"Maybe it's time WC took over the transporting of tourists to Robben Island"

DA spokesperson for Tourism Beverley Schafer says it is a huge concern to the tourism industry that Robben island ferries are having problems at the start of the tourism season.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Fire and Rescue Services, and port officials on Friday rescued 68 passengers aboard a sinking Robben Island ferry stranded at sea.

She says the Robben Island steering committee last year guaranteed that the new ferries would be safe and perfect for the ocean and wouyld run smoothly.

We were very much encouraged now that the infrastructure was running and we would have continued increase in tourism numbers to the island.

Beverley Schafer, chairperson of the standing committee on economic development,tourism and agriculture in WC

Now we question whether the national government can run the ferries properly, maybe the Western cape government needs to take over the transporting of tourists to the island.

Beverley Schafer, chairperson of the standing committee on economic development,tourism and agriculture in WC

We need to be realistic, this is an international heritage site which is important to South Africa's tourism and political history and forms a bigger part of legacy... we cant afford to ignore the fact that this has to run properly and we cant put tourists at risk...

Beverley Schafer, chairperson of the standing committee on economic development,tourism and agriculture in WC

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