Public treated at a very grand opening to Rand
Article by: Able Seaman Tashwill Atson
Photos by: Chief Petty Officer Kevin Maytham and
Able Seaman Tashwill Atson
March saw the start of the 124th annual Rand Show, with
members of the public rushing through the gates at
NASREC expo centre. The day kicked off with the opening
parade held in the arena. The parade was officiated by
Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Barney
Hlatshwayo, on behalf of Chief SANDF. Lieutenant General
Hlatshwayo welcomed the public to this year’s Rand show
and said that he hoped that every person in attendance
would enjoy their interactions with the soldiers and
visit to the SANDF exhibitions.
Chief Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Barney
Hlatshwayo, on the podium at the parade
of the parade, the rest of the arena programme started
with a bang with Joint Capability Demonstration.
Helicopters were manoeuvring overhead and Gripens
swooping in on a reconnaissance with explosions going
off all around the arena. An Oryx helicopter flew into
the arena allowing members from the 101 Air Supply Unit
to fast rope down to support the ground crew who were
also assisted by two Ratels that laid down suppressing
fire in support with a Rooivalk fast attack helicopter
also providing overhead fire support.
This was not
the only display that got the crowd’s attention. The SA
Army and SA Navy precision drill squad’s got the masses
cheering as well as the Gun Run team with its 18th
century canon, flash bangs and smoke grenades saw this
team move across the arena at high speed, changing
around its 45kg wheels whilst holding up a 450kg barrel.
A real test of strength, stamina and endurance.
Show will run until Sunday 08 April.