About SSTG – Sea Safety Training Group (Pty) Ltd
Maritime Safety Training
Sea Safety Training Group (Pty) Ltd. is committed to preserve life by focusing on excellent maritime safety training. No student will be left behind, and we will not be satisfied with sub-standard achievements. To this end, we will promote safety at sea through quality maritime safety training, efficient safety systems, general task guidance, and the supply of necessary safety equipment. With this mindset, we address maritime safety training with a passion to make a difference in the lives of our local maritime community, and that of our international clientele as we expand globally. We believe that maritime training should be as realistic as possible, and we do so by recreating real-world circumstances in a safe and professionally supervised environment.
A Word from Our CEO
We are never too old to learn, even from a young age. It is a proven fact that if you are interested in your profession or subject matter, your inquisitive mind will keep on challenging, second guessing and seeking answers and solutions to what you find interesting. At SSTG we are committed to taking both the young and the old and starting that small fire of “I want to know”. Using our knowledgeable facilitators, state of the art equipment and technologies, we are passionate about creating those opportunities for you. We strive to create a safe environment for all to study, an environment where we guide you through your learning process which includes practical and workplace experience. SSTG offers a host of SAMSA and STCW approved courses including all the necessary support services such as travel, accommodation and document applications to ensure that you can focus on and enjoy your studies. Nothing comes without taking that first step and starting somewhere. Together we break down those barriers that once kept all of us from achieving success.
Leon Mouton – Group CEO
Leon Mouton is the initiator and driver behind SSTG and was a Master working actively in the Fishing Industry for over 20 years. Starting as a deck hand, he worked his way up to Captain with great success, operating in South Africa, Namibia and Iceland. He has undertaken every possible sea going qualification available in South Africa from Fishing Qualifications to Master Coastal and Master Unlimited Theory. Apart from all the required ancillary safety courses, he completed his Diploma in Maritime studies cum laude in 2009.
His innovative ideas and adaptability to changing circumstances have proven to be beneficial for the company over the past five (5) years. His management, guidance and a clear vision of where the opportunities lie in the industry has often been a contributing factor to SSTG’s success. His commitment to the success of this company and of the learners is evident in his attention to detail and constant drive to do better and to grow, which is in line with the company vision.
Danie Badenhorst – Capital Manager
Danie started his career in the banking industry and in his time there worked his way to being a business accountant and financial advisor assisting clients with investments, loans and capital investments. He then moved into the fishing processing industry where he started in the finance area then became Operations Manager responsible for fishing and production, managing a team of over 650 employees before becoming a Director of Fishing Operations and then Production.
With having been involved in financial and operational management for the past twenty-five (25) years for local fishing companies and vessel operators and with his knowledge and experience of how the operational side functions and understanding the financial implications and constraints the industry faces, Danie adds value in SSTG’s day to day operations to ensure we deliver what we promise to our clients.
Pieter Grove – Training Manager
Pieter spent thirteen years in service to the South African Navy as a Combat Officer where he qualified as Bridge Watchkeeping Officer with an Ocean Navigation certificate and Command endorsement. During his time in the Navy, he also qualified as Principle Warfare Office (PWO) and General Operations Officer. His appointments included Navigation Officer, PWO onboard SAN Frigate and Command of Inshore Patrol Vessel as well as Training Officer at the SA Naval College. After resigning his commission, he worked as an Offshore Security Operations Manager for an International Oil and Gas exploration company for four years before starting with SSTG where he facilitates all levels of Maritime training and education.
Pieter’s qualifications include a National Diploma: Maritime Studies (S1- S4); BPhil Hons Degree: Maritime Studies; Transport Economics and Maritime Shipping and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Cate Kirkland – Corporate Business Development Manager
Cate has worked in vocational training at all levels from corporate clients through to trainees, apprentices, the long-term unemployed and staff at every level. She has extensive experience across a multitude of industries including Tourism, Hospitality, Retail, Wholesale, Management, Community Services, Agriculture and Vocational Training in diverse roles including Management, Human Resources, Operations and Training & Development.
Cate is passionate about working with businesses and individuals to reach their full potential, and she does this by developing customised Corporate Training for organisations, providing Executive Coaching for managers at all levels and Career and Life Development Programs.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Learning Design (Golden Key Honour Society Alumni); various Advanced Diploma’s and Diploma’s in Management; Tourism; Hospitality; Work Health & Safety; Project Management; Training and Assessment; Frontline Management; Retail Management; Marketing and she is an Accredited Counsellor.
Bernadine Mons – Capacity Manager
Bernadine spent fifteen years in the South African Navy and sailed on warships both locally and internationally where she operated a variety of radio equipment and managed different platforms with telecommunications. During her time in the Navy, she worked with various helicopter operations whilst deployed at sea and on a land base; managed Search and Rescue activities within South African waters for surface vessels and submarines and managed Coastal Navigational warning messages to and from Cape Town Radio on behalf of the Hydrographic office. Bernadine developed telecommunication teaching aids, instructional software, multimedia visual aids and study materials and wrote and designed continuing education examinations.
Bernadine joined SSTG as a Facilitator and Examiner, and while she continues that role, she is also responsible for ICT. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts: Language and Literature and a Postgraduate Certificate: Project Management.
Mariette van Zyl – Group Financial Officer
Mariette completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree, BCompt, followed by her three-year articles at the South African Institute of Professional Accountants. She was previously employed at an auditors’ firm where she was responsible for capturing data from source documents, compiling annual financial statements, management reports, individual as well as companies’ tax calculations, performing audit procedures, independent reviews, salary calculations, cash flow projections as well as completing and submitting various SARS returns on e-filing.
Alicia Valentine – Crewing Manager
Alicia graduated from UCT in 2005 with a Bachelor of Social Sciences and then went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration through UNISA’s Graduate School of Business Leadership in 2013. Alicia has a vast HR background with the last few years being in the Oil & Gas industry with companies like Fugro and more recently in the maritime industry doing crewing services.
Alicia’s role with SSTG has her managing Special Funded Projects which qualify learners for seafaring careers and providing HR support and is looking forward to working closely with our various national stakeholders that are providing funding and with the communities and individuals being upskilled. Alicia aims to utilise her experience to provide our seafarers-in-training with valuable sea time on vessels locally and internationally recognised.
Fishing Industry Safety Systems
Training alone is not always enough to keep ‘us’ safe and as such, the Sea Safety Training Group has developed a unique Safety Management Systems (SMS) specifically for the fishing industry and for procedures on-board fishing vessels. Leon Mouton (our Group CEO), as a ‘Master’ in the Fishing Industry and with years of experience, developed this SMS specifically to aid fishermen and to safeguard their lives and fishing vessels.
Leon understands fishermen, their lives, their difficulties and their constraints, but during the course of his training he has also come to understand the importance of maritime safety and this drove his passion to help others to be safe at sea.
Consultancy & Maritime Services
Our Maritime Services are carefully thought through and structured not only to provide maritime training, but to provide the support systems necessary to help our clients keep up with changing legislation. Other than our General Maritime Consultancy Service we also offer a host of other specialised services (eg. Fire Watch, Safety Watch, Vessel Risk Audits and more). Let us lead the way, empowering your vessels with competent crews and a superb supporting safety system to ensure that your assets are protected and that you keep landing you catch safely.