media statement 2008

STATEMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS

STATEMENT BY SA NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE (SANDF) HEADQUARTERS PRETORIA: APPOINTMENT OF THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF TSHWANE AS THE HONORARY COLONEL OF 6 MEDICAL BATTALION GROUP

Date: Wednesday, 2 July 2008
Embargo: None

The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Dr Gwendoline M. Ramokgopa will on Friday, 04 July 2008 be appointed as the Honorary Colonel of 6 Medical Battalion Group. This unique occasion will be marked with a parade in her honour at Church Square, and City Hall.

The appointment of Honorary Colonels is a long-standing tradition in the South African National Defence Force aimed at fostering goodwill. As an Honorary Colonel, Dr Ramokgopa is expected to assist in the maintenance of goodwill and liaison between the Services, both Regular Force and Reserve Force, or any other constituents that may be established in the SANDF.

6 Medical Battalion Group, under the command of Colonel (Dr) Able Nhlewane Charles Maminze is one of the Reserve Force Battalions of the South African Military Health Service. The prime objective of 6 Medical Battalion Group is the provision of a comprehensive military health service by combat ready reserve force members in a military as well as civilian capacity. Reserve force members render their services and expertise on a voluntary basis.

Ends.

Issued by: Defence Corporate Communication
(Defence Media Liaison)
Pretoria

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