South Africa: The South African (SA) Army Project Office, in conjunction with the Logistics Division and the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Force, have set out a project to install Combat Driving Simulators in the different centres of excellence called “Project Thusano.
On 30 March 2023, the Cuban delegation leader Lieutenant Colonel Patricio, Project Liaison Officer, Major Mampane and Second Lieutenant Maseko from the South African army Project Thusano Office handed over the Combat Driving Simulator project to 3 South African Infantry Battalion.
Lieutenant Colonel Patricio explained the advantages as well as the short falls of the system. He then gave a brief overview of how it may be better sustained and/or utilised by the unit to best suit the ever changing technological environment.
In his address, Major Maseko explained that the aim of the inception of the driving simulators is to monitor negative driver trends/tendencies and to try and reduce the resource constraints faced by the organisation at large. Major Maseko then handed over the keys to the Acting Officer Commanding the unit, Major Leonards.
Acting Officer Commanding of 3 South African Infantry Battalion, Major Leonards, in her deliberation, addressed the issues that were faced by some of the students in the past as well as how the new simulators will reduce or eradicate such problems.
She expressed her gratitude to the project team by handing a small token of appreciation to the project team as a thank you.
Furthermore, the Acting Officer Commanding concluded her speech with the following quote by Brain Herbert, “The capacity to learn is a gift, the ability to learn is a skill, and the willingness to learn is a choice”.