Almost 200 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) received medals during a parade in Simon’s Town on 28 July.
The SANDF said that 192 Defence Act and Public Service Act Personnel from the South African Army, South African Air force, South African Navy and South African Military Health Service were to be awarded for distinguished conduct and loyal service for fifty, forty and thirty years respectively during a ceremony at the Martello Sports Grounds in Simon’s Town.
Colonels Lionel Crooke and Alan Nelson were awarded 50 year service medals by the Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Samuel Hlongwane who said that, “these members who are on parade today dedicated their lives in fighting for their country; they dedicated their lives to their country in securing and protecting it.”
These medals were instituted by a warrant from the South African President on 6 November 1997. The parade is the first of three medal parades scheduled for the remainder of the year, with the next to take place in September.