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Multinational Oil & Gas Services Company is looking for a
suitably qualified national to full the position of SEISMIC
TECHNICIAN TRAINEE to work offshore Trinidad on a
Brief Position Summary:
Actively develop skills related to acquisition related
equipment aboard the seismic vessels. Promote, and
ensure adherence to, all relevant safety policies and
The role will involve:
- Learning to operate and maintain the acquisition
equipment to ensure survey goals are met.
- Acquire experience in assisting in maintenance and
deployment of the in-sea equipment.
- Gain knowledge of the accepted quality criteria for
acquisition products and completing necessary logs.
A relevant technical school qualification with some
relevant experience and understating of maritime system.
A commitment to developing a strong awareness to HSEQ
will be an asset. Must possess the necessary maritime
qualifications to work on board a vessel in Trinidad waters
i.e. TBOISET, STCW 95, and Offshore Medical.
Must be innovative, co-operative with the ability to learn
new skills and work with limited supervision. Must be
medically fit to work offshore, both physically and
Kindly send resumes to: TECHNICIAN TRAINEE -
PO BOX 2873, Western Main Road, Chaguaramas.
Applications must be submitted before December 20th
2013. Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged.
By now, after the death of Nel-
son Rolihlahla "Madiba" Man-
dela, one of the most influential
people to have lived this last cen-
tury, in the same company as
only Mohandas Karamchand
"Mahatma" Gandhi, everyone
knows the meaning of Invictus,
taken from the 19th-century
poem by William Earnest Henley.
The word means unconquer-
able, undefeated and will always
be associated with politics and
For Madiba, that word meant
much more, including especially
forgiveness, rehabilitation and rec-
onciliation for, and with, all of his
enemies, and those who may have
harmed him, physically, mentally
and emotionally, during the 27
years he was in that prison at
Robben Island, just off Cape
The irony of Gandhi and Man-
dela being closely associated
should not be lost.
They both became lawyers but
practised forgiveness, not the
sometimes perceived vindictive-
ness of that profession. They
should have been vindictive, given
the treatment meted out to them
by their own countrymen.
But Gandhi and Mandela will
always be greater than that!
Both also got their political
starts in the Republic of South
Africa (RSA), before Gandhi went
back to try, succeeding but not in
the way he had hoped, to liberate
his native India from the British
Empire, while Mandela, trying to
do the same thing for RSA, to free
it from the Dutch-influenced
Boers, went to jail.
Invictus is director Clint East-
wood s brilliant 2009 film biopic
of Mandela s influence on the
RSA s rugby team and its eventual,
extremely unexpected win of 1995
Rugby World Cup.
When I first saw the film, which
won several Academy Awards, on
a flight from London to Miami, I
was convinced that it is the most
influential sporting film that I had
Yes, I had played a good part
in Fire in Babylon, that film about
West Indies conquests in the
1970s/1980s, and I have also seen
Senna, the biopic of the stunning
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayr-
ton Senna but, unlike those two,
Invictus, the film, is not about the
actual players of the games at all.
It is about the man, South
Africa s president by then, Nelson
Mandela, who influenced RSA s
national rugby team to do the
impossible and in the process,
united a dangerously fractured
country, by beating rugby pow-
erhouses Australia and New
Zealand, expected finalists, on the
way to 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Both Morgan Freeman as Man-
dela, and Matt Damon, who
played RSA s "Springboks" 1995
rugby captain Francois Pienaar,
acted out of their skins, literally,
one representing the new direction
that RSA had to take, for its very
survival, the other representing
one of the traditions of South
Africa s sports.
The most poignant part of the
After Pienaar (Damon) had
completed his invited, unexpected
visit to see President Mandela
(Freeman), and was being driven
home, he remarked, incredulously
to his female companion, when
asked as to how the visit went,
and how the president really was:
"I think that he wants us to win
the World Cup!"
That is real influence, to make
anyone, an entire team, even a
country, do the impossible!
In real life and in the film, the
bonding chemistry of these two
people was amazing.
When Pienaar received that tro-
phy from Mandela, who was clad
in one of Pienaar s actual Spring-
boks jerseys, and a baseball-type
RSA cap presented to him by the
team, the RSA was reborn to the
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela---Invictus
Talk about seizing the opportunity,
timing is everything.
Mandela used that exact sporting
event in a sport that did not include
many blacks or coloureds, to unite a
nation---the Rainbow Nation.
That world rugby championship win
in 1995, coming so soon after Man-
dela s 1990 release from prison, was
the catalyst that everyone in RSA need-
ed, that characteristic ethos of national
rebuilding and reconciliation that the
country required at that exact moment.
In my several trips to RSA, the most
beautiful country I have seen, I have
not been fortunate enough to meet
"Madiba," but I have had direct contact;
still keep those; with members of his
family, including his former wife, Win-
nie, knowing one of his daughters,
Zindzi, and two granddaughters.
I have also visited Mandela s prison,
and cell, at Robben Island.
In passing, great kudos to Prime
Minister of T&T Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar for insisting and ensuring that
everyone in T&T s Parliament saw the
film, after Mandela s death, before her-
self leading a T&T bipartisan delegation
to Madiba s funeral; a magnificent rec-
Conversely, disappointingly, Guyana s
response was unbelievably poor, given
similar demographics of having a
majority population of people of East
Former Guyana president Cheddi
Bharrat Jagan, himself a great revolu-
tionary, must be turning, crying even,
in his grave.
How could Guyana s political
authorities, including its president
Donald Ramoutar, whose ancestors,
like Bissessar s, are of East Indian ori-
gin, not appreciate or understand that
they should have done more, at least
attend today s funeral too, to also rep-
resent the massive Indian diaspora that
includes Durban, RSA.
Hopefully, Zindzi s suggestion, in
memory of her father, for all ages, for-
ever, would eventually be heeded.
One massive word---"Forgiveness!"
COLIN EH CROFT
Former South African president Nelson Mandela, left, presents captain of the South Africa rugby union team
Francois Pienaar with the 1995 Rugby World Cup trophy, after the Springboks defeated rugby powerhouse
New Zealand in the final.
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