The grand opening of the 2017 Armed Forces Day’s Fan Park

Article and pictures by AB Thabang Ramphago

16 February saw the official opening of the Fan Park for the 2017 Armed Forces Day celebration (AFD). The event commenced with an inspection by the Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), General Solly Shoke on 15 February.

Presentations, questions and clarity at the opening of fan park

Held in Durban, this year’s event is hosted by the South African Army. The event will ended on 21 February 2017 with the Main Parade. Community members and learners from different schools flocked in their numbers to interact, learn and explore possible opportunities within the SANDF. The SA Army, SA Air Force and Military Health Service bands and precision drills entertained the crowd. AFD is an important highlight in the calendar of the SANDF, like our SA Navy festival, the event allows the public to meet and see military precision in action. Read more in the next article on the AFD 17 when we report back on all the specific activities that took place.

Learners were excited to learn the ‘magical art of light sparking’

Group of learners awaits their turn to visit exhibitions


Eager to know more as they listen to a presentation

A diver posing for learners


SA Army, SA Air Force and SA Medical bands during the official opening of Fan Park

Crowd of learners entertained by precision drills of different Divisions of the SANDF