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AIRES RODRIGUES

Operational Man, Trouble-Shooter, Immigration & Migration Specialist, Maritime Correspondent, P&I Claims Specialist, ISPS Auditor, Maritime and Aviation Security Manager, World Class Stowaway Handling Specialist, Marketer, Diplomatic & Immigration Liaison, Visa Services Executive, Translator & Communicator, Pro Sportsmen Administrator, Sales Manager, Sports Clothing and Merchandise Brand Executive, A true and natural "Fixer".

Professional Experience

20022017

Founder, Player's Manager

TALENT FOUNDATION (AFRICA, EUROPE)

Identifying young & promissing sports talent in Soccer, Basketball, Rugby & Cricket in Africa.  Nurturing aspiring young sports stars & advising them for a prosperous future.  Liaising, advising and negotiating between players, their families & interested sports clubs & federations.  Assisting promising players with the creation of their CV's & overall professional image for best results.  Translating between players, their families & potential foreign employers (French, Portuguese and English).  Negotiating terms & conditions of contracts with prospective employers for & on behalf of players & their families.  Conflict resolution between players & their employers / clubs.  Assisting players with their Immigration & other personal documents, general living issues & requirements.  Travelling to remote sites to assist players with urgent & serious problems.  Instituting & heading legal action against abusive & non-credible employers to protect players' interests.

20112017

Head of Operations / ISPS Auditor / International Personnel Handling Specialist / Maritime Correspondent Specialist / Immigration & Visa Executive

ARM P&I (Africa) / SA P&I

Head of Operations  / Managing Director.  International Maritime Insurance (P&I) correspondent. Personnel Claims Handler / Specialist, dealing mainly with crew injuries and illness on board, stowaways, cast-aways, and other persons affected by ship's operations.  Identification, interviewing, documentation and repatriation of stowaways, cast aways and crew-deserters around the World, all co-ordinated from the base in Durban, South Africa. Evacuation, hospitalisation/stabilisation and assisted repatriation of delicate medical cases of crew and other personnel at sea and air around the World.  Assisting foreign Immigration entities with the identification, documentation and repatriation of most complex undocumented illegal immigrants and /or prisoners, e.g. Ministry of Justice in the Hague, Australian DIMIA, Portuguese SEF, and others.  Working together and shoulder-to-shoulder on the ground with numerous foreign Immigration entities whilst attended to assisted repatriation of stowaways and other security risk persons around the World, e.g. American INS, Argentinean Immigration, Brazilian Policia Federal, Canadian CIC, Peruvian Immigration, Portuguese SEF, Spanish Immigration, French Immigration, UK Immigration, German Immigration, Austrian Immigration, Italian Border Police, Dutch Royal Marechaussee, SA Department of Home Affairs, Nigerian Immigration, Tanzanian Immigration, Kenyan Immigration, Ghanaian Immigration, Moroccan Immigration, Algerian Immigration, Ivorian Border Police, Senegalese Border Police, Indian Immigration, Bangladeshi Immigration, Pakistani Immigration, Singaporean Immigration, and many others.  Managing and conducting hands-on disembarkation of medical and security risk persons from ships off limits of all South African ports to secure ships and all on board.  Co-ordinating and managing personal claims from beginning to successful closure.  Evacuating ship's crew and other medical risk persons from remote areas around the World into safe medical conditions and facilities, management and full recovery.  Co-ordinating, managing and attending to escorting of security and medical risk passengers around the World.  Preparing and presenting full proposal, planning and hands-on attendance and execution of all the above mentioned operations on the ground to ensure safe and successful performance and conclusion, whilst travelling extensively to every Continent.  Assisting individuals, corporates, sports clubs, federations, professional players and other high profile persons in South Africa with all aspects of the SA Immigration (all visas, permits, etc) and Civic Affairs (ID's, passports, certificates,etc) as a registered and well recognised Immigration Specialist.  Promoting, planning and executing Safety and Security Risk Prevention exercises on board ships in South Africa, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, including integrated security access control and full ship searches involving canine assistance.   

20122015

Managing Director

TSUNAMI SPORT (AFRICA)

Marketing & Operations Director for Company in South Africa & Africa.  Instrumental in setting up the brand & the Company in South Africa. Market penetration of the brand in very competitive South African sports merchandise market. Sales & Marketing in SA & throughout Africa. Promotions in SA, Africa & Hong Kong, together with foreign partners.  Brand protection against unscrupulous competitors in SA.  Designing & merchandising of personalised sport & corporate wear. General operations for the Company in SA.  General Operations & overall Managerial duties.  Budgeting, projections & implementation of objectives & goal setting for business expansion.  Sourcing of competitive & reliable ball supplier to assist with the brand's marketing exposure & increase market awareness, not only in Africa but around the World.  

20072009

High School Basketball Coach

Durban High School

Basketball Coaching for High School boys (Grades 8-10) - part time and volunteer's non-paid position.

19982011

Operations Head

ARM INTERNATIONAL

Head of Operations, Managing Director for International Maritime Correspondents.  Worked with and assisted most P&I Clubs with complex stowaway problems around the World. Personnel Claims Handler / Specialist, dealing with crew injuries and illness on board, stowaways, cast-aways, and other third parties.  Identification, interviewing, documentation and repatriation of stowaways, cast aways and crew-deserters around the World. Evacuation and disembarkation of stowaways and other security risk passengers from sea and air around the World.  Assisting foreign Immigration entities with the identification, documentation and repatriation of most complex and difficult illegal immigrant and prisoner cases, e.g. Ministry of Justice in the Hague, Australian DIMIA, Portuguese SEF, and others. Working on the ground with numerous foreign Immigration entities whilst attending to assisted repatriation of stowaways and other security risk persons around the World, e.g. INS, Argentinean Immigration, Brazilian Policia Federal, CIC, Peruvian Immigration, SEF, Spanish Immigration, French Immigration, UK Immigration, German Immigration, Austrian Immigration, Italian Border Police, Dutch Royal Marechaussee, SA Department of Home Affairs, Nigerian Immigration, Tanzanian Immigration, Kenyan Immigration, Ghanaian Immigration, Moroccan Immigration, Algerian Immigration, Ivorian Border Police, Senegalese Border Police, Indian Immigration, Bangladeshi Immigration, Pakistani Immigration, Singaporean Immigration, and many others. Disembarking medical and security risk persons from ships off limits of Abidjan to secure ships and all on board.  Co-ordinating and managing personal claims from beginning to successful closure. Evacuating ship's crew and other medical risk persons from remote areas around the World into safe medical conditions, management and recovery.  Preparing documentation and other aides to assist P&I Clubs and their Ship Owners in better handling stowaway matters.  Co-ordinating, managing and attending to the escorting of security and medical risk passengers around the World.  Handler-personnel, injuries, stowaway claims. Security and Safety Risk Prevention advice and attendance in S.A. ports. ISPS Auditor (International Ship & Port Facility Security) type of work  Identification, interviewing, documentation and repatriation of stowaways around the World and from a long distance. All Visa work involving corporate, sporting and others clients, delivering high quality of service and sterling results.  Assisting international airlines with the documentation and escorting of their ill documented passengers.  Assisting international airlines with the escorting of their complex medical cases landed in South Africa from abroad.    

19971998

Maritime Claims Executive (Personnel related Specialist)

TCI AFRICA (Cote D'Ivoire)

Specialist Maritime Insurance Claims Handler - personnel, injuries, stowaway claims.  Worked with and assisted most P&I Clubs with complex stowaway problems around the World.  Identification, interviewing, documentation and repatriation of stowaways around the World from the base in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire.  Landing / clearing of undocumented stowaways from around the World into Abidjan for swift identification, documentation and onward and final repatriation.  Evacuation, disembarkation, documentation and repatriation  of stowaways and medical cases landed from ships into Abidjan.  Assisting foreign Immigration entities with the identification, documentation and repatriation of undocumented illegal immigrants/prisoners, e.g. Ministry of Justice in the Hague, Australian DIMIA, Portuguese SEF, and others. Working on the ground with numerous foreign Immigration entities whilst attended to assisted repatriation of stowaways and other security risk persons around the World, e.g. American INS, Argentinean Immigration, Brazilian Policia Federal, Canadian CIC, Peruvian Immigration, Portuguese SEF, Spanish Immigration, French Immigration, UK Immigration, German Immigration, Austrian Immigration, Italian Border Police, Dutch Royal Marechaussee, SA Department of Home Affairs, Nigerian Immigration, Tanzanian Immigration, Kenyan Immigration, Ghanaian Immigration, Moroccan Immigration, Algerian Immigration, Ivorian Border Police, Senegalese Border Police, Indian Immigration, Bangladeshi Immigration, Pakistani Immigration, Singaporean Immigration, and many others. Disembarking medical and security risk persons from ships off limits of Abidjan to secure ships and all on board.    Long distant urgent identification and documentation of stowaways and castaways at high seas.  Co-ordinating and managing personal claims from beginning to successful closure.  Travelling around to every Continent whilst handling the above work on the ground and seeing to its successful conclusion.  Evacuating ship's crew and other medical risk persons from remote areas around the World into safe medical conditions, managing them to acceptable / full recovery and repatriate them under medical escort.  Preparing a Stowaway Handling Manual on request for Ship Owners.  Co-ordinating, managing and attending to the escorting of security and medical risk passengers around the World.  

19941997

Communicator / Translator, Maritime Insurance Claims Specialist (Personnel related)

P&I ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD.

Maritime Insurance(P&I) correspondent. Specialist Claims Handler-people related, crew injuries, stowaways, others.  Worked with and assisted most P&I Clubs and other correspondents with complex stowaway problems around the World.  Security and Safety Risk Prevention advice to ships and Ship Owners around the World. Identification, interviewing, documentation and repatriation of stowaways around the World and from a long distance. Evacuation and disembarkation of stowaways and medical cases from ships and aircraft.  Co-ordinating, managing and attending on the ground to the escorting of complex stowaway cases and other risk passengers around the World.  Long distant urgent identification and documentation of stowaways and castaways at high seas.  Managing and co-ordinating medical evacuations and escorting of injured and ill ship's crew from remote places around the World.  Top Fee Earner and record claim handler for the Company.

19911993

Regional Project Manager (Systems Division)

CONTROL INSTRUMENTS (PTY) LTD

Headed Computerised Security Access Control and Time Management Systems Division.  Attended to Sales, Marketing, Installations, Maintenance/Service and Client Training.  Achieved top sales in the Division within the Durban/KZN branch of the Group.  Ran the Division on my own, together with an assistant.  Created innovative presentation equipment and aides to assist with Sales, presentation and Sales in the Division.  Covered the area from Newcastle in KZN to the Wild Coast Sun Hotel in the old Transkei.  

19821990

Field Engineer / Technician (Telecommunications)

DEPARTMENT OF POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN RSA

Complete all round training received in all Telecommunication divisions, i.e. Cables, Telephone Exchanges and subscribers, Telex Exchanges and subscribers, Radio Stations and subscribers, Data Exchanges and subscribers.  Installations, Management & repairs in all divisions.  Specialised and concluded service as Data Communications Field Engineer / Technician.  Qualified as a Field Telecommunications Engineer / Technician.  Fault finding and Testing on Data Systems, Telephone Exchanges and Telex Exchanges and subscribers.  Data Exchange Constructions throughout the Province of KZN.  Telex Workshop, Durban.

19861987

Fitness and Weight Training Instructor.

Shaun's Health World

Drawing up Weight Training programmes for Men and Ladies.  Conducting Fitness classes for Men and Ladies of all age groups.  Advising on diet and eating plans.  Assisting with Cashier and Reception facilities of the Gym.  

19831985

Fitness and Weight Training Instructor.

Club Profile Group of Gyms (3 sites in Durban)

Assessing fitness levels and advising on and drawing up fitness training programmes for men & ladies.  Drawing up Weight Training programmes for Men and Ladies.  Conducting Fitness and Aerobics classes for Men and Ladies of all age groups.  Manager for the Weight Training Division for One Gym site.  Advising on diet and eating plans. 

19821983

Weight Training Instructor & Gym Floor Assistant.

Corporate Body Gym (Durban)

Assisting with overall setting up and tidying up of the Weight Training area of the Gym.  Drawing up of Weight Training programmes for Men and Ladies.  Assisting with Cashier and Reception facilities. 

19811982

Internal and Tele Salesman

HI-Q ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

Internal Sales Consultant of electronic components and some equipment.  Telesales and Counter Sales.  Outsourcing of certain components and equipment for resale to good clients.

19801981

Gym General Assistant (Junior)

Berea Health Gym

Assisting with overall setting up and tidying up of the Weight Training area of the Gym.  Assisting with Cashier and Reception facilities. 

19791979

Internal Sales

CNA, Beach Front (Durban)

Internal Sales of Toys, Stationary and Musical accessories (tapes, LP's, CD's,etc).  Cashing-up and reconciling of sales and cash takings.

Education

20092009

ISPS Auditor's Certificate

STET TRAINING CENTRE, SINGAPORE

Enables me to audit ships and ports Worldwide for ISPS compliance and certification purposes.  Empowers me to take a position of Company Security Officer for an international Ship Owner or attend to ISPS Auditing work for and on behalf of Shipping Principals and Port Authorities. 

19981998

Immigration Practitioner's National Certificate

UNIVERSITY OF South Africa (UNISA)

Authorises me to perform all work that is covered in the SA Immigration and Regulations, SA Civic Affairs work and that encompassed in the SA Citizenship Act and Regulations.

1993 1993

Network System Manager's National Certificate - Introduction to Networking.

NOVELL EDUCATION, LASERNET (PTY) LTD, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA.

Qualified me and allowed me to work as a Novell Network System Operator or Field Engineer (Operations, Maintenance and Repairs / Faults).

19891990

IMM / IBB Marketing Management Certificate.

DAMELIN MANAGEMENT SCHOOL

Qualified me to deal and assisted me with my Marketing and Sales work functions. 

19821985

National Diploma in Telecommunication, South Africa

DPT POSTS & TELECOMMUNICATIONS COLLEGE, OLIFFANTSFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA

Appointed & qualified me as a Field Engineer / Technician in Telecommunications in South Africa to conduct all technical work for the Department of Telecommunications in the Republic (Service, Maintenance, Installations & Repairs).

19761979

National High School Examination Certificate, South Africa (University Exemption).

GLENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

Qualified me to complete my SA High Schools studies and allowed me entry into a SA University with Exemption.

Publications and Creations

  • Wrote various Security Risk Prevention articles for "the Beacon", P&I Magazine - stowaways.
  • Wrote various Security Risk Prevention articles for North of England P&I Association Magazine - stowaways.
  • Designed Stowaway Interviewing Questionnaires in most languages and African dialects for NEP&I Association.
  • Compiled Stowaway Handling Manual for Ship Owners.

Interests

  • Reading.
  • Wine tasting and collecting.
  • Cigar collecting.
  • Investments.
  • Fitness training.
  • Swimming.
  • Hiking.
  • Golf.
  • Movies.
  • Horse riding.
  • Beach fun.

Summary

I look forward to a new exciting change in my profession and career.

I wish to prove my worth and assist my fellow younger and less experienced colleagues by sharing my knowledge and experience to improve their working skills and problem solving.

I would like to create a difference in others' lives by my intervention and work.

I feel strong and healthy enough to continue working well into my 70's, so I will be a long term productive working unit for anyone who decides to invest in me for the future.