Sunday, September 18, 2011
Buffalo City Metro to welcome SA Navy
Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality is set to have a week-long hive of activities when we welcome the South African Navy in a historical visit to our shores next week. According to SA Navy’s s PRO Commander Greyling van den Berg the SA Navy is on a mission to build and entrench its relations with Coastal Cities.
The SA Navy will be exercising its right of entry into Buffalo City as the Freedom of the City has been accorded to the SA Navy by the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality.
Two Ships - SAS UMKOMAAS and SAS UMZIMKULU - will arrive in the harbor on Sunday 11 September 2011. Another ship, SAS AMATOLA, is schedule to arrive closer to the weekend of 16 September, in order to play host to various functions for the people of East London.
The SA Navy is a regular visitor to East London, but it has been a number of years since so many sailors have come to East London. Various events are planned, including a community upliftment project, a colorful Right of Entry Parade; a Navy Band Concert; Open public visits to the Ships and various other demonstrations.
The BCMM Executive Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha will receive a courtesy call from the Officers Commanding SAS UMKOMAAS and SAS UMZIMKULU at the East London City Hall on Monday 12 September 2011. Also in attendance will be the Chief of Police, Harbour Master and Chief magistrate.
The Right or Freedom of Entry is a highly prestigious event and has historic significance.