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SA Army Infantry Formation Changing of Command Parade

05 March 2012
By: Cpl Ally Rakoma
Photos: Sgt Elias Mahuma

On Friday 02 March 2012, Lt Gen Themba Nkabinde, the Chief of Human Resource handed over the Sword of Command signifying the relinquishing of command of the SA Army Infantry Formation to the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) Maj Gen Lindile Yam during a colorful parade at the SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane.

Shortly before their arrival on the podium, the two military leaders were met by a spectacular ceremonial military parade consisting of Infantry Regular and Reserve Force units. During the parade, Lt Gen Nkabinde, the review officer, inspected the parade whereby a battalion in review was conducted and followed by an elite of infantry paratroopers who executed an impressive free-fall to hand over the scroll.

In his final address to the infanteers, Lt Gen Nkabinde complimented the infanteers as being dynamic and biggest fighting element in the SANDF. Lt Gen Nkabinde further said that he was very proud to lead the masters of the landward battle and thanked them for their loyalty and support. He congratulated his successor and wished him well as he assumes his new roles and responsibilities of taking charge of the SA Army Infantry Formation.

The incoming incumbent, Maj Gen Lindile Yam, assumes his new responsibilities officially after serving the Military Academy with distinction, where he was a Commandant until his promotion to the General Officer Commanding, SA Army Infantry Fmn post on 01 November 2011.

 

The outgoing GOC of the SA Army Infantry Formation, Lt Gen Themba Nkabinde (left) hands the sword of command to his successor, Maj Gen Lindile Yam during the change of command parade on 02 March 2012 in Thaba Tshwane.

The incoming GOC of the SA Army Infantry Formation, Maj Gen Lindile Yam assuming command of the SA Army Infantry Formation on 02 March 2012 in Thaba Tshwane..

Lt Col Bongie Vilakazi, the Parade Commander leading the marching columns during the change of command parade on 02 March 2012 at the SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane.

 
 
A final compliment by parachutists from 44 Parachute Regiment after handing over the scroll 02 March 2012 at the SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane. A colourful ceremonial military parade consisting of Infantry Regular and Reserve Force units 02 March 2012 at the SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane. Infanteers in full force march past during the change of command of the GOC Infantry Fmn parade between Lt Gen Themba Nkabinde and Maj Gen Lindile Yam on 02 March 2012 at the SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane.