South Africa: 101 Field Workshop is situated at SA Army Combat Training Centre in Lohatlha and is currently making remarkable strides to repair military vehicles and ensure their serviceability. The Unit is led by Officer Commanding, Lieutenant Colonel I.J. Vitti, whose hard-working men and women in uniform have managed to repair 19 A-Vehicles and 41 B-Vehicles in the month of March.
Recently, the Unit was graced by a visiting delegation led by the Chief Director of SA Army Force Preparation, Major General P.N. Dube, who was accompanied by the Commandant of SA Army Combat Training Centre, Brigadier General M.P. Mofokeng; Personal Staff Officer of the Chief SA Army Lieutenant General Lawrence Khulekani Mbatha, Colonel B.L.B. Mzambo; Acting Director South African Army Technical Training Centre, Colonel J.M. Mogatusi and other distinguished guests.
Major General Dube’s purpose for visiting the Unit was to motivate all the Technical Service Corps (TSC) members stationed at the SA Army Combat Training Centre and to thank them for a job well done in repairing the much-needed military vehicles.
“This is where the Prime Mission Equipment is being repaired for deployment. We rely on you to repair equipment, and you must continue to assist us in getting the equipment ready. Let us concentrate on what we are here to do and do so to the best of our abilities. In that way, we will restore the dignity of the SA Army to its rightful glory. You are doing a great job,” said Major General Dube.
Chief Director SA Army Force Preparation not only applauded the unit members on a job well done but did also offer constructive criticism. “We have been through your workshops, and there is a lot of improvement to be done.” Speaking on the dangers of doing contrary to what one is taught at the technical college, Major General Dube said that “There are Occupational Health and Safety risks, and there are possibilities to injure yourself. There are still apprentices who will be transferred to this Unit who must learn from you. The ball is in your court. I’m coming back again to inspect the workshops,” he warned.
The Technical Services Corps members took heed to Major General Dube’s encouragement, compliment, advice, and criticism, and they all promised to rectify their shortcomings.