September 30, 2019


The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) recognises the important role of key regulatory institutions in ensuring compliance in the maritime sector.

The regulatory institutions are independent and sector specific bodies that ensures the implementation and compliance with specific laws within specific trades and occupations. Due to the multi-sectorial nature of maritime, the SAIMI also recognises a number of regulatory institutions that enable and support our skills development mandate as listed below.


In line with its mandate to promote South Africa’s maritime interests, SAMSA has taken a strategic approach to enhancing the country’s participation in the global maritime economy through capacity development in human resources, research and innovation. SAMSA commissioned the Maritime Skills Development Study and convened the subsequent Skills Development Summit in 2011, which recommended investigating the establishment of a national maritime university or institute in order to close the skills gaps needed to build the national maritime economy.

The feasibility study, along with comprehensive stakeholder engagements, revealed a clear demand for Skills to support the growth potential of the maritime sector; A stronger mix of relevant qualifications that enable articulation from technical through to professional levels; Co-ordination of education and research across isolated pockets of excellence; and Avocacy on behalf of the sector in engagements with government on the policy framework to support growth in the maritime economy.

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Transport, across its various modes, plays a pivotal role in socio-economic development – facilitating the movement and intersection of workers, consumers and goods. The Transport Education & Training Authority (TETA) is tasked with the coordination and quality assurance of skills development, education and training for the entire transport sector.

The vision of TETA is to be at the heart of skills innovation for the transport sector. With its direct focus on the skills needs of the maritime sector, SAIMI supports the work of the TETA by facilitating delivery of education and training programmes aligned to the sector skills development framework. As a skills-focused coordinating body across the maritime sector, SAIMI will ensure organized industry input into the TETA strategy and programmes, ensuring that TETA is responsive to industry needs.

At the same time, SAIMI’s strong networks across industry, education and government, will ensure that stakeholders are aware of the opportunities offered by the TETA.

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The Transnet National Ports Authority is a division of Transnet limited and is mandated to control and manage all eight commercial ports on the 2954km SA coastline. TNPA is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the national Port system which it manages in a landlord capacity. TNPA provides Port infrastructure and marine services at the 8 SA commercial seaports and operates within a legislative and regulatory environment created by the National Ports Act of 2005.

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Established in terms of the National Ports Act of 2005. The regulator is a key component of the port regulatory architecture envisaged in the National Commercial Ports Authority. The regulators key function is economic regulation of the ports system in SA with strategic development context of the state. In accordance with this mandate, the Regulator performs certain functions and activities in the industry that relate mainly to regulation of pricing and other aspects of economic regulation, promotion of equity of access to ports facilities and services, monitoring the industry’s compliance with the regulatory framework and also hearing any complaints and appeals lodged with it.

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Is the national oil company of SA. Its main activities are the extraction of natural gas from offshore field about 89km from Mossel Bay, the production of synthetic fuels from this gas through a gas to liquids (GTL) processes, and the extraction of oil from oil fields, off the South Coast of SA. PetroSA is involved in the exploration and production of oil and gas and natural gas. It sells petrochemical products to SA’s major oil companies and export petrochemical products to the international markets. 

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The Council for Higher Education is an independent statutory body established in May in 1998 in terms of the Higher Education Act of 1997 as amended. It functions as the quality council for higher education in terms of the National Qualifications Framework Act of 2008. 

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The National Artisan Moderation Body was established for skills development and in particular Artisan development and is regulated through a single national policy regime that is based on the primary legislation of the Skills Development Act of 1998. The skills development act falls under the control of the minister of higher education and training in SA. NAMB’s objective is to provide a dynamic interface between the workplace and learning institutions and to promote quality of learning at work and for work as reflected in both the departmental strategic plan 2010/11-2014/15.

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Manufacturing engineering and related services is one of the 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA’s) established to promote skills and development in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998. The various industry sectors are covered by 5 chambers within Merseta are metal and engineering, motor retail and component manufacturing, tyre manufacturing and plastic industries. Merseta plays a central role in making sure that the National Skills Development Strategy is fulfilled. Merseta facilitates the process of training y paying grants, registering moderators and assessors, identifying scarce skills, accrediting providers, monitoring the quality of training and implementing projects close to the skills gap. 

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The chemical industries education and training is a statutory body established by the Skills and Development Act of 1998.

The chemical SETA was established to facilitate skills development in the chemical industries sector and to ensure that the skills needs are identified and addressed through a number of initiatives by the SETA and the sector. 

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the energy and water SETA is the skills development authority serving the energy and water sectors. It plays a crucial function in ensuring that the National Skills and Development strategy is executed within the energy and water sectors. The main areas of focus of the EWSETA are energy, renewable energy, gas and water services sector as determined by the Minster of Higher Education and Training in terms of S9(2) of the Skills Development Act. 

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Agricultural sector education training authority creates and promotes opportunities for social, economic and employment growth for agricultural enterprises in conjunction with other stakeholders in agriculture, through relevant quality and accessible education, training and development in both primary and secondary agriculture. 

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The International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. IMO's work supports the UN SDGs.

As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

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