(Full article in this week’s Talk of the Town.)
The challenge of youth development in South Africa has never been more important, particularly as the world changes and new and unanticipated pressures are being placed on our youth.
The Sea Cadets have a long history of assisting youth development, the organisation having been founded in England in 1854. The Sea Cadets provide training for young people of school-going age in necessary maritime skills. In addition, the Sea Cadets inculcates, perhaps, more importantly, honesty, morality, responsibility, accountability, discipline, obedience and self-respect. Armed with these skills there is no limit to the heights a Sea Cadet can attain in life.
In 1993 the late professor James Milln OBE opened TS Prince Alfred which was named after the first steam tub operating on the Kowie River.
The case for restarting the Sea Cadets is motivated by the recognition of the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) as a link to its “Blue Continent” project, run under the auspices of Nelson Mandela University’s Ocean Research Campus and under the government’s Phakisa Ocean Economy project.
The Sea Cadet executive invites any ex-cadets and interested adults as well as boys and girls to become involved in the new beginning of the TS Prince Alfred. Lieutenant Commander (SCC) Clarry Hearne, who is based in Port Elizabeth, will be pleased to provide prospective applicants with more information. He can be contacted on 083-292-3935.