CHIEF DEFENCE RESERVES CONVEYS CONDOLENCES TO SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS' FAMILIES
Defence Reserves was sad to learn of the passing away of eleven South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members who were killed in a tragic bus accident in the Golden Gate Reserve on Friday 19 August 2016.Chief Defence Reserves, Major General Roy Andersen and staff wish to express their heartfelt condolences to the families, loved ones and friends of the deceased members who were on board when the bus crashed.A joint memorial service will be held in the Christian Revival Church (CRC), Vereeniging Drive, Bloemfontein on Wednesday, 24 August 2016 at 12:00
RESERVE ACHIEVEMENTS - MILITARY SKILLS COMPETITION SPAIN 2016
The annual international military skills competition was held in Spain over the period 30 July 2016 to 7 August 2016. The competition is a method of measuring the capability and ability of different nations soldiers with regard to their competencies in basic military skills.All of these basic skills, combined with the normal SANDF combat ready requirements, enable a soldier to be declared combat ready.
CHIEF SA ARMY: MESSAGE TO RESERVES
Chief SA Army sends a message to SA Army Reserves in the latest edition of the Reserve Force Volunteer Magazine.
NEW EDITION OF THE RESERVE FORCE VOLUNTEER PUBLISHED
Winter 2016 Edition
DELVILLE WOOD CENTENARY RETROSPECTIVE
Download the publication Delville Wood Centenary Retrospective here.
NATIONAL CEREMONIAL GUARD ON PARADE IN DELVILLE WOOD 2016
LT GEN MDUTYANA
Defence Reserves was sad to learn of the sudden passing away of Lieutenant General Duma Dumisani Mdutyana, the Chief of Joint Operations of the SANDF. Our condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues. Lt Gen Mdutyana was a dedicated and professional soldier and will greatly be missed. Chief Defence Reserves: Maj Gen Roy Andersen and Staff
URTP MEMBERS IN FRANCE
URTP members with SA school learners on the Somme in France. The URTP members will act as guides at Delville Wood for a month with the support of the RFC and Defence Reserves.
JOHANNESBURG MILITARY TATTOO 7 TO 10 SEPTEMBER 2016
SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE RESERVE PARTICIPATION IN THE 40TH COMMEMORATION OF THE 16TH OF JUNE 1976 UPRISINGS IN SOWETO
A very successful 40th commemoration of the 16th of June 1976 uprisings was hosted by Mr Steven Khanyile, the Principal of Morris Isaacson High School (MIHS) on Friday the 03 June 2016 in Soweto.
CAPE GARRISON ARTILLERY NEWSLETTER 1-2016
Download the attached document to read the Smoking Gun - Cape Garrison Artillery Newsletter.
SA ARMY CAPABILITY DEMONSTRATION 19 MAY 2016
Maj Gens Smith and Andersen and Brig Gen Kamffer with Reserve Force officers from the Artillery and Armour Formations at the SA Army Capability Demonstration on 19 May 2016.
CTH VISIT TO UK FOR THE QUEEN'S 90th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations took place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle on 15th May 2016 with a spectacular programme of music, song, dance and equestrian displays including the Queen’s mounted troops. The celebration reflected on the Queens private and public interests with performers from Oman, Chile, New Zealand, Canada, Fiji, Australia, Azerbaijan, The United Kingdom and the Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders representing The Republic of South Africa and the SANDF.
CAPE TOWN HIGHLANDERS PIPES AND DRUMS REPRESENTING SOUTH AFRICA AT THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Watch a video on Youtube showing how the Cape Town Highlanders prepare for The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations.
MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS REFERS TO RESERVES AND URTP IN HER BUDGET VOTE SPEECH ON 11 MAY 2016
Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said"I am pleased to report back that we have increased the companies deployed on our borders from 13 to 15 as I had committed last year. This is still short of the 22 companies stipulated in the National Security Strategy. Despite this shortfall the SANDF achieved major successes during the past financial year. Reserves are currently contributing more than 50% of forces deployed on the borders. As Honourable Members are aware, advances in science and technology demand a highly educated and skilled Defence Force. The University Reserve Training Programme system is designed to enable the Defence Force to recruit the brightest and best from our tertiary institutions. To this end, 275 university students have completed their basic military training and are continuing with officer and functional training before being deployed to Reserve Units. There is great demand among university students to join this programme but a lack of funding has stunted its growth. This is regrettable as it denies the Defence Force the opportunity to recruit critical skills into the Reserves and the Regulars. In conclusion, I would like to single out and express our most sincere gratitude to those South Africans who continue to generously contribute to the SANDF Education Trust Fund. As you may be aware, this Fund was set up in the aftermath of the Central African Republic where we lost 15 of our members, to allow us to support the children of soldiers who lose their lives in battle."
The Reserve Force Division expresses condolences to the family of LCpl Owen of Regiment Oranjerivier who died following a vehicle accident during Operation Corona.
SA NAVY FESTIVAL
The SANDF, in conjunction with the Defence Reserves Division HQ, Provincial Office Western Cape, SA Army Resreve Force units in Western Cape and SA Navy Reserve Force Office Simon’s Town, once again participated in the annual South African Navy Festival which was held over the period of 22 to 24 April 2016.
SOUTH AFRICAN POST OFFICE CEO VISITS 11 FIELD POSTAL UNIT
The Group Chief Executive Officer of the South African Post Office, Mr. Mark Barnes and some of his Group Executive members, paid a visit to 11 Field Postal Unit a Reserve unit in Pretoria. The Director Army Reserves, Brig Gen Gerhard Kamffer, briefed him on the role and functions of the FPU in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. 11 FPU is governed by the Postal Services Act. Mr Barnes was impressed with the service that Field Post Office 3 is rendering to the SANDF troops deployed in peace missions in Africa. He also expressed his support to the Field Post Office and the SA Army.
Seated in front from left to right: Maj Gen Lawrence Smith (Deputy C Army), Mr Mark Barnes (Group CEO of the Post Office) and Brig Gen Gerhard Kamffer (D Army Res)with members of 3 Field Post Office.
ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE AND WREATH LAYING CEREMONY OF JOHANNESBURG REGIMENT
A successful annual memorial service and wreath laying ceremony of Johannesburg Regiment was held at the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Council on Saturday, 09 April 2016. This year, the main functionary was Councillor Conny Bapela, the Madam Speaker of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Council.
CHIEF OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE, GENERAL SOLLY SHOKE BIDS THE NEWLY APPOINTED SANDF CHIEF OF STAFF, LIEUTENANT GENERAL VUSIMUSI RAMAKALA MASONDO WELCOME AT AN OFFICIAL WELCOMING PARADE
The parade took place on Friday 15 April 2016 at the Armscor Sports Ground in Erasmuskloof. General Masondo began his duties as Chief of Staff on 1 February 2016 at Defence Headquarters in Erasmuskloof.
2016 ANNUAL SOUTH AFRICAN GUNNERS’ MEMORIAL SERVICE
The Annual Gunners’ Memorial Service was held at the Gunners’ Memorial in Potchefstroom on 10 April 2016. Participants included Regular and Reserve Force members from the South African Army Artillery and Air Defence Artillery Formations as well as members of the Gunners’ Association.
SA ARMY ARTY FMN GOC`s HANDING AND TAKING OVER PARADE
Brig Gen Makina , The new GOC inspects the parade provided by 4 Artillery Regiment and the six Reserve Force Regiments.
The Pipes and Drums of Cape Field Artillery welcome their new GOC.
A DREAM COMES TRUE FOR NOKULULEKO AS SHE RECEIVES VIP TREATMENT AT THE RAND SHOW
It was like a dream come true for young Nonkululeko Xaba when she was chosen as a lucky recipient to get VIP treatment from the hospitable South African National Defence Force (SANDF) staffers at the Rand Show on Thursday 31 March 2016. The South African Air Force (SAAF) in support of social responsibility initiatives joint venture with Reach for a Dream NGO in Pretoria helped to fulfill the young lady’s dream of becoming a military officer for a day and own her own laptop.
CHIEF OF THE SANDF VISITS MEMBERS OF THE SANDF AT THE RAND SHOW
On Friday 1 April 2016, Chief South African National Defence Force (CSANDF), General Solly Shoke paid a special visit to the members of the SANDF who are currently participating at the 2016 Rand Show. Upon his arrival the Chief visited every stall checking on his members’ well being and if they are doing what they are well known for. The Chief visited the Reserve Force stall and was welcomed by Col Shuping Motswadira, SSO Marketing and Promotions who briefed him about his experience in this year’s show so far.
GRAND OPENING OF THE 2016 RAND SHOW
Like the City of Johannesburg and gold, the Rand Show and SANDF go back a long way and the relationship has continued to grow strong over the years. In fact, the relationship is now 10 hectares strong, as this year the SANDF has been allocated 10 hectares of space which the SANDF used efficiently with world class show-stopping edutainment exhibition stalls and capability demonstrations from all four arms of Services and Divisions. This was proved once again on Friday the 25 of March 2016 during the official opening of the 2016 Rand Show.
RESERVE FORCE STAND AT THE RAND SHOW
RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS OF 11 FIELD POST OFFICE AT THE RAND SHOW
PARTICIPATION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ARMY RESERVE FORCE (SA ARMY RESF) IN THE 2016 CHIEF OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ARMY COMBAT RIFLE SHOOTING COMPETITION HELD IN BLOEMFONTEIN OVER THE PERIOD 06 TO 12 MARCH 2016
In early 2000 it was decided to align the Gold Cup Shooting Competition more closely with the Chief Directorate South African Army Force Preparation (C Dir SA Army Force Prep) at SA Army HQ due to its training value. This lead to the establishment of Army Reserve Shooting Association (ARSA), later to become South African Reserve Shooting Association (SARSA). These also lead to the development of the competition into the Chief of the South African Army Combat Rifle Competition (SACRC) where over 400 Reserves from the SA Army competed for top honours.
SA ARMY COMBAT RIFLE SHOOTING COMPETITION 2016 RESULTS
The 2016 SA Army Combat Rifle Shooting Competition once again proved itself to be a very special event in the SANDF Annual Calendar. Over 900 regular and reserve force members participated. But it was again the Reserve Force Units that exposed incredibly musketry skills and the Natal Carbineers proved themselves as outstanding musketeers by winning both the Gold Cup and the White Horse Trophies
SANDF EDUCATION TRUST FINALISES BURSARIES FOR 2016
The SANDF Education Trust which was established by the Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Shoke, to educate the children of deceased or severely injured members of the SANDF (post 27 April 1994), has finalised the bursaries for 2016.
PARTICIPATION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE RESERVE FORCE (SANDF RESF) IN THE 2016 RAND SHOW
The SANDF ResF will again be participating in The Rand Show over 22 March to 03 April 2016, at Johannesburg Expo Centre.
THE 2016 ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION
All roads led to Port Elizabeth for the men and women in uniform as they travelled in their numbers to support the fifth annual South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Armed Forces Day Parade. This prestigious edutainment event was held on Sunday 21 February 2016 at Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province.
CFA FIRING 21 GUN SALUTE ARMED FORCES DAY 2016
Cape Field Artillery fired the 21 Gun Salute at Armed Forces Day Parade held on 21 February 2016 in Nelson Mandela Bay.
SA DEFENCE REVIEW 2015 PUBLISHED
To find the recently published SA Defence Review 2015; please click on the SA DEFENCE REVIEW icon below.
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)
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.
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS SOUTH AFRICA CONTACT DETAILS