Shoke telling Mpumalanga how defence can help the province


South Africa’s most senior soldier, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke is this week in Mpumalanga “interacting with stakeholders and exchanging views on the work of the National Defence Force in line with the Defence Review 2015”.

A SANDF statement has it that Shoke will meet “identified business people, farmers and traditional authorities in Mpumalanga under the ‘C SANDF Stakeholder Engagement’ programme”. It goes on to say Shoke will “share how the National Defence Force can contribute to the growth of the economy through partnership with business”.

Shoke and invited guests will visit the Macadamia military base for a first-hand look at border protection and the Army Support Base (ASB) Mpumalanga Maintenance Unit for briefings and presentations. Included in the programme for the Nelspruit base visit are briefings on Project Koba-Tlala, the Army Reserve driven skilling project, as well as a logistics update followed by an SA Navy presentation and demonstration.

As far as can be ascertained this is the first provincial visit undertaken by Shoke in the stakeholder engagement programme with a full day set aside to meet agriculture, business and traditional leaders.