Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle bid farewell to 97 youths who will be working in cruise liners around the world for the next nine months.
The youths, who come from the Buffalo City Metro, O R Tambo and Alfred Nzo district municipalities were part of about 130 youths trained with the help of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) in several areas including first aid, crowd management, personal safety, swimming and basic competence for being seamen and women.
Masualle was accompanied by by transport MEC Weziwe Tikana, Western Mpondoland King Ndamase Ndamase, Port St John’s mayor Lindelwa Rolobile and SAMSA acting chief executive officer Sobantu Tilayi at the sending off ceremony in Port St John’s popular Second Beach.
The premier praised the youths saying they had made the Eastern Cape proud. “This opportunity opens up avenues for us to take the destiny of our futures in our hands,” he said.