Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has visited the South African Navy’s headquarters for the first time since taking office in June last year.
The minister’s visit on Friday saw her familiarise herself with the state of the South African Navy (SAN).
The visit started with a 12-strong Silent Guard reception ceremony. The minister was accompanied by Chief of the South African Defence Force (Chief SANDF), Gen Solly Shoke. After meeting and greeting the welcoming party, the two dignitaries proceeded to the office of Chief of the South African Navy (Chief Navy), Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu.
Mapisa-Nqakula’s delegation then proceeded to the Navy headquarters boardroom, where they were familiarized with the inner workings of the SAN through a series of presentation by members of the Navy Staff Council. Navy officials briefed the minister on maritime planning and direction, planning and finance, maritime combat, maritime logistic support, maritime human resources and training, morale and discipline and the future.
“Thank you for the high standard of presentation presented by all of you here today, I commend the sterling job the SA Navy is doing for the good of its people and the country, these discussions will help me from now in making decision that are in the best interest of the department,” the minister said at the conclusion of her visit, the South African Navy reports.