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THE SANDF OPENS THE 2012 RAND EASTER SHOW

08 April 2012
By: Kgabo Mashamaite
Photos: Sgt Elias Mahuma

Following the successful display which earned them a gold medal for an impressive performance at the Rand Show last year, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), accepted the honour of opening the 2012 Rand Easter Show with both hands on 6 April 2012 held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, South of Johannesburg.

The proceedings were led by the National Ceremonial Guard and band who took to the main arena to the applause of the members of the public who came to witness the event. The NCG prepared a stage for the main functionary, Secretary for Defence (Sec Def) Dr Sam Gulube, who represented the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans.

During his address, Dr Gulube said that the SANDF is privileged to have been invited to participate in this year’s proceedings which will help them to accelerate the campaign of honouring Mr Nelson Mandela and other military veterans who sacrificed their lives fighting for a democratic course.

“The respect accorded to the SANDF in the 2012 Rand Show, the biggest consumer display in the country, is the collimation of our celebration in honour of the first Commander-in-Chief of the combined military forces of democratic South Africa in 1994. The event will serve as a precursor for the SANDF for the celebration of Freedom Day on April 27, where both Mr Mandela and our military veterans will be acknowledged for the roles they played in bringing democracy to our country. We are also grateful for this opportunity to be able to showcase our military hardware to the members of the public.” Sec Def said.

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was scheduled to open the proceedings but could not make it due to other pressing official commitments. She arrived just few hours later, where she was greeted by a breath taking war simulation by the SA Army with support from the SA Air Force and the SA Military Health Services.

Some senior SANDF members came to witness the opening of the 2012 Rand Easter Show on the 06 April 2012 held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg.

National Ceremonial Guard members on parade listen to the address by the Secretary for Defence Dr Sam Gulube during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Rand Easter Show on 6 April 2012 at the Nasrec Expo Centre, South of Johannesburg.

The Secretary for Defence Dr Sam Gulube addresses the parade during the opening of the 2012 Rand Easter Show at the main arena on 6 April 2012 at the Nasrec Expo Centre South of Johannesburg. Maj Gen Veldtman listens at the background.

National Ceremonial Guard band taking to the main arena to set the scene for the opening of the 2012 Rand Easter Show on the 6 April 2012 at the Nasrec Expo Centre, South of Johannesburg.