CHIEF OF THE SA AIR FORCE ACKNOWLEDGES THE SIGNIFICANT ROLE OF THE UNIVERSITY RESERVE TRAINING PROGRAMME (URTP) AND THE RESERVES
During a recent certificate ceremony that marked the completion of the first ever Basic Military Training (BMT) course for the URTP in the SA Air Force (SAAF), the Chief of the Air Force, Lt Gen F.Z. Msimang congratulated the seventeen learners on their determination and commitment to be part of the SAAF.
THE ROLE OF THE URTP IN REVITALISING, REJUVENATING AND TRANSFORMING THE RESERVES
The purpose of the URTP is to enhance the intellectual and leadership capabilities of the Reserves. As these members will eventually become the SANDF leaders of the future, academic achievements/progress, leadership potential and integrity are important criteria considered during the selection of candidates for the programme. These qualities are clearly visible in the profiles of the candidate officers recently appointed in the SAAF.
THE UNIVERSITY RESERVE TRAINING PROGRAMME (URTP): FINAL PROGRAMME FOR THE 2014 MARKETING AND RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN: KWAZULU-NATAL
A recruitment campaign for the URTP will be launched by the SA Army and the SA Military Health Service on campuses of universities in KwaZulu-Natal over the period 7 – 11 April 2014.
ANNUAL MILITARY SKILLS COMPETITION 2014
It is the time of the year again where soldiers are given the opportunity to register, via their units, to participate in the annual Military Skills Competition (MILCOMP) 2014. This competition has been running for the last eight years and grew from a meager number of participants into a well attended annual competition.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE REVIEW
Cabinet approved the South African Defence Review 2014, and directed that it be tabled in Parliament. The Review provides a long term defence policy and defence strategic trajectory to be pursued by the country over the next four Medium Term Strategic Framework periods. The document will be shared with the public, as they participated in the public consultations that were held across the country in the past year.
THE ANNUAL GUNNERS' MEMORIAL
The Annual Gunners’ Memorial Service was held in the Company Gardens in Cape Town on 16 March 2014
RAND SHOW 2014
The SANDF Reserve Force will again be participating in The Rand Show over the period 18 to 28 April 2014, at Johannesburg Expo, Center, Nasrec, Johannesburg.
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS SOUTH AFRICA CONTACT DETAILS
CHIEF OF THE SA ARMY COMBAT RIFLE EVALUATION BLOEMFONTEIN 9 TO 15 MARCH 2014
JOHANNESBURG METRO ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR JOHANNESBURG REGIMENT
Johannesburg Regiment exercised its Freedom of the City in Johannesburg once again at its annual parade in March 2014.
THA CELEBRATES 110TH BIRTHDAY
Defence Reserves congratulates the Transvaal Horse Artillery on the Regiment's 110th Anniversary on 17 March 2014.
SANDF EDUCATION TRUST: PRESIDENT ZUMA TAKES THE LEAD
President Jacob Zuma, Commander in Chief of the South African National Defence Force set an example to the Nation when in his address during the Armed Forces Day in Bloemfontein on 21 February 2014, he had announced that he will personally contribute R500 000 (Five hundred thousand Rand) to the SANDF Education Trust.
SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE CELEBRATED ARMED FORCES DAY ON 21 FEBRUARY 2014 AT AIRFORCE BASE BLOEMSPRUIT IN BLOEMFONTEIN
On Friday 21 February 2014 the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) celebrated the Armed Forces Day at Air Force Base Bloemspruit, Bloemfontein. The event was aimed at honouring men and women in uniform who serve the nation. The President was the main officiating functionary during a military parade and paid a special tribute to those soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty whilst serving their country. Bravery medals were also conferred on those who have demonstrated heroism during the battle of Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR).
SANDF EDUCATION TRUST: AWARD OF BURSARIES FOR THE 2014 ACADEMIC YEAR
General Solly Shoke, Chief of the South African National Defence Force, is happy to announce that the Trustees of the newly established SANDF Education Trust have, for the 2014 academic year, awarded 31 (thirty one) bursaries to a total value of R348 430 (three hundred and forty eight thousand four hundred and thirty Rand) to the dependents of SANDF members – both Regular and Reserve Force - who have died or were severely injured in the execution of their duties.
DEFENCE RESERVE PROVINCIAL OFFICE LIMPOPO GALA DINNER 30 JANUARY 2014
A very successful Reserve Force gala dinner was held in Polokwane on 30 January 2014
Back from left to right: Brig Gen (Rtd) Ike Maphoto, senior veteran. Mr Freddy Greaver, Mayor of Polokwane. Maj Gen R.C. Andersen, Chief Defence Reserves. Front: Col Van Rooyen, SSO Reserves, Limpopo.
RESERVE AND REGULAR FORCE COLOURS ON PARADE IN BLOEMFONTEIN ON 24 JANUARY 2014
Regular and Reserve Force Colours were displayed during the recent change of command parade at the SA Armour Corps in Bloemfontein.
SANDF EDUCATION TRUST WALKING THE EXTRA MILE – A STORY OF HOPE AND DEDICATION
This is the story of a Chaplain who walked the extra mile in honour of a fallen soldier and a family in need.
THE UNIVERSITY RESERVE TRAINING PROGRAMME (URTP): PASSING-OUT PARADE: BASIC MILITARY TRAINING COURSE REGIMENT MOOI RIVIER: 21 JANUARY 2014
On 21 January 2014 Regiment Mooi Rivier presented a Revue Parade at 4 Artillery Regiment to mark the passing-out of 104 URTP Reserve Force members (SA Army, SAMHS and Log Div) on completion of their Basic Military Training (BMT). The training took place under the auspices of the GOC SA Army Armour Formation.
APPOINTMENT OF NEW SSO RESERVES IN THE SA ARMY ARTILLERY FORMATION
Defence Reserves congratulates Lt Col L.V. Khasapane on his appointment as SSO Reserves in the SA Army Artillery Formation and on his promotion to Colonel. Before joining the Reserves, Col Khasapane was OC of 4 Artillery Regiment in Potchefstroom.
CFA FIRING 21 GUN SALUTE DURING THE FUNERAL OF PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA
Cape Field Artillery firing a 21 Gun Salute at the funeral of President Nelson Mandela on 15 December 2013 in Qunu
THA FIRING 21 GUN SALUTE DURING UNVEILING OF STATUE OF PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA
Transvaal Horse Artillery gun troop who fired the 21 gun salute at the unveiling of the statue of President Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings on 16 December 2013
NEW EDITION OF THE RESERVE FORCE VOLUNTEER PUBLISHED
To see the Summer 2014 edition of the Reserve Force Volunteer please click on 'Publications' or click on 'read more'.
THE UNIVERSITY RESERVE TRAINING PROGRAMME (URTP):2014
Good news for students in KZN. The URTP will be rolled-out in KZN in 2014!
NATIONAL CIVIC REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE AND WREATH LAYING CEREMONY HELD IN JOHANNESBURG ON 10 NOVEMBER 2013
National Civic Remembrance Sunday honours all South Africans who lost their lives in wars and conflicts, including the struggle for freedom and democracy. In supporting the overall message of inclusivity and nation-building, it is important to acknowledge sacrifices made by heroes and heroines drawn from all sections of our people. Each year a different theme is highlighted for the Remembrance Sunday service.
FREEDOM OF ENTRY TO JOHANNESBURG PARADE-Sophia Town 09 NOVEMBER 2013
The Freedom of the City of Johannesburg Regiments’ Association (FRA) was established as a voluntary association in July 1986. The then Regiments which had been granted the Freedom of Entry into the City of Johannesburg exercised this privilege by marching through the streets of the City Johannesburg.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SANDF EDUCATION TRUST
The dependents of deceased or severely injured Reserves Force members will also benefit from the recently established SANDF Education Trust.
SLIDE PRESENTATION ON THE SA ARMY RESERVE TEAM SUCCESS AT THE NETHERLANDS INTERNATIONAL SHOOTING COMPETITION
SANDF RESERVES MILITARY SKILLS COMPETITION 2013
The SANDF Reserve Military Skills competition took place in Potchefstroom at 1 Tactical Intelligence Regiment with the support of the Reserve Force Council from 21 to 26 October 2013. A visiting team from the UK also participated. View article for results.
RESERVES SHOOTING TEAM WON THE NETHERLANDS RESERVE SHOOTING COMPETITION
Chief of Defence Reserves, Major General Andersen and all Reserves wish to congratulate the SA Army Reserve shooting team who represented the SANDF and won the NISC Netherlands International Reserve Shooting Championships at Harskamp Military Base against 12 NATO countries on 12 October 2013. This is an amazing achievement to be proud of as 40 teams participated! Detailed results will be published soon.
INTRODUCING THE DIRECTOR ARMY RESERVES, BRIG GEN GERHARD KAMFFER
Chief of Defence Reserves, Major General Andersen and all Reserves wish to congratulate Brigadier General Gerhard Kamffer who has been appointed as Director SA Army Reserves.
BRIEFINGS BY BRIG GEN G. KAMFFER ON THE RESERVES AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
To view these briefings click on the links in the attached document
C SANDF LAUNCHES THE SANDF EDUCATION TRUST ON SABC 1
On 29 July 2013, General S. Shoke launched the SANDF Education Trust on SABC 1 by receiving a pledge for R2 million from the chairman of Orlando Pirates FC and Kaiser Chiefs FC.
71 SIGNAL UNIT – CONVENTIONAL SIGNAL RESERVE UNIT IN THE WESTERN CAPE
71 Signal Unit is one of the three conventional Signal Reserve Force units within the SA Army Signal Formation. The unit is situated within Fort iKapa Reserve Military Base in Goodwood. The task of 71 Signal Unit is to provide conventional signal support to the conventional Reserve Forces which include Infantry, Armour, Artillery, Air Defence Artillery etc.