Pupils to be introduced to maritime field

2013-11-04 00:00

MORE pupils from schools in the province are set for a diversity in their career choice as maritime studies will be included in the curriculum.

This emerged as the eThekwini Maritime Cluster (EMC) and Transnet held a media port tour at the Durban harbour last week, in a bid to expose the complexities of the maritime industry.

EMC CEO Thato Tsautse said they were working closely with the Department of Education to introduce maritime studies as early as high school.

“Pupils need to be exposed to this field. And taking relevant maritime studies will enable them to enter it,” she said, adding this will position Durban as the centre of maritime studies.

She said the Durban port was the biggest and busiest in the country and needed to be embraced by every citizen.

She said the port was the main economic driver in the province.

“The port is a God-given … and people must look at it as a source of income for them,” she said.

Tsautse said people had to appreciate and understand the dynamics of shipping in order to make inroads in the sector.

There was a lot of activity at the harbour besides the docking of vessels, she said.

“We have ship repair facilities and boats are built here as well. To ensure we are the best and well represented in the world, we need to inject some skills in there,” she said.

Transnet head of corporate affairs Zama Mncwabe said there was transformation and gender equity in the industry.

“The harbour is practically run by women who have made and continue to make tremendous strides in this industry,” she said.

EMC and Transnet were on a mission to revive the Port Festival next year, for people to participate and and get first-hand experience of what the port is about.

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