media statement 2011

MEDIA UPDATE FROM DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE: INAUGURATION OF THE NEW CHIEF OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE

Date of release 31 May 2011

On Tuesday, 31 May 2011, the former Chief South African National Defence Force General Godfrey Nhlanhla Ngwenya will hand over command of the South African National Defence Force to Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Solly Zacharia Shoke. The Commander-in-Chief, President Zuma, recently appointed Lt Gen Solly Shoke as the Chief of the South African National Defence Force (CSANDF).

The historical event will comprise of the following highlights:

The parade will be preceded by a swearing-in-ceremony of Lt Gen Shoke as the new chief of SANDF, followed by a photo opportunity.

General Salute Fly Past consisting of:

  • 17 Round Gun Salute.
  • Salute flight of two (2) Agusta A-109 Helicopters with the front helicopter displaying the National Flag of the Republic of South Africa and the rear helicopter displaying the South African National Defence Force Flag, and the Rooivalk.
  • A CASA 212 Transport Aircraft dropping ten parachutists to hand over the scroll.
  • Mass Fly Past consisting of:
  • Formation Flight of Four (4) Agusta 109, two (2) AS-32 Helicopters and a Rooivalk.
  • A BE-30 King Air and Four (4) C-208 Caravan Transport Aircraft formation flight.
  • A CASA-212 Transport Aircraft, two (2) C-47TP Turbo Daks formation flight.
  • Two (2) C-130 Transport Aircraft.
  • Nine PC-7 Mark-2 (Four (4) Trainer Aircraft and Five (5) Silver Falcons) formation flight.
  • Four (4) Hawks Fighter Trainer Aircraft formation flight.
  • Five (5) Gripen Fighter Aircraft formation flight.
  • A Rooivalk, two (2) AS-32, Five Silver Falcons Bow Salute
  • Five (5) Silver Falcon display.

Members of the media are advised to arrive at 13h30.

Any new developments concerning this above-mentioned event will be communicated as and when available.
ENDS.

Members of the media are invited to the event as follows:

Date : 31 May 2011 (TUESDAY)
Venue: Thaba Tshwane Military Sports Field
Time : 13:30

RSVP: Lieutenant Romeo Mabote
072 187 0803 on/before Monday, 30 May 2011
ml@mil.za

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

Enquiries: Siphiwe Dlamini
(Head of Communication)
Mobile: 083 645 4294
E-Mail: siphiwe.dlamini@dod.mil.za