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​The position reports to Chairperson of the Board.


LOCATION: HEAD OFFICE, PRETORIA (HILLCREST)                                                                               


SAMSA is looking for an experienced CEO to join the team! As a CEO, you will be responsible for providing strategic leadership, regulatory oversight, and operational management to ensure the effective and efficient functioning of the maritime regulatory body. Your role will be crucial to the success of SAMSA and will require a deep understanding of maritime regulations, industry dynamics, and the ability to collaborate with stakeholders to promote safety, compliance, and sustainable solutions within the sector  the development and execution of the overall business strategy and success.​


  • Strategic Direction: Formulate and execute SAMSA's long-term strategy, vision, mission, and objectives to align with the broader goals of maritime regulation and broader industry development.

  • ​Stakeholder Engagement: Play a leading role in the lobbying of the shareholder (Department of Transport), national and international government agencies, industry partners, maritime operators, and other stakeholders to promote collaboration and the creation of an environment that is conducive to the development of the maritime industry. Set and manage SAMSA's objectives in terms of the Shareholders' Compact entered into with the Executive Authority.

  • Policy Development: Lead the development and implementation of regulatory policies, guidelines, and standards to ensure compliance with international maritime regulations and best practices. Develop SAMSA's safety, security and promotion capacity and activities to ensure continued industry and investor interest in South Africa's maritime sector.

  • Organisational Effectiveness:  Promote the vision, mission and values founded on the desire to be a high-performance organisation. Ensure capable leadership is in place and  embed a culture and employee value proposition that attracts, develops, and retains high skilled talent, improves employee morale and engagement.

  • Governance and Risk Management: Create a constructive culture of ethical leadership, develop and implement frameworks, structures and processes that ensure good governance, effective risk management and compliance with government's policies, regulatory guidelines, directives and applicable legislation.

  • Financial Sustainability: Oversee the overall financial health of SAMSA. Develop and implement strategic interventions aimed at ensuring that SAMSA is sustainable.


Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of a postgraduate degree/diploma in either Law, Engineering, Public Administration, Environmental Management or Economics (NQF Level 8)
  • An MBA or relevant masters degree will be an added advantage (NQF Level 9)
  • ​​Experience and a successful track record working within either the Maritime, Transport or allied Industry is required
  • Minimum 10 years' relevant operational experience is essential, 5 years of which should have been at Senior Management/Executive Level
  • ​Experience managing multidisciplinary teams as well as multi-stakeholder partnerships and relationships

*Qualifications shall be subject to security vetting clearance.

Knowledge ​

  • Proven knowledge or an in-depth understanding of the maritime sector, industry trends and stakeholder management
  • Knowledge of pertinent legislation, PFMA and Treasury regulations
  • Understanding of Codes of Corporate Governance


  • Macro-economic thinking - Drives initiatives to ensure that SAMSA contributes to the development of a maritime industrial capacity, while ensuring alignment and compliance of South African maritime regulations with international regulations
  • Visionary leadership with a focus on innovation and continuous improvement
  • Integrity and commitment to upholding high ethical standards.
  • Resilience and adaptability in managing dynamic regulatory environments.
  • Excellent communication, presentation skills and interpersonal skills with the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders and influence government departments, regulatory authorities and critical stakeholders.
  • Strong conceptual, analytical, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Proven business management skills including inter alia financial management, risk management, corporate, compliance and team leadership.
  • Proven track record in developing strategy for business/organisation and of successful leading and inspiring a diverse group of employees.

    Should you meet the requirements as set out above, please e-mail your CV to Seni Tabo at:

    Closing date: 10 Ma​rch 2024

    As we are committed to Employment Equity in our employment practices, it is our intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our Equity objectives. Preference will be given to African Females, African Males and people living with a disability to achieve the objectives of Employment Equity. 

    Please note: SAMSA reserves the right not to make an appointment to any advertised position. No late applications will be considered. Psychometric and other assessments may be used as part of the selection pr​ocess and all shortlisted candidates will be required to be available for the tests. If you have not been contacted within 1 month of the closing date as mentioned above, kindly deem your application unsuccessful.

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