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 Post subject: SAAF 2020 Commemoration
PostPosted: 22 Jan 2020, 18:47 
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SAAF 2020 Commemoration

The South African Air Force (SAAF) is celebrating 25 years of democracy and simultaneously commemorating its Collective Heritage in 2020.
As we continue to build a cohesive society and enhance unity, it is important to reconfigure the SAAF’s heritage landscape to ensure that it reflects the diversity of our society.

Our interventions are guided by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, the supreme law of the land, whose preamble partly reads as follows:
“We, the people of South Africa, recognise the injustices of our past, honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land, respect those who have worked to build and develop our country, and believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.”

In line with these constitutional imperatives, the SAAF is committed to the preservation and promotion of our Air Force heritage. Join us in 2020 as we continue to break the barriers of social cohesion and embrace SAAF’s collective heritage. Join us in commemorating our SAAF pioneers, celebrating our successes and demonstrating the SAAF’s air power.

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PostPosted: 22 Jan 2020, 18:48 
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SAAF Prestige Parade: 31 January 2020

Members of the public are welcome to attend the SAAF Prestige Parade that will take place on 31 January 2020 at 10:00 at AFB Swartkop. Gates open at 7:45 am and close at 9:30 am for the duration of the prestige day proceedings.

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Lieutenant Colonel Pierre van Ryneveld was given temporary rank of Colonel and appointed Director of Air Services while tasked with setting up an air force from the Imperial Gift aircraft. Van Ryneveld’s appointment occurred in June 1920 and was backdated to February, with the title ‘South African Air Force’ not used officially until 1 February 1923.

According to the late Dave Becker, historians failed to find one official formation date of the SAAF and have taken van Ryneveld’s date of appointment as Director Air Services as the most suitable date, thus for all practical purposes the formation date of the SAAF is 1 February 1920.

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Happy 100 !!!


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Congratulations on a 100 years of strife and sweat and tears, but also on victories and successes abound!
I sincerely hope the contribution of all who added to the South African air force history over the past 100 years up to what it is today will be honestly and correctly portrayed and celebrated. I hope it will be done with the honour and dignity it deserves! =D> =D>

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Just look how they twist and turn and use inventive language all just to avoid admitting that the SAAF is specificaly 100 years old.


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Roger the Dodger wrote:
Just look how they twist and turn and use inventive language all just to avoid admitting that the SAAF is specificaly 100 years old.


Sentiment echoed in this article. I suspect SAAF 100 will be celebrated in the pubs.

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/aerospace/aerospace-aerospace/air-force-prestige-day-marks-the-start-of-saaf-100/


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Mars wrote:
Roger the Dodger wrote:
Just look how they twist and turn and use inventive language all just to avoid admitting that the SAAF is specificaly 100 years old.


Sentiment echoed in this article. I suspect SAAF 100 will be celebrated in the pubs.

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/aerospace/aerospace-aerospace/air-force-prestige-day-marks-the-start-of-saaf-100/


So very sad. That emblem is a disgrace.


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So very sad. That emblem is a disgrace.


Here is a comparison of the various anniversary logo's

http://www.aviationcentral.co.za/a-look-back-at-past-and-present-saaf-centenary-logos/


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I believe there were many logos drawn up internally which were deserving of praise, but alas, they were not to be.

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Apparently the word centenary or the numerals 100 are not allowed to be used in slogans and logo's?


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Just a small correction: The SAAF is the second oldest Commonwealth airforce. 

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Mars wrote:
Apparently the word centenary or the numerals 100 are not allowed to be used in slogans and logo's?


How is that for "democracy" ?


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Consider that the ruling party recently celebrated the big 108(?) and was marketed as such, during a time of massive economic failure brought on by the same party. Its just very frustrating that a opportunity for real nation building as been missed. Lets hope they still come to their senses.

Anyway, the SAAF is still "The Pride of the Nation" and is still 100 years old this year regardless of how its spun.


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I wish SAAFA would have taken a stand against this political whitewash of history.

Very sad that pre '94 is not remembered at all.

Sadly, history is written by the 'victors'.

I'll be glad if us taxpayers get some foreign visitors for AAD 2020...


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