Welcome to Armed Forces Day 2017The Armed Forces Day is our opportunity to showcase the pride, patriotism and discipline of all the dedicated service men and women who serve to protect our nations people.
Experience the Pride!
In 2012, the President of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) proclaimed that 21 February will be observed and commemorated as Armed Forces Day. It is to be a day on which the South African population honours men and women of the South African National Defence Force by affirming its support and gratitude to them for upholding the Constitution of the Republic and defending the territorial integrity of the Republic and protecting its people.
Armed Forces Day 2017
The Chief of the South Africa National Defence Force(CSANDF), General Solly Shoke has authorised the hosting of the Armed Forces Day Celebration 2017 and the Centenary commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi to be held concurrently on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 at Moses Mabida Stadium in eThekwini, KwaZulu Natal Province and the English Channel in England respectively. The proceedings are scheduled to commence at 10h00.
The annual Armed Forces Day will be hosted in eThekwini on 21 February 2017, KwaZulu Natal, Moses Mabhida Stadium
This event is the largest celebration on the SANDF calendar and will see thousands of soldiers, airmen and sailors, dozens of aircraft and military vehicles and several ships come to eThekwini to showcase our capabilities. The event is held each year to commemorate all those who have died in service to our country and to honour those who continue serving so that South Africa can be and feel safe. Form part of the street view of eThekwini and salute our fellow men and women during this period of celebrations and military displays from 15 – 21 February 2017. The programme will include military capability displays, static display of 200 state of the art military hardware, career exhibitions and a military parade and an evening of military music and splendour, free fall demonstrations, hostage release situations and much more.
Expect major delays on 21 February 2017
21 February 2017: Full mechanised parade of 300 military vehicles including tanks and 4 000 soldiers from the SA National Defence Force will have a parade at Moses Mahbida Stadium. Parade starts at 10:00 until 14:00. Public access from the paved area opposite Moses Mabhida Stadium only.
Umgeni Road south bound (going in to town) will be down to one lane from Goble Road at 05h00. Traffic will be diverted. Umgeni Road will be open again at 13h00.
NMR Ave will be closed from 08:00 at Blue Lagoon Engen (Athlone Drive). Traffic will be diverted to the M4 for access to the city. NMR Ave will be open again at 15:00.
Argyle Road will be open until 10:00. Argyle will be closed at Stanger Street and at Stamford Hill Road. Argyle Road will be open again 12:00.
Access to Walter Gilbert (MMS , Kings Park, Virgin Active) will be from Umgeni Road only until 10:00 and again at 12:00.
Snell Parade from Sun Coast Casino to Blue Lagoon will be closed from 10:00 in both directions. Snell Parade will be open at 16:00.