Soldiers reach out to those in need


In keeping with the goodwill to all message practiced by many over the Christmas period, soldiers on border duty took time to assist communities and people in their areas of responsibility.

A company from 5 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion, currently deployed at the Maluti operational base near Matatiele in southern KwaZulu-Natal on two occasions reached out to those in need.

The first saw a woman saved from drowning after she found herself in difficulties in the Diggings River and the second saw a Ladybrand school benefit from soldier donations.

Medics and military police were “activated” according to Eastern Cape Joint Tactical Headquarters for the possible drowning. Efficient use of a rope saw the woman safely brought to the banks of the river before transport to the nearby Tailor Bequest Hospital for treatment.

Soldiers from the same unit, based at Ladybrand operational base for their Op Corona deployment, identified Atalanta Primary School in the Free State town as a social responsibility project.

This resulted in 21 pairs of shoes for children in need and stationery for schooling from sponsors Avbob as well as a snack treat.

“The joy on the kids’ faces after receiving school shoes, stationery and snacks was priceless,” a unit staffer said.