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Welcoming parade
Author: Maj Meintjes
Published: 13/02/2017



The Military Academy welcomed its first year learners (MA19) on Thursday, 25 January 2017  with a parade, which marks the start to the beginning of the year for the Military Academy.  Seventy nine members from all arms of services formed part of the first year group and the parade was led by the SA Army Band Western Cape.  The unit were honored to have the Chief Human Resources, Lieutenant General Norman Yengeni as well as several high ranking SANDF officials present.


The Commandant, Brigadier General Lawrence Mbatha in his welcoming speech not only welcomed the first years to the unit and highlighted some of the important aspects of their three years of study, but reminded them that they are here to gain knowledge in order for the SANDF to have intelligent, thought leaders who can make well-thought through decisions in their careers.  He also expressed his profound appreciation to the University of Stellenbosch for their remarkable partnership with the Academy, which ensures that the Academy remains one of the highly recognized institutions in our country and being recognized as the 9th best Military Academy in the world.


As part of the parade, the Dean of Faculty Military Science, Professor Samuel Tshehla, read the Military Academy Code of Honour to the students and each first year learner received a Code of Honour on parade. This should serve as a guideline for them to complete their studies successfully.


Photos and Article:  Maj Engela Meintjes


Photo Captions:



24 – Members on parade

39 – SA Army Band Western Cape

107 – Brig Gen Lawrence Mbatha and Prof Samuel Tshehla handing over a Code of Conduct to each first year student on parade