Our supporters

“Lawhill is immensely grateful to the many companies, individuals and organisations that have provided student bursaries and helped to fund our operation.”

“Your contributions have assisted many of our students to embark on worthwhile, interesting, unusual and exciting careers within the maritime industry, careers which have made them and their families more financially secure.”

Your continued financial support will allow the Lawhill Maritime Centre to continue its track record of success into the future!

All financial donations to the Lawhill Maritime Centre are monitored and administered by the Bursar at Simons Town School and are audited annually by an independent firm of chartered accountants. Copies of the latest financial statements are available on request.

We have also established a new, independent Lawhill Educational Trust.  Copies of the Trust Deed are available on request.  Please contact us should you wish to make donations to this Trust.  Email

Some of our key supporters over the years have been:

Grindrod Limited:

Several project-related grants during the life of Lawhill’s operation have assisted us to achieve specific goals and to purchase essential equipment to assist with our overall provision of quality maritime education. A number of our past students are employed within the Grindrod Group at sea or ashore.


Namport, operating as the National Port Authority in Namibia since 1994, manages both the Port of Walvis Bay and the Port of Lüderitz in Namibia. Namport is committed to providing world-class port services to all local, regional and international seaborne trade through excellent customer service, sustainable growth and social responsibility. Namport has provided tuition and accommodation bursaries to Namibian students wishing to attend Lawhill since 2012.

Safmarine Container Lines:

The Lawhill Maritime Studies programme is the culmination of a partnership established in 1995 between shipping line Safmarine, Simons Town School and the Department of Education. The programme was formally established in 1997. Safmarine has been a major and loyal sponsor of Lawhill since the programme’s inception and its support since 1995 has made it possible for hundreds of young South Africans to escape poverty by embarking on meaningful careers both ashore and at sea. Visit for more information on the company, which is a member of the AP Moller-Maersk Group.

SATS General Botha Old Boys Bursary Fund (GBOBBF):

The fund provides bursaries for students in Grades 10 – 12 to study at the Lawhill Maritime Centre in Simon’s Town. Members of the GBOBBF are also involved in providing mentoring support, motivational outreach activities and they meet regularly with students to assess their progress and to mentor their incorporation into the maritime industry. The Fund was initiated in April 2011 by Phil Wade after a visit by four SATS General Botha Old Boys Association (GBOBA) to the Lawhill Maritime Centre. Visit for more information on the fund and about an initiative, launched by Phil Wade and Anthony Just, which is endorsed by the General Botha Old Boys Bursary Fund, amongst other private donors.

SMIT Amandla Marine:

Socio-Economic Development (SED) is a fundamental pillar in SMIT Amandla Marine’s overall transformation strategy. The company has a long history of partnering with employees, communities, clients and industry stakeholders to ensure meaningful socio-economic development in its areas of operation. The company supports the Lawhill Maritime Centre by providing targeted donations that are used to enhance Lawhill’s teaching resources and infrastructure. Visit for more information on the company.

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA):

For several years, SAMSA has provided bursaries for selected students, especially those from the Eastern Cape and the Free State, enabling them to follow the maritime courses, and thereby, to enter careers that formerly were unknown to them. SAMSA has generously provided bursaries for some past students to complete their tertiary maritime studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Visit for more information on SAMSA.

TK Foundation:

The modern Lawhill Maritime Centre facilities – generously donated by the TK Foundation (Bahamas) and several other donors – provides comfortable accommodation, dining and recreational facilities for 54 students who live away from Simon’s Town and its environs. Besides the boarders’ accommodation, the Centre also includes two custom-built classrooms for the teaching of Maritime Economics and Nautical Science. Through the generosity of Mr Sean Day (Chairman, Teekay Corporation, Teekay Offshore LLC and Teekay LNG LLC) and a long-time friend and supporter of the Lawhill Maritime Centre, a prestigious Scholarship programme was introduced in January 2014. For more on the TK Foundation, visit and for more on the Teekay Corporation, visit

Transnet National Ports Authority:

For several years, TNPA has provided bursaries for selected students, especially those from KwaZulu-Natal, enabling them to follow the maritime courses, and thereby, to enter careers that formerly were unknown to them. TNPA has also generously provided bursaries for some past students to complete their tertiary maritime studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Several of our past students are now employed in harbour craft and in other capacities in TNPA. Visit for more information

Other supporters


  • Maritime arbitrator Mark Hamsher is the bicycle and cycling kit sponsor of the Lawhill Maritime Centre cycling team (in addition to being our team’s Number One supporter!). Technical support for the cycling team is provided by Nils Hansen of Woodstock Cycle Works.  The Hamsher family has also sponsored our internet connection for 2015/6
  • Mr Mica & Mrs Marina Naumann – Wonderful supporters of Lawhill and valued counsellors
  • Newall family – Prizes and bursaries
  • Captain Keith Pletschke and Anne Till – bursary for 2016


  • Jewish Maritime League – Bursary
  • Sailors Home – Project-specific grant
  • SAMTRA – Courses and bursary for 2016
  • Society for Master Mariners – Prizes and donation to IT equipment
  • Sturrock Shipping – Project-specific Grant

How you can help

The Lawhill Maritime Centre is determined to maintain the high standards associated with the Centre, despite the many financial constraints we face.

The education, welfare and safety of the young people placed in our care are of primary importance to us and as the number of students studying and boarding at Lawhill increases, so too do our financial commitments.

Of particular concern are the increasing cost of utilities, especially as a result of hikes in electricity and water tariffs, and the effect those are having on our operating costs and also on food prices, the latter also being escalated by large increases in the price of petrol and diesel.

We have also incurred increased and unexpected transportation and medical costs and require financial assistance in this regard.

Financial contributions are also welcome to fund extra Mathematics and Physical Science lessons, especially for those students who join us from under-resourced schools where tuition in mathematics and physical science is below expectations.

The Lawhill Maritime Centre also welcomes individuals who are willing to volunteer their time to assist the Centre.

See the WISHLIST below for a list of our current requirements/needs.

  • B-BBEE points/certificate – The South African government introduced the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) legislation as an incentive for businesses to become part of the transformation process in South Africa. South African companies can earn valuable B-BBEE points by making a contribution to the Lawhill Maritime Centre as our work benefits previously disadvantaged individuals. Contact us for more details in this regard.
  • Tax incentives are also available for those who make donations/grants to the Lawhill Maritime Centre.


Lawhill does not receive any government funding and as such, sponsorship and grants are needed to fund our entire operation, including student bursaries for tuition and boarding  and operational and staffing costs. CLICK on the link below for details on  some of items for which we require funding (both project-related and operational):


2017 – Wishlist -no cost


gd with ecape boarders cr_5861“Safmarine is immensely proud to have partnered with Simons Town High since the inception of the Maritime Studies programme in 1995 and to have been a consistent and loyal supporter of the programme for the past 18 years.

Not only has the Lawhill Maritime Centre improved the employment prospects of hundreds of young South Africans leaving school each year, but it has also demonstrated how partnerships between the private sector and an educational institution can help address one of South Africa’s most pressing social issues, namely youth unemployment and poverty.” – Grant Daly, former Safmarine CEO