Ac­co­lades for med­i­cal corps troops with 20 years’ ser­vice

Pretoria News - - NEWS - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE goitsemang.tlhabye@inl.co.za

SOL­DIERS who have served the coun­try for 20 years – in­clud­ing at the time of Nel­son Man­dela’s death – were fi­nally given their right­ful ac­co­lades yes­ter­day.

They were hon­oured dur­ing the South African Na­tional De­fence Force (SANDF) medal pa­rade at the Mil­i­tary Health Train­ing For­ma­tion quar­ters at Thaba Tsh­wane in Pre­to­ria.

Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Aubrey Sed­ibe, sur­geon-gen­eral of the SANDF, said re­ceiv­ing a medal was one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences in any of­fi­cer’s ca­reer.

He said: “Serv­ing the coun­try for 20 years is a con­fir­ma­tion of one’s con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the or­gan­i­sa­tion and self­less­ness at its purest ver­sion.

“You ex­em­plify the finest qual­i­ties of the ‘health war­riors, serv­ing the brave’.

“In these 20 years you have had to act be­yond the call of duty and this medal will now and for­ever form part of your his­tory as a sol­dier.” Re­cip­i­ent of one of the 20-year long ser­vice medals, Lieu­tenant-Colonel Su­san Jou­bert, said she was proud to have fi­nally re­ceived a medal for some­thing she has al­ways loved do­ing.

Jou­bert, a phar­ma­cist in the mil­i­tary, said she lasted as long as she did as the mil­i­tary of­fered her the op­por­tu­nity to have a dual ca­reer.

She added: “I lasted this long be­cause of the love I have and the op­por­tu­ni­ties I have been awarded. It’s been my call­ing.”

Another re­cip­i­ent, Lieu­tenant Joyce Madiba, said she felt great hav­ing re­ceived the 20-year medal as she took be­ing in the mil­i­tary as a call­ing and a new cul­ture.

Madiba said: “It wasn’t just another job for me.

“Be­ing in this line of work just got into my sys­tem and when I see all these peo­ple march­ing, I know I am home.”

Lieu­tenant-Colonel Thobile Ndlovu said she felt proud to have been awarded the Man­dela Medal for the work she did fol­low­ing the death of Madiba.

Ndlovu was tasked as the li­ai­son of­fi­cer re­ceiv­ing peo­ple com­ing from out­side the coun­try to mourn the states­man’s pass­ing.

Be­ing in this line of work just got into my sys­tem and when I see all these peo­ple march­ing, I know I’m home Lieu­tenant Joyce Madiba

PIC­TURE: THOBILE MATHONSI/ANA

A medal pa­rade at Mil­i­tary Health Train­ing For­ma­tion, Thaba Tsh­wane, to hon­our of­fi­cers who have served for 20 years in the SANDF.

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