SAMSA INVESTS IN MARITIME EDUCATION
By: Sonam Bhagwandas
An estimated 12 000 enthusiastic school children and members of the public attended the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) Careers Expo and Job Summit which was hosted by the Durban International Convention Centre on Monday.
The SAMSA Expo/Summit which will run over three days,10-12 June 2013, is aimed at educating the youth on careers in the maritime sector and to increase employment opportunities and skills in a time where unemployment is at an all-time high.
SAMSA Chief Executive Officer Commander,Tsietsi Mokhele in his speech, opened the event with a prayer for former South Africa President Nelson Mandela who is currently in hospital and inspired the audience with words of wisdom from Mandela.
“Do not be afraid of your true potential but rather have faith in your own abilities and strive for success,” said Mokhele.
According to Mokhele, the maritime sector is the biggest contributor to the world economy. He encouraged students to involve themselves in a lifelong sector which strives for employment and growth.
The exhibition consisted of many stalls showcasing and promoting the maritime industry. Numerous short courses were held throughout the day for the pupils to learn about the several sectors and jobs within the maritime industry.
Durban Mayor James Nxumalo graced the event with his presence and formally declared the exhibition opened for 2013. In an interview with JournalismIziko, Nxumalo expressed his hopes for students attending the event.
“I have placed emphasis on young people grabbing this opportunity with both hands because in the past there were no such opportunities for black people in particular and from disadvantaged schools,” he said.
Nxumalo believes that if students use this opportunity wisely, they stand a great chance of becoming the country’s future leaders.