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SA Navy trains 1 000 KZN youths

2011-08-08 21:41

Johannesburg - KwaZulu-Natal youths will be encouraged to be patriotic and responsible during a six month training programme with the SA National Defence Force in Saldhana Bay, the SA Navy said on Monday.

Admiral Khanyile Litchfield-Tshabalala said 1 000 young people on the Youth Community Ambassadors programme in KwaZulu-Natal started training on Monday.

"We are going to start off with counselling sessions, as some of the young people here are from abusive backgrounds," she said.

"We can't expect people to be responsible and patriotic citizens if they are still carrying unresolved issues."

She said the programme would include training in self-respect, self-discipline, skills development and dealing with social ills in communities.

KwaZulu-Natal youth development director Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu said the premier's office viewed the navy as the best place to train the youth in discipline.

He said the unemployed young volunteers were also receiving training in addressing issues like teenage pregnancies, abuse and crime.

Simelane-Zulu said they would eventually be helped to find jobs.

Comments
  • Yoni - 2011-08-09 00:30

    "She said the programme would include training in self-respect, self-discipline, skills development and dealing with social ills in communities." OK. Why couldn't it be dealt with in KZN? What's the Navy in Saldanha Bay got to do with it. I guess it is just a smokescreen to settle more ANC voters in the W. Cape for future elections.

  • Banana_Republic - 2011-08-09 08:01

    If one see's how our men & women in uniform (both SAPS & SANDF) slouch around these days, looking untidy, caps balanced on heads looking like "gangstas from the hood", how TF can this bunch teach anyone else about self respect & self discipline. Obviously too many previously advantaged officers in Durban Naval Base who may just expose exactly what the little zulu army is doing.

      saliem - 2011-08-09 13:08

      Durban is now a Naval Station (down-scaled from base) and the commanding officer is a PDA as opposed to a PANDA.

  • Ho Hum@24.com - 2011-08-09 08:47

    I estimate maximum of 3 days BEE four Sipho and his cohorts strip the ships bare for selling the scrap metal...

  • Dave Robbins - 2011-08-09 08:54

    SAS Saldanha is the main Navy training camp (and I know, having been trained there in 1978, which shows how long it's been running), so cut this talk of more ANC voters in W. Cape/ANC paramilitary training camp/little Zulu army. If the Navy has decided to train these men, I think it is a positive step - they are getting TRAINED, not left to lounge around with nothing to do. And I agree with the statement "viewed the Navy as the best place to train the youth in discipline" - but then again I'm biased by being an old "Snoekie".

      Yoni - 2011-08-09 09:26

      Dave, trained for what? How to swim perhaps? Our Navy is quite dilapidated as far as I'm aware, save for the corrupt purchases of a few fregats and submarines.

  • saliem - 2011-08-09 08:56

    Admiral Khanyile Litchfield-Tshabalala? Is this the same Admiral who was booted out of the Navy for theft of a laptop and assault? What skills set does she bring to this training initiative? See the link below - all I can say is that I am utterly gobsmacked if its the same person: http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2008/11/could-false-invoice-finally-sink.html

      saliem - 2011-08-09 09:12

      Yep it's the same person. I am speechless: http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/article704001.ece/Admirals-shock-SANDF-return

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-09 18:32

      Admiral Khanyile Litchfield-Tshabalala -She resigned in 2008 after being convicted in the Thaba Tshwane Military Court on charges of fraud and assault after claiming back a laptop from the defence force, which she had fraudulently claimed had been stolen. She also assaulted a subordinate who wanted to search her vehicle at a medal parade in Pretoria. She was sentenced to a R6000 fine and R15000 was docked from her salary for the money claimed on the laptop. However, she was "called up" as a reservist in the Defence Secretariat in August.

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-09 18:33

      Admiral Khanyile Litchfield-Tshabalala - This is despite Reserve Force regulations, published in the Government Gazette by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu in July last year, that nobody with a criminal record can enrol as a reservist. Reserve force members must also obtain the required security clearance applicable to their rank.

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-09 18:35

      Admiral Khanyile Litchfield-Tshabalala - Department of Defence spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi yesterday confirmed that Litchfield-Tshabalala has been "called up as part of several Reserve Force Members similarly appointed to assist with short-term administrative activities and projects". The rank referred to in correspondence was that of a senior, "Rear Admiral (Junior Grade)". The Times has been unable to establish the veracity of rumours that Litchfield-Tshabalala is being lined up for a permanent position. Rumours are now true - it was a permanent appointment, probably with a bonus and a raise in salary.

      gatvol4corru - 2011-08-29 18:06

      yes,well experienced an a true example to the future comrades

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-09 10:15

    What's wrong with just plain EDUCATION? Why must young lives be polluted with political dogma?

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-29 18:05

    More like ANC cadre replenishment

  • Nkosinathi Mboma Nxumalo - 2011-12-05 00:46

    Ppl said wht they wntd 2 say whn we 1st arrvd here,m hppy 2 say we going bk in KZN totally diffrnt frm whn we 1st arrvd here we'v real rediscrvd ourself wth more self respect,discipline and patriotic 2 wrk 4 our country/community nt da ANC Cedre as many ppl hv taught..i wld real like to thnk the SA Navy the Kzn office of the premier 4 affording us this opportunity,it a rere expirience i must say

  • Nkosinathi Mboma Nxumalo - 2011-12-05 00:47

    Ppl said wht they wntd 2 say whn we 1st arrvd here,m hppy 2 say we going bk in KZN totally diffrnt frm whn we 1st arrvd here we'v real rediscrvd ourself wth more self respect,discipline and patriotic 2 wrk 4 our country/community nt da ANC Cedre as many ppl hv taught..i wld real like to thnk the SA Navy the Kzn office of the premier 4 affording us this opportunity,it a rere expirience i must say

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