media statement 2010


Chief of the SA Army to hand over Certificates to the first graduates of Department of Defence’s Works Capability Project

Date of release 23 November 2010

The Department of Defence (DOD) Works Capability project was launched in 2008 in close conjunction with the Department of Public Works (DPW) partnered by Murray and Roberts. The project was initially aimed at assisting the National DPW in repairing and refurbishing DOD infrastructure. Initially a total of 100 students, all serving within the four (04) Arms of Service of the SANDF; namely, The SA Army, SA Air Force, SA Navy and SA Military Health Service, were selected to participate in the project.

These students were sent to Tshwane South College and DESTO training centre for training towards different trades including Welding, Tilling, Plastering as well as Electrical Engineering. All graduates underwent six months of theoretical training and a mandatory minimum two years practical training. Amongst other successes of the project, the students have refurbished eight (08) DOD buildings under the supervision of DPW and Murray and Roberts. There has since been three intakes and the planning is to have an annual intake for interested members throughout the SANDF community.

The Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Solly Shoke will on Wednesday, 24 November, hand over graduation certificates to the first-ever students of the DOD Works Capability at the SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane. This historic event will start at 17:30.

You are cordially invited to send a journalist and /or a cameraperson/photographer to cover this historic event.

Issued by: Defence Corporate Communication
(Defence Media Liaison)

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