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 -SA
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 STC-SA Cape Town Branch
082 870 1708

“We create opportunities for previously disadvantaged people.”

STC International is committed to excellent training and education in the logistics and maritime industry worldwide. This is a necessity in a sector where the demand for competent and well-trained staff is constantly increasing. Our expert Patrick Kleinbooi, General Manager STC South Africa, trains previously disadvantaged individuals for jobs in the maritime and logistics sector. He shares his story of the positive impact they are making every day. 

Provide a sustainable career

Patrick has worked on several projects since starting at STC-SA. He is most proud of the positive impact that he – together with his colleagues – is making in the lives of the South African people. “We don’t want to be just a training entity that trains people for the sake of training. We want to provide training that enables people to truly change their lives”, said Patrick. “That is what STC stands for. Creating opportunities for our candidates in Southern Africa. Helping them provide a sustainable income to support their families and put food on the table” he continues. 

Turn words into action

Patrick shares an inspiring story about one of their trainees: Isaac. “One of our lecturers came across Isaac. He was an orphan living under a bridge in Palanga.” Isaac was connected with several organizations that helped him with shelter and drug rehabilitation. With the help of funding, he was able to – after only six months – take a course at STC. “We supported him with all course requirements for MSC cruises. They were recruiting about 300 kids at that time to work in the galley on their cruise ships. We arranged an interview for him, he was hired and still works on the cruises today” said Patrick proudly. 

“Isaac is one of many highlights of our work and also the real-life example of what makes our work so important and rewarding.” 

For the people and the industry

“Besides the big difference we can make in a person’s life, we also look at how we can support the sector’s demand. We train industry-driven” said Patrick. “We don’t want a hundred engineers without that demand from the industry. If there is a need for a cook, bartender, security guard or hostess, then we will train for these positions.” It’s a win-win situation for both the local people, and the industry in – and beyond – South Africa. Were you inspired by this story and would you like to learn more about our projects? Feel free to contact us for more information.

Christian Le Roux
Training Centre Manager STC-SA Cape Town Branch
079 889 4331

After 10 years tenure in the South African Navy, serving on various vessels. Mr. Le Roux was appointed as Regimental Staff Seargent in the South African Military Health Service: Maritime Emergency Care Training Centre, as the 2nd in Command of the Unit for 5 years. Mr. Le Roux Completed the IMO Train the Trainer and Skills Development Facilitator’s Courses and is still active in Training as Senior Facilitator/Assessor and Moderator.

 Claim to Fame: “Get up, Dress up and Rock up”

Christian Le Roux STC-SA Pty LTD

Chantal Pharo
HR & 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.

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..