The project aims to empower school children from primary to high schools in South Africa by enlightening and empowering them about the career opportunities that exist within the ocean sector. We encourage learners to show interest in the ocean sectors at a young age. The focus is to expand students view away from seeking career opportunities from just the terrestrial economy and look into the ocean economy for career opportunities. The project is targeting school children from upper primary schools to high schools.

School children can explore career opportunities in the ocean sectors such as:

       Navigating Officer (Captain of Ship or Master)

       Marine Engineers

       Naval Architecture

       Engineering Officer

       Deck Officer

       Hydrographic Survey

       Offshore Engineering and Technology

       Oceanography and Marine Meteorology


SMMES, Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Small Business Starts-Ups will be recruited, undergo information Session and placed with various ocean sector of their interest to be mentored into entrepreneurs in the Ocean Sectors. After the mentorship, the SMMEs will graduate and become independent entrepreneurs depending on the exits strategies they would like to approach such as getting into a business contract on their own with the various ocean sectors.


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The Conversion Programme

The project aims to train unemployed mechanical engineering graduates into marine engineers. Kesema Ocean will identify unemployed graduates with Mechanical Engineering Degrees from various higher education institutions in South Africa. These identified graduates will be trained to become fully fledged Marine Engineers through a placement programme. The Mechanical Engineering students will be placed with maritime institutions that Kesema Ocean Economy and Enterprise Development (Pty) Ltd has forged partnership with. After the placement programmes, these Mechanical Engineers will become full time Marine Engineers.

The Conversion Programme

Kesema Ocean Economy and Enterprise Development (Pty) Ltd is busy collaborating with Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in two key areas: (1) Teaching and Learning; and (2) research. Teaching and Learning will entail developing short learning programmes (SLP) that will address the skills gap in the Yacht Design/Boat Building and Production niche area as listed below:

1.     Naval Architecture

2.     Computer-Aided Design

3.     Marine Materials and Production

4.     Structural Mechanics

5.     Marine Systems

6.     Yacht Engineering Skills 

7.      Sailing Yacht Design

8.     Motor Boat Design

9.     Resistance and Propulsion

10.   Marine Production Technology

11.   Applied Marine Systems

12.   Structural Design for Production

13.   Marine Production Management

14.   Applied Yacht Manufacturing