Sobantu Tilayi is currently the Acting Chief Executive Officer at the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
Prior to his current position, Sobantu was SAMSA’s Chief Operations Officer (COO).
As COO, Sobantu was responsible for the overall operations of the organisation which included overseeing the development and repositioning of maritime clusters. He is also responsible for the reviewing of policies and programmes that address poverty and skills development, areas that have also become a national priority.
Before joining SAMSA, Sobantu worked for Transnet where he was appointed Technical Manager and later promoted to National Operations Manager for Marine Services.
His success there include achieving impressive business turnaround results and introducing to the world the first all-female crew to sail a ship, a move that earned him international recognition and positioned him as a champion for women emancipation in the sector.
Prior to participation full time into the maritime sector, Sobantu dedicated the first eight years of his career to the engineering field and project management. His highlights include becoming the first black project manager at Cadbury to successfully put together and manage the R220-million chocolate factory at the age of 25.
Sobantu holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering obtained at the University of Natal
He leads the SA delegation on the Development of the Integrated African Maritime Strategy whose priority is to make the maritime agenda a priority in the African continent.
His vision is to position SAMSA as a leader in pushing the maritime agenda to be at the centre of the economic discussion for the country.