The Port of Ngqura is proudly making a significant contribution to the development of critical skills required by the South African port system, with the intake of seven marine cadets recently. They represent a group of ten cadets, out of a national port pipeline of 31, who have just completed their required academic and sea borne training before being employed by the port for three years to complete their Tug Master training.
The other three of the ten cadets are being employed by the Port of Richards Bay as Trainee Tug Masters. 21 cadets are still in the process of completing their cadetship at academic institutions or at sea.
“TNPA embarked on this initiative in 2012 to develop a pipeline of these scarce skills, vital to our operations. To date 90% of TNPA’s Tug Masters and Marine Pilots are products of this programme. Some have advanced to Deputy Harbour Masters, Harbour Masters and Marine Operations Managers – qualifications that are high in demand internationally,” said Siphokazi Maqetuka, HR Manager of the Port of Ngqura.
“Through this programme we are not only preparing youth for maritime careers to meet the needs of the ports, but we are also uplifting surrounding communities. We have various interventions in place to attract and develop these highly skilled young people. It begins at previously disadvantaged high school where
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