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Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Year-end thanks and appreciation from the Minister and SANDF Chief

SANDF year-end messageThe two top people in the command structure of the South African government’s military apparatus – Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General Solly Shoke – thank all under their command, uniformed and civilian personnel - for their hard work in fulfilling the Constitutional mandate of the force ensuring that people are and feel safe in South Africa.

Shoke made use of an outdoor thanksgiving service at Defence HQ in Pretoria to tell representatives of all four service arms, as well as civilian personnel and Reserve Force members currently on call-up at headquarters, “thank you for what you have done during difficult circumstances”.

“To be able to achieve our Constitutional mandate deserves applause,” he said which was duly supplied by those attending.

He told the service, which heard numerous choral presentations and messages of faith from the various denominations represented in the SANDF Chaplain Services: “SANDF members are the custodians of peace and highlight the significance of exercising peace. For us as soldiers, it is important to emphasise inner peace because when we are at inner peace we look at the world in a positive light”.

In her message, prepared at the request of defenceWeb, Minister Mapisa-Nqakula, points out “another eventful year is coming to an end after long and hard work by members of the entire Department of Defence, not forgetting those serving South Africa in various capacities in missions abroad and internally”.

“Under difficult and trying times we implemented successful programmes to carry out our work as mandated by the Constitution. Our members worked tirelessly and persevered to fulfil ordered commitments and obligations, nationally and internationally. We appreciate the efforts of all in ensuring the work carried on in spite of challenges faced this year.”

She also paid tribute to those who died in service thanking them for their duty and contributions made to peace and stability on the African continent and one the home front, ensuring all South Africans are and feel safe.

Mapisa-Nqakula also had a warning ahead of the festive season appealing to soldiers and civilian personnel to “do whatever you do in a safe environment because we need you back in 2018 to continue where you left off in 2017”.

Picture: Sergeant Ally Rakoma