defenceWeb has been congratulated by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu for its contribution to publicising the third Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), held in Cape Town between 10 and 13 April.
During the official opening of the Symposium on April 11, Sisulu thanked defenceWeb for its coverage of South African defence matters and gratefully received a complimentary penset from the defenceWeb team.
IONS is one of the most important maritime conferences in the southern hemisphere, and this year’s event brought together representatives from 86 countries, including nearly 40 from the Indian Ocean rim. This year’s event focused on regional maritime security initiatives aimed at reducing modern maritime security threats. A variety of issues were discussed at the Symposium, including the commercial value of the Indian Ocean, regional cooperation, transnational crime, piracy and nautical law.
The Symposium enabled defenceWeb to tap into the minds of some of the most influential men and women in the Indian Ocean region. “You have with you the opportunity of a lifetime,” Sisulu said, and urged the media to make the most of the unique opportunity, which may not take place in Africa again for many years.
defenceWeb has published over a dozen articles on the Symposium and will continue to digest and analyse the events that took place in Cape Town, and continue to cover maritime security issues in the region. In addition to providing editorial content, the Symposium proved to be an excellent medium for defenceWeb to expand its readership, with the website becoming known to several hundred navy chiefs, delegates, academics and other attendees.
Since IONS, defenceWeb’s subscription newsletter has added several hundred more names to it – names that include members from the naval forces from 60 countries, allowing navy leaders to keep up with the latest defence and security news.
Commander Prince Tshabalala, Staff Officer External Corporate Communication with the South African Navy, commended defenceWeb for its accurate reporting and insight and said that the publication tries to understand defence matters rather than sensationalising them.
Although the 2012 iteration of the bi-annual Indian Ocean Naval Symposium is over, the issues it raised continue to be of concern to navies in the region. For this reason, the event has gone but not been forgotten as defenceWeb continues to analyse and report on IONS and related events.
PIC 1 Caption: Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu receives a complementary pen set from Michelle Pillay, account executive – defenceWeb, at a media briefing during the third Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.
PIC 2 Caption: Chief of the South African Navy Vice Admiral Refiloe Johannes Mudimu and his wife Yvonne greet defenceWeb Acting Editor Guy Martin at the opening of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium in Cape Town. Mudimu thanked defenceWeb for its support of the Navy and its coverage of maritime issues.