Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha) born Monde Lobese is new deputy chief of the SA Navy (SAN) taking over from Rear Admiral Douglas Faure.
The rear admiral moved into the office adjacent to Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane at SAN headquarters in Visagie Street, Pretoria, last week.
He adds value to the deputy chief position bringing with him experience and knowledge from his time at the Joint Operations Division as Director: Operations Support.
He, like many compatriots in the former liberation forces, integrated into the then new SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in 1994, selecting the maritime service as his home. This is a result of him completing a naval officer’s course specialising in naval communications at Baku in the former USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). Lobese did his bridging and orientation courses at the SA Naval College in Gordon’s Bay.
Appointments at sea and ashore include weapons electrical officer (SAS Drakensberg [A301]), officer in charge underwater ranges (Director: Fleet Quality Assurance), system manager (Command and Logistics Information Systems, Fleet Command) and Director: Fleet Logistics.
At Fleet Logistics Lobese was responsible for management and expenditure of almost 70% of the SAN operating budget “mindful of unexpected, unplanned significant budget cuts imposed by higher authority” a statement has it. He was instrumental in resurrecting the SAN mechanical, electrical and weapons electronic workshops allowing the Armscor dockyard to meet operational objectives.
Among his achievements is South Africa obtaining recognition for its efforts in the field of contingent own equipment (COE). He represented the South African maritime service at a UN COE working group which saw the successful review of the UN COE manual and its adoption by the General Assembly of the world body.