal with… Presenters were friendly – we did get a chance to ask whatever we were curious to know about, vessels permits and so on…Zandisiwe Ludwangu
My experience yesterday was awesome, I enjoyed every bit of it. The information that was shared to us was valid and it was also productive, they left no stone unturned giving us all the answers to the questions that we were asking to them. And I gained lots of information, about the vessels cause I had no clue about the letters written outside of the boats and cars letter “P, H, K” but now I am well informed and I know what they stand for and why are they there… All in all the experience was worth going there, they were all enthusiastic and they all knew what they were talking about. I am very very thankful about what they have shared with us… also sharing how is it to chase the abalone poachers.Siphosethu Mata
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