Meet the 1st Chief Marine Engineering Officer at the Port of East London
– Khayakazi Somzana became the first female Chief Marine Engineering Officer in East London
– She worked for a long time in the fields with her parents at home before having a successful career
– Encourages more women to fearlessly assume roles in male-dominated industries
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By Zakithi Dlamini – Freelance Journalist
Nothing is impossible for women these days. At 37, Khayakazi Somzana shines in the men’s world by becoming the first female Chief Marine Engineer Officer (CMEO) at the Port of East London.
The tasks of this brave diva are enormous as she is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all machinery and engineering functions on tugs. Anything related to the repairs and maintenance of these boats, Khayakazi is your lady of choice. She said that in her early days, she was the only woman in the industry among men and sometimes felt small.
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Khayakazi said that before her success, she spent a lot of time helping in the fields at home because her parents did not have the money to continue her education. Her fate changed when she walked past the harbor with her friend. She inquired about the opportunities, took a chance and her bravery led her to what she is today.
She only had an N4 degree in electrical engineering when she started out. After graduating as a Millwright, she went on to serve as a Marine Engineer Trainee. She then received a maritime scholarship at Durban University of Technology. She worked as a second engineer after completing her maritime studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
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The proud Queen of the Sea said she was inspired by her late father. âI was helping my dad and learned a lot from him. Finally, I am living my dream, âshe said.
Khayakazi said that being in this industry comes with challenges and it is not easy. However, she said persistence leads to success. She admitted that there were times when she felt small when skilled millwrights sent her out to look for things like a wrench, but then she ignored the negative voice and did her job with love and dedication. She encouraged other women to rule the world known to be for men.
âNever give up on your dreams. Work hard and pray all the time. It’s never easy, but it does happen eventually,â she said.
The proud mother’s wish is to set a good example for her seven year old daughter and other women.
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