SANDF at it again at the Mitchell’s Plain Festival 2016

Article by LS Stacey Africa
Photos by LT Ruwayda Hlabathi and LS Stacey Africa

29 November 2016

The annual Mitchell’s Plain festival took place 25-27 November 2016 at the Westridge Gardens in Mitchell’s Plain.

The festival celebrated its 8th year of existence and kicked off with a bang. Apart from the SANDF being the biggest participant in the festival, various sponsors and local businesses also took part making it a huge success this year.

The Silver Falcons entertaining the crowd with an air display

For the community of Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding areas the festival is one of the highlights on their calendar each year. This gives the youth and scholars an opportunity to interact with the Armed Forces, South African Police Service and other entities taking part in the festival.

The SANDF once again did an exceptional job by promoting the DOD and reminding the community about career options within the SANDF. The community was entertained by the Silver Falcons from the South African Air Force based in Langebaanweg as well as SAASIC based in Potchefstroom that specialises with dogs, bikes and horses and did an entertaining mock-up display under the auspices of Staff Sergeant Van Wyk. Thereafter a mini military tattoo was held where the SA Army Band entertained the community with military as well as conventional music, this being the highlight of the day.

Members from MCM in front of the MCM display

Actors from KykNet entertaining the crowd

On Sunday members from the community and SANDF took part in a church parade held at the Gardens. Later the SA Navy Marimba Band entertained the crowd with music. This also being one of the most entertaining events at the festival which had the community from old to young dancing their socks off.

SAAIC Motorbike mock-up display

Members from the SANDF and Mitchell’s Plain community taking part in a morning taebo session


SA Navy Marimba band entertaining the community with music

The festival was ended on a high note and was claimed to be one of the most successful done since its existence.