2011-11-10: Annual Freedom Regiments Parade: 12 November 2011
THE Speaker of Council, Clr Conny Bapela, will officiate at this year's Freedom Regiment Parade to be held at the Jabulani Mall in Soweto on Saturday 12 November 2011.
The Freedom of the City of Johannesburg Regiments Association (FRA) was established as a voluntary association in July 1986.
The then Regiments which had been granted the Freedom of Entry into the City of Johannesburg exercised this privilege by marching through the streets of the City of Johannesburg as part of the Centenary Celebrations of the City of Johannesburg with fixed bayonets, colours flying and drums beating.
It was during this occasion that the Regiments presented the City of Johannesburg with a prestigious 1,25 meter sword based on the "Stalingrad Sword."
Bearing the City of Johannesburg's Coat of Arms on the hilt and the crests of the Regiments on its blade, the sword graces the ante Chamber of the Civic Centre as a symbol of the Regiments pledge of their loyalty to the City of Johannesburg and all it's citizens and the close association that exists between them and the City in support at important military and civic occasions.
Approval was granted for the FRA to incorporate the Greater Johannesburg Coat of Arms in its emblem to depict the FRA's close association with the City of Johannesburg.
The City of Johannesburg has re-affirmed the freedom of entry to the city conferred upon all the Regiments and other units by the cities and towns of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council in appreciation and recognition of the fine traditions established by them and the singular service that they have rendered to the City of Johannesburg.
Johannesburg is proud to have some of the most celebrated regiments
of the country in the city. The City's long and valued association with the Regiments has been a most positive one. The City wishes to continue this legacy into the future.
The thirteen Regiments that currently comprise the membership of the FRA in order of the Dates of the Freedom of Entry as confirmed by the City Council on 21 October 1997 and 11 September 2003 in the case of Regiment President Kruger are:
Rand Light Infantry
Light Horse Regiment
Transvaal Horse Artillery
SAS Rand (Decommissioned)
South African Irish Regiment
Regiment President Kruger
2 Squadron SA Air Force
21 SAI Battalion
Area Military Health Unit Gauteng
6 LAA Regiment
13 December 1952
24 April 1954
27 September 1955
5 September 1959
17 March 1963
27 February 1971
16 March 1984
24 June 1986
24 April 1990
31 October 2002
Members of the media and the general public are invited to attend this auspicious occasion starting at 10.30am.
Issued on behalf of:
Councillor Conny Bapela
Speaker of Council
For more information contact:
Deputy Director: Communications
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG
Tel: (011) 407 7354
Fax: 403 3494
Cell: 082 467 9228