Army bakery open for business in Western Cape


The SA Army’s fifth in-house bakery is open for business at Army Support Base (ASB) Western Cape.

The bakery at the Cape Town unit is officially the ASB Western Cape Maqoma Bakery and stands ready to deliver bread to SA National Defence Force (SANDF) units in its area of responsibility.

It was taken into service late last month when a commemorative plaque was unveiled by Major General Mzikayise Tyhalisi, General Officer Commanding (GOC), SA Army Support Formation.

The bakery and GSB management plan to approach the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and the SA Police Service (SAPS) as future buyers of daily baked bread. This will, Captain Desiree Boipelo Kolokoto, Acting Staff Officer 2, SA Army Support Formation Corporate Communication, said “encourage synergy, kill the silo approach to fight the negative impact of the budget and create self-sustainment in various government departments”.

As far as is known to defenceWeb the “bakery project” in the landward force follows a February 2021 instruction by Major General Mzikayise Tyhalisi. As General Officer Commanding Army Support Formation he said all support base commanders should establish bakeries “as soon as possible”. The first to react was ASB Johannesburg at Lenz south of the country’s economic hub where the challenge to bake bread to supply and support units in south Gauteng. An initial target of 6 000 loaves a day, delivered three times a week, was set.