SANDF celebrates Armed Forces Day

Bibi Sibanyoni
Photos: Sgt Elias Mahuma
Posted 25 February 2013

On 22 February 2013 the Department of Defence and Military Veterans celebrated their Armed Forces Day at the Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville west of Pretoria. This parade was also the 96th anniversary of the fateful sinking of the SS Mendi.

It was held in honour of the men and women who have served and have fallen in the line of duty in service of the country.

Local residents and foreign dignitaries were treated to an air display by the South African Air Force and a parade by the different Arms of Services of the Defence Force.

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula, addressed the crowd saying, “It is important that on a day like this, members of the public should learn first hand about the work of the SANDF and its meaning and relevance in their day- to -day life.”

She also urged the community to take a keen interest in the programmes of the Defence Force and said, “I am therefore making a call to our young people to take advantage of the youth entry programmes that we have, to join and be part of this highly skilled new cadre of our defence force.”

It is also important to know and recognise how far we have come. “The parade recognises both our history and future of the Defence Force. It acknowledges that our country has come out of a history of division and conflict, and celebrates the progress we have made in forging unity and a common patriotism,” said Ms Mapisa Nqakula.

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