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Message of condolences as rising star, Lt. Malouw passes

Published: September 21, 2023


I issue this statement with a heavy heart as the rising star of a fellow Schauderville native, who made an indelible mark by becoming the first woman to navigate a submarine on our continent, is now extinguished.

We received the news that Lieutenant Commander Gillian Malouw, a young mother with so much still to offer, was sadly killed on Wednesday during rough seas at Kommetjie in Cape Town.

The same accident also claimed the lives of Master Warrant Officer William Masela Mathipa and Warrant Officer Class One Mmokwapa Lucas Mojela.

She was a worthy ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and Gqeberha in particular by working hard to achieve her career goals.

I had the privilege of meeting this prodigious young lady a few months ago during the World Hydrography Celebrations held in Gqeberha in June.

To demonstrate the tenacity and conviction of this amazing soul, a direct quote during an interview, by her, captures her beautifully:

"The world is filled with naysayers and negativity, but no-one can take away what you've learnt, and no-one can take away your dreams.

"If you truly want something, do everything in your power to make it happen.”

I convey my sincere condolences to the bereaved family, friends and colleagues on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, its administration and residents.

We thank her for her service to her country and the region of her birth. May her soul rest in heavenly peace.


Cllr Gary van Niekerk

Executive Mayor

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality


Issued on behalf of the Office of the Executive Mayor by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / / @kupidobaron).


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