Taking the Navy to the people

Article and photos by Able Seaman Shanton Prins

‘‘The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow’’ Former President Nelson Mandela.

The South African Navy Band and members from the Public Relations and Human Resources Department from Simon’s Town went to Belgravia High school in Athlone, a suburb in Cape Town on Thursday 19 July 2018.

Principal of Belgravia High School, Mr Andre Buis address the learners

The aim of the road show was to inform the learners about the South African Navy and the different career opportunities for learners in the South African Navy.

The school hall was filled with learners from Belgravia High school and the neighbouring school Alexander Sinton., An extremely excited Mr Andre Buis, the Principal of Belgravia High school opened proceedings with a big vote of thanks to the South African Navy saying it was wonderful to have sailors in their presence. He highlighted that some of the learners were not acquainted with the fact that the South African Navy has its own musicians.

Chief Petty Officer, Sthembiso Makuleni from the Public Relations Department explains the core values of the SA Navy

Director of Music. Luietenant Commander Lindela Madikizela

The road show initiative currently scheduled for July and August 2018 aims to inform and educate the youth, which is the primary external stakeholders of the South African National Defence Force, on career opportunities within the South African Navy. This not a recruitment drive but more an opportunity for the South African Navy to portray a positive image regarding the South African National Defence Force and bring the people of the South African Navy to the youth interested in making the South African Navy their employer of choice.

Leading Seaman Sekhutlile Maduo and Able Seaman Tisetso Nche with Grade 11 learners



Warrant Officer Class 2, Julian Marthinus explains the different career paths to a Grade 12 learner

Petty Officer Sizakele Mroro and Petty Officer Sivuyile Mgebisa with a teacher of Belgravia High School

The SA Navy Band entertained the learners with different genres of music. Some pupils also had the opportunity to be a conductor for some of the music the SA Navy Band performed.

Petty Officer Sizakele Mroro, from Human Resources Department explained the different career paths and the requirements to be enlisted. Chief Petty Officer Sthembiso Makuleni from Public Relations Department emphasized on the purpose, traditions and core values of the SA Navy.

Belgravia High School learner, Joel Lewis, conduct the SA Navy Band

Mr Andre Buis stated, “The SA Navy Band’s high quality of music performance and versatility clearly demonstrate the value of discipline and hard work; this has inspired a number of learners to join the SA Navy.

Cole Adams of Alexander Sinton High School sing for the audience