Amn Beauty N. Buthelezi and photos by WO2 Cristo Crous, Ad
The South African Air Force (SAAF) headquarters’ social
worker, Captain B. M. Maselelane, said on 12 May 2008 that
the two days, in which health workers treated and checked
members of a variety of medical conditions, were aimed at
promoting a healthy lifestyle among them.
Furthermore, Capt B.M. Meselane said:” In future there were
high possibilities that we could bring the Concurrent Health
Assessment (CHA) office to the SAAF HQ to do an extended
programme”. Extraordinary displays of the Masibambane
project and Tshepisong TB Hospital artifacts were exhibited
all over the place. The project was the first to be
organised by the SAAF.
Earlier, at a roll call parade held at the Swartkop airfield
on 28 February 2008, the Chief of the Air Force, Lt Gen
Carlo Gagiano, had highlighted that there was need for
members to be combat-ready at all times. He had also
indicated that a healthy military force was important hence
members should participate in continuous physical reviews
Several medical check-ups were conducted, including the
following: dental, glucose and cholesterol, high blood
pressure and tuberculosis. Almost all the members at the HQ
were tested for different ailments.
Nurses from the Tshepisong TB Hospital also attended to many
soldiers. The awareness week at the SAAF was also organised
by Cpl Sebolaise Sannie Mehlape of the HQ Unit.