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South Africa salutes its military Special

Posted Feb 21, 2015 by Christopher Szabo
The 2015 edition of Armed Forces Day, the third in a row of the current series has been held in the city of Potchefstroom in the North West Province, 115 kilometres (72 miles) southwest of Johannesburg.
Oryx helicopters of the South African Air Force perform the flypast
Oryx helicopters of the South African Air Force perform the flypast
(The first Armed Forces Day was held in 2010 as reported by Digital Journal). Since then, it has been held on the 21st of February. This is the day before the memorial to those lost on the troopship SS Mendi in 1917 on their way to the Western Front in WWI.
The proceedings began with the awarding of a special medal for service relating to the burial of South Africa’s first democratic president, the late Nelson Mandela.
President Jacob Zuma awards the Mandela Medal.
President Jacob Zuma awards the Mandela Medal.
Current president Jacob Zuma then addressed what turned out to be a rain-drenched crowd, stressing the assistance provided by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to the people of Mozambique during floods earlier this year. The SANDF has also, in conjunction with the police, helped to improve security in rural areas and farming communities, as well as safeguarding the country’s borders.
The homegrown Rooivalk helicopter in UN colours.
The homegrown Rooivalk helicopter in UN colours.
Beyond the borders, the SANDF is assisting with training other armed forces on the continent and has promised a battalion to the newly-established African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis (ACIRC). It is also contributing troops to peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.
The Presidential Guard in Potchefstroom
The Presidential Guard in Potchefstroom
The president also mentioned the Defence Review, which calls for a major beefing up of the SANDF and is currently beyond the country’s capabilities, but some elements need to be included to keep the force viable.
The march past included the Presidential Guard, marching bands from the four arms of service (Army, Air Force, Navy and Military Health Service) as well as flypasts by Gripen fighters, Hawk trainers and helicopters of various types (26 in all).
The flypast by four Gripen fighters and the presidential jet.
The flypast by four Gripen fighters and the presidential jet.
The South African-developed Rooikat armoured reconnaissance vehicle.
The South African-developed Rooikat armoured reconnaissance vehicle.
Over 80 military vehicles, including Infantry Fighting Vehicles
The South African  Ratel  (Honey Badger) was a pioneer in mine-protected Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
The South African "Ratel" (Honey Badger) was a pioneer in mine-protected Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
(ancestors of the MRAP) tanks, as well as artillery pieces paraded past the VIP stand and then the city of Potchefstroom (or simply “Potch”, as it is colloquially called.)
The event moves from province to province each year and is organised by a different arm of service. This year’s event was arranged by the Air Force, while next year’s falls to the Navy.