SAMSA Spearheads Job Creation and Skills Development in the Maritime Sector – Job Summit, June 10-12, 2013, Durban

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SAMSA Spearheads Job Creation and Skills Development in the Maritime Sector – Job Summit, June 10-12, 2013, Durban

28 May 2013 –

MAY 28, 2013, Durban, South Africa – Creating jobs for the vast majority of the unemployed could find the answer in the maritime sector. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has embarked on a nationwide drive to promote job creation, public interest and awareness in the maritime industry, with the first of the “Maritime Careers Expo and Job Summit” to kick off in Durban from June 10-12, 2013.

The first summit will take place in KwaZulu-Natal from June 10 – 12, 2013, and apart from government and industry stakeholders, including the Department of Transport, Department of Labour and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, schools and institutions of higher learning will also be invited to attend and promote the maritime industry as “a Career Less Ordinary”.

The KZN Summit will be followed by a series of provincial maritime job summits, coupled with career expos, to market the sector and get young people interested in developing careers in the maritime industry.

Research has shown that hundreds of thousands of jobs can be created in this sector but that skills development must occur to unlock the industry’s potential.
SAMSA’s Executive head for the Centre for Maritime Excellence, Sindiswa Nhlumayo said: “Developing skills in the maritime industry can result in huge economic benefits to the country. It is important to step up our skills levels so that foreigners do not continue to derive the benefits which should be coming to locals.”

In addition, Nhlumayo said South Africa lagged behind its BRICs partners who have managed to capitalise on the potential of the ocean. SAMSA is inviting the media to the launch of the “Maritime Careers Expo and Job Summit” campaign.

WHEN: Friday, May 31, 2013
WHERE: Gateway Hotel and Convention Centre, Umhlanga, Durban
TIME: 5.30 for 6pm

At the “Maritime Careers Expo and Job Summit”, SAMSA, the custodian of all maritime matters in the country, will bring together employers, labour and government to discuss challenges in the sector, skills development and economic development. Research conducted in the maritime sector and from the outcomes of the South African Maritime Industry Conference showed that some of the key challenges included that:
• South Africa only has 3000 qualified people but the HR Development Council has shown that South Africa requires 45 000 people to unlock the value in the Maritime Industry,
• The tertiary education sector is relatively weak in terms of developing key skills required for maritime sectors and in terms of research interest and capacity,
• South Africa is losing ground to other African countries due to its poor ship maintenance infrastructure and skills,
• There are serious shortages of maritime skills, for example maritime lawyers and marine engineers who struggle to find places on ships for the “on-the-job learning” component of programmes because most shipping lines in our waters are foreign owned.

Media Enquiries and RSVPS to:
Samukele Ngubane (sam@blueleafcomms.co.za), cell +27785560965
Wendy Jasson Da Costa (info@fbicommunications.com), 031-2085525/cell +27833088486
Silindiwe Dube (silindiwe.dube@fbicommunications.com), 031-2085525/cell +27727442865
Issued on behalf of SAMSA by FBI Communications and Blue Leaf Communications

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