SA Navy training base appoints first female command

SA Navy training base appoints first female command

SAS Saldanha appoints first female in command

SOUTH AFRICA: Captain Berlinah Elizabeth Madonsela took over Command from Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) Sikhumbuzo Msikinya at the Change of Command parade to be held yesterday at SAS SALDANHA.  The Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral (V Adm) M Hlongwane officiated the ceremony.

In 2001 Captain Madonsela was recruited at the Department of Defence Youth Foundation Training Programme, where she did well and was selected to join the South African Navy (SA Navy).

She completed both her Basic Military Training as well as Military Training for Officers (Part 1) at SA Naval College in Gordon’s Bay. In 2003, Captain Madonsela worked as an Assistant Career Manager for the Combat Mustering.

In 2004, Captain Madonsela joined SAS Isandlwana as the Assistant Personnel Officer thereafter, she was appointed as the Personnel Officer of SAS Isandlwana where she served for four years. She obtained the Harbour Watch Keeping Certificate, Flight Deck Controller and Flight Deck Officer.

In 2008, Captain Madonsela was drafted ashore and joined Human Recourses Administration Support as the Staff Officer 2 Maintenance. In 2010, she was appointed as Staff Officer 2 Fleet Assessment and Selection and Staff Officer 1 Fleet Assessment and Selection in 2014, respectively.

Before this appointment, Captain Madonsela was in Command of SA Naval Staff College from October 2018 until the end of May this year.

The following are the highlights of Captain Madonsela during her career so far in the SAN:

  • Serving on board SAS Isandlwana and sailing to South America for ATLASUR VI.
  • Being appointed as a Staff Officer 2 Maintenance, Staff Officer 2 and Staff Officer 1 Fleet Assessment and Selection.
  • Being the First Female to Command SA Naval Staff College. Being the First Female to Command SAS Saldanha Unit.



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