CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S STATEMENT
KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence CEO, Mr. Mthokozisi Radebe
Our greatest asset is the people, our staff members, our customers and our partners. Without these three stakeholders, the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) would not exist or be achieving the result it does consistently and continually. For this reason, more than 2% of our overall payroll is spent directly on an ongoing training & development of our staff members. This far exceeds the department of labour guideline.
As an institution, we believe in three very specific values; namely, Clean Governance, Innovation and Partnerships.We believe in clean governance as evidenced by constant Unqualified Audit Opinions from AGSA since 2000. This point is amplified by two Clean Audit Opinions from the AGSA in 2012/13 and again in 2015/16.
We believe in Innovation. In this regard we are vigorously pursuing the Shark Repellent Technology as part of our efforts to protecting bathers from shark attacks, which is our public mandate. Further field testing of the shark repellent cable continued during 2015/16 financial year and currently. This augurs well for Eco-Tourism and Beach Tourism in particular.
As part of that innovation, we gladly accepted and embraced the extension to our mandate and have been pursuing maritime training courses. Here we list some of the milestones already achieved in a relatively short space of time:
- Full Accreditation by TETA, merSETA, ICDL Foundation and ETDPSETA;
- Over 1500 learners trained in maritime occupational qualifications;
- Over 100 internships and learnership opportunities facilitated;
- Boats building students have built boats that have been donated to local communities; and
- State of the art facilities including the Maritime Resources Centre – a public facility for maritime related information and resources.
The culture of service excellence is embodied in everything we do as evidence by that we continue to participate in all Strategic Tourism-Oriented Platforms including WTO in London, the ITB in Berlin as well as the Tourism Indaba where we won the 1st Best Stand overall. We also won the Provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards of 2016. We have through our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) partnered with strategic partners in order to reach very rural and remote areas, including in other provinces such as Free State, Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. This initiative saw us exceed the number of schools we had originally targeted. We have been involved with providing a water station during the running of the annual Comrades Marathon now for over 5 years which we gladly got involved again this year. We participated in the Marine Week/Month and the prestigious Royal Show.
I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the MEC, the HOD, the Chairman and his Board Colleagues, my management team, the entire staff compliment and my family.
Mr. Mthokozisi Radebe
KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence
Chief Executive Officer