A community cadet programme launched in Hout Bay earlier this year will see its first graduation in November.
The programme, which is held at Sentinel Primary School, was started by the SA Youth Cadets and involves both parents and children.
Randal Petersen, founder of SA Youth Cadets and a former Hout Bay resident, said it was exciting to work towards the launch of the “Hout Bay Battalion” and important for the children.
Every Saturday, about 130 people, both children and adults, attend the programme at the school.
Mr Petersen said the graduating cadets will get a cap and badge. The commissioning of ranks will also take place during the graduation at the Hangberg community hall, on Saturday November 30 from 9.30am.
The ceremony will also see the official launch of the Hangberg Battalion – the 36th troop established nationally.
The SA Youth Cadets programme, which exposes young people to rigorous discipline and leadership training, is supported by the City of Cape Town and provincial government.
Ward councillor Roberto Quintas, who visited a recent drill session, said the training was an “excellent foundation” for young people looking for a competitive edge when trying to land a job in law enforcement, the fire and rescue services or the military.
Mr Petersen is looking for donations of trophies. If you can help, call 078 079 3247.