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Pinky Zungu dreamt of becoming an airline pilot, but she has found that piloting a ship is something she could do forever. And she has done such a good job of it that Transnet National Ports Authority has appointed her its first black female deputy harbour master.
South Africa ranks among the world's top 12 maritime trading nations, commanding 6% of the world's sea trade. Yet much of the shipping industry is foreign-owned. Now a new black-owned shipping line - largely owned by former Robben Island inmates - is making waves in the industry.
President Thabo Mbeki has officially opened a high-tech, state-of-the-art maritime academy in Simon's Town outside Cape Town, saying the facility will turn out maritime officers on a par with the best in the world.