The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is showcasing its capabilities at the Mpumalanga Show taking place in Mbombela (Nelspruit), with static displays and capability demonstrations.
The SANDF has been at Mbombela Stadium from 29 August and will be there until 1 September in its inaugural appearance at the lifestyle, cultural and agricultural show, having been invited by the event organisers and other provincial stakeholders.
The SANDF said it delivers an activity-packed arena programme as well as capability demonstration, both of which entertain and educate the general Mpumalanga public about the role, responsibility and capabilities of its soldiers. “The military’s participation at this year’s show expands its public relations and communication blueprint where the community is engaged in programmes of the defence force and the constitutional mandate it is enjoined to execute.”
The military’s participation sees a wide range of activities that include National Ceremonial Guard band performances, a simulation of a hostage-freeing scenario, military medical evacuation, free-fall parachute demonstration, fast-roping, airborne extraction and precision drill demonstration, among others.
The elements taking part are the SA Army’s 44 Parachute Regiment, Signallers, Armour’s Light Horse Regiment, 3 SA Infantry Battalion, 4 SA Infantry Battalion, Army Support Base Mpumalanga, SA Army Reserves, SA Army Support Formation, 2 Field Engineer Regiment, the SA Army Specialised Infantry Capability and Human Resource personnel.
Other participants include the SA Air Force, SA Navy and SA Military Health Service together with Joint Tactical Headquarters Mpumalanga, Chaplain Services, Directorate Human Resources Acquisition, Directorate Physical Training, Sport and Recreation, Military Police, Regional Works Unit Mpumalanga, Logistics Division and Ammunition Corps.
The SANDF’s Arena Programme runs from 29-31 August and includes a capability demonstration involving dogs and bridge building, Land Rover assembly and disassembly, precision drills, marching band, martial arts and motorcycles, amongst others.
The SANDF also has a career exhibition which explores the career options available in all four arms of service.