“Pride of the Nation” out in force at Rand Show


The SANDF will be using this year’s Rand Show as a recruitment platform, with equipment from all four of arms of service on static display to encourage potential soldiers.

Additionally, the military will be an active participant in the opening ceremony on Good Friday as well as subsequent arena events.
“Oryx helicopters and free fall parachutists are confirmed for the opening event where the salute is expected to be taken by either Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula or SANDF Chief General Solly Shoke,” spokesman Captain (SAN) Prince Tshabalala said.

Other military displays scheduled for the arena include precision drill and pace stick demonstrations as well as the expertise of military dogs.

An outdoor exhibition with equipment including the Rooikat armoured vehicle, G5 howitzer as well as displays of specialist equipment utilised by the Engineer and Signal Formations are expected to draw large numbers.

The South African Navy will have its dive tank operational with qualified divers on hand to explain the intricacies of this specific mustering.

Indoors the SANDF exhibition will have a number of simulators ranging from aircraft through to full battle ones with specialist trainers on hand to provide information on their uses.
“We see our entire exhibition as being complementary to General Shoke’s ‘Pride of the Nation’ view of the SANDF. At the same time as being able to see, feel and, in certain instances, actually work with military equipment we aim to build pride in the South African military as well as encourage young people to take up some of the many and varied careers the SANDF offers,” he said.