EMC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PROF. AMHED BAWA
ETHEKWINI MARITIME CLUSTER
eThekwini Maritime Cluster(EMC) is a section 21 company that
was launched in 2009. The EMC provides a platform for a
collaborative engagement between different levels of
government, state owned enterprises and the maritime
community to implement programs of the common interest
that support the growth and improve performance and
competiveness of the maritime industry.
The vision of the eThekwini Maritime Cluster is to create a
platform on which stakeholders and role players can work
together towards the common goal of improving the
competiveness of the maritime industry thereby
contributing to the economic growth of the city, province
and the country.
To provide a platform for role players to network with each other and to engage
with government and Transnet to overcome infrastructural and institutional
To improve education and training for the maritime industry and to enable
talented people to enter the industry.
To foster the growth of small and medium sized businesses in the industry as well
as the transformation of the industry more generally.
To improve maritime safety, health and environment management.
To foster the development of the ship repair and boat and ship building sectors
which offer good opportunities for employed creation.
To promote the eThekwini maritime industry locally, nationally and globally.
Advocacy Lobbying and Stakeholder Engagement
Maritime Health, Environment and Safety
Shipbuilding, Ship Repair and Boatbuilding
Advocacy Lobbying and Stakeholder Engagement:
The objective of this programme is to promote the eThekwini maritime
industry locally, nationally and globally and create networking and advocacy
• Quarterly engagement with Associations
• Media Training
• Keeping industry abreast of global maritime developments
• Advocacy and Lobbying
Research and Knowledge Management:
The objective of the programme is to provide a central repository of
information related to the maritime industry. This programme will offer
research capabilities and an online information platform.
Identify the maritime industry knowledge management requirements
Provide an information base for the industry
Develop and distribute information on topical issues
Conduct industry research
The objective of the programme is to facilitate the development and
support of the targeted emerging enterprises.
• Identification and marketing of SMME
• enterprise development programme for the maritime sector
• Enterprise Development Summit
The objective of the programme is to develop promotional and a marketing
plan and materials for the eThekwini Maritime Cluster and the industry, this
would include workshops, events, etc.
• Benchmark and conduct a study of Port Cities
• Events to position Durban as a Port City
Durban Maritime Dinner
Transport Month event
Maritime Week event
• Media Training on Maritime
TRAINING & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
The objective of the programme is to improve education and training for
the maritime industry and to enable talented people to enter the
Position Durban and KZN as Centre of Maritime Institute
Review of Supply and Demand Study
Graduate Placement Programme
Review of all the standards
Sister City Agreements Operationalisation
Maritime Health, Environment and Safety:
The objective of this programme is to assist the industry to improve physical
and economic safety and to lower its environmental impact.
• Dangerous Goods Seminar
• Breakfast meeting on security awareness (SAPS)
• Annual Police Awards
• Promote Safety, Health and Environment in the industry
Ship building ,Ship Repair and Boatbuilding
The objective of this programme is to factor the development and growth of the boat
and ship building and ship repair sectors which offer good opportunities for
• Boat Show and Boat Park
• Obtain access to finance
• Gain improved access to necessary infrastructure such as mooring and launching
• Facilitate industry specific skills development
• Improve productivity and efficiency
KZN Department of Economic
Development and Tourism