Female empowerment is encouraged nationally and internationally, with various industries concerned with giving women more opportunities in otherwise male-dominated arenas.

This is something that the South African International Maritime Institute (Saimi) is fully aware of, and trying to change that dynamic by unlocking the oceans economy for women in South Africa with the announcement of a new bursary scheme.

The Sindiswa Carol “Tu” Nhlumayo Merit bursary is now open for young black women wanting to pursue studies at undergraduate and postgraduate qualification at any tertiary institution in South Africa. The bursary is open to South African black women (African, Coloured and Indian) under the age of 35 years.

The bursary is available for a wide variety of maritime related study fields, including Marine Engineering, Oceanography, Logistics, Shipping, Ocean Governance, Environmental law, Geological Sciences, Zoology and Marine Ecology.

The Centre for Maritime Excellence at the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) is honouring the late Nhlumayo who 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.

Saimi project manager Odwa Mtati said the bursary is aimed at continuing the work of Nhlumayo by encouraging a meaningful contribution by women to the maritime sector, and particularly to encourage the participation of young black women.

“She was pivotal in the promotion of women’s participation in the maritime sector, she also played a critical role in establishing Saimi, and the bursary scheme in her name honours her contribution to grow South Africa’s skills capacity in the oceans economy, said Mtati.

Recipients will have full cost of their tuition fees and textbooks covered. They will also be afforded opportunities to attend Saimi conferences and other maritime related events, as well as participating in organised bodies supporting women in maritime and science.

The application closing date is 30th November.

[Source – IOL]      

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