President Cyril Ramaphosa is tomorrow expected to lay a wreath in commemoration of those who lost their lives as well as to present medals to members of the armed forces
KIMBERLEY residents yesterday got a preview of what to expect during tomorrow’s Armed Forces Day parade, which will include a wreath-laying ceremony to pay respect and homage to the crew and soldiers on board the SS Mendi who lost their lives in 1917.
The sinking of the SS Mendi was South Africa’s biggest maritime disaster, when 616 South Africans perished in the cold waters of the English Channel after a collision with the SS Daro.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is tomorrow expected to lay a wreath in commemoration of those who lost their lives as well as to present medals to members of the armed forces.
City residents got a sneak peek of what to expect on the day of the parade after more than 3 000 members of the SANDF marched down Du Toitspan Road yesterday.
The marching columns were followed by a convoy of military vehicles more than six kilometres long.
Spectators observed the marching members from two podiums, which were erected at the World War 1 Memorial, and cheered them on as they marched past.
Organisers said that although spectators were allowed access onto the podiums during rehearsals, they were, however, reserved for dignitaries only on the day of the event.
The Armed Forces Day celebrations kicked off last week with an array of activities hosted at the AR Abass Stadium and Karen Muir Swimming Pool in Kimberley.
A capability demonstration with live ammunition was also hosted by the SANDF in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
Traffic in Kimberley was interrupted during yesterday’s rehearsals, with motorits forced to make use of alternative routes.
Colonel Ronald Maseko from the SANDF said traffic will only be affected for two hours on the rehearsal days (yesterday and today).
He added that the reason for yesterday’s double rehearsal was in order for the SANDF members to get their sequencing and timing correct.
“The rehearsal depends on the sequencing. If the sequencing is correct then there is no need to repeat the rehearsals. Rehearsals will start at 8am and will be until 10am. The roads will again be opened for traffic after members are done rehearsing. However, yesterday we had rehearsals again at 6pm as we needed to ensure that all members move within the stipulated time frames,” Maseko said.
He pointed out that the greatest impact will be on the day of the parade (tomorrow).
“We will have a total shutdown on the day of the parade. Roads will be closed from 5am until 3pm on the day,” Maseko said.
He said that a number of roads in the city will be affected during the parade.
“All roads connecting with Du Toitspan and Main Road will be affected. The parade will be led by the marching columns along Du Toitspan Road and will turn left into Lennox Street and fall out behind McDonald’s restaurant. The roads include Memorial Road at the monument, Carrington Road at Dalham Road, Lennox Street, Du Toitspan and Main Road between Hercules, Lennox and Regiment Way, Pniel Road between Stokroos Street and Old Barkly Road and Todd and Harley Street.”
Maseko added that they are working in partnership with the Northern Cape Department of Health in regards to access to the hospitals in the area of the parade.
“Access to the hospitals in the area of the parade is to be advised by the Department of Health.”
Maseko said that the mechanised convoys will make their way to the army base using various roots through the city.
The parade will be led by the marching columns along Du Toitspan Road. The marching columns will turn left into Lennox Street and will fall out behind McDonald’s restaurant.
CONVOY 1 RETURN TO BASE: Convoy proceeds to intersection of
Du Toitspan and Regiment Way where it will proceed along Regiment Way and Aristotle Avenue then turn right into Hercules Avenue and proceed along Hercules Street, Fabricia Road where it will turn right into Study Street and left into Oliver Road and return to the army base.
CONVOY 2 GALESHEWE: This convoy will proceed along Du Toitspan, Quinn and Cecil Sussman Roads. At the intersection of Cecil Sussman and Pniel Road the convoy will turn right then proceed to the Pniel Road and Galeshewe Road intersection. The convoy will turn left and proceed along Galeshewe, Tyson and Royal streets up until the intersection of Royal and Morgan Road. It will then again turn right into Morgan Road and proceed along this route where it will, at the slipway, turn left into Hulana Road and proceed to Sehurutse Street. At the intersection of Sehurutse and Seochwareng streets, the convoy will turn left and proceed to the traffic circle. It will then proceed along Nobengula Street. At the intersection of Nobengula and John Daka roads, the convoy will turn right and proceed along this route. At the intersection of John Daka and Peter Mokaba streets it will turn left and continue on that route, where it will turn left at the intersection of Peter Mokaba and the R31.
The convoy will proceed along the R31, Landbou Road to Oliver Road. Turn right onto the N8 and proceed to the army base.
CONVOY 3 ROODEPAN LEG 1: This convoy will proceed along Du Toitspan Road, Quinn Street and turn right at Phakamile Mabija Drive, then turn left into Vlei Street, and take another right turn into Church Street where it will proceed with that road. At the four-way intersection, it will proceed along Community Road, turn left into Farm Road and proceed to the intersection of Farm and St Peter’s Road. the convoy will turn right into St Peter’s Road and proceed to St Paul Street and turn right and proceed to the Barkly Road. It will turn right into Barkly Road and proceed to Midlands Road.
LEG 2: The second leg will proceed to the intersection of Midlands and Eagle Streets intersection. It will turn left into Eagle Street where it will proceed to the Eagle and Swallow streets intersection, turning right along Swallow Street, at the intersection of Swallow and Starling Streets. It will then turn left into Starling Street and proceed along that road to the intersection of Starling and Begonia Street, where it will turn left into Begonia Street and proceed to the intersection of Begonia and Eagle Street, turning left into Eagle Street and continuing to the traffic circle. The convoy will then turn left at the traffic circle and proceed along this route up until the next circle, where it will turn left and proceed to Barkly Road. At Barkly Road it will turn right at the intersection of the R31 and Barkly Road. The convoy will turn left and proceed along the R31, crossing the N12, and joining Landbou Road and proceed to the intersection of Landbou and Oliver Road where it will proceed to the army base.
This convoy will follow the same route as Convoy 1. At the intersection of Airport Road, N8 (Oliver Road) it will turn left into Maroela Street and proceed to Dutch Reform Road. It will then turn right and proceed along the route to the intersection of Woodburn and turn right into Central Road. At the T-junction of Central and Molyneaux Avenue, it will turn left and proceed to the intersection of Molyneaux Avenue and Laurie Shuttleworth Avenue where it will again turn left and proceed to Hercules Street. At Hercules Street, it will turn left and proceed along Fabricia, Study then turn left into Oliver Road where it will then return to the army base.