Medals honour hard work

2015-09-02 06:00
LT. COL. LUXOLO VELILE SHALOM PEACE NGWADLA (left), 2 Field Engineer Regiment Officer, salutes the medal recipients at the Regiment’s medal parade on Friday (28/08). They are, standing behind the white line, from the left Corp. Nathi Twala, Lance Cor

LT. COL. LUXOLO VELILE SHALOM PEACE NGWADLA (left), 2 Field Engineer Regiment Officer, salutes the medal recipients at the Regiment’s medal parade on Friday (28/08). They are, standing behind the white line, from the left Corp. Nathi Twala, Lance Cor

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BETHLEHEM. – A total of 23 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the 2 Field Engineer Regiment in Bethlehem were awarded Mandela bronze medals.

This was done on Friday (28/08) at the regiment’s medal parade.

These members of the SANDF personally provided medical care and attention to former president Nelson Mandela during the time of his final illness.

They performed duties during the memorial service, the lying in state and state funeral of the former commander in chief. This included participating in any official ceremonial escort, guard of honour, motorcycle escort and manning of the gun carriage.

The medals that were handed out include the general service medal to five members, the Unitas Medal that went to Sgt Sibusiso Mbambo, and the Good Service Medal, acknowledging ten years, to four members.

Lt.Col. Luxolo Velile Shalom Peace Ngwadla, 2 Field Engineer Regiment officer, said he was touched to see that the president recognised the hard work that they had been doing.

“It gives me a feeling of humility. I am happy for all the medal recipients, especially those who received the Mandela medals. Medals carry a long history and you should be proud of them,” Ngwadla said

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