South Africa may be battling to keep the lights on due to Eskom load-shedding, but the country is still a shining light when it comes to lighthouses.

That’s according to the National Ports Authority, which this week confirmed South Africa’s re-election to serve on the Council of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).

South Africa has been an elected IALA member since 1994, represented by the Ports Authority’s Lighthouse and Navigational Systems (LNS) business unit.

LNS executive manager David Gordon, who himself served as IALA President from 2010 to 2014, has welcomed South Africa’s continued membership of IALA: ““It is a tremendous honour to once again take our place on the governing body of IALA, comprising 21 elected and three non-elected Councillors, to represent the interests of some 289 members from 80 countries,” said Gordon, who was also elected to serve on the IALA Financial and Audit committee (FAC).

IALA membership is restricted to port authorities or companies that are legally responsible for the provision, maintenance and/or operation of marine aids to navigation within a country.

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