NEW EDITION OF THE RESERVE FORCE VOLUNTEER PUBLISHED
Summer 2015 Edition
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.
AIR DEFENCE ARTILLERY FORMATION MEDAL PARADE, CHURCH SERVICE AND AWARDS EVENING
The Annual ADA Fmn Medal Parade, Church Service and Awards Evening were held in Kimberley on 3 November 2014.
2015 RESERVE FORCE EVENTS CALENDAR
The Reserve Force Events Calendar for 2015 has been updated. Click on the "Events Calendar" icon for details.
SA IRISH CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
The SA Irish Regiment celebrated their centenary at a formal dinner at the Rand Club on 21 November 2014.
SPEECH BY MAJOR ALBERT PESTANA AT SA IRISH CENTENARY DINNER
It is an honour and privilege for me to be called upon to reply to the address of Lt Col Bennett on behalf of the guests at this very auspicious occasion.I am indeed in the company of a venerated group of guests who are present here tonight to be part of the commemoration of such a significant milestone in the history of such a fine Regiment.
THE CAPE TOWN MILITARY TATTOO 2014: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA
From the first peal of the Castle bell signalling the closing of the Van der Stel Gate to the last plaintive notes of the pipes leaving the arena a little under two hours later, the 2014 Cape Town Military Tattoo entranced the audience. Playing to packed stands, the 2014 tattoo brought the military and civic lives of the Mother City together in a celebration of pageantry and national defence capability.
THE 2014 FREEDOM OF ENTRY TO THE CITY OF JOHANNESBURG PARADE
A very successful Freedom of Entry to the City of Johannesburg Parade was held on Saturday 08 November 2014 at Braamfischerville Multi-Purpose Centre. The Township became colourful when the Regimental colours marched past through the streets.
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.
DRESS REHEARSAL FOR THE CAPE TOWN MILITARY TATTOO 2014
Judging from the feedback from the spectators, as they filed out of the Castle of Good Hope at the end of the dress rehearsal for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2014 on Wednesday night, 5 November 2014, the evening’s performances had made a positive impression.
PREPARATIONS FOR THE CAPE TOWN MILITARY TATTOO
THE CAPE TOWN MILITARY TATTOO IS SCHEDULED TO RUN FROM 6 TO 8 NOVEMBER 2014 AT THE CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE AND PREPARATIONS FOR THIS PRESTIGIOUS EVENT HAVE COMMENCED.
CHIEF OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE RECOGNISES SERVICE OF RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS
On 30 October 2014, Chief of the South African National Defence Force (CSANDF), General S. Shoke recognised 10 Reserve Force members by awarding them medals for 30 years’ service. In addition, Lieutenant General Masondo, who represented CSANDF at the parade in Durban, presented WO1 (Rtd) Ken Gillings with his well earned 40 year service medal.
11 FIELD POSTAL UNIT 50TH ANNIVERSARY 1964 - 2014
Download the attached presentation by Brigadier General Gerhard Kamffer,Director SA Army Reserves on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of 11 FPU
DEFENCE RESERVES JOIN FORCES WITH ELSIES RIVER HIGH SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE THE SCHOOL’S 60TH BIRTHDAY
Elsies River High School is celebrating its 60th Birthday in 2014 with a series of exciting events. One of the highlights for the year was the Carnival Weekend of 26-27 September 2014, at which the South African National Defence Force participated.
THE CENTENARY PILGRIMAGE TO THE BATTLEFIELD OF SANDFONTEIN,26th SEPTEMBER 2014
One hundred years to the day the Transvaal Horse Artillery Regimental Council visited the battlefield of Sandfontein and paid their respects to the fallen.
RESERVE VISIT TO 2014 AFRICA AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE SHOW
The South African Air Force hosted the 2014 Africa Aerospace and Defence show an action-packed bi-annual event that took place this year between 17 and 21 September 2014 at Air Force Base Waterkloof.
THE 2014 SANDF RESERVE FORCE SYMPOSIUM
The office of Chief Defence Reserves held its fourth bi-annual SANDF Reserve Force Symposium over the period 11-13 September 2014 at the UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership in Midrand, Johannesburg. The 2014 Symposium included both local and international participation.
SECRETARY FOR DEFENCE ADDRESSES THE RESERVE FORCE SYMPOSIUM
During the recent SANDF Reserve Force Symposium held in Midrand from 11 to 13 September 2014 the Secretary for Defence,DR S. GULUBE, addressed the members
DINING WITH CHIEF DEFENCE RESERVES
Chief Defence Reserves, Major General Roy Andersen, hosted a memorable formal dinner for his staff members on Thursday evening, 21 August 2014 at the Rand Club, Johannesburg CBD.
SANDF RESERVE FORCE TEAM WINS INTERNATIONAL MILITARY SKILLS COMPETITION
Nine members of the SANDF Reserve Force recently participated in and won the “Experienced” category of the CIOR International Military Skills Competition in Hammelburg, Germany. This success was achieved due to a joint venture and support between and by the Defence Reserves Division, Reserve Force Council, SA Army Force Preparation and Unit OCs who realized the need and importance for soldiers to be exposed and evaluated against international standards in order to assess, evaluate and better some of the SANDF combat ready skills.
MINISTER PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE RESERVES
In her budget vote speech on 23 July 2014, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, the Honourable Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula made references to the Reserves.
MINISTER REFERS TO THE EDUCATION TRUST IN HER BUDGET VOTE SPEECH
In her budget vote speech on 23 July 2014, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, the Honourable Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula made reference to the Education Trust.
RESERVES PARTICIPATE IN THE PRETORIA DELVILLE WOOD MEMORIAL SERVICE
On Sunday 20 July 2014 a Memorial Service was held in Burgers’ Park, Pretoria to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the Battle of Delville Wood.
KZN MILITARY TATTOO 2014
The South African Army Reserves together with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Reserve Provincial Office hosted the 2014 Kwa-Zulu Natal Military Tattoo at the Natal Mounted Rifles meadows from 9 to 12 July 2014.
FORMER RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS CARRY BANNERS AT DELVILLE WOOD
Former members of the Reserve Force joined French veterans in carrying banners at the Memorial Service in Delville Wood on 6 July
FREEDOM OF ENTRY INTO THE CITY OF EMNAMBITHI LADYSMITH
On 14 June 2014 Reserve Force units from the SA Army and SAMHS joined their Regular Force counterparts in exercising their Freedom of Entry into the City of Emnambithi Ladysmith.
RESERVE PARTICIPATION IN THE PIETERMARITSBURG ROYAL SHOW
Click to view an interview held on SABC Expresso Breakfast Show on 28 May 2014
THE UNIVERSITY RESERVE TRAINING PROGRAMME (URTP)
The purpose of the University Reserve Training Programme (URTP) is to enhance the skills and leadership capacity of the SANDF Defence Reserves. As an element of the plan to transform and rejuvenate the Reserves, the URTP is a showcase of the progress made in achieving this objective. The 2014 calendar of the URTP includes three major events which took place in the first four months of the year.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE EDUCATION TRUST
The SANDF Education Trust - enormous progress made
MILITARY SKILS COMPETITION 2014
What is the Military Skills Competition? Find out more as well as the program and entry form for the 2014 Military Skills Competition to be held in Potchefstroom from 19 to 26 October 2014.
JOHANNESBURG REGIMENT GOES BACK TO ITS ROOTS
Sunday 13 April was a very important day in the lives of all gunners, past and present. The venue was the Gunners’ Memorial in Potchefstroom, and the occasion was the 62nd Gunners’ Memorial Service. It was an equally important day for the Johannesburg Regimental Association as it presented them with the opportunity to return to their roots for a while.
TRANSVAAL HORSE ARTILLERY CELEBRATES 110TH BIRTHDAY
The Transvaal Horse Artillery which celebrated its 110th Birthday on 17 March 2014 has a long and proud history of service to the people of the Republic of South Africa.
ANNUAL GUNNERS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL SERVICE 13 APRIL 2014
On Sunday 13 April 2014 the Annual Gunners’ National Memorial Service took place in Potchefstroom.
THE DEFENCE RESERVES MAKE A VERY POSITIVE IMPRESSION AT MAKRO'S SAFETY AND SECURITY CARNIVAL 2014
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, professional and friendly – those were the dominant impressions created by the soldiers representing the various regiments and units, which participated in the Safety and Security Carnival, held at Makro’s branch in Montague Gardens.
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.
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
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
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.