NCG Helps With Maritime Skills Initiative In WC

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Western Cape Maritime Skills To Be Developed

As one of the preferred providers of chandling services in Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Coega, Durban and Richards Bay, the Link Ship Chandlers team takes great pride in being a part of the thriving ocean economy throughout South Africa. As such, we are happy to report that 2018 has brought much good news for the Western Cape shipping trade, as well as underprivileged learners from this region, who soon stand to gain from the involvement of the Netherlands Consulate General in Operation Phakisa.

What is Operation Phakisa?

Led by the Department of Environmental Affairs and established in 2014, Operation Phakisa focusses in unlocking the immense potential of South Africa’s oceans, especially with regard to job creation for the country’s underprivileged and unemployed youth. The project brings together many diverse stakeholders to drive a major economic project that seeks to address poverty and inequality by focussing on employment, economic infrastructure, human settlement transformation and the improvement of education and training as it pertains to job opportunities in the maritime sector specifically.

How are the Netherlands involved?

On 31 October 2018, the Netherlands Consulate General as a member of the WCMC (Western Cape Maritime Cluster) hosted a Maritime Day at Damen Shipyards Cape Town to celebrate Transport Month. Dutch vice minister for foreign economic relations, Guido Landheer, who was in South Africa to meet with stakeholders in the country’s maritime industry to lay the groundwork to address issues and create opportunities in alignment with Project Phakisa, attended the event. Fifty learners from some of the peninsula’s top-performing, under-resourced schools were also invited to attend, so they could partake in workshops run by tertiary learning institutes that highlighted the opportunities available to them in the ocean economy.

Sebastiaan Messerschmidt, Netherlands Consul General, was quoted as saying that the goal of Maritime Day 2018 was to provide new opportunities for South Africa’s talented youth and that the Netherlands recognises the value of investing in an economy with such immense potential. He also believes that further developments that will unfold within the Western Cape Maritime Cluster in coming years will play a pivotal role in promoting inclusive economic growth for all.

So there you have it – a concise look at Operation Phakisa and all the good work it stands to do throughout the Western Cape of South Africa. The Link Ship Chandlers team is always on the lookout for fresh news and information on maritime development in South Africa. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more shipping-related news and expert insight into making sustainable decisions for your shipping business.


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