September 30, 2019


SAIMI is proud to offer the Sindiswa Carol ‘Tu’Nhlumayo Merit Bursary which enables young black women to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies in maritime-related fields and achieve success in their careers in the oceans economy.

The Sindiswa Carol ‘Tu’ Nhlumayo Merit Bursary 

Ms Sindiswa Nhlumayo was the Executive Head of the Centre for Maritime Excellence at the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). She was responsible for promoting and driving the growth of skills and human capacity in the maritime sector, promoting research, development and innovation and unleashing opportunities for economic development lying in our coastal areas and inland waterways. She was directly responsible for spearheading and implementing the National Cadet Programme (including pioneering the training of cadets on the Dedicated Training Vessel SA Agulhas) and creating awareness of maritime careers, jobs, business and recreational opportunities, and by so doing, introducing our youth to the maritime sector. 

In recognition of her work, Ms Nhlumayo received many accolades including the IPM ‘Business Leader of the Year’ 2015 award, the Oliver Empowerment 2013 Best Female Public Servant award, and an award from the University of KwaZulu-Natal for being an exemplary alumnus. The SINDISWA CAROL ‘TU’ NHLUMAYO MERIT BURSARY will provide an opportunity for young women from previously disadvantaged, designated groups to pursue a career in maritime related fields. Beneficiaries will also have the opportunity to participate in organised bodies such as Womens International Shipping and Trading Association South Africa (WISTA-SA) and other bodies for women in science. SAIMI will foster partnerships with organisations that support women in maritime to empower and facilitate networks to support beneficiaries. The bursary award will include the following:

- Full academic bursary –cost of tuition fees and textbooks.
Subsidized accommodation and meal allowances(up to a certain amount, as set by the funder, National Skills Fund (NSF).
- Opportunity to attend SAIMI-hosted conferences and selected local maritime events
- Opportunity to participate in organised bodies in maritime and science.


More information is contained in the application forms to download:

Application Form


Honours & Masters
Application Form


Key Research Areas 
Application Form



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