The City of Cape Town welcomed the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and visitors to the city for the annual Armed Forces Day.This is the first time in the history of Armed Forces Day that the event was commemorated in Cape Town. The City supported the SANDF with services and made its venues available to host the various events from 16 to 22 February 2019.
The events were aimed at celebrating the commitment shown by the men and women serving and those who have served in the SANDF as well as to commemorate the sinking of the SS Mendi on 21 February 1917. It also honoured those men and women who have laid down their lives in the line of duty. Personnel from the South African Army, Air Force, Navy, and the Military Health Services participated in fitness drills, conduct shooting exercises and have exhibitions that showcase the latest military equipment and technologies used to protect the country.
The festivities kicked off over the weekend with 5 and 10 kilometre races on the Sea Point Promenade and the first SANDF Open Day (Fan Park) at the Mandela Park Stadium in Khayelitsha. The Open Days, which ran from 16 to 19 February,also included a career exhibition and recruitment drive to encourage more people to join the armed forces.

Other events included:

Gala concert at City Hall – Monday 18 February (19:00)
Night shoot at Sunrise Beach, Muizenberg – Tuesday 19 February (19:30 and 21:00)
Wreath-laying ceremony at SS Mendi Memorial, UCT – Thursday 21 February (09:00)

And will conclude this week with a Parade at Table View Beach, Blaauwberg and capability demo on Thursday 21 February (10:00 – 14:30)
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the events to interact with members of the SANDF, and gain a better understanding of the military’s role in society.

The men and women of the SANDF stand ready to defend the borders of the Republic, as well as the values enshrined in our Constitution. Many of them are also involved in peace-keeping missions beyond THE South African borders.

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