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2016-08-31 06:00
THE South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) Silver Falcons team showing people what they are capable off. Photo: Tladi Moloi

THE South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) Silver Falcons team showing people what they are capable off. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BETHLEHEM. – The Bethlehem Airshow, the biggest airshow in central South Africa, has lived up to expectations.

Held over the past weekend (26/08 and 27/08), it attracted thousands of people who came to witness the in-flight action.

People who attended the show were captivated by the majestic aerobatics displayed by some of the top pilots in the world.

It was an awesome experience for most of the school learners who attended the show.

However, more of them seemed to enjoy themselves playing on the jumping castles and in the other play areas specially put up for them.

Lindiwe Makhalema, executive mayor of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, said she was happy to have led the biggest community event of the year held in the Eastern Free State.

She said they were aiming to present a bigger and better show next year.

“We are going to sit down with the organisers and see what we can improve and bring in,” said Makhalema.

“For the past years our people have witnessed one thing, and I would love it if we can add some spice to it.”

Makhalema said she would like to see the community of Bethlehem, especially the young generation, benefiting from the airshow in the future.

“We want the pilots to come early next year so that they can visit some of the local schools to share information about their careers with our learners.

“We know that there are some of the children who want to be pilots in the future. However, they do not know what is required to become a pilot.”

She said she was, however, happy with the support they had received.

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