CURRICULUM VITAE OF THE CHIEF OF THE SA NAVY
Vice Admiral M.S. Hlongwane was born on 06 July 1962 in Frankfort
(Orange Free State), but he grew up in Vaal Triangle in a small
township called Bophelong (Vanderbijl Park). He started school in
1970 at Mqiniswa Combined School (Bophelong in Vaal Triangle), he
completed his Junior Secondary School in 1980 at Lebohang Junior
Secondary School (Boipatong) where he obtained his Junior
Certificate. In 1982 he completed his matric at State Senior Secondary
He joined the African National Congress (ANC) and its Military wing
UM khonto We Sizwe (MK) in 1982, working as an under ground
operative and left South Africa in September 1984 to join the ranks of
Umkhonto We Sizwe in exile (Angola).
He received his military training in Angola and the former Union of
Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). He successfully completed the
basic MK course that was conducted over a period of 9 months in
Caculama Malange Province (Angola). On completion of the basic
course, he was deployed at the Armoury in the base, later he was
deployed as a Security and Protector in the Regional Headquarters in
Luanda,(securing and protecting the leadership whenever they visited
MK Cadres in the camps).
In August 1986, he was amongst the Umkhonto We Sizwe cadres, who
were selected to attend the Naval Course in Azerbaijan (Baku) at the
Caspian Naval Red Banner College named after Kirova. He
specialised in Ship Navigation Command for a period of four and half
years. In November 1991, he successfully completed the Naval Ship
Command Course in Navigation and he obtained a qualification of
Diploma in Ship Navigation.
In 1991 he was appointed as Chief of Logistics of the two MK Camps
i.e. Mgagawa and Kidete Camps in Tanzania. In 1993 - 1994 he
participated in the Joint Co-ordinating Committee (JMCC) as a member
of the Navy working group.
After the integration of the Armed Forces in April 1994, he attended the
Bridging and orientation courses at South African Naval College and
Maritime Warfare School (Combat Orientation Course).
On 1 January 1996 he was deployed to SAS UMGENI as a learner on
board the vessel. On 1 January 1997 he re-mustered to Maritime
Intelligence (Counter Intelligence Section).
On 1 November 1999 he was promoted to the rank of Commander and
appointed as SO1 Maritime.