Anika Mtyelwa, a student boarding at the Lawhill Maritime Centre at Simon’s Town School, is heading to Singapore on Monday 15 April 2024 to attend one of the maritime industry’s top events, the Singapore Maritime Week (SMW).

Organised by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) is an annual flagship event that brings together global maritime leaders and industry enthusiasts from around the world to discuss key issues, latest trends and opportunities facing the industry today and tomorrow.

When not in boarding, Ms Mtyelwa (18) lives with her mother, baby brother and cousins in the informal settlement of Vrygrond/Capricorn, near Muizenberg.

She will represent the school at the SMW where she will attend a maritime manpower forum which focuses on the evolving landscape of maritime careers, industry trends and the indispensable skills crucial for success in this global industry.

Expert-led discussions will specifically address strategies for continuous learning and upskilling within the maritime sector.

The trip to Singapore, via Johannesburg and Doha, will be her first ever flight.  This will also be her first time in an airport.

Mtyelwa, whose high school studies are funded by the General Botha Old Boys Bursary Fund, is a keen sailor with a SAMSA-qualified Under 9m Day Skipper license under her belt.  She is also a top academic achiever whose career aspirations include navigation officer, oceanographer and maritime lawyer.

Her trip to Singapore has been funded with the generous assistance of the Lawhill Maritime Educational Trust (LMET), which recently became the owners of two very special rowing boats donated from Singapore.  The two boats are 19th Century replica Pilot Gig boats and were used during Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015 to raise money for charity.

The boats, which were purpose-built 10 years ago to raise funds for the Missions to Seafarers in the Rowing Around Singapore Island Race as part of the anniversary celebrations, were recently named at a special event hosted by SAMTRA, the False Bay Yacht Club and the LMET on 3 April 2024.