The May 1 public holiday will see the Voortrekker Monument heritage site in Pretoria again host its annual military fair.
The fair has grown from strength to strength and this year will have more than 40 exhibitors, including SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Army formations in the form of Armour and Air Defence showing and explaining how specialist equipment works and what it does in defence of the country.
Fair organiser Geraldine Paulsen has signed up Milkor, the Pretoria-based grenade launcher manufacturer, to be part of the day’s proceedings. According to her Milkor representatives will be on hand to “fire a couple of shots” giving those attending another indication of South African weapons expertise. The company will also have its new Supersix 40mm grenade launcher on display.
On the other side of the coin the Monument’s own circa 1938 cannon Susanna will also be fired. She is a British six pound gunade ship’s cannon the Monument obtained from a Cape Town high school 11 years ago.
The Armour formation will have a number of vehicles including the REVA integrated personnel protection vehicle on show with the Air Defence formation showing the equipment it has in its arsenal to protect South Africa in the event of an air attack.
Those with an eye for the perfect shot will also be catered for with an exhibition of rifle optics, including sniper scopes, from Matoska and the Zwartkop Scale Modellers’ Club will show member’s modelling skills in a variety of military models.
Another coup is in the form of an avid military modeller who is travelling from Namibia to share his work and skills to military fair attendees.
Military author Paul Els, among whose titles is “We Fear Naught But God”, the story of South Africa’s Special Forces, will also be at the fair to talk military history and autograph copies of his works.
Gates open at 9am and the entrance fee is R20 per car, regardless of the number of occupants.