Next week is SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Prestige Week the fifth of its kind where enhancing social cohesion is the major aim.
Airmen, military medics, sailors and soldiers from all four arms of the SANDF gather in and around Pretoria for sports, arts and cultural events. On the menu, as it were, are items ranging from soccer, rugby, swimming, cycling, athletics, basketball, cricket, handball and table tennis through to fresh water angling, music and a variety of cultural events.
According to SANDF corporate communications director, Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi, the various events are seen as fundamental to a combat ready military force.
The Prestige Week will be staged under the over-reaching them of “Showcasing the SANDF”s unique character through military excellent” and will be officially launched on Monday, October 26, at the Thaba Tshwane Military Sports Club by SANDF Chief, General Solly Shoke.
Speaking at last year’s Prestige Week he said the aim of the event was not to keep soldiers away from the office, but to encourage them to participating in sports to be physically and mentally fit as well as healthy.
“Sport is part and parcel of the wellness of soldiers and encourages cohesion. It helps people work as a team and requires discipline. Participating in sport will assist in ensuring improved discipline in the SANDF. This is important because discipline is the cornerstone of any military organisation,” Shoke told those taking part in last year’s Prestige Week.
Awards will be presented to winners and winning teams on Friday, October 20.