- Knowledge Bengu is an ice pilot
- He will captain SA Agulhas 2, a South African research ship, in January 2019
- The expedition to Antarctica will investigate the sinking of a ship over a century ago
Knowledge Bengu is a marine master and ice pilot who is licensed to navigate ships through the toughest oceans in the world.
Bengu, 38, is set to captain SA Agulhas 2 in January 2019, TimesLIVE reports. It's a research ship owned by the government through the Department of Environmental Affairs.
The expedition will take Bengu and his crew to remote areas of the Antarctica, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Bengu's international team will investigate the 1915 sinking of a ship known as Endurance. He has achieved a high profile status in the marine industry, but it wasn't easy.
A neighbour introduced him to the industry and he completed his maritime studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
However, Bengu didn't get a job immediately after graduating. He worked as a labourer for his bricklaying uncle for two years as he hunted for a job.
Luckily, he joined Smit Amandla Marine as a cadet in 2002. From there, the sky was the limit. In 2013, he won the prestigious South Africa's Seafarer of the Year Award.
In a recent interview, the Umlazi-born mariner revealed just how humble he is despite his success:
For me success is more about - do people come to you and say thank you, through your advice and your guidance I have managed to get this far.
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