UGU Cluster 2017 Medal Parade

Wednesday,  September 6 was an exciting day for many of the members in the SAPS Ugu Cluster as they were to receive recognition for 10, 20 or 30 years of faithful service in the South African Police Service (SAPS). Members on parade, clad in their ceremonial dress and the platoons performing their military marches and drill maneuvers, was a sight to behold. The SAPS Ugu Cluster Medal Parade was held at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre grounds in Gamalakhe.

 The prestigious event commenced with a prayer by the SAPS Chaplain, Reverend Seroka and the welcome address by the Ugu Cluster Commander, Major General Sethenya Agnes Nxamagele. Gracing the function with their esteemed presence were Her Worship, the Mayor of the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Mrs Cynthia Mqwebu, Cluster Commanders from other clusters within the province, senior officers, station commanders of the stations within the cluster and the special guests accompanying the medal recipients. KwaZulu-Natal Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Major General LN Ngembe was the functionary who had the privilege and honour to inspect the parade before pinning the much coveted service medals onto their uniforms. During her keynote address, General Ngembe thanked the members families, partners and loved ones for the support they give to the members and for standing by them. She offered words of encouragement to the members on parade and spoke on various issues including the importance of discipline within the SAPS.

Prior to the awarding of each category of medals, the Msinsini SAPS Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Theresa Pillay read out the citations while Constable Bhengu of the Margate SAPS read out the SAPS Code of Conduct. There was never a dull moment during the entire function as the affable and articulate programme director, Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese of Pietermaritzburg, introduced the dignitaries, the speakers and each member who was to receive the award. The various procedures and protocol to be observed were explained so that the programme unfolded like clockwork.     

A special presentation was made to the widow of the late Captain Pinase Silangwe of the Harding SAPS. He passed away on 9 December last year. Major General Ngembe handed over the medal, which was awarded posthumously to Captain Silangwe for 20 years of faithful service, to his wife, Mrs Cynthia Silangwe.

The function was brought to a close with the Port Shepstone SAPS Station Commander, Brigadier Nala moving a vote of thanks, the SAPS brass band leading the National Anthem and finally the “March Past” and drill display by the members on parade. The parade commander, Captain Innocent Dumisani Ntombela and the drill commander, Warrant Officer Mawawa Jingxi from the KZN Provincial Human Resource Development offices produced amazing results after a mere two days of rehearsals. They fine-honed the parade and drill presentations which were executed flawlessly by the members.   A total of 97 medals were awarded to members on parade.    

The Ugu Cluster Commander, Major General Nxamagele wishes to place on record her sincere thanks and appreciation to all who made the Ugu Cluster Medal Parade the enormous success it has been with special thanks to Mrs Melise Houston and her LOC team who coordinated the entire project.

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