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The commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi in the English Channel in 1917 in which more than 600 South African soldiers perished – most of them Black – will form part of the activities of the SANDF’s Armed Forces Day in Cape Town today*(21/2). The annual event has been held in different provinces since 2013. The Western Cape is the seventh province to host Armed Forces Day. Spokesperson, Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi, says the main aim is to honour those soldiers who died in the line of duty and those who continue to serve in the army: “It also coincides with the commemoration of the SS Mendi, the armed forces day is also the way of testing the capabilities of the SANDF if anything can happen will the SANDF be able to deploy its their forces in any province, we are testing our logistical capabilities and the state of readiness of the South African Defence Force.” The next provinces to host the annual Armed Forces Day are Mpumalanga and Limpopo.





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