South Africa: September 28, 2023, marked yet another successful day of inspiring young learners of Bambilanga Primary School through a school visit to Air Force Base Durban.
Bambilanga Primary School learners and teachers were exposed to various Squadrons and sections at Air Force Base Durban, specifically 15 Squadron, 508 Squadron and the Air Wing Fire Section. Not only were the learners in awe of seeing an Augusta 109 in its static state, but they were even more excited to be granted the opportunity to gain access and knowledge from Major Kenneth Ntuli, who is a Pilot from 15 Squadron.
They were eager students who were attentive throughout the day and asked questions about the Air Force and the aviation world.
Sergeant Nkululeko Sibisi and Sergeant Sifiso Mnyandu represented the Air Force Base Durban Air wing; displaying two fire trucks, a Rhino 6×6 and a Hazmat Atego 4×4. The two Sergeants showcased and thoroughly explained the various implements that would be used, in the unfortunate incident of a fire breakout.
In addition, the learners of Bambilanga Primary School declared that they will be fearless if they come across a fire knowing who to call and how to use a fire extinguisher correctly if the need arises while comprehending the significance of Fire Fighters at Air Force Base Durban and in the country and the world.
The 508 Protection Squadron was the last leg of the school visit. Sergeant Lungile Ngcobo and her team presented a live dog show, teaching the learners the importance of obedience training to curb temperament and behaviour problems while dealing with fur friends.
The day concluded with the Principal of Bambilanga Primary School thanking Air Force Base Durban for their time and dedication in inspiring the learners and planting the seed of aviation in the future generation.
“The level of professionalism is commendable and we thank, not only the Acting Officer Commanding Air Force Base Durban, Lieutenant Colonel Lillian Niemack, but also the personnel for accommodating each one of us and making our students feel safe around soldiers. We thank you,” said Mr Luxolo Zuma.