Four Frigates in Service for Mandela Day

Article and photos by Sea Lawrence Rambau

The Officer Commanding SAS MENDI and Commander of the Frigate Squadron, Capt “Bravo” Mhlana, appointed a team that represented the four SA Navy frigates to assist the Aquilla Pre-School in Ocean View, as part of the 92nd birthday celebrations of former President Nelson Mandela.

The painting team

The team, led by S Lt Emmanuel Khwela dedicated the entire day on 19 July to fix the playground.


A Leading Seaman compiling files S Lt Khwela in action

They were divided into two groups. The first group interacted with the children and helped the teachers to compile files, while the second group levelled the field where the children play and painted the swings, much to the delight of the children and the teachers.

A Naval member painting the boat

SAN Ladies with paints


Ship's Company playing with the children

The photo that was presented to the Principal

SAS AMATOLA’s Executive Officer, Lt Cdr Dieter Jones, presented the pre-school with a photograph inscribed with the names of the four frigates.