More than 500 trainees complete courses in various aspects of marine and port operations
State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet today celebrated the graduation of 283 KwaZulu-Natal-based graduates out of a record 513 national graduates who recently completed their qualifications in various aspects of port and marine operations, as the company intensifies its training efforts to meet its developmental objectives.

The graduates completed internationally-recognised qualifications through Transnet’s specialised academy for marine and port operations skills, including:

  •  Marine Pilots (to assume command of vessels into and out of South African port areas);
  •  Tug Masters (to operate tugs or power boats which manoeuvre vessels);
  •  Engineers;
  •  Operators: Lifting Equipment (ship-to-shore cranes, rubber tyred gantry (cranes) and straddle carrier operators)

The event which took place in Durban and was hosted by Public Enterprises Director General, Mr Mogokare Seleke, Transnet Chairperson, Ms Linda Mabaso and Group Chief Executive, Mr Siyabonga Gama, is the first of three graduation ceremonies that will be held this year. This year marks the highest number of graduates since the first intake in 2013.

Transnet’s Maritime School of Excellence offers sector-specific training in marine operations, terminal operations, port management, port engineering and other specialised training for Transnet’s ports operating divisions – Transnet Port Terminals and Transnet National Ports Authority. It has a main campus in Durban and three satellite campuses in Richards Bay, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

The school’s programmes are aligned with the company’s 10-year rolling R340-R380 billion infrastructure investment programme - the Market Demand Strategy (MDS) - and the business requirements of Transnet clients. To bolster this, the company has committed R7 billion towards skills development and training. To bolster this, the company has committed R7 billion towards skills development and training. About R60 million has been spent on training since the launch of MDS in 2012.

Two hundred and ten (210) trainees have graduated through the programme since its launch three years ago. The majority of the graduates have been absorbed into Transnet’s various marine and port operations throughout the country.
The Maritime School of Excellence was established in 2013 to address shortages of technical skills in the maritime sector and to respond to the broader challenge of addressing critical skills shortages required to stimulate economic growth, job creation and overall improvement of the quality of life for all.
The School is a merger between the School of Port Terminals and the School of Ports for effective delivery of integrated maritime training primarily for Transnet and for the country.

The company trains beyond its business requirements in support of government initiatives to address the challenges of skills shortage and mismatch which were identified as the main obstacles to job creation and economic growth. Transnet’s training programmes are designed to produce a pool of skilled individuals who can compete with the best globally.
Over the last few years, Transnet has trained students from Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, positioning itself as a premier provider for marine training programmes.