Xolisani Nyathi Arts Reporter
The Air Force of Zimbabwe Traditional Dance troupe left the country yesterday for South Africa where there are scheduled to take part in the South African Prestige Awards Evening and the South African Air Force Prestige Day Parade.
The traditional dance group will take part on the above mentioned activities from tomorrow and Friday where there will be showing off their traditional dance moves to fellow South Africans as part of the invitation initiatives.
The South African Air Force Prestige Awards are given to South African Air Force Units and personnel who would have excelled in their duties in various categories throughout the past year, whilst the South African Air Force Prestige Day Parade is held in celebration of the South African Air Force’s anniversary following its establishment in 1920.
Squadron Leader and Air Force of Zimbabwe Public Relations officer Mr Tobias Mademe said the group is excited and delighted because it is the first time they are invited to take part in this event.
“The Air force of Zimbabwe traditional dance troupe is delighted to take part in the South African Air Force Prestige Award Evening and music extravaganza as well as the South African Air Force Prestige Day Parade for the first time.
“This is the first time we are invited to this event and as you can see the group is excited to be part of such a big event”, he said.
Mademe also added that the South African Air Force and the Air Force of Zimbabwe enjoy cordial relations which have escalated due to co-operation in training and manpower development.
“Zimbabwe and South Africa enjoy cordial relations which have cascaded down to the defence forces and our two air forces in particular.
“The South African Air Force and the Air Force of Zimbabwe have in the past years witnessed an increase in areas of co-operation especially in training and manpower development.
“The two forces have joined other SADC air forces in training exercises such as Mahombekombe among others”, Mademe added.
The Air Force of Zimbabwe Traditional Dance Group was formed in 2001.
Currently it has 26 members, 11 females and 15 males. Members are recruited from all provinces in the country and performs 16 traditional dance routines. It has toured in China and Zambia.