2020 Vision | Dumisani Ntuli

2020 Vision | Dumisani Ntuli

20 Questions for Maritime Leaders in Africa

Name and Surname: Dumisani Theophilus Ntuli

Organisation: National Department of Transport (South Africa) (NDoT)

Current Position: Chief Director for Policy and Legislation

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1.     What qualifications do you have and from which institutions?

I have (1) Honours in International Relations and (2) Masters in International Law from the London Metropolitan University (3) Master in Christian Theology from University of London (Heythrop College) and an (4) LLM Shipping Law from the University of Cape Town

2.     How long have you been working in the maritime industry?

20 years

3.     Are you a member of any professional associations?

Maritime Law Association of South Africa

4.     How many years are you from retirement?

Nine years

5.     How would you describe your leadership style?


6.     What motivates/drives you in your daily work life?

I am driven by the desire to make meaningful change.

7.     What skill (business or pleasure) would you still like to master?

To run a profitable business

8.     Have you spent any time at sea during your career?


9.     What is your outlook for the maritime sector in 2020?

I foresee consolidation of the gains of the Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy.

10.   What is your outlook for your NDoT in 2020?


11.   What geographical markets is NDoT currently active in?


12.   What are the current challenges facing the maritime industry?

Lack of champions.

13.   How should we be addressing these challenges during 2020?

By opening more opportunities to mentor youth across colour and gender.

14.   How is the NDoT embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution and disruptive technologies?

By embracing and doing catch up because the world is already ahead into it.

15.   What changes do you anticipate in the maritime industry over the next two decades?

South Africa will achieve the status of being an international maritime centre in Africa.

16.   How relevant and effective do you think strategies such as Operation Phakisa, AIMS 50 and the African Maritime Decade are to help progress the continent’s Blue Economies (explain your answer)?

As long as these programs or projects remain exclusive to governments, the chances of their success will be reduced by the level of involvement of all sectors of the economy especially the private sector. The longer the Revised African Maritime Transport Charter remains not in force there will always be the common temptation of starting new initiatives instead of pushing for the ratification and then coming into force of the charter.

17.   How can African countries collaborate to collectively benefit from the Blue Economy?

By getting their priorities right. A very good example is partly what Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa are doing. The adoption of the CMTP in 2017 by South Africa has made the country focused and 2020 for us is the beginning of the CMTP decade which will deliver us to be an International Maritime Centre by 2030.

18.   If you could have a superhero power, what would it be?

Ratify the Revised African Maritime Transport Charter and implement it.

19.   What would you like your legacy in the maritime industry to be?

For having revitalised maritime policy and legislation that enabled the growth and development of the sector post the deapartheidisation of South Africa’s maritime economic space.

20.   Please nominate another maritime leader (from the African continent) that you would like us to include in our 2020 Vision series.

I will recommend  Ms Nancy Karigithu of Kenya Maritime Authority and  Ms Ipeleng Selele of Women in Maritime Africa.


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