Finally the Chief’s Golf Day is upon us as we celebrate General Shoke’s vision of initiating the SANDF Education Trust with the aim of supporting the children of deceased soldiers regarding their educational needs. The beneficiaries are dependants of SANDF members who were killed or severely injured while on official duty subsequent to 27 April 1994, and they may apply to it to cover their educational expenses.
The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, explained that the SANDF Education Trust also covered civilian members killed while deployed with SANDF members subsequent to 27 April 1994.
The Minister highlighted that the incident, which led to the establishment of the SANDF Education Trust was prompted by the deaths of soldiers in the Battle of Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR). She said that she was deeply touched in that most of the members that died were bread-winners who had families to look after. The concern was the children and the spouses who were left behind to fend for themselves.
Minister Mapisa-Nqakula said: “We had to dig deep to find a long-lasting solution to cater for the educational needs of the deceased members’ children and those who are severely injured such that they cannot work.
As plans are underway for tomorrows golf day, the charity of choice is of course, The Education Trust. The excellent support of corporate and businesses in all sectors demonstrates that there is some sensitivity towards the needs of these soldiers who serve our country selflessly.
The Chief’s Golf Day takes place on 2 golf courses, viz; Zwartkop Country Club and Services Golf Course. The field will be filled with 224 players, at least 20 key sponsors from South African corporate across various industries with big hearts and the understanding of why they supporting this Education Trust.
Corporate coming out tomorrow are: Aurecon; DRS; Denel; Fortinet; GEW; Huawei; Ansys; Assupol; Liberty; MaxiCredit; Motorolla, Mastek; Hytera; Nashua; PWC and Orlando Pirates to name a few.
With golf being played on 2 courses…this is indeed an event that confirms that golf and giving goes together.
In the words of the Chairperson of the SANDF Education Trust and the Chief of Defence Reserves, Maj Gen Roy Andersen: “It is important that when our troops deploy, they should know that if something happens to them, their children will be educated. Even for the likes of Rifleman Plaatjies who was caught in an ambush while deployed in the Sudan and was badly wounded, losing both his hands. He mentioned that on a visit with his staff to see him in hospital the member explained that neither he nor his wife had civilian work and he was troubled by his grave injury. Maj Gen Andersen said to him… Do not worry we will educate your children.”
Read more about the SANDF Education Trust Bursary