Youth still starry-eyed

2018-02-28 06:01
Keamogetswe Sebapalang (21) submits her application form to Pte Given Dikobe at the fan park in the A.R. Abass Stadium during the Armed Forces Day celebrations last week. Photos: Boipelo Mere

Keamogetswe Sebapalang (21) submits her application form to Pte Given Dikobe at the fan park in the A.R. Abass Stadium during the Armed Forces Day celebrations last week. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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It remains to be seen how much the hungry youth of the Northern Cape will benefit from the 2018 Armed Forces Week celebrations, held from 15 February to Wednesday (21/02), in terms of career opportunities.

Last week, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) gave the unemployed youth the opportunity to hand in applications at the A.R. Abass Stadium to be accepted to their preferred career.

Long queues of hopefuls visited the fan park in the hope of exploring opportunities, even if only in 2019.

Keamogetswe Sebapalang (21) had high hopes when she visited the fan park on Thursday, 15 February, to witness the armed forces in action and to make enquiries.

To her, it was like seeing light at the end of the tunnel when she interacted with members before submitting her application for her dream career.

“I have never given up my dream of joining the air force or the navy. I have been submitting application forms every year since I was in matric, but my chances were still slim, as I only had matric,” said Sebapalang.

“I now believe my chances have increased after I completed my N6 Public Management course, which I started at the Phatsimang College in 2016.”

The excited graduate highlighted that she has forever been mesmerised by the SANDF’s work, discipline and uniform.

She explained that her passion was not really to start an internship, but to go straight on to joining the force.

Close to 7 000 SANDF members, from the army, the air force, the navy and other entities, were in Kimberley for the week’s activities.

Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa also joined the celebrations when he laid wreaths at the Battle of Squarehill Monument in Kimberley.

As part of the SANDF legacy project, aimed at improving the quality of education and enhancing classroom learning, the SANDF donated interactive white boards and a fully-fledged computer lab, as well as school shoes, to two schools.

The donation was made on Friday (23/02) to the Retlameleng School and the !Xunkwesa Combined School in Platfontein.

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