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Supporting local communities

Our dredging activities affect the local communities in which we operate and we seek to generate support for the execution of our work. We devote ample attention to environment management, and actively involve local residents, officials and NGOs in the planning and implementation of our projects.

Our industry is capital- and knowledge-intensive and, given this, we impose strict quality requirements on all our employees and suppliers. On long-term projects or in regions where we have a virtually permanent presence we make targeted investments in training local staff. Where possible we source goods and services from local suppliers.

Our people at our offices and on our projects develop initiatives that we support wholeheartedly and which are encouraged by the Board of Management. These include donating safety bonuses to local good causes and contributions to health care, education and infrastructure.

Beach house in Nigeria

Our subsidiary Nigeria Westminster Dredging and Marine Limited (NWDM) built a beach house for the Ogulagha community in Nigeria in 2013. We have completed a range of projects for this community.

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The village of Ogulagha is at the mouth of the Forcados River in the Niger Delta and travel both within the community and to the interior is by water. Our staff in Ogulagha had been watching how travelers were forced to wait in the sun or the rain or in a little makeshift shack. And so NWDM decided to build a beach house for the community, with a large waiting room for passengers, a shop, offices, a ticket window and toilet facilities.

SMIT Amandla Marine’s Socio-Economic Development program

SMIT Amandla Marine’s Socio-Economic Development (SED) program continued in 2013 to prioritize programs in South Africa that provide access to the economy for previously disadvantaged black* South Africans. Read more

SMIT has entered into partnerships with a number of accredited educational and community-based organizations in South Africa to provide educational support and also to promote the maritime industry, which is key to creating a talent pipeline for the industry. Some of the results achieved in 2013 included:


  • Thirty scholarships for primary, secondary and tertiary education were awarded to children of lower-income employees.

  • Four black South Africans in their first year of maritime studies and maritime engineering at South African Universities of Technology received full scholarships for tertiary education.

  • Bursaries for learners at Lawhill Maritime Centre were awarded through a donation to Simon's Town High School in Cape Town.

  • In partnership with HOPE Cape Town, SMIT Amandla Marine participated in a number of community upliftment projects that included hands-on employee involvement in Mandela Day activities in the community of Blikkiesdorp, as well as a Christmas Party held in Delft, Cape Town.

  • Four black South Africans received sponsored training targeting people who wish to apply for entry-level positions in the maritime sector.

  • In addition, the company has promoted career opportunities in the maritime industry, including the National Job Summit and Careers Expo in Durban and World Maritime Day activities in Kimberley. Maritime Promotion is considered to be a socio-economic development activity.

* The term 'black' refers to African, Colored and Indian South Africans who were previously disadvantaged under the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

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