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Press Release

 SA Agulhas returns to the Port of Cape Town 

Attention: News Editors/Transport Reporters

Cape Town, South Africa, June 14, 2018: The South African Maritime Safety Authority’s (SAMSA) dedicated training vessel, the SA Agulhas is back in Cape Town after a successful scientific voyage off the East coast with newly skilled 20 rating trainees who are part of a new pilot programme aimed at increasing the number of employable South African seafarers.

 

The SA Agulhas arrived at Cape Town Port on Wednesday.

 

The ship which was captained by Captain Daniel Postman, left Port of Port Elizabeth on May 31, 2018 on its charter off the East coast of South Africa for scientific research as part of the SA Environmental Observation Network (SAEON).

 

The mission was to retrieve data from a number of scientific buoys deployed in coastal waters to monitor the Agulhas current and its role in climate change.

 

On board were 20 deck and engine rating trainees, and three cadets, who were gaining practical sea-time experience towards their international seafaring qualifications. This was the first exposure for the trainees to the maritime sector who have not had any formal training prior to them embarking on the vessel.

 

Today, the trainees described their mission as being successful and an eye opener to the possibilities that lie within the maritime sector for employment and experience.

 

The 20 rating trainees are part of a group of 45 candidates in a pilot project facilitated by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and funded by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA).

 

The scientific mission was successful and according to SAMSA COO Sobantu Tilayi, the research obtained would assist in critical experimental analysis.

 

On board the vessel, the scientific crew, accompanied by a select group of scientists from the United States of America, were supported by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

 

“The experience of the ratings trainees has fortified their wish to be gainfully employed. This exercise undertaken using young people with no formal education allows us to entrench the ethos of Operation Phakisa to boost the oceans’ economy.”

 

Some of the trainees were as young as 19 years old, having completed matric last year.

“We are serious about addressing the high unemployment rate in this country and offer the maritime sector as a viable employer. No job proved too hard or too menial for these trainees. They starting at the bottom of the ladder and can work their way up.

 

“Their actions on board in the past two weeks showed us there is a clear resolve to beat the odds, roll up their sleeves and work for a living. We at SAMSA are proud of these young people,” said Tilayi.

 

Steven Paulse, training officer on board the SA Agulhas, representing the South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) applauded the young trainees on board the mission.

 

“They were hungry to learn, for education and experience. Captain Postman was very impressed with this intake. They have kept the ship nice and tidy and having just been part of the scientific mission, they supported the crew and the scientists themselves.”

 

From here onwards the rating trainees will undergo further training on board the vessel and also in classrooms.

 

“The trainees attitude was brilliant. They knew people don’t come on board to waste their time. It was easy to work with them as they came knowing nothing of the vessel, and this hands on experience catapulted them into becoming responsible and hardworking young men and women.”

Deck rating trainee, Lihle Hlongwane (25), sharing her excitement said: “My experience on board was amazing. It was weird in the beginning because it was my first time being exposed to the sea and I got sea sick for two days, due to change of environments.  We were taught about ship maintenance, how to tie the ship for gang way access and were given tasks such as; taking shifts to control access on the decks and controlling outsiders from disturbing proceedings inside.

Hlongwane added she was confident that she will be a great seafarer and her determination will take her far. “The fact that I am interested and committed to this training even when I am miles away from home- gives me great confidence that I will excel in my job and become a great seafarer.”

Deck rating trainee, Thabile Mkhize (19), who studied maritime in High school and matriculated in 2016, said: “There has been a lot of amazing experiences for me. My biggest highlight was getting the opportunity to be on board a ship at sea for the first time in my life.  This was the best experience for me. The training didn’t feel like we were at work, it was too much fun and learning. This made the whole expedition priceless and life changing.”

 

ENDS

 

Follow SAMSA on #SAAgulhas   #SAMSAYouthBoost #SASeafarer #SAMSA20
Notes for Editors

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), is a South African government agency responsible for the implementation of current International & National Regulations regarding the Maritime industry. It advises Government on maritime issues relating to or affecting South Africa, including but not limited to providing a search and rescue capability, and conduct accident investigations and provide emergency casualty response.

Issued by:

Tebogo Ramatjie

Communications Specialist: Corporate Affairs

SAMSA

 

For media queries and requests for interviews, please contact:

Farhana Ismail

Tel. 031 2085525/ SAMSA Cell. 0827876987

farhana@fbicommunications.com

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The SA Agulhas docked at the Port of Cape Town 

 

The SA Agulhas docked at the Port of Cape Town

 

The SA Agulhas

(From left to right) Mthobisi Hlogwane, Okuhle Mpengesi, Siboniso Phakathi, Lihle Hlongwane

 

Rating trainees on board the SA Agulhas

 

Rating trainee Lihle Hlongwane with Training Officer Steven Paulse

 

(From left to right) Mthobisi Hlogwane, Okuhle Mpengesi, Siboniso Phakathi, Lihle Hlongwane

 

The SA Agulhas at the Port of Cape Town

 

Media Invite

Dear media colleague

The SA Agulhas is heading back to Cape Town after almost six months. This time on board the vessel are 20 rating trainees who had their very first exposure of the ocean and maritime world when they set off from Port Elizabeth two weeks ago.

Members of the media are invited to welcome back the rating trainees.

Date: June 14 2018

Venue: Cape Town Harbour, Quay 500

Time: 9am -12 noon

Those attending need to submit their car registration and ID numbers.

For enquiries contact Tankiso Moshoeshoe on 0793176850 and or  Sne Ndudula on 0627378407.

Media Invite

Attention: News Editors/Transport Reporters

Cape Town, South Africa, June 12, 2018: The SA Agulhas is heading back to Cape Town after almost six months. This time on board the vessel are 20 rating trainees who had their very first exposure of the ocean and maritime world when they set off from Port Elizabeth two weeks ago.

This new chapter in South African maritime history saw the first group of 20 deck and engine rating trainees, and three cadets, gaining practical sea-time towards their international seafaring qualifications aboard the dedicated training vessel owned by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

This new pilot project is a first and took on board rating trainees who are school leavers, and who have not had any formal maritime education.

This training will allow them to climb the ranks from Deck- or Engine Rating, up to Able Seafarer level through further on-board training, which will enable them to eventually achieve a Certificate of Proficiency.

The ratings trainees are part of a group of 45 candidates in a pilot project facilitated by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and funded by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA).

By supporting the hands-on aspects of maritime training, the project partners are contributing to skills development as outlined in the South African government’s Operation Phakisa plan to fast-track the growth and development of the oceans economy.

The current group of trainees are being managed by the South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) and the Sea Safety Training Group. Marine Crew Services is also a partner to the project, having agreed to place trainees in their managed fleets for further training.

Members of the media are invited to welcome back the rating trainees.

Date: June 14 2018

Venue: Cape Town Harbour, Quay 500

Time: 9am -12 noon

Those attending need to submit their car registration and ID numbers.

For enquiries contact Tankiso Moshoeshoe on 0793176850 and or  Sne Ndudula on 0627378407.

The SA Agulhas, in the past two weeks had sailed along the coast to Cape Town, on charter to the SA Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF), to retrieve data from a number of scientific buoys deployed in coastal waters to monitor the Agulhas current and its role in climate change.

Recently, the vessel spent two months undergoing maintenance and major paintwork in the Port Elizabeth dry dock.

The SA Agulhas  is internationally recognised for assisting international researchers and created a platform for young cadets to receive training and sea-time.

Follow SAMSA on #SAAgulhas  #SAAgulhas #SAMSAAntarctica

 

New Rating Trainees

Meet the newly recruited ratings trainees who will board the newly refurbished SA Agulhas that will sail out of Port Elizabeth Harbour on Thursday (May 31, 2018) on a research and training voyage that will pilot a new programme aimed at growing the pool of employable South African seafarers. Here they are:

Tina Mafanya

Tina Mafanya said: “I am going to make the most of this journey and training.”

Thembalihle Hlongwane

Thembalihle Hlongwane, said: “This is a beautiful challenge and has nice opportunities.”

Thabile Mkhize

Thabile Mkhize, said: “This is a unique opportunity, I wish other youngsters could take up opportunities like this one.”

SibonisoMkhonde

Siboniso Mkhonde, said: “I can’t explain how I feel, I’m just excited. ”

Siboniso Phakathi

Sibonelo Phakathi, said: “I’m up for the challenge, I’ll do my best to make a success of it. ”

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Sanele Mavundla

Sanele Mavundla, said: “I’m excited, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. ”

Sanele Hlongwane

Sanele Hlongwane, said: “This is an absolutely amazing opportunity, I’m truly excited about it. ”

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Onke Matolengwe

Onke Matolengwe, said: “I couldn’t believe it when they told me I made the list, I’ve always loved the navy.”

Okuhle Mpengesi

Okuhle Mpengesi, said: “I’m extremely excited, it’s going to be the most memorable journey of my life.”

Nompendulo Majola

Nompendulo Majola , said: “This is the beginning of many better things to come. ”

Nokulunga Sabela

Nokulunga Sabela, said: “I’m looking forward to this journey, though I’m very nervous. ”

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Ndumiso Ncube

Ndumiso Ncube, said: “I’m very glad that I got this opportunity, I plan to make it work for me. ”

Mthobisi Hlongwane

Mthobisi Hlongwane, said: “I’m really excited about this journey, it’s the first of many to come in the” future. ”

Luwanda Memela

Luwanda Memela , said: “ I’m very excited, and I know I have solid support from my colleagues. ”

Lungani Mngadi

Lungani Mngadi, said: “I have been given a lifetime opportunity and I don’t take it for granted. ”

 

Lelethu Mtuzula

 

Khanyisa Sentwa

Khanyisa Sentwa, said: “ I want to make the best of this opportunity. ”

Delisile Makhanye

Delisile Makhaye , said: “ I’m looking forward to this training, I know I’ll get a lot out of this experience.”

Chad Brad

Chad Brad, said: “This is a dream come true for me, I’m excited about it ”

Amanda Mngenelwa

Amanda Mngenelwa, said: “I’m not sure how I feel, I’m nervous and excited at the same time. ”

Mogamad   Abrahams

Abraham Muhammad, said: “I’m humbled by this opportunity, I will make it worthwhile.”

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MEDIA RELEASE  

Dear Media Colleague

 

In a new pilot program, 20 rating trainees, mostly school leavers and unemployed youth joined the SA Agulhas today as they headed out on a charter on the east coast of South Africa. This is the first experience of the sea for the trainees, and a unique way to address the growing unemployment in South Africa. The trainees have no university or technical training and will serve in various categories on board the vessel, as part of their training.

 

For media interviews and pictures, please contact

 

Farhana Ismail on 0827876987 and farhana@fbicommunications.com

 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Attention: News Editors/Transport Reporters

 

SA AGULHAS SETS SAIL WITH PILOT SEAFARER TRAINING TO CREATE JOBS

Port Elizabeth, South Africa, May 31, 2018: Fresh from its recent dry-docking in East London, the newly refurbished SA Agulhas sailed out of Port Elizabeth Harbour on Thursday on a research and training voyage that will pilot a new programme aimed at growing the pool of employable South African seafarers.

 

This new chapter in South African maritime history sees a first group of 20 deck and engine rating trainees, and three cadets, gaining practical sea-time towards their international seafaring qualifications aboard the dedicated training vessel owned by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

 

The vessel has previously carried maritime cadets from Cape Town to Antarctica, to London. But this new pilot project is a first and takes on board rating trainees who are able to climb the ranks from Deck- or Engine Rating, up to Able Seafarer level through further on board training, which will enable them to eventually achieve a Certificate of Proficiency.

 

The ratings trainees are part of a group of 45 candidates in a pilot project facilitated by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and funded by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA).

 

Sobantu Tilayi, Chief Operating Officer for SAMSA, said: “As part of our commitment to address the high unemployment rate, this rating training provides a wider scope of maritime training and skills development.

 

“It addresses the gap for career opportunities. Young people would be able to find jobs in areas such as maintenance of the vessels, its equipment and gear, in rigging and deploying equipment, and handling and securing cargo.”

 

“The vessel is well suited for its training role, and its recent refurbishments at the dry dock, is testimony of its strength and calibre,” Tilayi said.

 

By supporting the hands-on aspects of maritime training, the project partners are contributing to skills development as outlined in the South African government’s Operation Phakisa plan to fast-track the growth and development of the oceans economy.

 

SAIMI chief executive officer Professor Malek Pourzanjani said getting a project of this nature off the ground was the result of strong partnerships and collaboration, involving both public and private sector role-players and training providers.

 

“Special mention should be made of TETA as the funder and SAMSA as the owner of the vessel for providing this valuable opportunity for the trainees to gain sea-time,” he said.

 

Malcolm Alexander, TETA’s maritime education training and development practitioner, said: “We are pleased to see this pilot training project taking shape with the trainees being able to gain practical experience at sea aboard the SA Agulhas.

 

“The project expands TETA’s involvement in maritime sector education and training at a practical skill level and is a positive for the maritime sector and oceans economy growth.

 

“It also grows the pool of South African seafarers available for local and global employment.”

 

The next phase of the project will entail building the capacity of TVET (Technical Vocational Education & Training) Colleges to offer the training.  The current group of trainees are being managed by the South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) and the Sea Safety Training Group. Marine Crew Services is also a partner to the project, having agreed to place trainees in their managed fleets for further training.

 

The SA Agulhas will be sailing along the coast to Cape Town, on charter to the SA Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF), to retrieve data from a number of scientific buoys deployed in coastal waters to monitor the Agulhas current and its role in climate change.

 

ENDS

 

Follow SAMSA on #SAAgulhas   #SAMSAYouthBoost  #SASeafarer #SAIMI #SAMSA20

 

 

Notes for Editors

About SAMSA:

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), is a South African government agency responsible for the implementation of current International & National Regulations regarding the Maritime industry. It advises Government on maritime issues relating to or affecting South Africa, including but not limited to providing a search and rescue capability, and conduct accident investigations and provide emergency casualty response.

About SAIMI:

SAIMI is a direct outcome of national government’s Operation Phakisa, with a core focus on the oceans economy. The institute’s mandate is to coordinate maritime skills development, education, research and innovation to support Operation Phakisa initiatives aimed at growing South Africa’s participation in the maritime economy. SAIMI has its headquarters in Port Elizabeth, and works nationally with stakeholders in maritime education, industry and government.

More info: www.saimi.co.za

Issued by:

Tebogo Ramatjie

Communications Specialist: Corporate Affairs

SAMSA

 

For media queries, RSVPS and requests for interviews, please contact:

Farhana Ismail

Tel: 031 2085525

Cell:  0827876987

farhana@fbicommunications.com

 

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