The Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology (DHET) and the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) welcome all delegates to the Inaugural Ocean Economy Skills Summit 2021. This summit brings together different people from all walks of life to deliberate on how each can support the growth of the ocean economy through skills development. In attendance we have universities, universities of technology, TVET Colleges, CET Colleges, government departments, SETA, QCTO and SAQA representatives, private companies and interested parties determined to contribute towards the transformation and growth of the ocean economy. Government recognises the huge but untapped economic value of this sector.

The ailing economy and the impact of the coronavirus have placed immense pressure on government to save lives and livelihoods through entrepreneurship and job creation. Any economic sector that has the potential to help achieve this vision for the country must be explored and fast-tracked. Therefore, this summit comes at the right time when the President, Cyril Ramaphosa, is spearheading the economic reconstruction and recovery plan. However, this plan will never be fully realised if the country does not have the requisite skills to support it.

We therefore look forward to your participation during and your involvement beyond the summit. The success of the summit will be judged by the transformation that each one of us will contribute towards the achievement of the transformation and growth objectives through active participation beyond this gathering.

Dr Blade Nzimande - Minister of Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET)


The inaugural Ocean Economy Skills Summit 2021, the first of its kind in South Africa, will be held on 24 and 25 February 2021, at the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch, under strict guidelines of Covid-19 regulations, connecting a hybrid audience of leaders and thinkers with a global audience on a digital platform.

The summit is a collaborative effort between the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) and other strategic partners, who are seeking innovative and meaningful ways to contribute to the ailing economy. This has become even more relevant particularly in light of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent State of the Nation Address, which highlighted a 6% contraction in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the last quarter of 2019.

The Ocean Economy Skills Summit 2021 is an excellent opportunity to not only unlock the potential of this sector but enhance multi-partner relationships and collectively deliver against the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, which identifies the ocean economy as one of the industries that can contribute to unlocking the country’s economic growth, help eliminate poverty, and reduce unemployment.

Themed, “Transformation through active participation”, the transformational skills development programme of DHET and TETA is a great platform for all strategic partners, including government, institutions of learning, and the private sector, to strategise and redefine solutions on transforming the ocean economy through developing the requisite skills base.

This inaugural summit sets the tone for the achievement of the vision of creating a lasting African legacy within the ocean economy through skills development and entrepreneurship.


Well-established South African politician, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, 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, South African Maritime Business Forum; Ms Tshepiso Taoana-Mashiloane, Acting CEO, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA); Ms Sefale Montsi, Chairperson, Aerospace, Maritime and Defence; and Patrick Ndlovu, Executive Chairman and Group CEO at Infinity Investments (Pty) Ltd.


Event Sponsor / Speaker

Dr Blade Nzimande

Dr Bonginkosi Emmanuel Blaze Nzimande is the current Minister of Higher Education Science and Innovation. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy specializing in sociology from the university of Natal. He lectured at the university of Zululand in 1985 and at the university of Natal in 1987. He was a council member at the university of South Africa, the University of Transkei and the university of KwaZulu-Natal. Dr Nzimande is the general secretary of the SACP (South Africa Communist Party) and a member of the National African Congress (ANC). Under his leadership, the Department of Higher Education Science and Innovation is spearheading the war against the lack of skills and identify scarce skills in the ocean economy that the youth can embark on studying for the prosperity of this country and its future.

Event Sponsor / Speaker

Mr Zamokuhle Sam Zungu

Mr Sam Zamokuhle Zungu is a South African renowned Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) advocate, who has spent more than 23 years as a skills development and training practitioner. Sam’s accomplished experience has been successfully demonstrated both locally and internationally. As a former TVET College principal, he has been instrumental in building and strengthening TVET college/Industry partnerships such as the Kalmar Maritime Academy (Sweden) for the establishment of the uMfolozi TVET Maritime Academy as well as cooperation between the Kreishandwerkerschaft (Germany) for the establishment of the uMfolozi TVET Civil and Construction Centre of Excellence. It is under his stewardship that uMfolozi TVET College received a number of accolades such as National Skills Authority – Best Skills Programme (Gold Award), National Skills Authority – Best Artisan Development Programme (Gold Award), National Skills Authority – Best TVET Placement Programme (Silver Award), and many more.

Event Sponsor / Speaker

Mrs Maphefo Anno-Frempong

Mrs Maphefo Anno-Frempong has more than 30 years’ experience in the public service, with over 20 years in leadership roles in Mpumalanga Education and NDoE, DoT, NW DTRCS and TETA. Her educational profile reveals (among others) Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Henley Business School); Strategic Leadership & Innovation (Manchester Business School); Strategic International Board Leadership (Wits Business School); Executive Strategy and Business Foresight (Stanford University). Being at the helm of TETA for the past 12 years, Mrs Anno-Frempong’s role is central to addressing socio economic challenges in the transport sector which include youth unemployment, gender inequalities, rural development and economic inclusion of the vulnerable, such as people with disabilities.

Programme Director

Mr Benny Bhali

Benny Bhali spent 12 years in the SA Navy as a Technical Officer and was appointed in various positions throughout his Navy career (Systems Manager, Officer Commanding, Western Cape Disaster Management Control Commander for Biological attack during the 2010 World Cup working with the provincial joint operations team) and left the Navy as a Senior Officer (Commander). He was one of the Project engineers who worked on the building of SA Submarine project in Germany and was also the Weapons Engineering Officer onboard the South African Navy’s new Frigates. When he left the SA Navy he worked for ARMSCOR as a Systems Support Manager for the upkeep and maintenance of the SA Navy Fleet in Simons Town. He Left Armscor to work for DCD Marine in the Harbour as a Project Manager working on repair and refits of Oil and Gas platforms likes Oil rigs, supply vessels etc. He is one of the founding members of the Western Cape Maritime Cluster and also the interim Chairperson.

Programme Director

Capt. Bheka Zulu

A Qualified IMO Auditor and seasoned Mariner with extensive Seagoing and Government Senior Management experience up to Chief Director level.  His education profile reveals PHD Blue- Ocean Economy (Economic Model) & Mcom Maritime Studies from UKZN; MBA from Regency Business School. Cpt. Bheka Zulu has been in employment at Senior Management level by the World’s Best Freight/shipping Companies/Organizations both locally and overseas. His professional career spans from South African Ports, Port of Singapore, Port of Antwerp-Belgium, US Gulf, Persian Gulf, Namibia Diamond Mining. He previously served in the (Ministry) National Department of Transport for 5 yrs as Acting Director- Safety Security and Maritime Bilateral Affairs (Managing over 21 Merchant Shipping Agreements world wide); as well as  Deputy Director –Bilateral and also DD Maritime Freight and Infrastructure Planning.


Mr Dumisani Ntuli

With over 20 years’ experience in the maritime Industry, Mr Ntui is an experienced leader with a long history of working in the public sector, in both national and international platforms. Highly skilled in international negotiations, policy and strategy planning, and execution, he possesses a strong, focused and championing leadership style, with vast experience and capability. He holds an LLM focused in Shipping Law from the University of Cape Town and a LLM International Law from the London Metropolitan University.


Ms Sefale Montsi

Sefale Montsi is the chairperson of the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association of South Africa (AMD), whose members comprise of suppliers to defence and the security cluster. They supply effective solutions including cutting-edge technologies to customers locally, on the African continent and around the world. Along with fellow industry members, she is building credible partnerships for inter-relational cooperation between sub-sectors and all stakeholders to realise the potential of the industry to improve South African lives-for generations to come. She has served on the board of Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) since the Damen group first invested in South Africa in 2009. With the global team, Sefale champions sustainable initiatives to enhance local supplier-development. As part of Montsi Investments, Sefale has worked with partners to the family-held company, adding value through strategy development, stakeholder management and business development across a range of industries including mining, financial services, and the oil & gas industry. Her current interests include consulting services in the ICT industry working with multidisciplinary teams to deliver robust, sustainable digital solutions in a way that empowers clients and enhances efficiency.


Dr Sipho Nzimande

Dr. Sipho Nzimande (PhD), is the DHET Regional Director for KwaZulu-Natal and is responsible for TVET colleges and universities in KZN. His experience involves ensuring governance compliance through constant induction sessions of Council/Boards, and specific support to management on the core business issues, for example, teaching and learning. Dr Sipho Nzimande has risen through the ranks from being a teacher in high schools to colleges as a lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Head of Department, Music Inspector, Acting Rector and Deputy Chief Education Specialist supervising KZN colleges of Education, and presently KZN DHET management. As part of self-enrichment within the TVET sector, he has travelled and forged partnerships with countries such a, China, Germany, USA, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Britain.


Vice Admiral Asiel Kubu

Vice Admiral Kubu has since obtained his B Mil Degree from the University of Stellenbosch and both an Honour’s and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is currently completing his PHD at the Durban University of Technology. He joined the SA Navy in 1991 and completed his officers’ Training in December 1992. Since his commission as an officer in the South African National Defence Force, he served within the Human Resource and Education, Training and Development environments. His leadership positions within the Navy have included, Director Naval Personnel (DNP) from July 2007 until December 2016; Chief of Naval Staff from 1 January 2017 until 31 October 2019. In November 2019, he was appointed as the Chief of Human Resource – a position he currently occupies. He provides strategic direction on HR related matters to the entire DOD on behalf of Chief of the SANDF and Secretary for Defense.


Lietenant Colonel Tau

Lt Col Meshack Bangani Tau is a Staff Officer Maritime Operations and Plan at Directorate Air Transport and Maritime Systems (DAT&MS), South African Air Force (SAAF) Headquarters in Pretoria. He was born in Klerksdorp, in the North West province on the 19 April 1978. Lt Col M.B. Tau qualified as one of the first three (3) black navigators in 2004. He completed his MOCC at 35 Squadron, AFB Ysterplaat (Cape Town) on the C47-TP in 2005. He further qualified as an Electronic Warfare Navigator in 2006.He further attained a Diploma in Management of Air Navigation Services in 2010, and another Diploma in Safety Management in Civil Aviation in 2011 with IATA Training & Development Institute (CANADA). In 2011 he qualified as a Mission Commander qualification on Maritime Operations. In 2012 he was appointed Assistant Project Officer on a Project Saucepan, to acquire a maritime platform to replace the aging C47-TP.Lt Col Tau has been involved in various exercises and missions within and beyond the borders of South Africa. He deployed on OP COPPER on various roles from 2011 till 2016 including Mission Commander. Other Maritime exercises include EX IBSAMAR, EX ATLASUR, EX OXIDE and the SADC Maritime Exercise. In 2015 Lt Col Tau attended and successfully completed the Junior Command and Staff Course with the SAN. Subsequent to that in 2017 he attended and successfully completed the Senior Staff Course in the Brazilian Air Force University in Rio de Janeiro. In 2018 he participated on both AU and SADC exercises on EX UTILIVU IV in Uganda and EX UMODZI in Malawi. He played a vital role in establishing the Continental Movement Coordination Centre (CMCC) and the Regional Coordination Centre. He is responsible for Force Preparation and Career management of all DAT&MS Pilots and Navigators. He recently successfully coordinated the last Air Power Capability Demonstration during the Armed Forces Day 2020 in Polokwane in the Limpopo Province at the Roodewal Bombing Range.


Mr Russel Egypt

Russell Egypt is a chief scientist at the Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT) ,a division of ARMSCOR Research & Development. The Institute is a multi-disciplinary organisation that specialises in techno-military research and development. He started at IMT in 1995 as a computer scientist and has worked on various maritime related geospatial technology projects applied within IMT and the SAN. During his time at IMT he became a Geospatial Technology specialist, developing a number of customised Geographic Information System (GIS) solutions for naval research applications. Currently he is the Technical Manager: Scientific Technologies overseeing the Maritime Decision Support, Environmental Characterisation, Naval Electro-Optics, and Underwater Sensor and Signature Domains at IMT. Current projects include the on-going development of a Maritime Rapid Environmental Assessment (MREA) capability for the SAN, the integration of the MREA capability within Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA).


Dr Meyer

Has a Ph.D in Information Systems, an operations researcher with experience in logistics systems & skills research in the sector. She has done extensive work in identifying the skills & research gap in critical key areas in the freight, logistics and maritime sector, working with key industry partners such as TNPA, Imperial logistics, Barloworld Logistics & Universities.


Brigadier General Kevin Moonsamy

"Brigadier General Moonsamy completed his Officer Forming course at SA Air Force College in 1996 and was awarded the prestigious Officership trophy and was subsequently appointed as the training officer at SA Air Force Gymnasium in 1997. He completed a 4 year stint as a staff officer at Directorate Operational Support & Intelligence Systems managing all security operations. Brig Gen Moonsamy was then appointed the Training Co-ordinator at the SA Air Force College from Jan 2008 till Dec 2010. In Jan 2011, he was appointed as the Officer Commanding SA Air Force Gymnasium managing the development of recruits. He was promoted to Brigadier General on 01 January 2017 and appointed as Director Education Training and Development managing all developmental and basic Flying Training. He attended a Military Assistance training programme in Canada for 8 months. He completed his Joint Senior Command and Staff Programme in 2006 and received the award for the best Command Research Paper from a SA Air Force student. Brig Gen Moonsamy has completed 30 years of outstanding service to the South African National Defence force and his country. "


Capt. Theo Stoke

An accredited IHO / FIG Category A Hydrographic Surveyor with a Post Graduate Diploma in Hydrography (First Class) through the University of Plymouth. He is the appointed senior Charge Hydrographic Surveyor of the South African Navy. During his career he has served on various SAN vessels and has commanded a City Class Offshore Patrol Vessel, the SAS THEKWINI and the Hecla Class Hydrographic Survey Vessel, the SAS PROTEA. Capt Stokes is extensively involved in various research projects at the Institute of Maritime Technology in support of naval operations. In Sep 2017, Capt Stokes was formally appointed as the SA Navy Hydrographer. He is an active member within the International Hydrographic Organisation, representing South Africa and the Region on various Steering Committees, Working Groups and Sub-Committees.


Capt. Prince Tshabalala

Captain (SA Navy) Prince Tshabalala is currently the Senior Staff Officer for Naval Education, Training and Development (SSO NETD) at SA Navy Headquarters in Pretoria. His job entails managing, developing, monitoring and implementing SA Navy’s education and training policies. His career mission is to establish a dynamic environment where he can contribute and support positive outputs by serving the country as a military leader and a peacemaker. He is a scholar of strategic communication and also an innovative solution driven military leader. He has keen interest in international affairs and on any strategic government developmental agenda aimed at finding sustainable solutions on matters of peace, security, governance and social cohesion. He is a firm believer in SANDF and its capabilities of leading initiatives of restoring peace, security and stability in the region and on the African continent.


Mr Odwa Mtati

Mr Mtati has been with SAIMI since its inception in 2014, fulfilling a range of strategic roles, which has provided him with the relevant experience in the broad-ranging mandate of the institute and the critical national importance of the maritime sector to the country, including different Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy Structures. Mr Mtati possesses a wealth of experience, having served as the former CEO of the Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PERCCI) and Director and Owner of Jupilog Enterprise Development. He is also past chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, Deputy Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Gambling Board and Chairperson of the Methodist Homes for the Aged and eZethu Development Trust and served on the Nelson Mandela ICT Incubator.


Ms Vanessa Davidson

Vanessa Davidson has been a professional in the marine industry for 18 years. Holding an M Phil from UCT, Vanessa Davidson has extensive experience in the boat and ship building and marine fabrication sectors in South Africa. She has served on a number of technical committees and she is currently a SAIMI Advisory Board member and a founding Director of Blue Cape, a non-profit company to support the Blue Economy in the Western Cape, and holds the position of Executive Manager of the South African Boat Builders Export Council. Internationally she is the Chairman of the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) responsible for CE certification of boats. She is a participating member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations with representation on the Technical Committee, the Exporters Committee and the Grow Boating Committee. Vanessa is passionate about the marine manufacturing sector and skills development in support of the sector’s growth and expansion.


Mrs Tsepiso Taoana-Mashiloane

Taoana-Mashiloane serves as an administrator and ensures that policy directives are approved, enforcement mechanism in terms of regulations, monitoring and evaluation and that management decisions are followed up and implemented for effective service delivery. Taoana-Mashiloane was a full-time student (2013-14) studying towards a Master of Maritime Affairs in the specialization field of Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration. She is familiar with SAMSA having worked closely with its management for many years on key programmes. These include the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) periodic audits, the World Maritime Day parallel events, the SA national Inland Water Strategy and the National Ports Consultative Committee.


Mr Patrick Musa Ndlovu

Patrick Musa Ndlovu has over 21 years’ experience in Aerospace and Defence, both in South Africa and Internationally. He gained his experience through holding various technical, managerial and executive positions at the following institutions: ATNS SOC Ltd, Armscor SOC Ltd, Airbus Military in France, Denel Dynamics as General Manager for Spaceteq and later Executive Manager responsible for Missiles, UAVs, Space Programmes; Established Infinity Integrated Solutions an Aerospace Engineering firm, and Infinity Investments an investment firm focus on investments in Aeronautics, Defence and Space businesses. Mr. Ndlovu has contributed immensely to the future direction of the South African Aerospace and Defence Sector through writing papers as well as conducting public presentations and participation in panel discussions at Aerospace and Defence Seminars and Conferences.


Commander Lettah Mapule Mathebekase

Commander Mapule Mathebekase joined the South African Navy in 2002 and completed her Basic Military Training end of 2002. She conducted Military Training for Officers Part 1 from April 2003 until December 2003. She completed her first Degree (Bachelor of Military Science) at the Military Academy from January 2004 until December 2006. She served onboard the South African Ship (SAS) Drakensberg from 2007 until 2012. She honed her academic prowess whilst serving as a member of the Directing Staff (facilitator, assessor and moderator) at the prestigious South African Naval Staff College from 2012 to 2015. She commenced her second degree (Bachelor of Commerce) via Unisa whilst working as a directing staff which she completed in December 2016. She was then relocated to Navy Headquarters in Pretoria from September 2015 to work as a Personal Staff Officer to Chief of Naval Staff until December 2019. She currently works as a Staff Officer for Navy Foreign Training.


Mr Wilson Nzimande

Wilson Nzimande is an experienced project management consultant who, among other things, has led the establishment of, and project manages the Umfolozi Maritime Academy, an extension of uMfolozi TVET College in Richards Bay, KZN. He brings with him experience in leading Technical, Vocational Education and Training and served TVET Colleges as principal, Quality Council for Trades and Occupations as its first Chairperson before establishing his Project Consulting Firm, which is now involved in the maritime space.


Rear-Admiral Gladys Mbulaheni

Rear Admiral Gladys Mbulaheni joined the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in 1994. She completed Military Training for Officers at the Naval Staff College in Gordon’s Bay in 2000. On completion of the course, she was appointed as a Personnel Officer at 1 Military Hospital. It was during this time that she established herself as a credible Staff Officer and a remarkable Human Resources Manager. The highlight of her career was becoming the first female Career Manager of the SA Navy and receiving accolades on her performance as a Naval Career Manager. During this appointment, she served on the highest decision-making forums of the SA Navy, as a fully-fledged member of the Navy Command Council and Navy Staff Council from 2006 until 2009. In June 2020 she was promoted to Rear Admiral as Chief of Naval Staff, making her the first ever woman Chief of Naval Staff in the South African Navy. She holds a BA degree in government administration and development and a postgraduate diploma in security studies.


Prof. Phutsisi

Professor Phutsisi is the Principal of Motheo TVET College and Deputy President of the South African Public Colleges Organisation, commonly known as SACPO. She has vast experience in Curriculum Development, Skill Development, HRD, HR Planning, Leadership and Management. Her qualifications inlud: Higher Education Diploma, B.A (Psychology), BED (Special Needs Education), Masters in HIgher Education and an Honorary Professorship from Academic Union of Oxford in the UK. She received various awards nationally and internationally, including A driver for change award , Vision 2030 awarded by the office of the President of South Africa. Was awarded an Outstanding Edaline Karre' Leadership Award in the USA by the Chair Leadership Academy. She is heading a multi award winning institution, which received awards  internationally for Quality and Excellence in the following Countries: Switzerland, United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, and Dubai. Locally Motheo received both Diamond and Golden Awards since 2014 till 2020 as the best educational institution from PMR Africa.  lastly Prof. Phutsisi is serving as a SAIMI Board member.


Dr Thabi Molete

Dr Thabi Molete has held significant positions of influence across multiple leadership roles with specific goal of making meaningful, impactful and strategic investments in skills development. Her corporate experience, strategic-skills development expertise and entrepreneurial journey spans almost 4 decades. She is highly recognised, awarded and a well sought-after speaker. She is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about uncompromising quality, service and development of our people into leading purpose-driven lives. She currently runs a training & development organisation called Crystal Education and Consulting (Pty) Ltd.


“We are excited to be at the heart of such a great initiative that aims to engage the industry as a whole and come out with tangible solutions to implement for the benefit of our country, economy and the youth. This initiative will expand our education sector. Basic education, CET colleges, TVET colleges, and Universities will all benefit from new courses, new curricula and development of training professionals. Cross-sector skills development and the transferable and exportable skills that stem from the growth of our ocean economy will also stimulate vastly diverse industries. I see the young learners of today, building the sustainable enterprises of tomorrow.”

Mrs Maphefo Anno-Frempong - CEO, Transport Education Training Authority (TETA)