About STC-Southern Africa


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 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, STC – Southern Africa
072 970 7970

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
General Manager, Cape Town
082 870 1708

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

082 378 0656

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.

Thameenah Abrahams
Financial Accountant
021 418 5062, extension 204

I am a Financial Accountant who acquired a Bcompt in Accounting Science degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Accounting Science and passed the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) SAICA examination. I’ve been in the corporate retail business for 7 years and gained knowledge on various elements in business. In addition, I have been exposed to the audit and accounting environment since 2015. I completed the 3 years’ SAICA articles at the end of February 2018 and I have joined STC-SA on the 02nd March 2020 as a Financial Accountant



STC-SA, previously known as Grindrod Shipping Training Academy, previously known as Unicorn Training Academy, was established in 1975 to provide training for its own crew on board the Unicorn Shipping fleet.

Based in Fletcher Road at the time, the academy grew in the courses offered and was soon offering SAMSA accredited STCW training resulting in the training offering being opened to South African seafarers from other shipping lines.

In 2015, the academy moved to larger, purpose-built premises in Hannah Road. The new facility was equipped with the ‘Helicopter Underwater Escape Training’ simulator that enabled the pursuing of approval for the delivery of OPITO courses.

It is with immense pride that STC-SA has seen many seafarers progress from cadets to officers, engineers and masters. We are continually striving to add further value to our clients and ensure that we keep abreast with the latest trends and legislative requirements.

We do not compromise on safety.

Safety First. A STC-SA promise.

Gavin Andre Le Roux (AFNI)
General Manager, Durban

083 308 8448

Gavin commenced his maritime career by joining the South African Navy in 1980 and served in various capacities for 22 years culminating in Command of a Warrior Class Strike Craft. Gavin resigned from the Navy in 2002 and joined Unicorn Shipping as the Fleet Training Manager then later Marine HR Manager for Grindrod Shipping and lastly as General Manager for the Grindrod Shipping Training Academy which merged with STC SA on 01 June 2021.

Jerome Deon Daniels
Training Centre Manager/ Deputy General Manager
064 755 9574

Jerome commenced his maritime career by joining the South African Navy in 1997 and served in various shore and seagoing appointments, including Command of an Offshore Patrol Vessel (ex-Warrior Class Strike Craft). Jerome resigned from the Navy in 2015 as a Commander and joined Grindrod Shipping in January 2017 as the Fleet Training Manager.

STC-Southern Africa offers maritime training solutions and services, which encompass all aspects of Human Resource Development, Consultancy, Technical Assistance and Research.

We are sure to have a solution for your needs. STC-SA’s understanding of the unique needs of the African continent, positions itself well to provide an Africanised approach, whilst still maintaining the highest quality standards..