Cape Town - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) are hosting Armed Forces Day (AFD) 2019 in Cape Town with activities that started on 16 February and culminates on 21 February 2019, with the commemoration of the SS Mendi and a parade.
President Ramaphosa commenced Armed Forces Day with a wreath laying at the Lower Campus of the University of Cape Town by the SS Mendi Memorial.
The commemoration of the fateful sinking of the SS MENDI on 21 February 1917 looks back at when over 600 South African men perished in the icy waters of the English Channel, of which 607 were from the South African Native Labour Corps and 33 crew members.
The day's events will include a military parade and capability demonstration. The parade will include marching and mechanised columns from 10:30 -13:00 and will be followed by military capability demonstration from 13:00 onwards at Table View Beach.
Entry is free and members of the public are invited to attend. In anticipation of large numbers expected to attend these activities, there will be viewing areas with big screens at the Grand Parade, Mandela Park Sports Stadium (Khayelitsha) and Table View Beach.
Armed Forces Day is aimed at honouring the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives on the line of duty and those who continue selflessly serving our country. The AFD 19 is the highlight on the SANDF event calendar.