NEW EDITION OF THE RESERVE FORCE VOLUNTEER PUBLISHED
Summer 2016 Edition
CHIEF OF THE SA ARMY COMBAT RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIP
6 to 12 March 2016 at the De Brug Training Area Bloemfontein.
SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFFENCE FORCE EDUCATION TRUST: AWARD OF BURSARIES FOR THE 2016 ACADEMIC YEAR
The Board of Trustees of the SANDF Education Trust has announced that the Trustees have awarded fifty nine bursaries to the value of R855 318 for the 2016 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, 19946
ARMED FORCES DAY 2016
The 2016 Armed Forces Day Parade will be held on 21 February 2016 in Nelson Mandela Bay.
2016 RESERVE FORCE EVENTS CALENDAR
The 2016 Reserve Force Events Calendar can be viewed
SA ARMY RESERVE PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 NETHERLANDS INTERNATIONAL SHOOTING COMPETITION NISC
The Commander–in-Chief of the Netherlands Armed Forces formally invited the SA Army Reserve to participate in the Netherlands International Shooting Competition for Reserves. The invitation was for a Reserve Force team of 10 members plus a coach and manager to take part in their annual Skill at Arms Meeting over the period 08 to 14 October 2015 at the Infantry Shooting Base in Harskamp Netherlands (NISC).
KILTS AND SPORRANS, TRUMPETS AND TROMBONES:THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CAPE TOWN MILITARY TATTOO 2016
An international singing sensation, a colourful 60-piece military band from far beyond our shores, a larger-than-life puppet horse, and a foot-tapping troupe of traditional riel dansers from the Cedarberg – these were just some of the exciting acts who participated in the Cape Town Military Tattoo (CTMT) 2015 at the Castle of Good Hope. Running from 11 to 14 November 2015, with an additional matinee on Saturday afternoon, this was a very special show in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the CTMT.
JOHANNESBURG REGIMENT WINS THE TROPHY AS THE BEST UNIT IN THE SA ARMY FOR COMBAT READINESS IN 2015
A special and significant honour was bestowed upon Johannesburg Regiment at the recently held annual C Army's gala evening by receiving the trophy for the most combat ready SA Army operationally deploying entity in 2015.
TRANSVAAL HORSE ARTILLERY SANDFONTEIN MEMORIAL SERVICE
On Sunday 22 November 2015 the Transvaal Horse Artillery held the Sandfontein Memorial Service.
CHANGE OF COMMAND TRANSVAAL HORSE ARTILLERY
On Saturday 21 November 2015 Major A.D. Pestana handed over the Sword of Office of the Transvaal Horse Artillery to Major W.J. Agenbag.
MILITARY HEALTH CARE FOR RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS
All Services and Divisions are reminded that Reserve Force members must undergo a Comprehensive Health Assessment (CHA) every two years when called up for military services in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).
THE 2015 JOHANNESBURG FREEDOM OF ENTRY PARADE
A successful 8th Johannesburg Freedom of Entry Parade was held in Alexandra, Altrec Stadium Johannesburg on Saturday the 07th of November 2015. This is an annual parade where eleven Regular and Reserve Force Regiments and one South African Air Force Squadron exercised their right to the Freedom of Entry by marching through the City with their Colours flying.
REGIMENT MOOIRIVIER OVERALL WINNERS OF THE 2015 MILITARY SKILLS COMPETITION
The SA Army Armour Formation was represented by nine members from Regiment Mooirivier (RMR) and individual competitors from Pretoria Regiment (PR). Members of Regiment President Steyn (RPS) played an important role during the preparation and training phases of the competition.
2015 MILITARY SKILLS COMPETITION
This year marks the 10th year celebration of the SANDF Military Skills Competition. A hundred and seventy five South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Regular and Reserve Force members came head-to-head with the four international teams at this year’s MilComp hosted by the Chief Army, the Reserve Force Council and Office of the Chief Defence Reserves.
2015 MILITARY SKILLS COMPETITION RESULTS
To view the results download the attached document.
ARMY RESERVE IS THE MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO OP CORONA
The importance of the Reserve Force to specifically South African Army taskings is borne out by their contribution to Operation Corona, the national border protection effort. Read the article written by Kim Helfrich on Defence Web.
RESERVE FORCE DELEGATION ATTENDS EMPLOYER SUPPORT CONFERENCE FOR PART-TIME SOLDIERS
A four member team representing the Reserve Force earlier this month became the first South Africans to hear what other countries are doing when it comes to employer support for part-time soldiers.Read tthe article written by Defence Web.
CAPE TOWN MILITARY TATTOO 11 TO 14 NOVEMBER 2015
Warhorse will be part of the Cape Town Military Tattoo from 11 to 14 NOVEMBER 2015.
ATTENDANCE OF THE 13TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMPLOYER SUPPORT FOR THE RESERVES IN NETHERLANDS FROM 06-08 OCTOBER 2015
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) participated in the 13th International Conference on Employer Support for the Reserves (ICESR) in Rotterdam, Netherlands from 06-08 October 2015. A conference of this nature is held biennially and it was for the first time that South Africa took part in the ICESR. The conference convened over three days and the theme was: “Reservist and Employee - the best of both worlds”.
CAPE TOWN MILITARY TATTOO 11 TO 14 NOVEMBER 2015
For a truly larger-than-life, majestic military spectacle, the annual Cape Town Military Tattoo is a prestigious social calendar event not to be missed. With its massed Pipes and Drums and displays of stirring military music, this event is a feast of military celebration and patriotism and a wonderful showcase, not only of our men and women in uniform, but in particular for our Reserve Force Regiments and Units that will participate.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE PARTICIPATION IN THE FREEDOM OF ENTRY TO THE CITY OF JOHANNESBURG PARADE AT ALEXANDRA ALTREC STADIUM: 7 NOVEMBER 2015
On 7 November 2015 eleven Regular and Reserve Force Regiments and one SAAF Squadron will exercise their right to the Freedom of Entry by marching through the City with their Colours flying.
DURBAN REGIMENT WELCOMING BACK PARADE: 19 SEPTEMBER 2015
On 19 September 2015, Durban public braved the spring wet weather to welcome back Durban Regiment from their successful Op Corona deployment to the Mozambique and Swaziland Borders of KwaZulu-Natal. Their Head Quarters was based on Pongola with a Company base in Ndumu.
WORLD WAR 1 MEMORIALS IN JOHANNESBURG
Download the attached document for information of five of the less well known WW1 memorials in Johannesburg.
CHIEF DEFENCE RESERVES WILL BE INTERVIEWED ON ANN7 (CHANNEL 405) ON 23 SEPTEMBER 2015 AT 18H00
On 23 September 2015 Major General Roy Andersen will be interviewed on ANN7 (Channel 405) at 18h00(repeated at 21h00). The interview may be of interest to you as it covers the economy, business, the SANDF and veterans’ affairs. Major General Andersen will be joined in the interview by Roland Sassoon (CEO of Sasfin), Humphrey Borkum (former chairman of the JSE) as well as Major General Andersen’s daughter Kristen and son Michael. You will find it of interest.
ADA CENTENARY CELEBRATION
Defence Reserves congratulates the Air Defence Artillery Corps on reaching its centenary
RETIREMENT CELEBRATION IN HONOUR OF COLONEL MONICA MULLER (SSO RESERVE FORCE PROJECTS)
“Parting is such a sweet sorrow” says an old Shakespeare adage. The legendary English writer’s words were prophetic when the staff of the Chief Defence Reserves and Trustees of the SANDF Education Trust said goodbye to Colonel Monica Cornelia Gertruida Muller. It was so appropriate to bid her farewell during women’s month as she played such a leading role since 1971 in opening career opportunities for women in uniform.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE EDUCATION TRUST: SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING EVENT
A very successful fundraising dinner was hosted by the Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke, at the Air Force Base Swartkop on 30 July 2015. The event was hosted on behalf of the Trustees of the Education Trust and was presented to offer members from the private sector – mainly local influential business men and women - the opportunity to pledge their financial and moral support to the Trust.
MAYOR AND CSANDF VISIT FREEDOM REGIMENTS’ SWORD
On 6 August 2015, the Mayor of Johannesburg, Clr Parks Tau, and CSANDF, Gen Solly Shoke,
visited the Freedom Regiments Sword outside of the Council Chamber which records the names of
the units with the Freedom of Entry to the City of Johannesburg. The existing units with the Freedom of
Johannesburg and their date of award are:
RESERVE FORCE COUNCIL RENEWAL AND ELECTIONS
To access the documents pertaining to the renewal and election process follow the link
SANDF EDUCATION TRUST DVD
To see a video on the SANDF Education Trust follow the link
RESERVE TEAM FOR INTERNATIONAL MILITARY SKILLS COMPETITION IN BULGARIA
After an intensive and vigorous training and selection phase, seven members of the SANDF Reserves made it to the final team which will be competing in the International Military Skills Competition in Bulgaria.
KWAZULU-NATAL MILITARY TATTOO 9 TO 11 JULY 2015
For a truly larger-than-life, majestic military spectacle, the annual KwaZulu-Natal Military Tattoo is a prestigious social calendar event not to be missed and this year’s event was no exception. With its massed Pipes and Drums and displays of stirring military music, this event is a feast of military celebration and patriotism and a wonderful showcase, not only of our men and women in uniform, but in particular for our Reserve Force Regiments and Units that participated.
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.
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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