Mohloli learners explore SA Navy’s history and warships at Simon’s Town

South Africa: Several top learners from Mohloli Maths, Science & ICT school of Specialisation were afforded the opportunity to learn about the history of the SA Navy and then shown some of the warships at Naval Base Simon's Town.

Mohloli learners explore SA Navy's history and warships at Simon's Town
Mohloli learners explore SA Navy's history and warships at Simon's Town Image credit: Mauritius Facebook page

South Africa: Several top learners from Mohloli Maths, Science & ICT school of Specialisation were afforded the opportunity to learn about the history of the SA Navy and then shown some of the warships at Naval Base Simon’s Town.

The group arrived in the area on Tuesday, 28 February and was given an in-depth welcome by the Curator of the SA Naval Museum, Commander L. Steyn. He thoroughly conveyed the Navy’s heritage leading up to the modern era. Thereafter he handed over the group to Leading Seaman C. Du Plooy completed their trip by further guiding the group around the Museum.

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According to the Vice Principle, Mr N. Masilo, the purpose of the visit was to strengthen relations with both Lawhill Maritime Centre and the SA Navy in order to ensure the best education for the learners. The Lawhill Maritime Centre is a school situated in Simon’s Town with the aim of stimulating maritime awareness amongst young people. They do this by attracting them to the shipping industry and providing the industry with high-quality, skilled and knowledgeable employees.

The following day saw the group heading to SAS AMATOLA. They were met by the Executive Officer, Commander K. Abrahams, who welcomed them and gave a safety brief before the tour commenced, with Sub Lieutenant R. Pienaar guiding the group around the ship.

Mohloli Maths, Science & ICT school of Specialisation is based in Sharpeville, Gauteng. The South African Navy has previously interacted with the school. “Last year, 9 March, the SA Navy donated a ships bell and an anchor, which were officially handed over by former Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral M.S. Hlongwane,” said Mr Masilo.

Permission was obtained for the scholars’ photographs to be taken during SA Navy activities, and they also agreed to their publishing on the SA National Defence Force’s social media platforms.