5th ANNUAL BATTLEFIELDS FESTIVAL PARADE 20 JUNE 2015 EMNAMBITHI / LADYSMITH, KWAZULU NATAL
In a polished display of precision drill, a ceremonial company consisting of elements from 5 SAI BN, SA Navy and SAMHS, together with a platoon from the SA Police Services,recently exercised their right to Freedom of Entry into the Kwazulu Natal Midlands town of Ladysmith in the Emnambihti district.
YEARS OF GOOD SERVICE REWARDED
The acting Chief Corporate Staff, Major General Louis Dlulane presented the Chief of Corporate Staff Medal Parade that took place at the Armscor Sports Grounds in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria on Friday 22 May 2015. A medal parade is one of the most prestigious events in the SANDF calendar and it is the source of pride for military officers.
Staff members from the office of Chief Defence Reserves: Sgt N.D. Malatji, Defence Reserves Corporate Communications Clerk (10 years Loyal Service Medal); Cdr J.T. Magonono, SO1 Provincial Office Limpopo (20 years Loyal Service Medal); Lt Col D.P. Shibambo, SO1 Provincial Office Gauteng (20 years Loyal Service Medal); Col S.A. Motswadira, SSO Reserves Corporate Communications (Mandela Medal Bronze); Brig Gen S.D. Molefe, Director Defence Reserves (20 years Loyal Service Medal) and Maj Gen Roy Andersen, Chief Defence Reserves (Mandela medal Silver)
MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS DISCUSSES THE RESERVE FORCE, URTP AND THE EDUCATION TRUST IN HER BUDGET SPEECH ON 19 MAY 2015
"Since 2011, the SANDF has rolled-out the University Reserve Training Programme at 11 Universities. To date, 298 members have completed their basic and initial officer training qualifying them for junior officer appointment in the Reserve Force. The revitalization and transformation of the Reserves remains a priority, particulary because, out of a total of 22 600 Reserves, 14 600 were called up and mostly deployed in border safeguarding operations. However, progress is hampered by acute budgetary constraints. We have established an Education Trust that assists with the education of the children of those soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded a total of 98 bursaries to these children".
2015 ANNUAL DEFENCE RESERVES PROVINCIAL OFFICE LIMPOPO GALA DINNER
SSO Defence Reserves Provincial Office Limpopo, Col Ferdi van Rooyen once again hosted a successful and memorable gala dinner. This is a prestigious event with the purpose to market, promote as well as to update the stakeholders and prominent invited guests of the current status of the Defence Reserves systems.
SANDF EDUCATION TRUST: PRESS RELEASE: AWARD OF BURSARIES FOR THE 2015 ACADEMIC YEAR
The Board of Trustees of the SANDF Education Trust, has announced that the Trustees have awarded sixty four bursaries to the value of R883 042, for the 2015 academic year to the dependents of deceased/severely injured SANDF members – both Regular and Reserve Force - who have died or were severely injured in the execution of their duties, subsequent to 27 April, 1994.
PASSING AWAY OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL BONGANI MBATHA
Defence Reserves was sad to learn of the sudden passing away of Lt Gen Bongani Mbatha, the Chief of Logistics of the SANDF. Our condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues. Lt Gen Mbatha was a dedicated and professional soldier and will be greatly missed. Chief Defence Reserves; Maj Gen Roy Andersen and Staff.
MILITARY SKILLS COMPETITION ENTRY FORM 2015
The entry form for the Military Skills Competition that will take place from 18 to 25 October 2015 in Potchefstroom, is now available. Closing date for entries is 31 August 2015.
SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE RESERVE PARTICIPATION IN THE RAND SHOW 2015 AT NASREC SHOW GROUNDS
The office of the Chief Defence Reserves, Defence Reserves Provincial Office Gauteng with representatives of Reserves from the Arms of Services took part as exhibitors promoting the Reserve Force System at its best from 3 to 12 April 2015. The aim of Reserve stall was to market the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Reserve Force and create awareness amongst the public and captains of industry, thus enhancing the corporate image of the Reserves, focusing on the achievements of the Reserves and participation during capability demonstrations by the Reserve Force Units.
NEWLY PROMOTED URTP OFFICERS
Three newly promoted 2 Lieutenants from the University Reserve Training Programme joined the OC and Honorary Colonel of Transvaal Horse Artillery at the Annual Gunners' Memorial Service in Potchefstroom on Sunday 12 April 2015.
L to R: 2Lt Ngema, 2Lt Mthembu, 2Lt Kgori, Maj Gen R.C. Andersen, Maj A.D.Pestana, Capt Ngwenya and Capt Nene
SA ARMY ARTILLERY FORMATION RECOGNISES ITS RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS
On 26 March 2015 the SA Artillery Formation held its Annual Medal Parade at 4 Artillery Regiment in Potchefstroom. Reserve Force members received medals, GOC SA Army Artillery Formation Commendation certificates and Awards on parade.
OUTGOING DEPUTY CHIEF OF THE SA ARMY PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE RESERVES
At the change of office parade held in Pretoria on 24 March 2015, the outgoing Deputy Chief of the SA Army, Maj Gen Les Rudman, PVD, SD, SM, MMM, paid tribute to the Reserves. "I need to express my thanks for the passionate and very often unsung support our Reserve soldiers provide to the defence of our country. Your sense of patriotism and culture of voluntarism is commendable." Maj Gen Rudman has been succeeded by Maj Gen L.R. Smith, SM, MMMM, SA St C (Army).
RESERVE PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 SA NAVY FESTIVAL
The annual SA Navy Festival was held over the period 20-22 March 2015 in Simon’s Town. This annual event is aimed at educating the public about the world of the SA Navy and the system that has been put in place in order to execute its Constitutional Mandate of protecting the territorial integrity of the Republic of South Africa and its people.
CHANGE OF COMMAND AT REGIMENT ORANJERIVIER
On 14 February 2015, during a parade at the Regimental Headquarters of Regiment Oranjerivier, the outgoing Officer Commanding of the regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Jaco Olivier, ceremonialy handed over the symbol of command to his successor, Major J.P. Wessels.
SA ARMY AIR DEFENCE ARTILLERY CHANGE OF COMMAND PARADES ON 19 MARCH 2015
The SA Army Air Defence Artillery Formation presented two Change of Command Parades in Kimberley in the past two days. Brig Gen Sandile Hlongwa handed over command of the Air Defence Artillery School to Col Leon Puckree on 18 March and Maj Gen Jabulani Mbuli handed over command of the SA Army Air Defence Artillery Formation to Brig Gen Sandile Hlongwa on 19 March 15.
SA ARMY COMBAT RIFLE SHOOTING COMPETITION - 2015 FLASH RESULTS
WHITE HORSE SHOOT
MITCHELL'S PLAIN FESTIVAL 2015
The aim of the expo at the Festival was to make younsters from local schools aware of the careers in the SANDF and Department of Defence
DETAILS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN MEMORIALS UPDATED
The details of South Africa's Memorials on this webiste have been updated. To see the latest version please click on MEMORIALS on this page.
ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE: 21 FEBRUARY 2015
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) reached yet another milestone when it presented a very successful 2015 Armed Forces Day at Tlokwe Municipality- Potchefstroom on 21 February 2015. The Forces on parade were under the command of Brigadier General Deon Holtzhausen, the General Officer Commanding South African Army Artillery Formation.
2015 SANDF CAREER EXPO POTCHEFSTROOM - TLOKWE MUNICIPALITY
Directorate Human Resource Acquisition, in collaboration with the Services and Divisions of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), hosted a four day fun filled military career expo in Potchefstroom (Tlokwe Municipality) over the period 18 – 21 February 2015. The expo was held at the Trim Park. The expo was aimed at marketing career opportunities available in the SANDF, thus making it possible for the SANDF to identify candidates who are willing to serve and who will add value to the organization.
CHIEF OF THE SA AIR FORCE TALKS ABOUT THE RESERVES AND THE URTP
In his speech at the SA Air Force candidate officers' commissioning parade on 30 January 2015, the Chief of the SA Air Force, Lt Gen F.Z. Msimang said: "One of the Ministerial Priorities is the transformation and revitalisation of the Reserves. It is my intent to build the SAAF Reserve Force capability that it is relevant and potent in all musterings, and to support the Reserve Force Flying Squadrons. Proper career planning and administration of the SAAF Reserve Force members will be high on my agenda this year." Gen Misimang added that the University Reserve Training Programme continues to be implemented by the South African Air Force.
NENEW EDITION OF THE RESERVE FORCE VOLUNTEER PUBLISHED
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THE PASSING-OUT CEREMONY OF THE OFFICER FORMATIVE TRAINING COURSE OF THE UNIVERSITY RESERVE TRAINING PROGRAMME (URTP): POTCHEFSTROOM
When several hundred curious university students attended a SANDF recruitment campaign launched on the campuses of five universities in Gauteng and North West during 2013, they probably did not anticipate that in 21 months’ time a number of them would become full-fledged soldiers and proud members of the SANDF Reserve Force.
THE UNIVERSITY RESERVE TRAINING PROGRAMME (URTP): THE FORMAL DINNER -THEORY PUT INTO PRACTICE
The final module of the 2013/14 URTP Officer Formative course, presented under the auspices of the GOC SA Army Armour Formation, included the unit standard “officership”. On Friday evening, 12 December 2014 the theoretical training was put into practice when the Officer Commanding of Regiment Mooirivier (RMR), Maj Heinko Stark, hosted a formal dinner.
100 YEARS OF ADA HISTORY
Fellow Gunners and Friends, 2014 is a significant year for the SA Army Air Defence Artillery. This year the Air Defence in South Africa is 100 years old, the Corps is celebrating 75 years and Regiment Oos Transvaal is 50 years old. To commemorate these events the ADA Fmn decided to embark on a project to write and publish a new book on the ADA History since the inception of the corps up until recent times.
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