SAMSA Moves To Combat Youth Unemployment

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SAMSA Moves To Combat Youth Unemployment

10 June 2013 –

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal – June 10, 2013 – Today, thousands of excited school children, unemployed youth and children with disabilities graced the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre for the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) KwaZulu-Natal Maritime Careers Expo and Job Summit. The expo will run from the 10th to 11th June with a job summit to be held on the 12th June aimed at educating the youth on careers in the maritime sector to increase employment opportunities and skills in a time where unemployment is high.

Optimism and hope were the messages sent by SAMSA as thousands of jubilant students cheered SAMSA for bringing the event to KwaZulu-Natal. SAMSA, Chief Executive Officer Commander Tsietsi Mokhele in his speech, opened with a prayer for former South Africa president Nelson Mandela who is currently in hospital and inspired the audience with words of wisdom from Mandela. “Do not be afraid of your true potential but rather have faith in your own abilities and strive for success,” said Mokhele.

According to Mokhele, the maritime sector is the biggest contributor to the world economy. He encouraged students to involve themselves in a lifelong sector which strives for employment and growth. He added the maritime sector is multi-disciplinary and offers careers such as offshore mining, offshore oil and gas, seagoing officers, maritime lawyers, naval architecture, ship design, ship services; surveyors, ships husbandry, stevedoring and shipbuilding and ship repair among other sectors.

Durban Mayor James Nxumalo opened the expo and thanked SAMSA in bringing the event to Durban which will help the youth establish careers with SAMSA. He said: “The eThekwini municipality thanks SAMSA for bringing an all-important event to the heartbeat of our cosmopolitan and multicultural city. Our municipality which invests substantially in our youth skills development and training and SMME entrepreneurship programmes believe we are on the same page as SAMSA,” said Nxumalo.

SAMSA Moves To Combat Youth Unemployment
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal – June 10, 2013 – Today, thousands of excited school children, unemployed youth and children with disabilities graced the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre for the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) KwaZulu-Natal Maritime Careers Expo and Job Summit. The expo will run from the 10th to 11th June with a job summit to be held on the 12th June aimed at educating the youth on careers in the maritime sector to increase employment opportunities and skills in a time where unemployment is high.

Optimism and hope were the messages sent by SAMSA as thousands of jubilant students cheered SAMSA for bringing the event to KwaZulu-Natal. SAMSA, Chief Executive Officer Commander Tsietsi Mokhele in his speech, opened with a prayer for former South Africa president Nelson Mandela who is currently in hospital and inspired the audience with words of wisdom from Mandela. “Do not be afraid of your true potential but rather have faith in your own abilities and strive for success,” said Mokhele.

According to Mokhele, the maritime sector is the biggest contributor to the world economy. He encouraged students to involve themselves in a lifelong sector which strives for employment and growth. He added the maritime sector is multi-disciplinary and offers careers such as offshore mining, offshore oil and gas, seagoing officers, maritime lawyers, naval architecture, ship design, ship services; surveyors, ships husbandry, stevedoring and shipbuilding and ship repair among other sectors.

SAMSA Chief Operating Officer, Sobantu Tilayi explained the purpose of the careers expo and job summit was to provide awareness and educate the youth on the maritime industry that is largely untapped. “We want to create new ideas, practical strategies and skills development to further expand and grow the sector and youth employment.”

Media queries and RSVP to be directed to:
Samukele Ngubane (sam@blueleafcomms.co.za), cell +27785560965
Shoaib Wahed (shoaib.wahed@fbicommunications.com), 031-2085525/cell +27735258723
Farhana Ismail (farhana@fbicommunications.com); cell +27827876987/0312085525)
Issued on behalf of SAMSA by FBI Communications and Blue Leaf Communications

 

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