The South African Air Force Association (SAAFA), had its opening ceremony for its congress at the Maselspoort conference and holiday resort in Bloemfontein recently. SAAFA has these meetings in different cities and this year it was held in the City of Roses.
According to the description of SAAFA, it is an all-ranks meeting place for members and ex-members of the South African Air Force, founded in 1945. This eminently worthy cause not only recreates in a light-hearted atmosphere and togetherness of its aviation-minded members but also enjoins them to share responsibility for the needs of less fortunate ex-SAAF members and their spouses.
Bloemfontein Courant spoke to the national president of SAAFA, Mike Louw, who said that said that they have branches across South Africa which meet once a year at the national congress where they host their AGM meetings.
The people in the association are all aviation enthusiasts, people who relate to the air force, who were a part of the air force and want to maintain camaraderie. He said that the members of this association have fun while raising funds for the less fortunate. “We are a veterans’ organisation and at the same time a welfare organisation.” At this annual meeting, all the financial and portfolio reports are submitted and feedback is given regarding the different branches.