ABOUT US

The General Botha Old Boys’ Association Bursary Fund promotes maritime education and training. We do this via raising
funds to provide financial assistance to formerly disadvantaged school going students at Lawhill Maritime Centre at Simon’s Town School. In addition, Tertiary Bursaries for Maritime Studies are awarded to selected students. An ongoing Mentorship and Outreach program, in partnership with various organisations and supported by Captains of Industry from school through to employment, is essential to the success of students who are part the program.

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      What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives
of others that will determine the significance of the life we lived’
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Nelson Mandela
 

LATEST NEWS

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2022

Watch this INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO
of the Bursary Funds
life changing youth development programme

The aim is to create a new generation of South African seafarers.

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March 2022

Swimming Training

Twenty-five LMC Grade 10 students and two TS Woltemade Sea Cadets participated in swimming lessons in February and March. For many this is a life changing experience students as they start as non-swimmers and end the lessons as competent swimmers. Thank you to the funders who make it possible for the Bursary Fund to coordinate this program and to SWIMMA who donated funky swimming caps.

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March 2022

Centenary of the South African Training Ship General Botha

The first weekend of March saw General Botha Old Boy’s from all over South Africa and the world gather in Cape Town to celebrate 100 years since the General Botha Training Ship sailed into Simon’s Town and the journey that led to the Old Boys’ Association and the Bursary Fund began. Amongst the highlights of the weekend was a Celebratory lunch during which a movie was shown to
Remember the Past - Celebrate the Present - Secure the Future.

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June 2022

Motorboat Qualifications

Saturday 11 June 2022 was a day to celebrate “Nurturing Sea Fever” at False Bay Yacht Club. The first five students from the Lawhill Maritime Centre at Simon’s Town School qualified as skippers under 9m Category E.

They were examined by Peter Daly and all passed their written and practical tests after being trained for the last 10 months on Speranza by Ian Hare and the past month on the rigid inflatable boat, Sean Day, by Digby Thomson. The GBOBA endeavours to provide sea time and experience to Lawhill students to supplement what they are learning in the classroom. To achieve skippers certificates is the cherry on top.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 Now
Available!

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R750
Library Edition (Hard cover)

R550
Standard Edition (Soft cover)

(exclude packaging & postage.)

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Marine
Bursary Golf Day

SAVE THE DATES!

17 November 2022 Rondebosch Golf Course,
Cape Town

 

OUR SPONSORS

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