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Ministry of Transport

Tel: +27 (0)12 309 3380 / 3774

The Department of Transport is responsible for regulation and coordination of Transportation in South Africa that is Public TransportRail TransportationCivil AviationMaritime Transport and Road Transport

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Ministry of Science & Technology

Tel: +27 (0)12 843 6300

The Department of Science and Technology seeks to boost socio-economic development in South Africa through research and innovation. To achieve its goals, the Department provides leadership, an enabling environment and resources for science, technology and innovation. 

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South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

Tel: +27 (0)12 366 2600

To promote South Africa's maritime interests and development and position the country as an international Maritime Centre while ensuring maritime safety, health and environmental protection. 

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Transport Education & Training Authority (TETA)

Tel: +27 (0)11 577 7000 / +27 (0)11 577 7040

As TETA, our mission is - " To provide an innovative Quality Assurance and Skills Development (QASD) Framework to the Transport Sector by exceeding the Government SLA and requirements in a cost effective manner by our motivated competent people".

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Ministry of Higher Education

Tel: +27 (0)800 87 2222

The Department of Higher Education and Training oversees universities and other post-secondary education in South Africa.

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Nelson Mandela University

Tel: +27 (0)41 504 1111

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University offers an extensive range of internationally recognized certificates, diplomas and degrees up to doctoral level to match students’ academic interests and career aspirations. Courses are offered in the Faculties of Arts, Business & Economic Sciences, Education, Engineering; the Built Environment & Information Technology, Health Sciences, Law and Science.

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Transnet

Tel: +27 (0)11 308 3000

Transnet is South Africa’s State-owned freight transport and logistics company and is the custodian of rail, ports and pipelines.

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Department of Higher Education and Training South Africa (DHET)

Tel: +27 (0)800 87 2222

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) was established in 2009 when the former Department of Education was divided into two sections: Basic Education and Higher Education and Training.


The mandate of the new Department included aspects of skills development which had previously resided in the Department of Labour.

The new Department was specifically established to focus on post-school education and training holistically and has extended its scope of operations extensively.

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Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

Tel: +27 (0)21 959 6767

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa. An internationally acclaimed institution, it is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region with an enrollment of more than 30 000 students.

The university has six faculties offering a wide range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of Applied Sciences, Business, Education and Social Sciences, Engineering, Informatics and Design as well as Health and Wellness Sciences.

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Durban University of Technology (DUT)

Tel: +27 (0)31 373 2000

With approximately 33 000 students, the Durban University of Technology (DUT) is the first choice for higher education in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). It is located in the beautiful cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg (PMB). As a University of Technology, it prioritises the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring its academic staff possess the highest possible qualification that they can get.
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Marine Crew Services (MCS)

Tel: +27 (0)21 421 3511

Our key focus at Marine Crew Services is on the training and crew manning of world-class seafarers for the South African and international maritime industry.


We provide a broad range of services from seafarer training to crew management and everything in between! Established in August 2003, our company has a wealth of experience in all aspects of ships crewing and training.

Our offices in the Cape Town central business district are also in close proximity to top-class marine training institutions, the Cape Town harbour, an international airport, as well as road and train transport services.

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National Skills Fund (NSF)

Tel: +27 (0)86 999 0673

The strategic goal of the NSF is to provide funds to support projects that are national priorities in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS), that advance the Human Resource Development Strategy (HRDS) of South Africa and that support the National Skills Authority in its work.

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The Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC)

Tel: +27 (0)21 421 1354

The Royal Cape Yacht Club Sailing Academy (RCYC) provides a skills development program to potential and current maritime cadets, with the intention of equipping learners with skill sets that enable them to pursue a career as offshore crew and seafarers. Their approach is to use sailing as a medium to build competence on small crafts in similar conditions that they would encounter on vessels at sea. They are of the opinion that a competent sailor will make a confident and capable seafarer.
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South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA)

Tel: +27 (0)21 786 8400

SAMTRA is a maritime training academy situated in Simons Town, South Africa, which focuses predominantly on the provision of simulator based training. Based on a premise of quality skills development training, to world class standards, SAMTRA aims to provide relevant training to the African maritime industry as a cost effective solution.

SAMTRA’s product offering consists of simulation training courses in refrigeration engineering, marine engineering and deck officer training.  Non-simulator courses are also offered to include computer based training for both seafarers and shore staff.

SAMTRA also manages the Cadet Training Programs for various companies as an extension to its core business, which handles the entire process of a cadets training program, from recruitment to qualification as officer of the watch.
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SATS General Botha Old Boys (GBOBA)

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The General Botha Old Boys’ Association Bursary Fund promotes maritime education and training. We do this via raising funds to provide financial assistance to formerly disadvantaged school going students at Lawhill Maritime Centre at Simon’s Town School.

In addition, Tertiary Bursaries for Maritime Studies are awarded to selected students. An ongoing Mentorship and Outreach program, in partnership with various organisations and supported by Captains of Industry from school through to employment, is essential to the success of students who are part the program.
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South African Sea Cadets

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The Sea Cadet Corp is more than 100 years old and is an international organisation. All training staff and functionaries are volunteers and serve for free.  Aimed at preparing youth for a career at sea: 5 SAQA Paths, seamanship, engineering, catering, first aid and communications. Fire Fighting is also offered as a certified course.  SAIMI supports the Sea Cadets to attract and recruit our future Seafarers from this pool of youngsters - in order to lower the attrition rate and reach Operation Phakisa targets.

The Sea Cadets undergo a host of training scenarios which include but are not limited to Maritime skills.  Acquired skills also include those intangible social attributes of self¬ discipline, self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence, self-identity, self-resilience, self-attitude, successful teamwork, leadership and citizenship, all of which underlie the training and which directly impact on the Cadet's ability to concentrate, learn, consolidate, think and apply information or skills which will be necessary through life. All of which will translate into whatever field of endeavour the Cadets progress to on reaching adulthood.

The Maritime training and skills development elements form the cornerstone of the training offered to boy and girls, as an extra-mural activity to their schooling, from Grade 6 at school until they leave school at the end of Grade 12.

Annual projects include training and skills development for the Sea Cadets made up by 6 levels of competency.

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International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

Tel: +44 20 7735 7611

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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International Ocean Institute - South Africa (IOI)

Tel: +27 (0)21 799 8830

The  International Ocean Institute (IOI) was founded in 1972 by Professor Elisabeth Mann Borgese. The NGO has a global network with 22 operational centers. The headquarters are hosted by the Government of Malta at the premises of the University of Malta and supported by the Ocean Science and Research Foundation (OSRF). The mission of the IOI is to ensure the sustainability of the ocean and promote peaceful and sustainable management of the ocean for future generations.

The IOI-SA coordinates the IOI African Region (including IOI-Kenya, IOI-Egypt & IOI-Nigeria). It is based at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa as one of the partners of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

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The Nautical Institute

Tel: +44 20 7928 1351

The Nautical Institute is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Our aim is to promote professionalism, best practice and safety throughout the maritime industry and to represent the interests of our members.
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World Maritime University (WMU)

Tel: +46 40 35 63 00

WMU is a global center for advanced education and research, offering high-quality professional education and providing our students with unique insight into the maritime and ocean sectors. One of the reasons for the establishment of the University was to increase the number of highly qualified specialist maritime personnel in all countries across the world, and in particular developing countries.

The University has adopted an equal opportunities policy and positively welcomes applications from women, who are currently under-represented in the field of maritime and ocean studies and employment. The University is active across a broad spectrum of postgraduate programmes.
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Sail Africa Youth Development Foundation

Tel: +27 (0)31 811 5326

Sail Africa is a Non-Profit Public Benefit Organisation (063-968-NPO) with a Section 18A status, registered with the Department of Social Development since September 2008.

Operating out of Boatman Lane, Durban Marina, the sailing area is within the Harbour precinct. 

Sail Africa has a history of introducing PDI Youth to the sport of sailing going back to 2008, and occupies a niche in Durban in introducing township youth to the maritime culture

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