Cadets set to impress

2019-07-02 06:00
Youth Cadets practise their drills. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Youth Cadets practise their drills. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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The newly formed Cape Town Youth Cadets showed off their hard work as they marched through Cafda in a parade to salute South Africa, on Saturday 22 June.

The cadets are a youth organisation that aims to teach children a range of skills that are deemed valuable for life.

Aubrey Robinson, chairperson of the youth cadets explains: “We are not only concentrating only on drilling but life skills, discipline and respect, health, social, security issues and many more developmental skills which will assist them through their everyday lives.”

The organisation, established in February, is currently in the process of being registered with the Department of Social Development as a non-profit organisation and its base is at the Cafda School of Skills, in Cafda Village.

Robinson adds: “We are also busy setting up a branch in Ottery, Mitchell’s Plain and are working on Hillview and Seawinds.”

The cadets have a rigorous training schedule to keep them in tip top shape to perform their drills and take on all that life may have in store for them.

“We have training every Saturday morning from 08:30 to 12:00. We start with our parade where we salute the SA flag while our country’s anthem is being played,” he says, adding that each week may hold a different talk that follows the parade. This talk touches on topics of drug usage, religion, motivation and the likes.

Cadets are then split into groups to perform drills, after which (uniform) ironing training will take place. “Then we will get all together in a parade again for a talk by me or the branch director before we leave to enjoy the rest of the weekend.”

Junior officer Sergeant Dale Batts joined the cadets after having left the naval cadets previously. “I joined the Youth Cadets because I was in the Naval Cadets and unfortunately I left. I just missed the feeling and the discipline, so I had to get back in,” he explained.

Robinson encourages parents to enrol their children aged six to 21 into the programme. “We will be entering them into competitions, with other branches. For those who finish matric, we will give them references on their progress and achievements which they can add to their CVs for entering the job market.

“Our reference will also assist when applying to the National Defence Force and other defence departments.”V For more information email capetownyouthcadets@gmail.com.

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