Celebrating Africa’s first female dredge master and global ship navigator


Londy Ngcobo is Africa’s first female dredge master who passionate about unlocking Africa’s ocean and maritime economy to a global front. She was born and raised in Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa. As a women and youth activist, she combines a strong professional background with a wide-range of in-depth understanding on the transport industry. Londy’s life journey, experiences and successes is nothing short of inspirational.

This Black Excellence award-winning ‘Woman in Scarce Skills’ serves on various boards in the transport sector and influential organizations within leadership, women and youth spheres. Her works allows her to ensure continuous development of Africa’s transport professions through advocacy, training, and awareness creation.

As a mother and a wife, Londy is passionate about women and youth empowerment. Her experience in the maritime industry has equipped her with the ability to focus on providing sustainable tools for women to thrive. Her zest for life also encourages the youth to think outside the box.

Through public speaking which includes a TEDx Talk, Forbes Women Africa, and various media platforms Londy has impacted so many lives by instilling bold global thinking and agility to those who have had a privilege to see her in action. She sure is making waves on land.

Her piercing phrase from Forbes Women Africa that, “I didn’t choose to be Rose from the Titanic; I chose to be the Captain of the Titanic” has seen much applause from her fans. And through her popular TEDx Talk, “Anchors Aweigh, No Rest For The First”, she has motivated many women across the globe to aim higher in life.

With over 13 years of experience in the male dominated maritime industry, she held an enviable role as a former Maritime Compliance Manager for Transnet National Ports Authority.

She also has a background in Maritime Studies, International Merchant shipping experience, Advanced dredging from the Netherlands IHC. Her role as Founder of Global Maritime Youth and Chief Executive of Womaritime Experts, a consulting firm in the shipping industry, has led to her well known title “The Black Mermaid.”


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