Naval Station Durban gets new chief

History was made this morning when Commander Sifiso Mkhwanazi became the first black African to command Naval Station Durban when he took the baton from Commander David Hugh Jones at a change-of-command parade at Salisbury Island. 
The Navy, in a statement, says the appointment reflects its ongoing commitment to transformation and representivity at all levels.
Mkhwanazi was born in KwaMakhutha, Durban on 9 April 1974. He joined uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1991 and successfully completed various courses within the organization. He integrated into the SA Navy as a seaman.
Career highlights include a tour of duty as executive officer (2nd-in-command) of the Combat Support Ship SAS Drakensberg. During his tour aboard the SA-built ship, she escorted home the submarine SAS Manthatisi from Kiel, Germany, to SA. The trip included a diversion to Belgium to uplift a rotor for the Koeberg nuclear power station.
Shore postings have included a tour a Staff Officer Maritime Operations at the Joint Tactical HQ KwaZulu-Natal and the Senior Officer Force Provisioning at the Directorate of Maritime Warfare , Navy Office Pretoria.
Mkhwanazi is married to Melanie and has a son aged 13 years and a daughter of four.