SANDF shows its mettle at the Rand Show
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) clearly demonstrated its position as one of the lead exhibitors at the 2016 Rand Show with an explosive opening ceremony on Friday featuring jets, helicopters and armoured vehicles. Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube, officially declared the Rand Show open on Friday morning, saying that in light of the tough economic challenges the country is facing, along with high unemployment, the SANDF is proud to participate in the Rand Show in order to make the public aware of job opportunities within the South African military, such as pilots, doctors and engineers. He added that the show allows the SANDF to raise awareness regarding what it does. “Through the Rand Show we as the SANDF are able to educate and raise public awareness about our activities in the area of defence. This includes informing the public about careers in the SANDF and showcasing the capabilities of the national defence force,” he said. Gulube emphasised that the SANDF is not just about war and defending South Africa, but that it also plays an important role in contributing to economic development, assists rural communities through activities such as bridge building and provides search and rescue and humanitarian relief services. The opening ceremony on 25 March began with a flypast by two AgustaWestland A109 helicopters carrying South African flags. Once the show was officially opened, the SANDF demonstrated how it dealt with an ambush situation on a peace support operation, with a mock firefight being carried out. This included two Ratels firing blanks from their 90 mm guns, a new addition to the show.