Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ Imbokotho (Woman’s Day
Article and photos by AB Sinethemba Ndawule
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On a bright shiny day of
17th of August 2012, joint forces of woman gathered at 14 SAI
BN Military Base in Mtata to celebrate woman’s month.
Their aim was to create awareness of woman in uniform
around the King Sabatha Dalindyebo (KSD) District of the
As WO 1 N.T. Mbujana
prepared the ladies in a period of two days it seemed
like mission impossible as the ladies from South African
Police Service (SAPS) struggled with the accuracy of the
drilling movements of the South African Defence Force (SANDF).
With his patience and humbleness on the day of the race
it turned out perfectly as woman in uniform were on
point in the execution of the drill movements.
Woman in leadership from different department of
Upon the arrival of Ms N.
Ngqongwa, the Mayor of the KSD, the parade gave a
General Salute, Chaplain N. V. Nonjojo opened the day
with a Scripture Reading and prayer, AB M. Moagi read
the Code of Conduct, and the Executive Mayor inspected
the parade thereafter.
Brig Gen W. N. Bobelo made
the opening speech of the day, were she praised woman in
uniform for the strength and ability that they have,
Capt (Army) T.M. Ngxokolo gave a poem and Lt Col M. T.
Mgidi introduced the guests attending the parade.
The parade consisted of 115
soldiers from 14 SAI BN, JTAC HQ EC, NSPE and police
woman from KSD, they were addressed by the Executive
Mayor, Counsellor Miss N. Ngqongwa, after her speech the
parade marched passed and gave a General Salute to the
The Executive Mayor, members
in uniform and spectators headed to the airport to see
how far the construction on the development and the
renewal of it was, as the airport was officially handed
over to the SANDF. From the airport the Mayor
headed to Eluxolweni Care Centre, school for boys who
lost their parents. Old Mutual donated food and
groceries worth Five thousand rands to the school.
The school has only 20 boys
from the ages 8 to 20years, it has produced graduates in
different fields such as law, accounting, and a few of
them are doing grade 12 this year. Mrs Mpahlwa who
is the chairperson of the committee that started the
school, is the stepmother of Brig Gen W.M. Bobelo and
she is an in-law to Lt Gen D.M. Mgwebi.
Soldiers from 14 SAI BN rejoicing for the day.
Wathint' abafazi, wathint'
imbokotho, was truly shown by these woman, as they have
showcased the potential and capabilities that they have.