Knowledge Bengu to captain SA research ship to remote part of world

Knowledge Bengu to captain SA research ship to remote part of world

- 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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