Event Details

24 & 25 February 2021
Dr Blade Nzimande
Keynote Speaker
Hybrid Venue
Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch
30+ speakers from public, private, regulatory and educational institutions

Welcome To The Inaugural Ocean Economy Skills Summit 2021

South Africa boasts of an incredible coastline that stretches over 3 000 km, the third longest of any African state. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east. This ideal geopolitical position makes the country a strategic waypoint on one of the world’s major shipping routes.


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Dr Blade Nzimande

Well-established South African politician, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande will deliver the keynote address and will be joined by a strong and vibrant community of partners from public, private, and educational institutions, who have been invited to impart their knowledge and views on fostering shared prosperity in South Africa and on the African continent.

Strategic partners and their representative speakers include: Vice Admiral Asiel Kubu, Chief of Human Resources, South African National Defence Force; Rear Admiral Gladys Mbulaheni, South African Chief of Naval Staff, SA Navy; Mr Z Zungu, Chairperson of Transport Education Training Authority (TETA); Mrs Maphefo Anno-Frempong, CEO, Transport Education Training Authority; Mr Dumisani Ntuli, Chief Director Maritime Transport; Dr S Nzimande, Regional Representative, Department of Higher Education and Training; Major General Butler, Chief Staff Governance, South African Air Force; Brigadier General Kevin Moonsamy, Director of Education Training & Development, South African Air Force; Mr Russell Egypt, Scientific Technology Manager, Institute for Maritime Technology, ARMSCOR; Captain (Navy) Theo Stokes, National Hydrographer, SA Navy Hydrographic Service.

Other participating industry stakeholders include Mr Bheka Zulu, Deputy Chairman of the South African Maritime Business Forum; Ms Tshepiso Taoana-Mashiloane, Acting CEO at the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA); Ms Sefale Montsi, Chairperson: Aerospace, Maritime and Defence; Mr Thabo Bruce Fisha Executive Chairman at FlyFofa Airways; and Patrick Ndlovu, Executive Chairman and Group CEO at Infinity Investments (Pty) Ltd.

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