Defence celebrates Armed Forces Day 2019 in Cape Town, 21 Feb

8 Feb 2019

The South African National Defence Force celebrates the Armed Forces Day 2019 in the City of Cape Town

Following the successful Armed Forces Day celebrations in six different provinces since 2013, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will descend to the City of Cape Town to honour the bravery of sons and daughters of our country who lost their lives in the fateful 1917 sinking of the SS Mendi. The people’s defence force will also showcase its military might and state-of-the-art hardware and technology in its quest to defend the territorial integrity and borders of our republic.

This day was a proclamation by the former President of the Republic of South Africa and Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force, President, J.G. Zuma that 21 February every year be observed and commemorated as Armed Forces Day (AFD).

To this effect, the South African National Defence Force will present a series of activities that make up the 2019 Armed Forces Day which coincides with the commemoration of the sinking of SS Mendi on 21 February 1917 in the English Channel. These activities include:-

  • Military displays and career exhibitions at Mandela Stadium in Khayelitsha from 16 to 19 February 2019.
  • Gala Music Evening at Cape Town City Hall on 18 February 2019 starting at 19:00pm.
  • Night Shoot demonstration at Sunrise Beach in Muizenberg on 19 February 2019 starting at 19:00pm.
  • Armed Forces Day Parade and Capability Demonstration at Sunset Beach in Bloubergstrand (Table View) starting at 10:00am to end at 14:30pm.

Members of the media are cordially invited to send a journalist and/or a cameraperson to attend and cover the event.

Media RSVPs:

Members of the media attending the parade and capability demonstration on 21 February 2019 must be accredited in order to gain entry in the marked-media zone.

You are advised to forward your full names, identity document numbers, contact details, name of your institution, and email address to Lieutenant-Colonel Hammilton Ngubane on Email: or on 083 280 7548/ 012 355 6386.

Media Enquiries:
Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi
Cell: 083 410 1126

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