Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
Good people skills are the name of the game in this industry. "You must be able to work under pressure, be diplomatic and put the client first no matter what," she explains.
As far as qualifications go, Edwina has 33 years of experience under her belt. "I know the next incumbent of this post will need to have a legal degree," she points out. "It will have to be a person who is calm, even-tempered and able to handle stress and a lot of pressure."
Old fisherman tales
She describes "listening to the stories of the old fishermen" as some of the most memorable moments of her career. On the flip side, one of the funniest moments was having to listen to all the fishermen’s complaints when they were not paid.
"They really call a spade a spade – especially so with the Cape fishermen," she explains. "I just had to sit there with a straight face, meantime inside I would be cracking up with laughter."
Although Edwina`s job requires her to work under tremendous pressure, she enjoys every minute of it. "I would not give it up for anything – this is my dream career. And after 33 years on the job, I`m now beginning to look forward to my rocking chair," she chuckles.
Published By: Liezl Maclean