New bursary scheme unlocks oceans economy for black women

The late Sindiswa Nhlumayo who played a pioneering role in putting maritime skills development on the map in South Africa.

A new bursary scheme announced by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) plans to unlock the oceans economy for women in South Africa.

The Sindiswa Carol ‘Tu’ Nhlumayo Merit Bursary is now open for young black women wanting to pursue a qualification at a South African university to develop their career opportunities in the maritime sector.

As head of the Centre for Maritime Excellence at the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), the late Nhlumayo played a pioneering role in putting maritime skills development on the map in South Africa, in particular by empowering women in the sector, and championed the establishment of SAIMI. At the time of her death in 2016 at the age of 45, she was enrolled for a PhD in Maritime Affairs at the World Maritime University in Sweden.

The bursary is offered for maritime, marine or related studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level at any tertiary institution in South Africa and is open to South African black women (African, Coloured and Indian) under the age of 35 years.

The closing date for applications is 30 November. To apply, download the application form from the SAIMI website or e-mail Soraya Artman at info@saimi.co.za


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