STC-SA performs and executes the services of all the STC sister companies in the Southern African region. We serve as a conduit for Africa’s access to the rich source of maritime/transport expertise and products of the rest of the world.

STC-SA enables access to the cutting-edge technology and methodologies for skills development in the Southern African maritime/transport sector as well as access to decades of experience in consulting in the Shipping, Ports, and Transport and Logistics sectors.

Our establishment follows years of project implementation by STC-International in the Sub-Sahara region. STC-International has executed several technical assistance projects for maritime academies worldwide, i.e. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Indonesia and is currently executing such projects in the Philippines, India, Indonesia and South Africa.

To provide high quality and global standard consulting and training services towards and economically competitive transport economy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

To be Sub-Saharan Africa’s one-stop-shop training and consulting company in the transport and related sectors.

Our Team

Our STC-SA team is made up of people who epitomize our values and visions, more than half of whom have been members of the team for a very long time.

Patrick Michael Wells

Managing Director
The maritime career of Patrick Wells, commenced in 1984 with the South African navy which he continued to serve for 14 years as a Combat Officer specializing in Anti Surface, Air and Anti Submarine warfare. He resigned from the Navy as a Commander and joined the South African Port Services holding positions such as Tug Master, Marine Pilot, Fleet operations manager and assistant harbour Master. He was also responsible for training all the South African Marine Pilots for a period of 3 years, before taking up a position 4 years ago with the STC Group as the Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs at the International Maritime College in Oman. Patrick returned to South Africa in July 2017 to take up the position of General Director at STC-South Africa.

Patrick Kleinbooi

Deputy Managing Director and Training Centre Manager
After 17 years tenure in the South African Navy, Mr Patrick Kleinbooi was appointed as a Captain in the South African Police Service, as Operational Commander, Sea Borderline Control, Division Operational Response Services. An ex-Naval Chief Petty Officer who served in various posts onboard Combat Vessels; he retired his sea-legs to share his experience and knowledge with the students in the TVET Sector Maritime Studies. Running the STC-SA Maritime Training Centre, Mr Kleinbooi enjoys seeing young people excelling in all aspects of their life. An adjustment from the “Navy” way of doing things, Mr Kleinbooi lives by a quote “Education should not be the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats

Chantal Pharo

Support Services Manager
Chantal joined STC-SA in 2017, with more than 18 years collective HR and administrative experience. Chantal has had the opportunity to work across all the functions in HR and with managers in senior positions within various organisations. This exposure has allowed her to build community relations, learn to assess and successfully fulfil staffing needs, while understanding how best to develop and retain staff.

Kevin Hughes

Senior Project Manager
The maritime career of Kevin Hughes commenced in 1996 with the South African Navy, which he continued to serve for 16 years as a Combat Diver and Combat Officer specialising in mine warfare, explosive ordinance disposal, projects and training. He then resigned from the SA Navy as a Lieutenant having had command of his own vessel and been in charge of the operational diving division of both the east and west coast. He later joined STC-SA in 2012, holding positions such as Senior Facilitator, Campus Manager, Operations Manager and Project Manager before settling into his current position as the Senior Project and Operations Manager; responsible for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of all local and international projects, whilst still being responsible for some operations at the Maritime Training Centre and all our accreditation submissions to the relevant regulating authorities.

Leonard Geland

Leonard started his maritime career with I&J way back in 1967. He started as an apprentice and worked his way up through the ranks and became a grade 2 skipper in 1975, as well as commanding a vessel the same year. Leonard sailed in that capacity until 1990, when he started working ashore as a fishing supervisor, and then  promoted to fleet manager in 1994. Soon after he became the fleet operations manager, a position he held until he retired at the beginning of 2006. Leonard started facilitating E.N.S in 2013 for various companies until he joined STC-SA in 2016.

Shane Joemath

Shane’s background, starting out as a local Stevedore boy in Cape Town Harbour after school, before joining the Maritime Shipping industry for Safmarine in 1999. Shane worked his way up the ranks on the Deck whilst doing partime Lecturing since 2007 for SAMTRA (South African Maritime Training Academy). While still at Safmarine, they merged with Maersk Line and he had an opportunity to sail in their fleets at Maersk Supply Service (Anchor Handling, Supply and Stand by vessels) as well as Maersk Tankers, before re-joining Safmarine in 2009. All this while doing part time lecturing at SAMTRA. He left Safmarine to pursue and further his career in the Offshore industry for Ocean Rig on Drillships on a 28 day on/28 day off rotation. SAMTRA approached him in 2011 to help them start out on South Africa’s first Dedicated Cadet Training vessel (SA Agulhas), he was employed as a Deck Training Officer and later on as a Senior Deck Training Officer, steering their onboard training, mentoring and monitoring Deck Cadets training progress as well as Facilitating various courses on-board. In 2015 while doing some personal refresher training (2010 Manilla Amendments) to keep himself seaworthy with regards to STCW certification as a seafarer. Management at STC-SA offered him a position as a Facilitator, Shane gladly accepted as he mentioned he wanted to spend more time with his family in Cape Town. Finally, he could call it quits going to sea and call STC-SA his new home since 2015.