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 Ms. Dikeledi Julia Ramitshana was born and bred in Mahikeng Northwest Province in South Africa. 

Julia is one of the directors of WIMA- SA Chapter under the Presidency of Ms. Ipeleng Selele. 

Julia has been in the Maritime environment since 2002, a 18 years of continuous experience in leadership roles within Transnet. 

Julia has extensive experience and understanding of the industry (Blue Economy and specifically Maritime Operations). She continues to be engaged in the industry as Senior Operations Manager in Transnet offices in Johannesburg. 

Julia joined TNPA and served in several functions at the entity’s head office in Johannesburg. She served in Finance and later moved to serve in Marine Operations at both Port of Durban and later at Port of Richards Bay for more than 10 years. 

In preparation for the challenge to head Marine Services Operations, she was nominated as one of the successful candidates, secondment to Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2002 where she was hosted by the Port of Rotterdam (then Top Maritime Harbour Internationally). During her stay in Netherlands, she engaged with several companies that are in maritime business and Ports Authorities (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Smit Pentow Marine, Damen Ship Builders etc.). 

She then relocated back to TNPA head office in Johannesburg Operations Function under the guardianship of TNPA COO where she was charged with the responsibility of overall operations performance monitoring, analyzing and reporting function. 

This was after she has led Marine Operations at the same ports for 7 years. During her tenure at the Port of Richards Bay, the port became one of the few ports that produced Marine Pilots, Tug Masters and Marine Engineers from the historically disadvantages individuals (HDI) who were females. Port of Richards Bay became a feeder to other 8 SA ports where the qualified Marine Personnel were desperately needed in both technical and leadership positions. The first Women Harbour Master was produced in Richards’s Bay under her watchful eye in training issues. 

Amongst some of her projects, she recruited Matriculants from HDI who were introduced and trained for a marine qualification at an introductory level. Within 24 months the project had 100% success rate and all ten candidates were placed within the organisation and some continued to further their studies to assume more responsibility and leadership positions. 

Julia is one of the few women then, who attained Masters in Shipping and Transport, an industry that is still foreign to most Africans, both males and females. 

Before joining National Ports Authority in 2001, she worked for British Petroleum South Africa (BPSA) as a market analyst based in Park Town - Johannesburg. 

She cut her corporate teeth in Northwest, Mahikeng at Sefalana Employee Benefits Organisation (SEBO), where she worked and gained her experience in several sections including Property & Investments for 1980 to 1994. She later moved to Gauteng Province and served finance and auditing articles with KMMT Auditing firm. 

She holds the following qualifications: 

  • Masters in Shipping and Transport from Netherlands Maritime University (2012), 

  • MDP (Wits Business School) completed in 2003, and 

  • Executive Development Program from Gordon Institution of Business Sciences (GIBS) completed in 2004. 

  • Port Captains Certificate - IMTA (International Maritime Transport Academy) in 2002. 


Julia has always been involved in several NPO whose Agenda is to empower the Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (HDI) and in WIMA her main Agenda is to continue to create Blue Economy awareness and built Entrepreneurship capacity within its value chain in line with the WIMA mandate as captured in their strategy. 

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