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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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THE CAPE TOWN MILITARY TATTOO NOVEMBER 2014

The Cape Town Military Tattoo will be presented at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town from 6 to 8 November 2014.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NEW EDITION OF THE RESERVE FORCE VOLUNTEER PUBLISHED

Winter 2014 Edition

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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.

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RESERVE PARTICIPATION IN THE PIETERMARITSBURG ROYAL SHOW

Click to view an interview held on SABC Expresso Breakfast Show on 28 May 2014

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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.

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THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE EDUCATION TRUST

The SANDF Education Trust - enormous progress made

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ANNUAL GUNNERS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL SERVICE 13 APRIL 2014

On Sunday 13 April 2014 the Annual Gunners’ National Memorial Service took place in Potchefstroom.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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THE ANNUAL GUNNERS' MEMORIAL

The Annual Gunners’ Memorial Service was held in the Company Gardens in Cape Town on 16 March 2014

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DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS SOUTH AFRICA CONTACT DETAILS

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CHIEF OF THE SA ARMY COMBAT RIFLE EVALUATION BLOEMFONTEIN 9 TO 15 MARCH 2014

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The dependents of deceased or severely injured Reserves Force members will also benefit from the recently established SANDF Education Trust.t.

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SLIDE PRESENTATION ON THE SA ARMY RESERVE TEAM SUCCESS AT THE NETHERLANDS INTERNATIONAL SHOOTING COMPETITION

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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.

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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.

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BRIEFINGS BY BRIG GEN G. KAMFFER ON THE RESERVES AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

To view these briefings click on the links in the attached document

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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.

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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.

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What is the Reserve Force?

"It is universally acknowledged that in a democracy the Citizen in Uniform, the part-time soldier, is an indispensable element of a country's defence". - Joe Modise, Minister of Defence, 5 June 1996 (South African Defence Review 1998). Reserve Force service is military service rendered by citizens of the country on a voluntary basis. The members of the Reserve either serve within the structure of an allocated unit or in accordance with a professional and skills requirement programme. Under normal circumstances the period of service will vary according to an agreed contract between the Reserve Force member and the SANDF.

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CODE OF CONDUCT FOR UNIFORMED MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE

I pledge to serve and defend my country and its people in accordance with the Constitution and the law and with honour, dignity, courage and integrity. I serve in the SANDF with loyalty and pride, as a citizen and a volunteer. I respect the democratic political process and civil control of the SANDF. I will not advance or harm the interests of any political party or organisation. I accept personal responsibility for my actions.

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HOW WILL THE EMPLOYER BENEFIT?

Indirectly, an effective Defence Force will help to ensure a safe and secure national and local environment, in which South Africa can develop and prosper.

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