Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Today the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) celebrates the Armed Forces Day (AFD) 2019 in Cape Town.
This day was a proclamation by the former President of the Republic of South Africa and Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force, President, Jacob Zuma that 21 February every year be observed and commemorated as Armed Forces Day (AFD).
South African President and Commander-in-Chief, Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the Defence Forces during the event.
The event coincides with the commemoration of the fateful sinking of the SS MENDI on 21 February 1917 when over 600 South African men perished in the icy waters of the English Channel, of which 607 were from the South African Native Labour Corps and 33 crew members.
The celebrations in Cape Town comes after the successful Armed Forces Day celebrations in six different provinces since 2013.
According to a recent statement issued by the Department of Defence they will also showcase its military might and state-of-the-art hardware and technology in its quest to defend the territorial integrity and borders of our republic.
They also aim to create consensus on defence by taking the SANDF to the people. During AFD, the public is afforded an opportunity to interact with the men and women in uniform and is exposed to the capabilities of our country’s state-of-the-art military equipment.
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