Medals awarded for long service

2017-07-05 06:00
Lt.Gen. Barney Hlatswayo, chief of joint operations at the South African National Defence Force, awarding members with medals.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Lt.Gen. Barney Hlatswayo, chief of joint operations at the South African National Defence Force, awarding members with medals.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) with 30 and 40 years of service have been honoured for their distinguished services and selflessness in executing their tasks and responsibilities.

A medal parade to honour these members took place at the Kimberley Military Sports Club on Thursday, 22 June.

The medals for the 21 members were handed over by Lt.Gen. Barney Hlatswayo, chief of joint operations.

He said a medal parade in the armed forces was an age-old tradition that stretched back to Ancient Greece. In those days, vigilant soldiers who performed meritorious services in battle were honoured with a wreath of laurel leaves.

“This is linked to the Ancient Romans who were the first recorded civilisation to introduce a comprehensive hierachy of military decorations, which are the precursor of the modern medal,” Hlatswayo said.

He called on other SANDF members to follow the good example of the recipients and, if necessary, change their ways to be bestowed the same honour.

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