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SAMSA Klaveness launch media release

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Media release issued by Clockwork Media on behalf of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

For immediate release

12 February 2019

International partnership creates jobs for South African seafarers

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has partnered with Norwegian shipping giant Klaveness to provide skills training to and create jobs for South African seafarers.

The partnership, which was officially launched today (EDITORS: Tuesday, 12 February 2019) in KwaXolo in Ugu District Municipality, Port Shepstone, entails providing training and placements for South African seafarers on Norwegian vessels owned and operated by Klaveness.

Thus far, the partnership – which was rolled out as a pilot in 2013 – has created about 35 jobs, targeting learners from Mthusi High School in KwaXolo. Most of the positions created have been ratings, a general term for a wide variety of skilled support roles on vessels.

SAMSA Chief Operations Officer, Sobantu Tilayi says partnerships such as the Klaveness joint venture are instrumental in helping SAMSA fulfil its mandate to transform the maritime sector in South Africa and create jobs and opportunities for South Africans.

“Through the partnership with Klaveness, we are creating much-needed jobs for South Africans. But even more importantly, we are creating jobs in areas where there are few to no jobs, and we are opening up opportunities in the maritime economy to those who traditionally cannot access this sector.

“We are delighted to be cementing our partnership with Klaveness and look forward to expanding it so that more South Africans can benefit,” he says. 

Klaveness  adopted the community of KwaXolo in 2013 with the intention of recruiting learners from the area and training them to work on their vessels. After finding success in this endeavour, the programme has been expanding gradually to accommodate all South African seafarers.

As part of the partnership agreement, Klaveness will open an office in KwaXolo in three years.

At least 10 youth from the KwaXolo area will be employed by the company every year.


For more information, please contact Michelle Raphiri on or 011 463 0366 or 076 317 4858

Maritime Emergency Number: 021-938-3300