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SUBJECT: THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE TO HOST ARMED FORCES DAY 2019 IN THE WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

The Department of Defence (DOD) and the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) will host the Armed Forces Day Celebration 2019 and the commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi in the Western Cape Province. The main parade, which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, 21st February 2019 will be at Blaauwberg strand area.

There are various events scheduled leading up to the main parade. These events include but not limited to the following;

a. Fan Park opening (Mandela Park Stadium, Khayelitsha) - Saturday, 16 Feb 19
b. SA Navy Ship Opening to public (V&A Waterfront) - Saturday, 16 Feb 19
c. Interfaith Church Service (9 SA Infantry Battalion) – Sunday, 17 Feb 19
d. Legacy Project (Venue TBC) – Monday, 18 Feb 19
e. Capability Demo Night Shoot (Sunrise Beach, Muizenberg) – Monday, 19 Feb 19
f. Wreath Laying Ceremony (University of Cape Town) – Thursday, 21 Feb 19
g. Main Armed Forces Day Parade (Blaauwberg strand area) – Thursday, 21 Feb 19

Armed Forces Day is a day on which the South African population honours men and women of the South African National Defence Force by affirming its support and gratitude to them for upholding the constitution of the Republic and defending the territorial integrity of the Republic and protecting its people.

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Defence Force reaps benefits of Armed Forces Day activities

By Dean Wingrin

The South African Navy, hosts of the 2019 iteration of Armed Forces Day, is planning a huge spectacle in and around Cape Town.

Armed Forces Day, which has morphed into a week-long event between February 15 to 21, is seen as a showcase for what South Africa’s senior military command calls “the people’s Defence Force.” With a week-long mobilisation phase and a further week of demobilisation, over 8 500 troops and hundreds of vehicles and aircraft will be descending on the Western Cape.

As this year is the SA Navy’s turn to host the premier Defence Force public interaction event, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula decided in September last year that it would be held in Cape Town.

“We are thrilled to be able to host it in Cape Town,” Rear Admiral Guy Jamieson, Deputy Chief Navy, told defenceWeb, “(it is) where the vast majority of our naval forces are based.”

But hosting a large event such as this cost money, lots of it, something Jamieson is acutely aware of. He acknowledges that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has “suffered from major budgetary issues.”

But, he stresses, there are some major benefits to the hosting of an activity such as Armed Forces Day.

“We feel that this is a very, very worthwhile exercise for several reasons,” Jamieson explained, “One of the reasons is that it forces us, in the
National Defence Force, to test our ability to deploy and move forces around the country.”

Indeed, aircraft will be coming from as far afield as AFB Makhado in Limpopo, with soldiers, armour and artillery coming from bases such as those near Bloemfontein and Kimberly. As the majority of the equipment will arrive by road, it is vital that the transport plan ensures that they can cross bridges, go under overpasses, through mountain passes, etc.

“It's a major exercise in planning a deployment, in sustainment of these forces when they (arrive).”

Another aspect is the various air, beach and firing capability demonstrations around the Peninsula.

“Even though no one's shooting back at us or trying to prevent us landing on the beaches, it's still a worthwhile exercise and quite a tricky planning exercise,” Jamieson continued, “So it makes us better, it improves our capability, by doing this.”

Yet another benefit is that it allows the SANDF to plan and execute in a joint manner, with the Airforce, Army, Navy and Medical Health Services all working together whilst “at the same time demonstrating our credibility in public.”

“But above all,” Jamieson notes, “it gives the South African National Defence Force a chance to interact with the local population. That's why we move this Armed Forces Day around the country. We want people to see that we are there, we want to become relevant. We want them to see the kind of things that we are capable of doing.”

The SANDF planners, under the leadership of Rear Admiral (JG) James Matshimane (Director Naval Personnel) have been working for months with the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape provincial government. “It's quite a major activity to get this coordination going and it's a worthwhile thing to do,” Jamieson says.

One of the military’s roles is to prove assistance to local government and local municipalities during times of disaster, such as floods and fires. Jamieson likens this to military operations other than war.

“We don’t just wage war,” he says, “There's a lot of other collateral value and it will be good that we know how to plan with a municipality, provincial authorities etc. So once again, the planning, setting up and coordination of this Armed Forces Day raises our game in that regard.”
Capetonians can look forward to many events not seen before at various locations around the Peninsula, many with panoramic views of Table Mountain.

A Fan Park at the Mandela Park Stadium in Khayelitsha between 16 to 19 February will host numerous displays by the various arms of service, including the Rooivalk and Agusta A-109 helicopters, allowing the SANDF to interact with the community as well as to create awareness regarding career opportunities in the SANDF.

The V & A Waterfront will host a large number of SA Navy warships and a submarine for the public to visit on 16 and 17 February. These include the Valour-Class frigates SAS AMATOLA and SAS SPIOENKOP, Off-shore Patrol Vessels SAS GALESHEWE and the SAS MAKHANDA, Type 209 submarine SAS MANTHATISI, Fleet Replenishment Ship SAS DRAKENSBERG and Hydrographic Survey Ship SAS PROTEA.

In order to showcase how the SANDF assets are deployed and utilised, a night shoot at Sunrise Beach, Muizenberg, on 19 February (with a rehearsal held the preceding night) will feature such weapons as the Olifant main battle tank, various Ratel infantry fighting vehicles, the Rooikat armoured car, numerous artillery pieces, guided missiles and multiple rocket launchers.

The main event on 21 February will feature a parade along the Table View beachfront, presided over by SANDF Commander-in-Chief President Cyril Ramaphosa, followed by a Capability Demonstration and mock attack on Table View Beach.

The South African Air Force will be contributing a wide variety of aircraft, including the Gripen and Hawk jets, C-130BZ Hercules and C-212 transport aircraft and Oryx, Rooivalk, A-109 and Super Lynx helicopters. The aircraft will be flying out of AFB Langebaanweg and AFB Ysterplaat, but the SAAF will also provide a show-of-force by flying formations over the wider Western Cape Region, including the North West and Southern coasts. There is even the possibility of SAAF Museum aircraft participating.

Other events include a 5/10 km walk/run along the Green Point Promenade (16 February), sport development clinics in Khayelitsha (18 to 20 February), an interfaith service at the Cape Town City Hall (17 February) and a Gala Concert of combined military bands and choirs at the Cape Town City Hall (18 February).

The Siviwe School of Skills in Gugulethu has been identified as the Minister of Defence & Military Veterans Legacy Project for Armed Forces Day 2019, whereby repair work will undertaken by SANDF members with material sourced through donations and sponsors.

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PostPosted: 29 Jan 2019, 20:58 
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Event locality
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Fan Park
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SA ARMY DISPLAYS
Infantry
Armour
Artillery
Air Defence Artillery
Engineer
Signal
Intelligence
Technical
Training

SAAF DISPLAY
A109/BK117/Rooivalk
Armament equipment
Survival equipment
Aircraft mechanic
E & I Equipment
1 ASU Technical equipment
Tactical mobile radar/Umlindi radar antenna
Mobile tower
2 x Impala simulators
10 x PC with flight simulator
2 x Fire and rescue services vehicles

SA NAVY DISPLAY
MRS Boat Displays
Divers including Diving Tank
Hydrographic display
SANAD
MCM
Seamanship

SAMHS DISPLAY
1 x Air droppable surgical post
1 x Gecko
2 x CB detection vehicle
3 x Level 2 field hospital components
1 x Pharmacy component
Search and rescue equipment
2 x Mfezi
1 x Soft skin ambulance
Communicable disease isolation unit
Specialised unique medical equipment
1 x CBR equipment

SPECIAL FORCES
1. Survival displays
2. Seaborne equipment
3. Urban equipment
5. Signal land and sea
7. Parachutes
8. 4 x Hornets
9. Special forces weapon
10. 4 X Free Fall jumpers
11. Rural Eqpt
12. Dive Eqpt

LOGISTICS
1. Ammunition display
2. Environmental management display
3. Works formation capabilities
4. Procurement display
5. Hospitality services (Catering services)
6. Help desk (Corp Com)

Night Shoot
Image

Main Parade
Image

Capability Demo
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Let's hope the South Easter plays along for the parade and capability demo day :shock: :?


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Looks to be an impressive lineup.

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Looks to be an impressive lineup


Indeed. Especially with 7 ships being made available for the event! :D =D>

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I am sure the public group of tree huggers in Cape Town which there are many are going to have tons of complaints about this happening on their door step,even when the lighting jet broke the sound barrier in the years back at Ysterplaat,it was a massive uproar over it.Its going to be animal activists as well when it comes to frightening there dogs.There are always issues when this type of events is held in Cape Town,here in GP we so used to noise and gunfire..its nothing new :lol: and the amount of tree huggers here are almost zero.

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This is sad,this morning a Ratel ZT3 has crashed on its way to Cape Town for Armed forces day on N1 Between Bloemfontein and Edenburg,with injuries.Looks like the whole turret came off the Ratel.

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Oh dear. :(

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Dean wrote:
Event locality
Image

Fan Park
Image

SA ARMY DISPLAYS
Infantry
Armour
Artillery
Air Defence Artillery
Engineer
Signal
Intelligence
Technical
Training

SAAF DISPLAY
A109/BK117/Rooivalk
Armament equipment
Survival equipment
Aircraft mechanic
E & I Equipment
1 ASU Technical equipment
Tactical mobile radar/Umlindi radar antenna
Mobile tower
2 x Impala simulators
10 x PC with flight simulator
2 x Fire and rescue services vehicles

SA NAVY DISPLAY
MRS Boat Displays
Divers including Diving Tank
Hydrographic display
SANAD
MCM
Seamanship

SAMHS DISPLAY
1 x Air droppable surgical post
1 x Gecko
2 x CB detection vehicle
3 x Level 2 field hospital components
1 x Pharmacy component
Search and rescue equipment
2 x Mfezi
1 x Soft skin ambulance
Communicable disease isolation unit
Specialised unique medical equipment
1 x CBR equipment

SPECIAL FORCES
1. Survival displays
2. Seaborne equipment
3. Urban equipment
5. Signal land and sea
7. Parachutes
8. 4 x Hornets
9. Special forces weapon
10. 4 X Free Fall jumpers
11. Rural Eqpt
12. Dive Eqpt

LOGISTICS
1. Ammunition display
2. Environmental management display
3. Works formation capabilities
4. Procurement display
5. Hospitality services (Catering services)
6. Help desk (Corp Com)

Night Shoot
Image

Main Parade
Image

Capability Demo
Image


Literally right on my doorstep and I will be working :smt022 :smt022 :smt022


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I have a sneaky suspicion that the Gripen will do a fly past for SONA this evening :wink:

Sadly, I passed another accident involving a military vehicle today on the N1 :(

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I was lucky to see them approaching town from a long way out...hopefully the photo uploads...

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Been invited to photograph the convoy arriving in Cape Town from an Oryx this morning ... and I have a client meeting I can't shift! :(

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