South Africa: Over 200 medals have found their way to deserving men and women in national defence force whose lives have been defined by patriotism and commitment to duty in service of the Republic of South Africa.
The Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Rudzani Maphwanya presented medals to recipients in various categories which included the Protea Silver Medal, Protea Bronze Medal, Bar 40 Years Medal and Bar 30 Years Medal among others.
He said that the medals are a testimony of their dedication and hard work. Military decorations and awards are distinctions given as a mark of honour for military heroism, meritorious conduct or achievement.
General Maphwanya said a medal represents an acknowledgement of accomplishment. The custom of giving medals is one of the cornerstones around which military pride and morale are built.
Military organisations have far more responsibility than fighting wars and defending borders. For any military organisation to stay relevant, its men and women choose to serve with loyalty, which carries them through and ensures that the objectives of the country’s constitution are met. Thus, they continue to advance not their interests but those of the country.
As a result of this commitment, members of the South African National Defence Force who have distinguished themselves with good and loyal service to the people of South Africa were conferred with medals and awards during a medal parade that was held in Thaba Tshwane on 15 September 2023.
These medals, which ranged from 30 years and 40 years, were presented to members who served the nation with bravery, pride and loyalty.