The South African National Defence Force’s Logistics Division is for the first time since its establishment hosting a women’s day parade.
The parade, scheduled for this morning at the Department of Defence Logistics Support Formation Sports Grounds in Thaba Tshwane, forms part of the national women’s month celebrations and is also aimed at celebrating women’s achievements, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said.
The General Officer Commanding Department of Defence Logistic Support Formation, Major General John Kobbie, will be the chief functionary during the parade.
The SANDF regularly holds women’s day parades, but this is the first time it is being hosted by the Logistics Division.
Women’s month celebrations this year were marred on 19 August when a bus carrying 42 SANDF personnel in the Free State crashed, killing 11 serving women. All the passengers were based at the SANDF Mobilisation Centre at De Brug outside Bloemfontein.
Nearly a third of Department of Defence personnel are female. For the 2014/15 financial year, 22 687 females were employed by the Department. As of March 2015 the Department of Defence had 78 011 personnel, including 40 215 in the Army, 10 443 in the Air Force, 7 575 in the Navy, 8 145 in the Military Health Service and 3 094 in the Logistics Division.