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
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.