media statement 2008

MEDIA INVITATION BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS

INVITATION TO ATTEND THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY OF JOHANNESBURG PARADE

Date of Release: 6 November 2008

The City of Johannesburg granted the freedom of entry to 21 South African Infantry Battalion (SAI Bn) and several Reserve units. Once a year these units exercise their right to the freedom of the city by marching through the city.

This event will take place on Saturday 8 November 2008 at the Orlando East Community Centre in Mooki Street, Orlando East. The main functionaries will be the Madame Speaker of the Johannesburg City Council, Councillor Nkele Ntingane, while Major General Themba Nkabinde, the General Officer Commanding of the SA Army Infantry Formation will represent the SA Army.

This colourful military ceremony will include a march past with colour parties of the unit and regiments which have been accorded the status of the Freedom of the City of Johannesburg.

The Madame Speaker will inspect and address the parade. The marching columns will exercise their right to the freedom of the city by marching through Orlando East.

You are cordially invited to send a reporter or a cameraperson to cover the Freedom of the City of Johannesburg Parade on Saturday, 8 November 2008 at 10:30 for 11:00 at the Orlando East Community Centre in Mooki Street, Orlando East.

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