According to a report by Timeslive, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that a naval project for building ships will create about 5‚000 jobs in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) over the next five years.

The project was part of Operation Phakisa‚ Ramaphosa said during a speech on Armed Forces Day in Kimberley.  He indicated that the project would create 570 “high-end technical jobs” and 4‚500 indirect jobs over the next five years.  Armed Forces Day commemorates the sinking of the SS Mendi in the English Channel on 21 February 1971.

It resulted in the deaths of 600 black soldiers.    Ramaphosa also praised the collaboration between South Africa and Cuba in Operation Thusano‚ which entails the SANDF using Cuban military mechanics.  “From inception in 2015‚ over 4‚000 vehicles have been repaired and maintained in several workshops‚” he said.  As part of the project‚ 446 South Africans mechanics are currently apprentices and 395 have qualified.

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