South Africa: SA Army Combat Training Centre Maremane residents have been struggling with a permanent school bus for the children staying in the Maremane family quarters on the Lohatlha Military Base, making it difficult for the parents to transport their children to and from the schools in Postmasburg.
The Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General L.K. Mbatha, has instructed the General Officer Commanding SA Arny Training Formation, Brigadier General D.M. Madie, to resolve this challenge. Brigadier General D.M. Madie retrieved a sixty-seater bus and had it refurbished. The refurbishment was done very well, and the bus looks like new.
Subsequently, Brigadier General D.M. Madie donated the bus to SA Army Combat Training Centre, specifically to the residents of the Maremane family quarters, to be utilized as a school bus for the children.
General Officer Commanding Training Formation emphasized that the bus will only be utilized as a school bus and nothing else. The parents of Maremane are ecstatic regarding the generous donation and extremely happy seeing that that burden of stress has been removed from their shoulders.
Brigadier General D.M. Madie informed the parents that they would now have to take responsibility for the bus regarding its cleanliness and maintenance, meaning that they have to inform their children regarding the safety of the bus and ensure that they abide by the rules and regulations while travelling in a bus.
This includes no ill behaviour as we strive to build a nation together. The parents will be held accountable for any breakages by their children.
Brigadier General D.M. Madie ended the celebration by handing the key off the bus to the parents, the driver, and the Chief of Staff SA Army Combat Training Centre, Colonel L.L. Madikizela.
The parents expressed their thanks and appreciation to the General Officer Commanding Training Formation with a hand of applause and words of gratitude while exploring the bus themselves.