Background to Phil Wade and Anthony Just’s involvement with the Lawhill Maritime Centre

Phil Wade and Anthony Just attended the same physical maritime training base in Gordon’s Bay, although some years apart – Phil trained at the General Botha Merchant Marine College in the early 60s and Anthony attended the Gordon’s Bay S.A Naval Officers Training College at the same location in 1981. More about Phil Wade Durban-raised, […]

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Vaughan Pillay – Lawhill’s second Master Mariner

Vaughan Pillay became Lawhill’s second master mariner when he gained his Master’s Certificate of Competency (5000 tons) in 2014. He was one of nine Lawhill students who went to Antarctica in SA Agulhas in his matric year (2003) and obviously thoroughly enjoyed the experience. After completing his S1 and S2 courses at Cape Peninsula University […]

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Lawhill ladies lead the way

August 9, 2014 – National Womens Day An increasing number of young women have achieved success in the maritime industry thanks to the educational support they received while completing their schooling at Simon’s Town School’s Lawhill Maritime Centre. For the past 18 years, the Lawhill Maritime Centre – a programme that provides young men and […]

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Top achievers in 2013

Sinesipho Mvovo achieved exceptional standards in her National Senior Certificate Examinations and, following a year in which she has rendered valuable assistance to mathematics students at Masiphumelele High School, she will proceed to study at the University of Cape Town in 2015 in either Medicine or Accounting. Tsoso Hanong and Zusiphe Mzotho were also among […]

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Visit by Professor Jonathan Jansen

Jonathan Jansen is the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State and a highly respected figure in education. Click here to read his article on the Lawhill Maritime Centre. An educationalist, Professor Jansen holds an impressive collection of degrees and awards including the Education Africa Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a […]

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Top achievers in 2012

Talente Ngema, who graduated from Lawhill at the end of 2012, made Lawhill history when he achieved seven distinctions (marks over 80% in seven subjects) in the final National Senior Certificate examinations. His hard work and dedication won him a bursary to study Marine Engineering at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Talente was also selected […]

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Making history – Tobela Gqabu, Lawhill’s first Master Mariner

At the end of 2010, 28-year-old Tobela Gqabu became Lawhill’s first, internationally-qualified Master Mariner, having obtained his Master’s Certificate of Competency. Tobela had come a long way since 1999, when he, as a 16-year-old South African, applied for a Safmarine bursary to complete his schooling at Lawhill. He recalls how he had no idea what […]

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Lawhill Maritime Centre wins International Award

On Monday, 14 May 2012, the Lawhill Maritime Studies programme won the international Seatrade ‘Investment in People’ Award in London. The award – presented to Brian Ingpen, head of the Simon’s Town-based Lawhill Maritime Centre by IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu – recognised Lawhill’s effectiveness in helping to address youth unemployment and poverty in South Africa […]

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