Defence Force Week coming to the Bay in 2016

2015-10-14 06:00

THE South African Defence Force (SANDF) will host their Defence Force week in the friendly city in February 2016.

According to Commander Greyling van den Berg of the South African Navy, about 5000 law enforcement forces from all streams in the army will join in on the activities scheduled for the week.

Defence Force day falls on Saturday, February 21, next year, and serves as a tribute to the 647 people who lost their lives in 1917, during the sinking of the SS Mendi.

Brig. General Xolani Mabanga, spokesperson of the army, said, “We are looking forward to doing something for the people of the friendly city, and to interacting with the local communities.”

Defence Force week will commence on Monday, February 15, and will be hosted by the metro municipality and the SANDF.

“With the current pressure on the metro we have staged campaigns to fight crime and gangsterism, and we believe that SANDF’s input will boost our local law enforcement,” said Deputy Mayor Bicks Ndoni during the announcement of the Defence Force week programme.

The programme is scheduled as follows:

•Monday - SANDF members will conduct clean-up projects in around the Bay;

•Tuesday - Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, will hand over the community legacy project which has been initiated by the SANDF and the metro;

•Wednesday - The SANDF’s bands will entertain people in and around the Bay;

•Thursday - The SANDF will conduct the popular night gunnery shoot demonstration at King’s Beach.

The week will conclude on Saturday with a parade including the South African army, navy, air force, the military health services, as well as President Jacob Zuma

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