In 2014 Lwandle increased collaborative effort with academic institutions and embarked on an internship program with the UCT Department of Oceanography. Since 2016 the program has expanded to include CPUT Marine Science Department. Two internships are offered annually to a third year or Honours student and a Masters student or equivalent registered within either department.
This program increases student exposure to a career in operational oceanography and the marine science industry, providing practical, valuable and marketable work experience.
As a corporate member of the Hydrographic Society of South Africa (HSSA), Lwandle promotes the development of hydrography and hydrographic learning by providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices.
The HSSA, which meets on a regular basis in Cape Town, is a member of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS). The IFHS is a unique, internationally respected partnership of national and regional hydrographic societies that services all aspects of the hydrographic profession.
For more information, contact the HSSA via e-mail.
To further understand our physical world, Lwandle sponsors the Oceanography Library at the University of Cape Town’s Department of Oceanography.
It is the only university department of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa and aims to advance knowledge of the oceans in the Southern Hemisphere. Their emphasis lies on the ocean’s physical environment and atmosphere and the interaction between the two. It is a centre for teaching and research in oceanography, atmospheric science and climatology.
With our involvement in tertiary education, Lwandle contributes to the academic training of South Africa’s students and expands humanity’s understanding of our planet.
Lwandle has recently formed a relationship with the Simon’s Town School Lawhill Maritime Centre. Lawhill Maritime Centre was developed almost 20 years ago, and since then has focused its efforts on alleviating youth unemployment and poverty by providing young South Africans with maritime knowledge and skills while still at school, thus increasing their prospects of after-school employment.
Through Lwandle’s involvement, it is hoped to introduce school learners to the operational oceanography and marine science industry through the provision of career talks and job shadowing as well as to increase environmental awareness of the learners.
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