ICS South Africa Newsletter – Vol 1 No. 2

“You are not alone”

Dear Students, Associates, Members and Fellows

We have had a great response to our last newsletter and hope that we can keep you updated in the months to come with all the happenings at the ICS SA Branch to ensure that you never feel that you are in the dark with what your committee is achieving.

Our focus is to respond directly to your need for a community and a connection.  Having said this, Serena Robson has recently joined our committee as the Student Representative.  Serena will be making contact with students to offer ideas on study groups and networking and hopefully offer the committee new ideas on meeting students and new members needs and expectations.

We also take this opportunity to congratulate the International Prize winners again and are very proud of Serena Robson who attended the Prizegiving in London to receive her prize.

Please also remember that you are very welcome to attend a committee meeting; this is why we advertise the dates.  Just let Carol know in advance of your interest, and we will ensure that you have all the details (time and place) to join us.

There is a lot going on at the moment and we hope that you find the latest update from the SA Branch interesting and informative.

Natasha Vaughan FICS

SA Student Prize giving

The SA Student Prize Giving Lunch was held at the Durban Country Club on 19th September and was well attended by recipients, sponsors, tutors and committee members.

Natalie du Toit, the Olympic gold medalist, mesmerized everyone with her inspirational story and her talk suited the occasion very aptly.

Pictured here are  L-R back: Wesley Bowden, Daniel Ngubane, Senzo Nxumalo (Education Officer of ICS SA), Lloyd Taadira, Natasha Vaughan (Chairman of ICS SA)

L-R front: Gillian Ward, Serena Robson, Natalie du Toit (Guest speaker), Daniela Franck, Arlene Tweedie

London Awards – by Serena Robson

I had the privilege of attending the ICS Awards ceremony in London this year to receive my Institute award for the highest score achieved in Foundation Diploma in Ship Operations and Management.

This prestigious event was held at Trinity House in London and it was an incredible spectacle.

Students who attended the awards were treated to a delicious lunch with various members of the ICS UK Controlling Council and Executive committee in attendance – including the Director, Chairman and Vice President of the ICS.

The awards ceremony followed in the evening which included warm welcomes and congratulations that left everyone in attendance in high spirits.  The handling out of awards had students feeling a mixture of achievement and pride which showed in their glowing smiles as they walked up to collect their awards.  I was equally, if not more proud to be receiving my award, not only as a personal achievement but one that represented South Africa.

I encourage students to not only work towards passing their exams but aiming for excellent results as well.  Aside from the personal achievement that winning an award brings; the ICS – both South Africa and the UK Branch – honour the award winners with impressive prizes and ceremony to make the experience a truly memorable one!

Serena Robson

Bespoke and Short courses

ICS SA Branch has been very busy preparing a number of Bespoke courses in the Industry.  The workbooks and presentations cover Container Exports, Dry Cargo Chartering and Bills of Lading.

These courses are unique and tailored to specific company’s needs within our industry and are aimed at empowering the leaders of tomorrow.

Please contact our office if these are of interest to you – we can adjust the subjects to suit you requirements.

Controlling Council in Vancouver

Controlling Council members were welcomed by the Canada Branch to a very beautiful Vancouver for this year’s workshops and meeting.

As the international presence of the ICS continues to grow, the participation and sharing of views between branches becomes more relevant.

There was a very large focus on membership matters including benefits to members so I hope that you will see the attention that this will receive over the next few months as we try to highlight some of the tangible benefits to being a member of the ICS as well as the South Africa Branch.

Other items discussed included expanding membership and exam accessibility into new regions.

Highlights of the Controlling Council meeting including electing and welcoming new Members and Fellows into the ICS as well as Tony Dixon handing over his International Chairman position and medal to Capt Richard Brook-Hart FICS.

Whilst I was very proud to be a member of the SA Branch, there are definitely items that we can learn from other Branches.

Wine Evening

The Marketing Sub-Committee brought a new initiative to our members with our first Annual Wine Evening on 10 October at the DLI Hall.

It was a fun social evening with prizes from generous sponsors including Olam, K-Line, Grindrod, CSAL, Stolt, Atlas Trading and Kestrel Maritime.

Albeit a small, intimate, event this year, we hope to increase our numbers significantly next year and see more of you attending.

Breakbulk Africa 2014

We are very excited to update our members on the upcoming Breakbulk Africa Conference taking place  at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 27-30 January.

This is a two day event and the Conference allows members to learn and network with cargo owners, forwarders and ports that have a vested interest in building more cargo and stronger business relationships in Africa.

All ICS members will be offered a discounted rate for attendance of the Congress.  Please contact Carol at our office for an offline registration form.

ICS South Africa will have an exhibition stand at the conference, so look out for us there too.

Prep SA and Mozambique 2014

The tradition continues and we are gearing up for Prep 2014.  We are excited that not only are we having our usual Prep SA during the last week of February but we will also be conducting a Prep in Mozambique in the new year.

Prep SA 2014 will be at Glengarry from 21-23 February 2014.  This weekend allows students to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and devote an entire weekend to studying and preparing for the April examinations.

Prep Mozambique 2014 dates are being finalized and we will keep you updated of these over the next few months.

Chapter updates

From Johannesburg
“Interest in the Institute has been growing in the region which reflects the need of the individual and business alike.  Sandton in Gauteng is being advertised as the ‘richest square mile in Africa’.  Those of us who have to navigate the traffic daily know only too well the increasing demand on road space.  The mining houses and traders are also aware of the demand on human resources.  Lack of skills in certain areas highlighted the problems that risk can bring and this is no more evident than in the world of international business.

Decisions made with limited knowledge of shipping can have expensive consequences.  Sandton and Johannesburg are 600km from the coast and new entrants into business are deprived of the smell of salt in the air.  The need for professional training and professional qualifications has never been greater and the ICS can bridge this gap.

Under the name of ‘TBN’ we have a networking event every second month where existing and potential members can meet.  There are plans to increase the Institutes profile in the area next year and we hope to have news on this in the near future”

From Richards Bay
A chapter luncheon is being arranged with a local guest speaker for early in the New Year – please look out for more information on this event and we look forward to your support in Richards Bay.

From Mauritius
London has approved LM Institute in Port Louis to distribute ICS Courses as a Distance Learning Center.  Registration is now open for the Foundation Diploma.

LM Institute are focusing on launching an awareness campaign during a Shipping and Logistics Week in the new year.  We will share more information with you on this nearer the time.

Branch Twinning

In the mid 1990’s the South Africa branch twinned with the Irish Branch in an official Twinning Charter and our commemorative Waterford Crystal Vase is proudly on display at our offices.

The twinning facilitates the setting up of a long term, cooperative agreement between the two Branches to promote and foster friendship and understanding between different cultures.

At the recent Countrolling Council meetings, we identified other Branches that we would work closer together with to share ideas and offer support in new initiatives.