INNOVATION IN THE MARITIME INDUSTRY
By: Dale Munatswa
Directors of the Youth Chamber of Shipping in Africa (YCSA) announced that they will work with education institutions to connect young people to the maritime industry.
The announcement was made this week during the company’s launch at the Point Yacht Club.
According to Nomcebo Sithole, one of the YCSA directors, the company was founded in 2011 by six young women. Its basic aim is to promote the maritime industry to people from all walks of life.
Sithole said that the formation of the YCSA was greatly inspired by the world renowned inventor, Steve Jobs. She explained that his work and words of wisdom morally supported the team of directors to mould the idea of the YCSA into something tangible.
“As Steve Jobs once said when the Macintosh came out, people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do- we are trying to create a dent in the maritime industry and we are trying to make a change,” Sithole said.
Nomfundo Mkhize, co-director of the YCSA highlighted that the industry has numerous job opportunities to offer, but many people are not aware of them. Mkhize said that the company will work with Universities and High Schools to establish awareness.
Mkhize said, “We are looking forward to creating awareness in High School students, so they know that maritime studies are available at higher education institutions such as the Durban University of Technology and University of Cape Town.”
Councillor Collin Gaillard, Deputy Chairperson of Economic Development in the eThekwini Municipality, said that YCSA’s functions and services are in line with municipality programmes to extend and develop the harbour further.
He said, “Everything that has been said today is totally relevant to the governments’ plan to modify the harbour. The government is going to need all these skills offered by this organisation.”
This assures the availability of job opportunities for people in the maritime industry.
YCSA will hold a Career Exhibition Expo in Eshowe Zululand on the 27th of August, where High Schools in the area are set to get insight on the maritime industry.