Marine Industry Association of South Africa - MIASA
P.O. Box 51468
Cape Town 8002
Phone: +27 21 418 8899
Fax: +27 21 418 3030
Contact: Vanessa Davidson
MIASA was established in 2011 and brought together the work of the Cape Town Boat Building Initiative and the Boating Industry South Africa, who had previously represented the boating sector. The need for a national voice for the boating and marine sector was identified in 2010, particularly to strengthen the sector’s representation with provincial and national government entities. MIASA works very closely with the South African Boating Export Council (SABBEX) and members of SABBEX are also members of MIASA. Currently MIASA has 75 members from all the various sub sectors and this membership is growing.
MIASA aims to be representative, relevant and inclusive as an Association. It’s key objectives are to unite the broader boating industry at a national level and to lobby government for its support and recognition of the industry’s importance in the South African economy. MIASA chair the local TC188 meeting, convened by the South African Bureau of Standards and work towards adopting ISO standards as South African National Standards. The corporate governance of the Association is overseen by a Board of Directors, comprising representation from 10 sub sectors with each Director fulfilling a two year term in office.
The Association actively promotes the strong reputation of South African boat builders globally, in particular the niche production of catamarans and the custom-build capacity in the industry. Training and skills development is a key focus area for MIASA and the country has a three year Yacht and Boat Building qualification. Working closely with government training agencies and training providers, MIASA aims to broaden and strengthen the already well-established skills base in South Africa. In addition MIASA work closely with the South African Maritime Safety Authority to promote safe standards for construction and boating in a country with a 3500km coastline and numerous inland waters and rivers.