Due to an acute shortage of
qualified engineers in the SA Navy, a strategy has been
initiated to improve the situation by promoting the SA
Navy to engineers currently studying at universities.
Engineers that qualify, are Mechanical, Electrical and
to a lesser degree, Chemical. The first phase of the
training consisted of a military phase that took place
from 31 March to 5 April. Eight university students
arrived at SAS SALDANHA with their sails set on joining
the SA Navy University Reserve Training Programme.
Lt Mtsali conducting lectures with the students
Currently these 8 students
are serving as Reserve Force members until such time
that their studies have been completed. The first
military phase is aimed to equip them as sailors for the
remaining phases of the University Reserve Training
This is a SA National
Defence Force initiative that has been running for the
past 3 years. Capt (SAN) M.J. Grobbelaar is the person
responsible for the SA Navy URTP’s recruitment, design
of the course and promotion of this program at the
different universities. During the pilot URTP programme,
only students from the University of Cape Town and
University of Stellenbosch will be included. Future URTP
courses are envisaged in other provinces.
The learners started the
first phase of the pilot SA Navy URTP; that is the
military phase; it exposed them to the naval
environment, military culture such as, rank structure,
seamanship, rope work and just being a sailor, drill
work and survival at sea. The training forms part of the
1st phase for 2012. The remaining phases are as follows:
Phase 1. Military
training at SAS SALDANHA from 31 March – 5 April.
Phase 2. Engineering
practical training : 2 - 20 Jul at Westlake Campus of
False Bay College.
Phase 3. Engineering
practical training : 3 – 7 Sep (UCT) and 10 – 17 Sep
(US) at Westlake Campus of False Bay College.
Phase 4. Military
training at Naval College from 19 November to 7
Enquiries: Captain (SA
Navy) M.J. GROBBELAAR email@example.com or 082 783