Media Release – OATC / SAFER / OPITO

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South Africa now has an OPITO accredited training provider in Cape Town. This is a first for OPITO and a first for South Africa, which is good news for the oil and gas industry. OPITO Training is now easily accessible and bring internationally recognised training to our shores.

OATC / SAFER welcomed OPITO auditors to Cape Town, South Africa for the first time in October 2014, making history. They travelled to Offshore Africa Training Centre in Bellville, Cape Town and completed the Rigger and Banksman & Slinger Training Stage 1 audits consecutively. OATC, in joint venture with SAFER Training of the UK (, was awarded OPITO approval with corrective actions and received confirmation of their OPITO approval for Rigger Training (Stage 1) in November and Banksman & Slinger (Stage 1) in December 2014.

Offshore Africa Training Centre (OATC) will be running Rigger Training along with Banksman & Slinger courses from January 2015.

Based in the popular tourist destination Cape Town, South Africa, Gary Concar (CEO) started the training centre in 2013. Workers in the oil and gas industry off the coast of Africa have historically had to travel to overseas to the UK and other destinations to complete their OPITO Rigger Training and Banksman & Slinger Training, which is a time consuming and expensive undertaking.

OATC / SAFER offers a variety of benefits to delegates including accessibility and proximity to their work place and / or homes; affordability in terms of travel costs, visas and favourable exchange rates; a familiar African climate and of course, the OPITO accredited courses, which we are the first to bring to the African continent!

David Doig OPITO Group CEO congratulates all parties on gaining this OPITO Approval which is the first ever for South Africa. OPITO is committed to supporting the oil and gas industry globally as it seeks world class training to build a safer and better skilled workforce. We look forward to growing our presence in South Africa.

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