Chief SANDF launched the SANDF Education Trust
Article and photos by S Sgt Lebogang Tlhaole (SA Soldier)
The Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), General Solly Shoke, launched the SANDF Education Trust during a dinner at the Generals’ House at the SA Air Force College in Thaba Tshwane on 11 October 2013. The event was held in a cordial atmosphere reflective of the good relations that exist between the SANDF and the private sector.
The Chief of the SANDF initiated the idea of an education trust following recent tragic incidents when SANDF members lost their lives in the line of duty in the Central African Republic (CAR) and in a fatal helicopter crash in the Kruger National Park earlier this year.
The main objective of the SANDF Education Trust is to provide bursaries and scholarships for study purposes to the dependants of the following persons:
The Trust will be funded through donations and contributions received from the private sector. Ongoing fund-raising will take place and all citizens will be given the opportunity to contribute to this noble cause.
Col (Dr) Irvin Khoza, Chairperson of the Orlando Pirates Football Club, hailed Gen Shoke as an agent of change. In his speech he reaffirmed his appreciation of and commitment to the SANDF. He recognised the important role of the SANDF in the prevention and resolution of conflict, in peace building, and their participation and full involvement in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security.
The Chief of the SANDF said that the SANDF was deployed in Africa as our commitment to the renewal of the African continent, and the promotion of peace and stability for sustainable development in Africa
He thanked our valued stakeholders and acknowledged their support to the DOD in delivering on its constitutional mandate. He said he valued this relations as the foundation on which the DOD could continue succeed in its mission to support the Government’s diplomatic initiatives to help eradicate conflicts in the region and on the continent.
The Chief of the SANDF concluded: “Thank you for the support and commitment you have all shown. This gesture is a clear indication to the families of the thousands of deployed soldiers that you care and are willing to partner the Government in improving the lives of our people.”
Those who wish to contribute to this noble cause can do so by depositing money into the SANDF Education Trust account. The banking details are as follows: