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Oceans open new wave of employment opportunities for South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa, June 08, 2017: The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) in partnership with the Department of Transport will celebrate the 2017 International Day of the Seafarer on the 25th of June in Bizana in the Eastern Cape.

Acting CEO for SAMSA, Sobantu Tilayi will join the international maritime community to celebrate and honour the contributions made by the South African seafarers to boost South Africa’s ocean’s economy, sending a reminder that the maritime sector is a viable option to promote growth and employment.

Tilayi said: “Marking this day in this remote town of the Eastern Cape affords the National department of Transport, SAMSA and all stakeholders an opportunity to impact on the village and its people with empowering information and resources about this industry.”

The Day of the Seafarer is a day marked by the International Maritime Organisation to recognise and celebrate seafarers worldwide. The day was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the revised Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention and was first celebrated in 2011. The Day of the Seafarer has now been included in the annual list of United Nations Observances.

Sindisiwe Chikunga, deputy Minister of Transport will lead a high-level delegation to the International Maritime Organisation in London on June 25 to deliberate in a workshop focussing on recognising the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.

Chikunga said: “South Africa is a maritime nation and it is critical for us to be part of the deliberations that consider the lives of the millions of seafarers around the world. Maritime and seafarer careers involves scarce skills and avail opportunities for employment creation which is one of South African government’s central priorities.”

This year’s theme “Seafarers Matter”, allows government to engage ports and seafarer centres, to demonstrate how much seafarers matter as a fundamental resource which is critical to the maritime industry.  South African seafarers represent excellence in the international community of seafarers. The idea is for ports and seafarer centres to share and showcase best practices in seafarer support and welfare, Chikunga said.

The Day of the Seafarer acknowledges that almost everything that we use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly linked with sea transport. According to the IMO, around 90% of the world’s goods trade is carried out through ships manned by more than 1.2 million seafarers.

At the Bizana event, Seafarers will share information about their time at sea and the role that seafarers play in making sure that the world economy remains vibrant and dynamic. A career awareness exhibition will also be held by SAMSA to showcase to the community vast opportunities that lie within South Africa’s maritime sector.

SAMSA has been observing the day for the past six years in accordance with the guidelines of the IMO.

SAMSA has already activated this year’s social media campaign which can be accessed through the following social media platforms.


Page: Day of the Seafarer & South African Maritime Safety Authority


@SAMSAMARITIME under the hashtag: #SeafarersMatter #SAMSACares #OceansEconomy #SASeafarers


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