The ones who risk their lives to ensure that we face no harm, The South African National Defence Force consists of men and women whose bravery and courage is like no other, men and women who put the needs of our nation, The Republic of South Africa and our continent, Africa, above all else.
Therefore, in recognition of the importance the SANDF plays in the sustenance of our nation Super Sport Park, as it hosts the second Sunfoil Freedom Test series match between South Africa and India, will bring to the citizens of this nation FORCES DAY - a spectacular ceremonial performance by the SANDF which will open the first day of the test.
What can be expected on FORCES DAY:
Military band formation alongside southern side screen for national anthem
Military forces line up along the perimeter boundary rope in uniform to salute
Military aircraft fly-past
Military hardware exhibition of a variety of weapon systems
Military precision drill during the tea break
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was formed in 1994 following South Africa’s post-apartheid national elections.
The formation of the SANDF was followed by its taking over of the equipment and personnel from the South African Defence Force and integrated with the former Bantustan homelands forces along with the personnel from the former guerrilla forces of the political parties that were involved during the apartheid era. These include the African National Congress’s ‘Umkhonto We Sizwe’, Pan African Congress’s ‘Azanian People’s Liberation Army’ and the ‘Self Protection Units’ of Inkhata Freedom Party.
The SANDF’s main priority and role is for the protection and safeguarding of the country against any internal and external security and national interest threats. The SANDF plays an important role in the international scene, most particular in the African continent where they partake in the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.
However, they’re most prominent role involves their internal operations which includes safeguarding the border (OPERATION CORONA), disaster relief and assistance (OPERATION CHARIOT), safety and security (OPERATION PROSPER) and ridding the country of illegal weapons, drug dens, prostitution rings and other legal activities (OPERATION FIELA).
These operations are carried by the four different armed force services which fall under the command of the SANDF. These include the South African Army, South African Air Force, South African Navy and the South African Military Health Service and the Joint Operations Division, which is responsible for the coordination of all the joint operations involving any or all four of the services.
The SANDF is currently led by General Solly Zachariah Shoke whose military background emanates from serving in the African National Congress’s military wing ‘Umkhonto We Sizwe’ after attaining his basic military training in Angola and further training in the Soviet Union. The general falls under the command of and is accountable to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, currently the Honourable Mrs. Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula.
Despite the difficulty and the physical, emotional and mental strain that comes with joining the SA Military, the SANDF also knows how to bring work and play together as they recognise the importance sports plays in developing a healthy mind and body.
They see participation in sport as “one way of instilling discipline and enhancing soldier’s performance in the battlefield. It allows soldiers to improve general fitness that is conductive to better health.”
The SANDF unfortunately will not be putting their cricketing skills to the test but they will however be show-casing a fine display of their military ceremonial capabilities and military hardware.