A sociological analysis of historically marginalised seafarers: a case study of the changing face of South African seafarers at the port city of Durban.”
Mazibuko, Justice Mfanafuthi.
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The advent of democracy in South Africa has brought about fundamental changes in the spheres of governance. One of these changes is the policy transformation in the maritime industry and public service by the South African navy. This study explores the changing face of the South African seafarer. Understanding the context of Employment Equity Act and Affirmative Action policies in the maritime industry and South African navy. This has had an impact on the way gender and race is viewed in light of the political and social transformation in the workplace. This thesis analyses the understanding of these political reforms amongst historically disadvantaged individuals in the South African navy. It will also explore any visible demographic and gender change amongst the occupational ranks of the seafarers. In doing so, the thesis aims to highlight key concerns in reconstructing an educated, reskilled and employable South African workforce for the maritime industry.