A Wake-up Call of The Strategic Importance of South Africa

The blockage of the Suez Canal by the 224,000 tonne (gross tonnage) Evergreen-operated container ship Ever Given, should be a major wake-up call as to the importance of the maritime strategic lines of communication, and the vulnerability of certain strategic choke points. A glance at the map of global trade routes below is informative. Although the exits from the South China Sea and the Malacca Straights have many choke points, there are several routing options if one choke point becomes constricted. However, the Suez Canal and Panama Canal are both the only options versus, a very...

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