Protection of the wreck of the SAS Pietermaritzburg
Sometimes things work out. Thanks to the efforts of committed folk in Cape Town and around South Africa, the wreck of the SAS Pietermaritzburg is now provisionally protected under section 29 of the National Heritage Resource Act 25 of 1999, for a period of 2 years. This was announced in a Gazette Notice placed in the Goverment Gazette on 1 February 2013.
The SAS Pietermaritzburg is one of the most dived wrecks around Cape Town. It is a reasonably shallow site for wreck diving training and is inhabited by a remarkable number of marine animals. Divers expect to see at least 8 species of nudibranchs per dive, doublesash butterflyfish are resident in the superstructure and rare bull klipfish lurk near the bows. It's densely inhabited by sea fans, urchins, mussels, starfish, feathery tubeworms, basket stars and octopus. It's in the False Bay Marine Protected Area.