Boskalis jaarverslagen 2011

SMIT Amandla Marine’s SED program

In 2011 SMIT Amandla Marine’s Socio-Economic Development (SED) program in South Africa was focused on providing access to the economy for previously disadvantaged black* South Africans. SMIT has entered into multi-year partnerships with a number of accredited educational and community-based organisations in South Africa to provide educational support and also to promote the maritime industry, which is key to creating a talent pipeline for the industry.

Some of the results achieved in 2011 included:

  • 37 scholarships for primary, secondary and tertiary education awarded to children of lower-income employees;
  • 23 black* South Africans received sponsored training for access to the formal maritime sector with a >25t Skippers training course and all ancillary training;
  • 2 black* South Africans undertaking their first year of maritime studies and maritime engineering at South African Universities of Technology received full scholarships;
  • Bursaries for learners at Lawhill Maritime Centre were awarded through a donation to the high school;
  • 60 primary school learners and 20 employees at Clarke Primary School in Cape Town learnt about sustaining the environment through their involvement in a tree planting and environmental education project at the school;
  • Promotion of the maritime industry through a dedicated website
    www.careersatsea.co.za as well as through participation in several key career exhibitions.

All of the SED activities are carried out under the requirements of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act and are subject to an annual BBBEE verification audit. The BBBEE Act is legislated and promotes initiatives to ensure access to and participation in the economy by black* South Africans. SED is one way of doing this.

* The term ‘black’ refers to African, Coloured and Indian South Africans who were previously disadvantaged under the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Added to My report add to My report Source: CSR Report 2011, Our societal performance, page 42