South African National Defence to celebrate Armed Forces Day

Members of the media are invited to attend the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Armed Forces Day celebration on 21 February at Bloemspruit Air Force Base, Bloemfontein.

The event is aimed at honouring men and women in uniform who serve the nation. The President will be the main officiating functionary during a military parade and will pay a special tribute to those soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty whilst serving their country. Bravery medals will also be conferred to those who have demonstrated heroism during the battle in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The 2014 Armed Forces Day coincides with the country’s celebration of the 20 Years of Freedom. This day will also mark 20 Years of Defence for the SANDF since its establishment in 1994. Armed Forces Day allows the nation to pay tribute to the selfless service of our men and women in uniform at home and abroad.

Media programme:

  • 7h30  Arrival and accreditation
  • 9h00  Technical media briefing
  • 10h00  Arrival of the President and Entourage at the Parade venue
  • 10h00  National Salute
  • 10h10  Religious Observance
  • 10h20  Inspection of the Parade
  • 10h30  March Past
  • 10h45  Presentation of medals by President
  • 11h00  Address by President
  • 11h30  Ceremonial hand over of the SANDF Flag
  • 11h40  17 Round Gun Salute for the SANDF Flag
  • 12h00  National Salute: Presentation of Present Arms

Media accreditation centre will be open on 20 February 2014 at 8h00 - 16h00 at Bloemspruit, Air Force Base.

Members of the media are requested to forward their personal details to Ireen Magwai on 072 822 5869, Email: or Prince Tshabalala on 083 410 1665,

For enquiries:
Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga
Cell: 083 410 1655

Issued by: Department of Defence

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