Centurion’s SuperSport Park, where the second test between South Africa and New Zealand is currently underway, on Saturday honoured the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).
This saw Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, invited to ring the bell to indicate players have start play on Saturday morning.
In a statement SuperSport Park said the day to “honour our forces” was to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Mapisa-Nqakula’s office said the gesture by the management of the cricket ground and franchise was appreciated and would also be a tribute to former Joint Operations Chief, Lieutenant General Dumisani Mdutyana, and the 11 female SANDF members killed in a bus crash in Free State on August 19.
She also expressed her gratitude for the Titans’ support.
SANDF members formed a guard of honour for players and umpires before the start of play on Saturday – day one of the second and final test in the current series between Faf du Plessis’ Proteas and Kane Williamson’s Black Caps. A military band performed the national anthems of both countries.
The SANDF also mounted a display of military hardware on the eastern embankment of the popular stadium, which this year marks its 30th anniversary as an international test cricket ground.