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South Africa’s first black ship surveyor, Malawian-born Captain Francis Chilalika bid farewell to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) this week after 20 years of service.

During the two decades Captain Chilalika was one of SAMSA’s strongmen, a key contributor to both the setting up of the organization in 1998 as well as its bedding down as the country’s lead authority on ocean safety and environmental protection, and crucially, the promotion of South Africa’s maritime interests domestically and globally.

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Captain Francis Chilaluka, South Africa’s first black surveyor and long time manager at the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) receiving his long service award from SAMSA Executive Head, Human Capital; Ms Lesego Mashishi at an event to bid him farewell on retirement.


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