WATCH: Spectacular Silver Falcons cockpit view of SAA-SAAF fly past for Ramaphosa's inauguration

2019-05-26 17:43
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In a departure from the tradition of holding the inauguration at the Union Buildings, SA’s sixth democratically elected president Cyril Ramaphosa’s official swearing in ceremony took place at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. 

Dubbed the people’s inauguration, the theme ‘Together Celebrating Democracy: Renewal and Growth for a Better South Africa’, aimed to reinforce that "everyone has a role to play in building a brighter tomorrow", says the Presidency.

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In his speech Ramaphosa emphasised that South Africans "must build on the country’s achievements and work even harder to tackle poverty, inequality and unemployment. See News24’s full coverage here.

From the flags with rainbow colours to the lyrical sounds of the 11 South African official languages heard all around the stadium, it was a celebration that aimed to be inclusive and pay homage to this ‘Rainbow Nation’, albeit South Africa’s weary moniker, but the enthusiasm of the day was nostalgically reminiscent of the 1994 Madiba-era.

Members of the SA Army, Air Force, Navy, Military Service and the National Ceremonial Guard formed part of the battalion, ushered in the President to the sound of the National anthem and a 21-gun salute.

National carrier, South African Airways (SAA) completed what has become a signature flypast, together with four SAAF helicopters and a display by the Silver Falcons, during the inauguration. One of the pilots on board a Silver Falcon capture the footage below. Executed in a uniform formation and collaboration with SAAF, it was performed with two of SAA’s biggest aircraft in its fleet - the Airbus A340-600.

The crew that operated the flypast are especially trained and accredited to perform manoeuvres of this nature – and volunteered their time on the day. It was reminiscent of that special and historic “Madiba moment” when SAA did a flypast more than two decades ago at the 1995 Rugby World Cup finals.

“We believe the symbolism of the flypast was as much a sign of pride by the airline and the peoples of South Africa as it was an effort aimed at continuously fostering the spirit of Ubuntu and unity nationwide,”  says SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.