Eastern Cape Premier, Hon. Phumulo Masualle – MPL, recently sent off a further 180 trainees on a 9-month maritime internship program , at Lusikisiki bringing to just under 300 the total number of Eastern Cape youths to benefit from a partnership with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and MSC Cruises since its inception last year (2017). These young people have been up skilled within the maritime environment, and have been successfully placed as crew members with maritime cruise liners that transverse the globe, a number of them have placed with the most notable MSC cruise liners.
In February 2017 the Office of the Premier (OTP) signed a memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with SAMSA. The MoA stipulates the collaboration between the OTP and SAMSA on the implementation of a Maritime Youth Development Programme which seeks to expose young persons to opportunities in the Marine Economy.
The Maritime Youth Development Programme (MYDP) is an Operation Phakisa initiative aimed at raising awareness of maritime careers to South African youth; and create employment opportunities on global cruise liners.
The MYDP targets youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, who have passed grade 12, are unemployed and have a clean criminal record. The MYDP is delivered through SAMSA as the implementing agent, together with Harambee, in the recruitment, hospitality training and certification of candidates.