Chief SANDF medal parade in Kimberley


Seventy-nine medals covering thirty years’ service were presented to SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members in Kimberly last week during a medal parade.

SANDF Chief, General Solly Shoke, could not attend and deputised Surgeon General Lieutenant General Aubrey Sedibe to officiate in his place.

Sedibe conferred the 79 “medalje vir troue diens” and bar to the same medal to recipients from bases and units in the Kimberley and Upington areas of Northern Cape.

Addressing the parade he said it was not justified to still call members by their former force ranks. “It is incorrect and they must be referred to by SANDF ranks.”

He also told those on parade the medals they were presented with should serve as both motivation and reward.
“Today we celebrate SANDF members with serve with resilience and unwavering commitment in the SANDF despite the challenges soldiers operate in.”

Taking the same line as his counterpart at the SA Army did during a media briefing earlier last week, Sedibe pointed out budget cuts impact greatly on the basic function of the SANDF.
“The nation has to know South Africa cannot exist without the SANDF,” he said in an add to the plea by Lieutenant General Lindile Yam for a R50 billion defence budget to allow the South African military to do its work – properly.