SA sol­dier re­cruits flaunt skills

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - JAMES MAHLOKWANE

james.mahlokwane@inl.co.za SOUTH African sol­diers went through a drilling dur­ing the 42nd Youth Day event at Pre­to­ria Mil­i­tary Sport Club in Thaba Tsh­wane yes­ter­day.

This year’s re­cruits formed four squads to show­case drilling skills learnt in the SA Army, SA Air Force, SA Navy and SA Mil­i­tary Health Ser­vices. The squads at­tracted a large and en­thu­si­as­tic crowd.

The plat­form pro­vides the Depart­ment of De­fence with a mea­sure of the stan­dard of re­cruits to en­sure that all four wings progress evenly.

The idea was for the SANDF to mark the close of Youth Month with the theme: “Be the legacy by cel­e­brat­ing youth co­he­sion, en­durance, pro­duc­tiv­ity and soldiering through march and drill in dif­fer­ent sport codes”.

The event also recog­nised the Depart­ment of De­fence’s he­roes, and all the youth who fought op­pres­sion dur­ing the 1976 stu­dent up­ris­ings.

Chief of the SA Navy Vice-Ad­mi­ral Mosiwa Hlong­wane paid trib­ute to the youth, es­pe­cially those of 1976, for their “courage, de­ter­mi­na­tion, and sac­ri­fice demon­strated by dis­man­tling the shack­les of apartheid”. He pre­sented tro­phies to the teams rep­re­sent­ing SA Mil­i­tary Health Ser­vices and SA Army ser­vices in joint first place.

PIC­TURE: JAC­QUES NAUDE/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

SA Mil­i­tary Health Ser­vices mem­bers dur­ing the 42th Youth Day cel­e­bra­tions and an­nual drilling com­pe­ti­tion at the Pre­to­ria Mil­i­tary Sport Club in Thaba Tsh­wane.

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