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’
Gaining a SAMSA certificate is the goal of the training that the Bursary Fund is providing to LMC students. Sea time gained on both Speranza and Sean Day under the watchful eyes of volunteer mentors Ian Hare and Digby Thomson, have since 2022 enabled fourteen LMC students to qualify for their Category E certificate. It is especially exciting that two of 2022’s qualified motorboat students Anele May and Sylvino October were able to assist this year with the training –
a true example of giving back!
Farewell Phil Wade
The sad passing of this prominent seafarer and philanthropist occurred on Saturday 18th. November at his South African home in Somerset West. Anne, his wife, and Phil had just celebrated their twenty second wedding anniversary and earlier that same Friday afternoon Phil had presented a prize to a young lady yacht enthusiast, named Ms Khombisile Mthethwa, from Lawhill Maritime Centre in Simon’s Town.
Competent Crew Course
Sailing on an over 9 metre yacht provides crucial sea time towards achieving a Day Skippers thus five LMC students were recently funded to complete a Competent Crew Course on a L34. So far, the Bursary Fund and its partners have enabled eight students to gain this much coveted qualification.