The South African Maritime Safety Authority and the Sustainable Seas Trust invite you to the first event of the SAMSA SEA Pledge initiative where the World famous oceanographer, diver, author and award winning conservationist, Dr Sylvia Earle will present her illustrated talk:


Sustainable Seas, the Vision, the Reality


The presentation forms part of our SAMSA SEA Pledge Saldanha to Sodwana Tour and for many will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to directly hear the thoughts of one of our world’s leaders in ocean conservation and research. Hanli Prinsloo, 11 times South African free diving record holder and ambassador for the seas will also be a presenter at the event.


The SEA Pledge costal tour will promote coastal conservation, education and empowerment for the many South Africans who rely on the precious coasts and oceans for their livelihoods.


Date: Sunday 14 April

Time: 18:00 for 18:30

Venue: SAMSA Lawhill Maritime Centre ,     Jan Smuts Drive, Simonstown

Please confirm your attendance with Melanie:

 SAMSA SEA Pledge Tour to be launched by World Famous Ocean Explorer

Dr Sylvia Earle, arguably the most famous marine conservationist, to visit South Africa, will officially launch the 2013 SAMSA SEA Pledge initiative on 15th April in the Auditorium of the Nedbank Trust Building in the V & A Waterfront, Cape Town. She will be supported by Ambassador Dr B Ngubane and the 11 times women’s deep dive champion of South Africa, Hanli Prinsloo.  The SEA Pledge initiative is led by Dr Tony Ribbink who said that: “South Africans are indeed fortunate to have opportunities to listen to and interact with Sylvia Earle as she is a brilliant inspiring speaker. Parents and school teachers should do their utmost to have their children attend one of the lectures. Everyone could learn about her record dives, how she and other women lived and worked night and day underwater on saturation dives, why she was named the “First Hero of the Planet” by Time Magazine, why she is referred to as “Her Deepness” and about the way she is developing the Hope Spots as part of Mission Blue following the TED Award. No one should miss this opportunity especially as it is a double bill with Hanli Prinsloo, South africa’s champion diver and super speaker and ambassador for the seas also on the stage”. Those who wish to attend should contact or phone 082 898 6247.

The SEA Pledge tour of 2011, when Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) took COP 17 to Coastal South Africa and then Coastal South Africa to COP 17, was so successful in reaching thousands of people and leading to a resolution at COP 17, that SEA Pledge now aims to involve even more people all around South Africa in an inclusive series of fun events to promote and care for South African coasts and seas.

There are three people orientated tours planned over the next year, each will be promoting cooperation between scientists, municipalities, business, schools, clubs, societies and more. Sylvia Earle will be launching the first tour of April/May which will set the scene, develop momentum in coastal towns and involve a broad spectrum of society in activities that will promote partnerships to develop citizen science. Activities will continue for 13 months, when a book and a film on Splendours of South African Seas will be launched. Children, enthusiastic adults and professionals are invited to contribute their own photographs or films for inclusion in the products thereby building greater awareness and pride in our beautiful country.  Promotion of coastal tourism and conservation are strong objectives. Cities, towns and villages in all around  the coast from the Namibian to Mozambique borders will be included during the life of this programme to give as many people as possible the opportunity to place their part of coastal South Africa in the book, or in the films or to work with scientists.  Inland South Africa will not be overlooked as so many people love to spend holidays at the coast and it seems sometimes that more divers, anglers, paddlers and beach lovers live in land than along the coast.

The tour is also a charitable drive, the purpose of which is to raise funds for development of Sustainable Education and Skills Centres for Employment in impoverished coastal South Africa. Accordingly, SEA Pledge calls upon people to commit to choosing a more sustainable life for themselves and simultaneously to make small contributions which will help the less fortunate to have a sustainable future.

Cape Town residents will have two opportunities to listen to and meet Sylvia and interact with the SEA Pledge team of divers, scientists, film crew, photographers and students. On 14th April those who live in the False Bay area and Kommetjie may wish to go to  Simonstown Lowhill Maritime Centre at

Date: Sunday 14 April

Time: 18:00 for 18:30

Venue: SAMSA Lawhill Maritime Centre 

           Jan Smuts Drive, Simonstown    


For people living closer to Cape Town, the official launch is at 18:30 on 15th April in the Auditorium of the Nedbank Trust Building in the V & A Waterfront, Cape Town. Dr Ribbink indicated that: if  people wish to attend both functions are more than welcome.