- Londiwe Zulu is a tug master in Richards Bay, KZN
- She had to work hard to get to where she is now
- She advised high school students to obtain good grades if why wish to become tug masters
27-year-old Londiwe Zulu is making a huge mark in the transport sector as a talented tug master.
Londiwe works with Transnet at Richards Bay port, GCIS Vuk'uzenzele reports. Her job entails piloting the powerful tugboats that help ships navigate through the port.
In an interview, she said she was drawn to this career because it's challenging. She has to have an accurate picture of the seabed, including the depth of the port.
Although she is making a name for herself in the sector, it wasn't easy to get to where she is now. She first obtained a degree in Maritime Studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Londiwe almost dropped out because of lack of funds. Fortunately, Transnet offered her a bursary followed by a one-and-a-half-year cadetship.
The determined lady passed several tests at the South African Maritime Safety Authority, which then bestowed her a certificate of competence.
Armed with this certificate, she finally achieved her dream. Londiwe's advice to high school students wishing to become tug masters is to obtain good grades:
This is a very difficult sector if you don’t have good result especially in Mathematics and Science it will be challenging for you.
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