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LOBBY TO LIFT BAN ON CRUISE LINERS

Western Cape Tourism MEC, Alan Winde, according to Business Day report,  is requesting an urgent meeting with Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to discuss lifting the ban on cruise liners docking at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. This ban came into effect recently when the Ministers of Home Affairs and Public Enterprises announced that this activity was a security risk and that the designated official port of entry was the secured Duncan Dock area. According to a Business Day report,  the ban, which has been in place for two weeks, has already affected the docking arrangement of two cruise liners and is expected to affect another eight soon. Yesterday the RMS Queen Mary 2 had to dock at the Eastern Mole. She is too big for Jetty Two at the V&A Waterfront which can only accommodate ships shorter than 200m in length.