Minister visits the Combat Training Centre
Article: Lufuno Netshirembe
The Minister of Defence and military Veterans, the honourable Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, visited the South African Army Combat Training Centre (SA A CTC) at Lohatlha at Northern Cape Province on 16 October 2013. This visit formed part of her outreach programme in which she undertook to visit three provinces, namely Northern Cape, Limpopo and North West over the period 16 to 18 October 2013. SA A CTC was the first to be visited on 16 October 2013, followed by Makhado Air Force Base in Limpopo Province and Mahikeng in the North West Province respectively.
The outreach programme was part of her responsibility as the Minister of Defence to visit as many military bases as she possibly could during her tenure. On these visits she also took the time to visit local communities surrounding the military units. The main objective of the community visits was to raise awareness amongst the local youth of career choices and paths available in the SANDF and to point out to everybody what it meant to have a military base within their reach and what the SANDF could do to alleviate poverty, which was a government priority.