- Lindile holds a master's degree in Port Operations
- As a tugmaster, she navigates cargo ships in high seas
- She hopes more women would join the maritime industry
A South African woman is excelling in the maritime industry as a tugmaster despite the fact that it's male-dominated.
Briefly.co.za learned that Lindile Mdletshe holds a master's degree in Port Operations, master's degree in Business Administration, and bachelor's degree in Maritime Studies.
According to vukuzenzele.gov.za, she's one of the few female tugmasters in the country. Her job is to assume overall command of cargo ships and navigate them in high seas.
Lindile grew up in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, where she was naturally drawn to the ocean. She qualified as a tugmaster soon after obtaining her first degree at the age of 25.
In an interview, she said it's challenging being a woman in a male-dominated industry:
As much as women try to blend in and work hard to prove people wrong, it can be draining. I overcame this by remaining calm, having a positive attitude and working with people to earn their respect.
However, Lindile has already proven her mettle. She won an award when she was appointed as acting marine technical manager.
Additionally, she was recognised for her heroism after saving ships from severe storms in Durban in October 2017.
Lindile said she's determined to achieve even more and is currently involved in training young recruits in the maritime industry.
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