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Mr. Rufus Lekala

Honorary Member of the Yacht Clubs

Natal , Point and Bluff

Natal , Point and Bluff

Background Information

Employment History

Deputy President
International Harbour Masters' Association

Vice President
International Harbour Masters' Association

Captain
International Harbour Masters' Association

Vice President
International Harbourmaster Association

Education

chief harbour master

Web References (23 Total References)


Leadership - Africa The Good News

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From taxi driver to South African and world maritime history-maker - this is how Captain Rufus Lekala's life story would read if it were written today.

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Appointed as the first black harbour master in South Africa and the youngest in the world in 2002, Lekala has now made maritime history again after becoming the first black chief harbour master in the country and the youngest in the world to hold such a position.
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Lekala is also responsible for cohesion between the Department of Transport, Transnet, the International Maritime Association and the International Lighthouse Association.
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Lekala matriculated at Vlakfontein High School in Mamelodi, Pretoria, in 1990, and hoped to study further, but could not afford it.
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It wasn't for me," said Lekala.
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Lekala progressed to running the 500-vessel-a-month port of Durban, the second largest in Africa after Port Said in Egypt.
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Lekala is now responsible for 12 people: eight harbour masters, three operations managers and a personal assistant.
He lives by the philosophy that "nothing is impossible in life", and believes a person should lead by consensus.
Lekala the family man
In 2002 Lekala married Mathilda Mopayi, a marine pilot who also works for Transnet.
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Lekala says his late sister Dorothy Phetla, businessman Richard Maponya and Transnet mentor, Captain Edward Bremner are his biggest influences, professionally and personally.
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Lekala is the vice-president of the International Harbour Masters Association and an honorary member of the Natal, Point and Bluff yacht clubs.


From taxi driver to South African and world maritime history-maker! - Careerplanet - Career Discover Centre

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Appointed as the first black harbour master in South Africa and the youngest in the world in 2002, Captain Rufus Lekala has now made maritime history again after becoming the first black chief harbour master in the country and the youngest in the world to hold such a position.

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Lekala matriculated at Vlakfontein High School in Mamelodi, Pretoria, in 1990, and hoped to study further, but could not afford it. "After matric I had no money to study, so I drove taxis for five years in Pretoria. It wasn\'t for me," said Lekala. While driving taxis, he earned an average of R1 000 a month. Lekala's big break came in 1996 when he heard that Portnet was offering bursaries for studies in the maritime sector. "I applied, not expecting a landlubber like me to be selected. I knew nothing about the sea. It wasn\'t part of my culture, but I was desperate and when you want to make something of yourself, you\'ll take any opportunity that arrives," he said. Getting the bursary enabled Lekala to do maritime studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and, after completing the course in 1998, he began climbing the ladder. He started by doing in-service training and then became a tugmaster, manoeuvring vessels in and out of port. His next appointment was as marine pilot. Stationed at the East London port in 2002, he became the youngest harbour master in the world and the first black one. This harbour has about 35 vessels going through it a month. He was then transferred to Cape Town, which handles over 300 vessels. Lekala progressed to running the 500-vessel-a-month port of Durban, the second largest in Africa after Port Said in Egypt. "You need people skills in this work as you're at the front line of the company and you need to be analytical. Most of my job is dealing with other people\'s problems and I must remain neutral, not taking sides," he said. Lekala is now responsible for 12 people: eight harbour masters, three operations managers and a personal assistant. He lives by the philosophy that "nothing is impossible in life", and believes a person should lead by consensus. Lekala the family man In 2002 Lekala married Mathilda Mopayi, a marine pilot who also works for Transnet.
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Lekala says his late sister Dorothy Phetla, businessman Richard Maponya and Transnet mentor, Captain Edward Bremner are his biggest influences, professionally and personally.
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Lekala is the vice-president of the International Harbour Masters Association and an honorary member of the Natal, Point and Bluff yacht clubs.
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Rufus Lekala, chief harbour master in South Africa and the youngest in the world, said: "These women have put us on the map once more and should be very proud of their achievements." Winning the trust of sceptical captains


ExCo & council - The IHMA

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Captain Rufus Lekala

Captain Rufus Lekala
IHMA Vice President


PMAESA - Lekala Takes Helm as SA's First Chief Harbour Master of Colour

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Seven years after becoming the youngest harbour master in the world, Mr. Rufus Lekala of South African port landlord Transnet National Ports Authority will again make history when he takes up office as the country's first Chief Harbour Master of colour. His appointment, effective 1 June, will also make him the youngest person in this position worldwide.

Mr. Lekala, 41, succeeds maritime stalwart Captain Mike Brophy who served in the position from 2005 until his recent retirement.
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Mr. Lekala will also be active in developing harbour masters to serve as authorities on navigating vessels safely in and out of South African ports. The harbour masters will have a dotted line reporting to the Chief Harbour Master and a direct reporting line to Port Managers at the respective ports.
Speaking of his latest appointment, Mr. Lekala says: "It has been a rewarding journey and I am immensely grateful to those who have helped me to get to this historic point. My focus as I settle into the role will be on stabilising the department structure, while updating the countrys policies on marine resources, dangerous cargo movement, vessel entry guidelines, ship vetting systems, training and development, and much more."
Mr. Lekala is a member of the International Harbour Masters Association and has served as its deputy president from 2008, rubbing shoulders with other global harbour masters.


International Harbourmaster Association

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Capt. Rufus Lekala Harbour Master Durban, South Africa

Vice President

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