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Longest-serving SANDF chief visits Western Cape troops on farewell tour

The outgoing Chief of SANDF, General Solly Shoke, visits the Western Cape to bid SANDF members farewell. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency(ANA)

The outgoing Chief of SANDF, General Solly Shoke, visits the Western Cape to bid SANDF members farewell. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency(ANA)

Published May 20, 2021

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Cape Town - Outgoing Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) General Solly Shoke on Wednesday visited the Simon’s Town Naval Base accompanied by his successor Lieutenant-General Rudzani Maphwanya whose appointment into the position was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last month.

Shoke’s visit fell under his outgoing tour as the Chief of the SANDF, which officially began in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. The aim of the tour, according to the SANDF, was to afford Shoke, who's the country’s longest-serving SANDF chief, the opportunity to visit various military units across the country and bid farewell to SANDF members.

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The country-wide tour which is set to end in Pretoria with the Change of Command also served as an introductory tour for the incoming Chief Maphwanya, whose official term begins on June 1, 2021.

Yesterday, Shoke visited the Cole Point Arena where he bade farewell to the fleet as well as officers commanding from different units across the Western Cape.

Navy staff on SAS Mendi in Simonstown waiting for the SANDF Chief to sail past them. The outgoing Chief of SANDF, General Solly Shoke, visited the Western Cape to bid farewell. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency(ANA)
Navy staff during a farewell event for the SANDF Chief. The outgoing Chief of SANDF, General Solly Shoke, visits the Western Cape to bid SAND. Picture Video Henk Kruger/African News Agency(ANA)
From left to right are: Flag Officer Fleet, R Adm M. Nkomonde, Chief of SANDF General Solly Shoke, Chief of the SA Navy Vice Admiral M.S. Hlongwane, Senior Chief Warrant Officer M.J. Molefe. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency(ANA)

Speaking at the event, Shoke used the briefing as an opportunity to share some of his experiences and offer advice to SANDF members who were present.

He said: “Serve the country honourable and rise above ideological, petty political and personal interests.”

Shoke’s end-of-tour visit which is set to be concluded in KwaZulu-Natal will be followed by a Change of Command to be held on Friday, May, 28, 2021 at the Pretoria Military Sports Club in Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria.

The programme is set to start with the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed SANDF chief, prior to the commencement of the Change of Command parade.

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Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency(ANA)
Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency(ANA)

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