Happy Spring,

Welcome to our second newsletter of the year.

The cold seems to have reduced a little and the flowers are in bloom – this can only mean one thing: Spring is finally here. This new season also brings new changes for the SA Branch. We have held a luncheon, held our AGM and elected new members which you can read about below. Exciting news for our students is that the April 2016 exam results were also recently published and we congratulate those that have passed.Enjoy the read and Happy Spring everyone!

Alica Kleingeld, Editor



New Year's Resolutions,

Welcome to our first newsletter of the year.

Last year seems to have been a tough year for most of us, but as always a new year brings new opportunities, excitement and New Year’s resolutions…

This is a tradition in which people resolve to change their lifestyle for the better, be it their behaviour or any sort of self-improvement. It won’t be a surprise to you that studies have found that more than half of resolutions will be continued for only the first week of January, and less than half won’t even make it past the six month mark.

According to the University of Scranton, your age should also be taken into account, it seems that less than 40% of people that are in their twenties will achieve their resolutions where only a mere 14% of people over the age of 50 will achieve theirs.

Did you make any resolutions for 2017 and have you maintained them?
Alica Kleingeld, Editor



Last newsletter for 2015

This past year has been a challenge for many of us and the Institute has been no different. We have however, seen positive steps with in our Branch and continue to focus on increasing education within our industry.

The Institute will continue to support as many schools as possible that offer Maritime Studies and are currently working on accreditation of ‘Understanding Shipping’ with TETA.

Internationally, the Institute is revisiting its Vision and Strategy to ensure we continue to create an organization that caters to the needs of its members into the future.

We are very proud of the South African students that excelled during the April and November examinations and look forward to many of them continuing their studies into the new year.

We wish all Members, Fellows, Students and supporters of the Institute, a very peaceful festive season with their families.

Natasha Vaughan FICS


Hello again

A lot of time has passed since our last newsletter, for which I have to apologise. The original intention was a short update ever second month or so but it has been 6 months already since our last newsletter. I hope that you have kept up to date on some news and activities via our website and the Shipping Network, the official magazine of the Institute.

Having said that, we have been working on keeping our website up to date with new content and useful information and would suggest that you check in here every now and then. Of course special thanks go to the sub-committee involved in this, thank you.

As Members and Fellows of the Institute we all contribute to increasing the standards in our industry and by this we ensure that the greatest opportunity is given to all students, everywhere, to ensure that they have the best opportunity of passing. With this in mind, we are currently focusing on increasing our pool of tutors locally and continue to work on improving our exam prep each year.

The Institute appeals to all Members and Fellows to offer their assistance in any areas that they can.

Natasha Vaughan FICS


Spring just got a lot easier!

I will admit that there has been so much happening at the ICS that I have been feeling a little overwhelmed over the past few weeks; so much so that this newsletter is now being issued a month later than planned.  Perhaps it is just as well as this allows us to keep you informed of the very latest happenings at ICS.

Whilst we Celebrate 20 years of ICS in South Africa this is also a celebration in South Africa marking 20 years of Democracy.  Our heritage month, in September is shared with the celebration of World Maritime Day.

As mentioned during our week of celebration, it is vital to see the important role that our Industry plays in our Heritage.

I anticipate that things will quieten down a little as we head towards year end allowing us to enjoy the warmer weather and rejoice at hopefully seeing the end of winter.  

Natasha Vaughan FICS


Sharing is a two-way street

This is now our fourth newsletter and it seems to be growing with each edition.

I was initially concerned about finding content to update our membership with but it seems that there are always things going on that we are happy to share with you.

You will also see that we have two contributors that will become ‘regulars’ in our newsletters – Tim Hastie and also, the Helmsman.  It is still noticeable however, that we are lacking contributions from our general membership and I welcome you to send us news or interesting snippets that we can share.

I hope you find this Issue interesting with all the recent events and we look forward to hearing from you with submissions for the next Newsletter.

Natasha Vaughan FICS


Passing exams is demanding

It is the part of the year when we are all gearing up for Exam registrations and preparations.

Preparing for examinations is demanding and in order for students to achieve the best possible results, this preparation should be well under way.  It won’t be long now and you will be receiving many ‘Good Luck’ wishes.


“You are not alone”

Dear Students, Associates, Members and Fellows

We have had a great response to our last newsletter and hope that we can keep you updated in the months to come with all the happenings at the ICS SA Branch to ensure that you never feel that you are in the dark with what your committee is achieving.

Our focus is to respond directly to your need for a community and a connection.  Having said this, Serena Robson has recently joined our committee as the Student Representative.  Serena will be making contact with students to offer ideas on study groups and networking and hopefully offer the committee new ideas on meeting students and new members needs and expectations.


Welcome to our first Newsletter

This is the first edition of the ICS Newsletter which we plan on sending out every quarter to try to keep everyone updated with some of the latest information.

You are very welcome to send suggestions, ideas and contributions to us for the next edition.  Please contact Fiona at the ICS office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) who will gladly include going forward.

We hope you find this information interesting and look forward to hearing from you.


Natasha Vaughan FICS