SA SOLDIER The official monthly magazine of the SA Department of Defence From the First DOD HIV and AIDS 4 Editor's desk 20 Launch of the SADC BRIGADE 31 International Conference Letters: Female General in charge Infantrymen gearing up 6 feedback from our readers 22 of mobilisation parade 32 for deployment to the Sudan 10 Emails from abroad 23 Brazil honours SANDF members for meritorious service 34 Guns roar in Potchefstroom Defence Attaché Sergeant Major of SA Army Air Force cares for 12 Conference 24 officially visited USA 36 people with disabilities 14 Naval power vital in the SADC 26 Empowering women for gender equity 37 526 Squadron does IsiXhosa The 90th SS Mendi Aim to turn the pyramid SANDF operations 16 commemoration 28 into a diamond 38 communication workshop 19 SA Gunners shoot for the Queen 29 Dealing with security issues 40 Hosting the SA Post Office Learner's job shadowing 2007 SANDF 30 week at Navy Office 44 Rugby Week www.dod.mil.za SA Sea Cadets active 46 for more than a century STREET ADDRESS Defence Headquarters POSTAL ADDRESS TELEPHONE c/o Nossob and Boeing St SA SOLDIER Tel: 012 355 6341 Fax: 012 355 6399 Erasmuskloof Private Bag X158 email: email@example.com PRETORIA PRETORIA, 0001 website: www.sasoldier.mil.za EDITORIAL BOARD www.dod.mil.za Mr S.B. Mkhwanazi Col P.M. Motlhabane Ms I.D. Jacobson (Chairperson) Col S.P. Zeeman Ms J. Render Brig Gen K.D. Mangope Ms N. Pienaar Lt J. Sverdloff Col L.W. Magxwalisa Maj J.V. du Toit Sgt L.F. Letaoana Col M.T. Masuku Mr L.R.M. Netshirembe (Secretary) CONTRIBUTIONS: 2 Although all possible care is taken with articles, the editorial staff 2005 - Winner of the Government Communicator of the Year Award (GCIS). cannot take any responsibility for 2005 - Winner of the National Ubungcweti Award (GCIS). lost articles and photographs. EDITORIAL STAFF Text Editor: Mr Eugene Muller Reproduction & Printing: Editor: Ms Nelda Pienaar Translation Directorate Language Formeset Printers Johannesburg Assistant Editor: Mr Lufuno Netshirembe Consultant: Services (Pty) Ltd, 44-66 Wriggle Road, Editorial Staff: Ms Nomonde Vuthela Photo Processing: 5 ASU Photo Section Heriotdale, Ext 13, 2094 F Sgt David Nomtshongwana Tel: +27 11 626 1330/2/3 Distribution: Mr Jim Tshabalala Sgt Lebohang Letaoana Tel: 012 355 6341 Fax: +27 11 626 1331 Cpl Elias Mahuma Amn Arnaus Rakoma Layout & Design: Mr Werner v/d Westhuizen SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 34 Cpl Seipati Manyeka, Commander of the GV6, (right) and Cpl Vusi Maluleke, 2IC of the GV6, with a young visitor on top of the GV6 - 155 mm self-propelled gun howitzer - Renoster at the static display at the Artillery Open Day. (Photo: Cpl Elias Mahuma) SA SOLDIER is published monthly - 12 issues per year. The views and opinions expressed by the authors of articles are those of the authors and do not neces- sarily represent those of the Department of Defence (DOD). Acceptance and publication of advertorial and advertising matter in SA SOLDIER does not con- stitute DOD endorsement or warranty in respect of goods or services therein described. The DOD does not assume any liability in respect of any claims made in advertisements. COPYRIGHT: No article or picture in this magazine may be reproduced without the written consent of the Editor. 3 FRONT COVER: The front cover is enough to make one's heart melt: An adorable child in camouflage "driving" the impressive GV5 - 155 mm gun howitzer - Luiperd at the Artillery Open Day. Read more about this special day on pages 34 and 35. (Photo: Cpl Elias Mahuma) For the latest news on defence matters in South Africa, visit our website at: www.sasoldier.mil.za SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER message From the A bvaho Editor's desk kha Munwaleli H Z ooray it's spring again! May this wonderful wo itea, ndi lutabvula futhi! Ungari ino khalanwaha inga vha season also be the beginning of a new season in yavhudi na ndisa zwivhuya vhutshiloni hanu. Ndi phineni nga your life. Enjoy the rays of our African sun! masana a duvha la Afrika! … Sit back, relax and enjoy this edition … dzulani, ni awele, ni di phine nga ino bugu yo dalaho nga packed with a variety of interesting articles to mafhungo a takadzaho na a nyanyulaho vhukuma. stir your imagination. Siatari la phanda li kwama mbilu: Nwana uyu o ambaraho izwo zwiambaro zwa tshiswole u "reila" GV5 - 155 mm gun how- The front cover is enough to make one's itzer - Luiperd. I vhani dzithadzi dza mimvumo i shushaho ya heart melt: The adorable child in camouflage "driving" the zwigidi na dziganuni ngei Potchefstroom kha siatari 34 na 35. impressive GV5 - 155 mm gun howitzer - Luiperd. Witness Ri thoma nga mafhungo a bvaho kha maswole o isiwaho u shuma lwa on pages 34 and 35 how the guns roared and fired "in great tshifhinga nyana ngei Congo na Burundi. (vhalani nga zwine vha amba kha anger" in Potchefstroom. siatari 10 na 11). We kick off with news from our soldiers deployed in the Ri sengulusa na u amba ngaha zwidodombezwa zwa u shumisana ha dzi Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi (see pages 10 mmbi dza madini dza SADC kha siatari 14 na 15, ri sedzesesa nga maanda and 11). khau u fhelisa vhufobvu ha nwalula kana u fhata hu sina thendelano nahone We discuss and explore aspects of SADC naval co-oper- nga ndila isiho mulayoni, u fhelisa khakhathi, u fhelisa vhufobvu ha u tswi- ation on pages 14 and 15, focusing on, inter alia, curbing wa na u vhulahwa ha zwipuka na uregiselana zwidzidzivhadzi vhukati ha piracy, instability, poaching and drug trafficking on the lwadzhe… high seas … Ubva afho ni nga vhala zwa uri bennde ya mmbi ya zwa-madini (SA Then you can read how the SA Navy Band wowed spec- Navy band) ya kha lino lashu uri yo bvubvusa hani vhataleli ngei Trafalgar Square nga ngoma yavho ya tjembe. Vhathu vha ngei London vho nyanyul- tators at Trafalgar Square with their tjembe drumming. wa nga zwilidzo zwa Afrika musi hu tshi humbulwa tshikepe tsha SS Mendi Londoners were thrilled by the African sounds at the 90th nga murahu ha minwaha ya 90 tsho nupela lwadzheni. Uri na inwi nipfe SS Mendi commemoration at Trafalgar Square. Read pages zwe zwa vha zwi tshi kho u itea musi hu tshi humbulwa tshikepe tsha SS 16 to 18 to experience all that happened at the commemora- Mendi ngei mavhidani a Hollybrook kha la Southampton nga dzi 21 tion that took place at Hollybrook cemetery in Southampton Fulwana 2007, kha u thonifha vho fhalalaho madini vha sa vhulungiwe on 21 July 2007 - for those with no known grave but the sea. mavhidani, vhalani nga hezwo kha masiatari 16 uswika 18. 17 August is a day to remember. On this day the SADC Dzi 17 Thangule ndi nduvha lo tewaho u humbuliwa. Kha ilo nduvha BRIGADE was launched in Lusaka, Zambia. This brigade SADC BRIGADE yo thomiwa ngei Lusaka khala Zambia. Brigade iyo ndi forms part of the African Standby Force, signifying that the tshi pinda tsha mmbi ngoma madzula wo vhabwa. Izwi zwi sumbedza uri troops are to be deployed on the continent when needed. maswole o dzula o luga u ya ushuma hunwe na hunwe dzhangoni arali hu Read all about this momentous day on pages 20 and 21. na todea. Vhalani nga ha duvha ili lihulwane kha masiatari 20 na 21. 2 Lt Phetogo Molawa (21) broke the gender divide and 2 Lt Phetogo Molawa (21) o ita zwine vhathu vha tshifumakadzini a vha humbulelwi uri vha nga zwi kona, musi a tshi kavha nga bupo-murutshe signalled the need for all to take a long and hard look at the livhidziwaho Oryx ngei Khonifarensini ya vhuraru ya vha fumakadzi vhane role of women in combat and peacekeeping missions when vha vha kha mmbi ya vhupileli. U kavha hawe lwa uthoma sa muthu wa she made her début public appearance by landing an Oryx tshisadzini zwo ita uri vhathu vha humbule zwavhudi nga ha zwine vhathu helicopter at the 3rd National Conference on Women in vhatshisadzini vha nga shuma nga tshifhinga tsha shishi na u ita uri huvhe Defence. (She is the first black SA Air Force female heli- na mulalo. (2 Lt Phetogo Molawa ndi ene muthu wa uthoma wa tshisadzi- copter pilot.) Read more on pages 26 and 27 about this emo- ni wa murema kha mmbi ya zwamuyani (SA Air Force) wa u thoma u tionally charged conference with participants clearly fhufhisa bupo-murutshe) Vhalani nga vhudalo nga ino Khonifarensi kha 4 exhibiting a sense of ownership on the occasion. masiatari 26 na 27. Do you also want to save lives? Then follow the exam- Naa ni a toda u thusa vhathu uri vhatshile? Arali zwo ralo edziniselani ple of the Reserve Force colonels who have between them zwine the vha-kolonele vha welaho kha mmbi i dzulaho yo lindela u shuma made over 340 life-saving blood donations (see page 39). musi hu na thodea (Reserve Force) vhane vha fha malofha uri a thuse vha a Blood donors of all types are always desperately needed. todaho. Vhothe vho tangana, vho no netshedza malofha a ano fhira 340 (vha- lani siatari 39). Hu dzula hu na thodea ya vhathu vha ne vha nga nekedza The Blood Transfusion Service can be contacted on malofha o fhambananaho. Uri kone uwana zwidodombezwa nga ha u fha 080 011 9031 for further information. malofha kwamani na vha tshumisano ya u fha malofha kha 080 011 9031. Until next month! Salani zwavhudi, ri do ndovha ra amba nwedzi udaho! Nelda Pienaar Nelda Pienaar Editor Munwaleli SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 5 APRIL 2007 SA SOLDIER feedback Winning letter A JOB WELL DONE I would like to thank the SANDF team were fast and efficient and were kind to ment that was rendered by the that was based at Osindisweni each and every patient, including the SANDF. Therefore I would really like Hospital in Verulam (KZN) during the visitors - no matter what race the people to thank the SANDF members for their recent Public Service strike for their were. They were very friendly to all. assistance. With people like you, this assistance in the maternity (labour) I really did feel very sorry for them country will be a better and safer place ward. as they really worked hard to serve and to live in. My sister had given birth to a baby protect the citizens in the Verulam area. Thanks a million. A job well done! girl on 26 June 2007 and the team that I had previously visited the above hos- Dhanesh Deonarain Dwarika, was present really did a great job. They pital and never received the same treat- Verulam, KZN LETTER OF APPRECIATION REAL LEADERS We would like to express our people. He is an extremely proud As a member of the National Defence Force, I sincere appreciation to you, the citizen of this wonderful country. It am proud to state that the current Officer Com- South African National Defence is wonderful to be able to retain manding and RSM, Lt Col M. Hlalele and WO1 Force and the South African our intelligent youngsters in this W. Frye, are the best leaders with all their lead- Government for affording our country for training and eventually ership qualities. I have worked under the RSM's son, Gideon Adriaan (Riaan) have them apply their skills and leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo Channing, the opportunity to be knowledge to the benefit of all. (DRC). He does not fear to voice what is true. He employed in the SA Air Force as Thank you for the vote of confi- leads according to our Code of Conduct. Lt Col a Cadet Pilot/Navigator. dence bestowed on our son with M. Hlalele is always encouraging other leaders It is indeed an honour afford- this appointment and the opportu- to follow suit. He sends more than twenty peo- ed to both Riaan and us as his nity it offers him to follow a career ple on courses within a year and promotes them. family members. He will at all in the SA Air Force. Lt Col Hlalele is trying his best. I'm not writing times perform to the best of his Percy and Linda Channing, this letter to impress, but to encourage other ability for his country and its Aston Manor leaders. L Cpl N.G. Mlahlwa, Lohatlha DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF MARRIAGES Even though I am not a marriage coun- I was shocked when someone I know involved with someone because he/she cilor, I have to discuss different cate- said that he regretted the relationship he is one of the respected guys in the com- gories of marriages. It took me a long was involved in, because parents were munity. Do you love that particular time to write this letter, because I want- in favour of his spouse. Gone are the someone or his status? The pre-marriage ed to write about something that was days that parents take decisions for their counselling is very important. We need real. I believe that we need to advise children, eg parents forcing their chil- to understand marriage clearly. Some each other if we want to be a better dren to marry people that they (parents) people evaluate and consider the family nation and if we realise that we as peo- like. Who is going to live with that par- background first and whether their ple involve ourselves in relationships. I ticular person for the rest of his/her life? spouse comes from a rich or poor family. decided to open the eyes of colleagues. The end result of this is unfaithfulness, Actually who is rich? Why is our first Why are we committing ourselves cheating, divorce, an abusive relation- concern whether or not they are from a to relationships that we did not intend. ship, a disorganised family and an rich family? Let us drop this attitude of Most of the people get married to unhealthy lifestyle for the children. making a choice according to wealth. someone because he/she has a lot of Status, materialistic and conditional Everyone must work for himself/herself. money. Do you love money or that par- love are things causing this trouble. In Happiness is very important in our 6 ticular person? Money can't buy love - most cases you will find that someone is daily lives. Do you want your parents to be happy or yourself? Get married to R200-00 prize for the best letter someone you are really sure that you love. SA SOLDIER welcomes letters to the Editor. Short letters are more likely to be pub- lished, and all letters may be edited for reasons of style, accuracy or space limita- Let us know exactly what we want in tions. Letters should preferably be typewritten and double-spaced. All letters must life. Life is all about taking good deci- include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number. The volume of sions and making the right choices. letters we receive makes individual acknowledgement impossible. Please send Get married to someone that you your letters to: The Editor, SA SOLDIER Letters, Private Bag X158, Pretoria, 0001. will love and trust for the rest of your Letters may also be faxed to (012) 355-6399 or sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. life. Let us have unconditional love and We would like to hear your comments or ideas, particularly about matters affecting remember that marriage is a lifelong members of the Department of Defence. Regrettably, anonymous letters cannot be commitment. Sgt Mlangeni Paulos, answered officially or published - Editor. 17 Squadron, Pretoria SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 THE SERVICE CORPS IN SERVICE OF THE NATION The Service Corps Regional Office on the Bluff. Another interesting activity in this Durban is situated in the heart of the The challenge lies with the recruit- unit is the facilitation of the reskilling of CBD of the Ethekwini Municipality in ment of the Military Veterans. The strat- MEM members and the redeployment KwaZulu-Natal. This Regional Office egy used by this regional office is to of SANDF members to the SAPS. has a vast area of responsibility, given involve the Military Veterans' associa- The unit staff members are actively the fact that it is the most populated tions, municipal leaders from Council- involved in team building exercises, province in the country. The Officer lors to Mayors and various stakehold- thanks to a hard working social com- Commanding, Lt Col N.M. Nthunya, ers in all regions of KwaZulu-Natal in mittee. "Big Teas" are held once a assumed duty at the beginning of 2006, order to research employment opportu- month, where Section Heads and unit and since then the unit has gone from nities for clients and this has proved to members are acknowledged for their strength to strength. be successful. work performance. The main focus of the unit has been The regional office hosts Military The unit participated in the dona- the reskilling and upliftment of the Veterans' association meetings on a tion of toys to the East Coast Radio Toy Military Veterans. The Military Veter- monthly basis. The Officer Command- Story 2006 Campaign and donated toi- ans are being reskilled in several direc- ing, Client Services, Employment Ser- letries and toys to babies and children tions for a variety of industries from vices and the Training Section have kept with their inmate mothers at Adult Basic Education and Training made several trips to outlying areas, eg Westville Prison. Unit members have (ABET) to Business Management. Dundee, Newcastle and Pietermaritz- been selected to participate in the Operation VUSELELA has been run- burg to distribute questionnaires to SANDF Netball Championships in ning for several years and currently 33 Military Veterans in order to get them Bloemfontein in June 2007. clients are employed in the eradication verified and registered on the DOD Mrs Sandy Clements, Service Corps of alien vegetation at the military base Database. Regional Office Durban SOLDIER ON DEPLOYMENT IN CONGO A man will never be free as long as war must be found (eg negotiations) - someone is still in possession of what irrespective who is wrong. he needs, and Africa only needs peace We also need to mention here that and development. the timely support of facilities would It is a great pleasure for us at 15 SAI be highly appreciated so that our com- Bn to be deployed here in the manders can deploy their forces at the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) right place, right time and with the cor- where we have come to do our part in rect type of equipment. This is essential planting the tree of peace and reconcili- because the threat is that lack of facili- ation. Great honour deserves to be Sgt E.B. Mphakama from 15 SAI Bn is ties can lead to unnecessary casualties. given to our South African Government currently on deployment in the We wish to state that our morale is for the stand it has taken in relation to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). still high and that we will maintain it deployments. Truly, our African people by doing our duties diligently and pro- cannot continue to live like this. In trou- who kidnap, rape and even kill their fel- fessionally despite all odds. bled areas like Kanyola here in the DRC low countrymen. We pass our greetings to all our people are sleeping in forests at night, Stick to your guts President Thabo beloved ones back home. having run away from these spoilers Mbeki, tell them that an alternative to Sgt E.B. Mphakama, 15 SAI Bn VETERANS STAY INFORMED ABOUT THE SANDF The Moths of our local M.O.T.H. look at the magazine from a more tech- it! I hope you will accept that this is Shellhole are delighted to be receiving nical point of view than normal readers meant as constructive criticism from 7 the SA Soldier magazine, which I pass might. One criticism of SA Soldier maga- readers who thoroughly enjoy your on to them in time for their monthly zine which constantly comes up is that publication. meetings. the choice of photographs for the cover Keep it up! 'Moth' J. Swanepoel, Despite being way beyond their does not always excite the reader. I think Mpumalanga Shellhole active service "sell-by date", these old we would all like to see more "military" veterans enjoy keeping up with devel- cover pictures. By that I mean more mil- * Thank you for your keen Moth inter- opments in the SANDF. itary hardware, more smoke, more fire, est in SA Soldier. I hope you enjoy the front Many of the Moths here worked in more dust and sweat! cover as much as I do. Please indulge in the one way or another in the printing and You have the perfect subject matter military hardware pictures (on page 35) of publishing industries after they at your fingertips for some truly dramat- the recent military demonstration held by returned from the war in Italy and they ic images, and we'd love to see more of 4 Artillery Regiment - Ed. SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER feedback I SALUTE YOU The SA National Defence Force We owe them these tributes Liberty and peace Pays tribute to protect South Africa For they have laid down their lives Rest in peace To its crime fighters To make South Africa a safe country We have recognised your sacrifice. Their lives were taken for us all. I salute you! Because they protect ours. Heroes and warriors who create Mr Amos Mokholoane, Mpumalanga GOSSIP IS THE ENEMY OF LOVE There is always a solution to every Do not gossip about a problem or and available in a new relationship problem, and usually the solution is bad-mouth a person behind his/her until you heal the hurt and upsets of simple and does not involve anything back, even if you feel they hurt you. the past. drastic, unlike gossip. Try to see the Treating them badly will hurt you more, There is no future in gossiping. other person in a good light, approach because it will dent your self-respect After all, we are grown-ups and proud him in a polite, problem-solving way and you will feel ashamed. It is worth it soldiers in our environment. And it is to work things out. Every person in because not only will you find peace of obvious that you have an abundance of the world, no matter how much you mind, you might even feel proud of experience in dealing with disciplinary dislike him or her, is worthy of respect yourself. matters. Sgt N.S. Monyamane, and decent treatment. It is not possible to be truly present AMHU Limpopo HQ SERSANT VAN STAAL Altesaam 45 lede (44 mans en 1 vrou) iemand wat presteer.) Sy was van die Sy is van Augustusmaand weer by het vir die masjiengeweerkursus by eerste vroue wat infanterie-opleiding die wapenopleidingsvleuel waar sy 'n Infanterieskool van 7 Mei tot 13 Julie gekry het by die skool en toe noodged- instrukteur is. Sy is al vir jare Infante- 2007 aangemeld. Dié dame was sers wonge daarna by Tenkafweer gaan rieskool se fiksheids- en sweminstruk- Melissa van Rooyen. Ons het almal werk het. Ja, almal sal kpl M. Booyse teer. Sy het ook al talle sportprestasies gewonder of sy 'n instukteur of 'n stu- (haar nooiensvan) onthou wat 'n 106 behaal en was al 'n paar keer die een- dent was en tot ons verbasing was sy 'n mm kanon kon dra soos geen ander man heid se Sportvrou van die Jaar gewees. student. kon nie. Die lede van die masjiengeweer- Van dag een tot die laaste dag, Die mans was skepties, want hoe kursus 2007/01 wil die sersant be- insluitend "Oefening NYATHI", was sy kan 'n vrou 'n man se werk doen en dank omdat sy 'n goeie mens, soldaat daar en sy het alles gedoen, trouens boonop vir senior mans klas gee op 'n en mede-kollega is. Sy is wonderlik. Al meer as al die ander. Sy het aan haarself seniorkursus, maar sy het dit gedoen. is sy sterker as 'n man het sy bewys en ons mans bewys sy kon dit doen. Dis waarom ons die briefie stuur dat sy 'n soldaat is met vroulikheid. Iets het my gepla: ek het die sersant sodat almal moet weet: Sers Mel jy het Masjiengeweerkursus-groete. al êrens gesien. (Ons hoor altyd van dit in jou. Hou so aan! Infanterieskool SERGEANT OF STEEL * Translation done by Mr Eugene Muller - Ed: Altogether 45 members (44 men and 1 of the first women to undergo infantry instructor. For years she has been the woman) reported for the machine-gun training at the school, but who then had fitness and swimming instructor of course at the Infantry School from 7 of necessity to work in the Anti-Tank Infantry School. She has also had many May to 13 July 2007. One of the women Section. Yes, everyone will remember sporting achievements to her credit was Sgt Melissa van Rooyen. We all Cpl M. Booysen (her maiden name) who and has a few times been the unit's wondered if she was an instructor or a could carry a 106 mm gun as no man Sportswoman of the Year. 8 student, and to our surprise she was a could. The members of the 2007/01 student. The men were sceptical because they machine-gun course wish to thank the From day one to the end, including wondered how a woman could do a Sergeant for being a good person, sol- "Exercise NYATHI", she was there and man's work, and moreover present a dier and colleague. She is a fantastic she did everything, in fact more than all senior course to senior men, but she did person. Even if she is stronger than the others. She proved to herself and us it. We are sending this brief letter, so many men, she has proved that she is a men that she could do it. that everyone must know: Sgt Mel, you soldier with all the feminine qualities Something worried me: I had seen have it in you. Keep it up! associated with being a woman. the Sergeant somewhere. (We always As from August she will be at the Machine-gun greetings. get to hear of an achiever.) She was one weapon training wing again as an Infantry School SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 KEEP ON TRYING I have written this poem to encourage all those soldiers who are unable to work on account of medical conditions, including those given light duties by their doctors. I know most are under pressure from their section heads. They are seen to be unwilling to work, and may include those who are HIV posi- tive, those who have been on courses, but have never been promoted, those who never went on courses, but are capable of passing them. This is not me Who am I? I am not what I am Not what I plan to be All my dreams have failed I'm not in the position I plan to be I dreamed of being in a right position But circumstances forced me to fail My dreams were right, My plans were good I was filled with optimism What can I do now? Will things be like this forever? Can my dignity be recovered? If that is the case, by whom, by me? Yes even by me, I say yes That time will come Time for fulfilment of dreams I will reach the oasis of privilege Rfn S. Ngumama, 14 SAI Bn DEFENCE DIPLOMACY SERVICES 2007 The honour of introducing my col- leagues was bestowed upon me and I wish to draw your attention to the fact that I use the phrase "honour" not frivolously, but that I regard this as an opportunity to express my intention to boast about their uniqueness and yes, to blow our trumpet. The primary responsibility of the Defence Diplomacy Section (DDS) at Defence Foreign Relations (DFR) is to provide an efficient defence diplomacy service to the Department of Defence (DOD). The tasks emanating from this impor- tant mission entail the provision of a protocol, consular and specialist for- eign visits service rendered to all mem- 9 bers within the DOD. Can you imagine that only sixteen members render these extraordinary services to the entire DOD, bearing in mind that these efforts Front Row : Maj J. Kwadi; Col J. Malan; Col J.C. Mothupi; Maj C. Pyper. will probably go unnoticed, but that Back Row : Ms W. Bredenhann; Ms J. Walker; Maj A. Nikodem, Lt Col C. du Plessis; Lt Cdr M. Ntleko; Maj N. Ditabe; Sgt M. Diedericks; Sgt E. the members still continue to do it with Matshobane. Insert : WO I S. Ludick; Maj A. Matloa; WO I R van Schalkwyk. implausible poise and professionalism PS: Photo taken during the absence of Maj J. Mabula. despite personal sacrifices. To function in this milieu, challenged by its offer. Finally, I invite you to visit DDS stances, ensure that the image of the transnational cultures and traditional and meet my amazing friends who, DOD in the international defence com- diversities, requires a sense of loyalty regardless of the difficulties and limita- munity is efficient and commendable at and respect, which only friendship can tions forced upon them by circum- SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER emails from abroad Establishing healthy relations in the Congo O n 24 January 2007 a group of 13 very eager and dedicated SANDF Commanding, Col X.G. Mabanga, joined SADAIT on 14 February. they are referred to as team builders. The integration process has pro- members left South Africa for the SADAIT is a diplomatic mission, gressed very well since it started in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hence all the members of SADAIT 2005. SADAIT works closely with its to participate in Operation TEUTON- have diplomatic status. The mis- Congolese counterparts at the IC. The group was also referred to as sion's mandate derives from agree- Structure Militaire D'Integration the South African Detachment ments between the South African, (SMI). SADAIT and SMI share Assisting with Integration and the DRC governments and the offices in the same building. Training (SADAIT) in the DRC, and involvement of other countries. The Apart from their primary tasks, they were to be there for a period of mission is responsible for assisting the members of SADAIT also try to 12 months. the integration of the armed forces of enhance the image of the SANDF The group consisted of eight the DRC, also referred to as the and build healthy relationships with members for the SADAIT HQ and FARDC. A professional group of the Congolese. This relationship is, five members of the SAMHS. The psychologists and social workers however, not only restricted to the SAMHS members were psychologists from SAMHS also assist in the pro- armed forces but to Congo as a and social workers. They were joined cess by means of team-building pro- whole. Currently there is a very on 6 February by another four mem- grammes at the different Centre de good understanding and friendship bers for the SADAIT HQ. The Officer Brassage Recyclage (CBRs), hence between SADAIT and SMI. Sappers' achievements in Burundi It is said that history repeats itself. One could argue against the state- The main effort was water pro- vision, an essential service, to the ners-up in bundle sport and received the overall winners award. ment, however. The retired Sappers, rest of the contingent. The water The above victories resulted the fallen heroes and heroines of the was used for cooking, drinking and from the spirit of cohesiveness South African Engineer Corp in various ablution blocks (Task among the sappers in Burundi. (SAEC), irrespective of race, cultural Force HQ, Medical Task Force They rendered an effective and background or ethnic association, Group (MTG), the Mess, Infantry efficient service to the stakehold- fought shoulder to shoulder and Battalion, Maintenance, VIPs, LWT, ers that were deployed in the contributed immensely to battles, MP and maintenance platoon. The mission area at Modderfontein skirmishes, wars and peacekeeping Sappers proved against all odds Base in Bujumbura, which meant missions to ensure that sustainable that with determination, hard work, customer satisfaction. The success- peace and development, particularly perseverance and undivided focus, es of the Sappers in Operation in Africa and the rest of the world, nothing was insurmountable. CURRICULUM 1 were remarkable. would someday become a reality. The Engineers in Operation As an Engineer Squadron The legacy that was left by our pre- CURRICULUM 1 were an outstand- Commander who was privileged to decessors, and the lessons learnt, ing team who always portrayed lead these gallant soldiers from the enabled the Sappers in Burundi to esprit de corps and camaraderie ranks of unsung heroes, I have to remain focused and to strive to be among themselves. The latter is mention Lt Z.P. Malgas, my the best during their tour of duty. attributed to their sporting achieve- Second-in-Command from 2 Field The Engineers consisted of 26 ments on Human Rights Day (21 Engineer Regiment, who contribut- personnel. The members made a March 2007) when they won at soc- ed enormously to Operation CUR- 10 great impact in ensuring that water cer, were the runners-up in tug-of- RICULUM 1. I can proudly say that purification and the provision of war and came third in bundle sport. he and other soldiers made history, water was achieved at Modder- On 29 June 2007 on their recreation consciously or unconsciously, and fontein Base. The Engineers were day (sports) the Engineers main- the experience gained from this also conducting base mainten- tained the momentum by becoming deployment will someday be cher- ance, which entailed construction the overall victor in tug-of-war and ished by future generations. related aspects such as road main- as Scorpions (combined effort My sincere appreciation is tenance, plumbing, carpentry, weld- between LWT and CMIS) they extended to the families of the ing, electrical work, bricklaying, proved their worth. The Engineers Engineers in Burundi for their sup- painting and ad hoc tasks. The won in pool, both singles and dou- port throughout the deployment tactical mission was conducted bles, and in tug-of-war and period (29 January 2007 to 31 July successfully. morabaraba. They were also the run- 2007) - sometimes it was a daunting SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 SADAIT deemed it necessary tators. Afterwards both teams and for deployed members, hence main- and important to socialise with the some of the spectators enjoyed drinks taining esprit de corps among our Congolese with whom it has been at one of the local restaurants. It was own members helps to alleviate these working now for almost six months. really an enjoyable day. The intention difficulties. A volleyball match was arranged on is to make it a weekly event, and at a SADAIT is committed to enhanc- 5 July 2007 at the logistical base of later stage a combined SADAIT and ing relations between the SANDF the FARDC between SADAIT and SMI team will play against other mil- and the FARDC. We see the SMI. The match attracted a lot of itary and civilian teams. Congolese as our African brothers interest among the local commu- This was a real stepping stone to and sisters. The "new" SADAIT team nity and was played in a very good many more matches and other events created their own slogan: "Together spirit. to come and to enhance the image of we can make a difference" according Unfortunately SMI was too our beautiful country, South Africa. It to which they intend to do everything strong for our SADAIT team and is not always easy to make the sacri- in their ability to make their mission won the match 3-2. The players were fice of deploying for 6 to 12 months. a great success. Viva SADAIT! Viva all exhausted, but thoroughly Deployments to foreign countries can FARDC! Maj C. Krieger, enjoyed themselves, as did the spec- cause a lot of strain and low morale SO2 Log SADAIT HQ challenge to be separated for six months from their loved ones. Indeed your support kept the Sappers in Operation CURRICU- LUM 1 going, inspired them and meant a lot to my subordinates. The Engineer soldiers made an enormous impact on this opera- tion, which was echoed and attest- ed to by the Task Force Com- mander, Col H.G. Visser, Brig Gen J.J. Hougaard and Brig Gen I.R. Johnson from Joint Operations HQ during their verification visit to Operation CURRICULUM 1. The Sappers knew that in order to accomplish our mission and reach our objectives they had to be optimistic and not succumb to any situation, and to make the best of the limited resources that were at their disposal. When socio-eco- 11 nomic, cultural and political stabil- ity prevails in Burundi, the Sappers will be able to say proudly that they had been there and had done what they were mandated to do, and that they had overcome all the odds. Farewell Sappers, I will re- member your contribution! Capt T. Willie, Engineer Squad- ron Commander in Burundi SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER events Attendees of the 2007 Defence Attaché Conference. 2007 Defence Attaché Conference By Amn Ally Rakoma you all know, Defence Foreign Relations During his welcoming address the Photos: F Sgt David is responsible for liaison with foreign Chief of Defence Foreign Relations told Nomtshongwana military establishments, co-ordination defence attachés and advisers that it of visits, good relationships, promoting was expected of them to represent and T he Chief of Defence Foreign customer care, etc." liaise on behalf of the Minister and Relations, Maj Gen Dan Minister Lekota added that the work Deputy Minister of Defence, the Mofokeng, hosted the biennial of the DOD was to support the political Secretary for Defence, the Chief of the Defence Attaché Conference in and diplomatic initiatives of SANDF and the Service Chiefs. He Centurion from 25 to 29 June Government, led by the Department of emphasised that they were to enhance 2007. The theme of the confer- Foreign Affairs. He ence was "Evaluating Defence emphasised that the task Foreign Relations Capacity". of any person deployed The primary objectives in hosting by the South African the conference were to foster an under- National Defence Force standing of the growing importance of (SANDF) to a foreign defence diplomacy and defence foreign country as a defence relations, to understand the link attaché was to cultivate between national foreign policy and the good relations, and that conduct of defence foreign relations, to from such good relations 12 promote interaction between between defence forces Department of Defence (DOD) role stemmed peace and sta- players involved in defence foreign bility, which might be relations and to stimulate debate and expressed in a memoran- discussion concerning the future of dum of understanding Defence Foreign Relations. (MOU), in exchange The Minister of Defence, Mr training, or in joint exer- Mosiuoa Lekota, officially opened the cises. In conclusion he conference. He said that it was impor- urged the attachés and tant to understand the theme because it advisers to represent The Minister of Defence, Mr Mosiuoa Lekota, spoke of the impact of Defence Foreign their country well in a addressed the delegates at the opening of the Relations, not of the attachés per se. "As foreign country. biennial Defence Attaché Conference. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 bilateral defence relations with the the Secretary for Defence, Mr January armed forces of the countries they Masilela, said that our neighbouring were accredited to and had to co- countries saw South Africa today as an operate within the mission, with spe- ally and a defender and friend they cial emphasis on advising the Head could depend on. of Mission concerning defence and He made a clarion call on defence security-related issues. attachés to stand up and play their He encouraged them to foster and essential role in leading Africa to broaden relations with other attachés peace. "Several parts of the world and and advisers represented in their host our continent are tragically beset by countries. In concluding his address armed conflicts of various kinds, eg in he reminded them to focus on attachés Ethiopia, Eritrea, the Democratic and advisers from African countries. Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, the "We should actively counter the nega- Central African Republic, and not for- tive perceptions concerning our conti- getting the situation in Zimbabwe and nent and work against Afro-pes- other parts of our continent. These are simism," added Maj Gen Mofokeng. some of the issues that require urgent Towards the end of the conference, attention," Mr Masilela concluded. South Africa and Guinea Bissau sign Agreement By Amn Ally Rakoma tions between the two countries on 8 we affirm and demonstrate our mutu- Photo: Cpl Elias Mahuma August 2007. al commitment to the formation and The signing of the agreement was development of our defence relation- meeting between the South African A Minister of Defence, Mr Mosiuoa aimed at consolidating the relation- ship between the two countries. ship," said Mr Lekota. In his response, Minister Barbeiro Lekota, and his counterpart, the Minister Lekota welcomed the Guinea said that the two countries have had a Minister of Defence of Guinea Bissau, Bissau delegation and said that the long diplomatic relationship and that Mr Marciano Silva Barbeiro, and collective participation in the signing since 1994 South Africa and Guinea senior officers and officials of both of this agreement marked an impor- Bissau have exchanged diplomatic delegations, took place at Defence tant milestone in the formalisation of visits that have culminated in the Headquarters in Pretoria for the sign- defence relations between the two exchange of dialogue and consulta- ing of an agreement on defence rela- countries. "In signing this agreement, tions. "We are continuing the walk of O.R. Tambo and Amilcar Cabral dur- ing their struggle for freedom and libera- tion from colonial- ism," said Minister Barbeiro. The scope of the agreement signed entails, inter alia, training of military personnel, exchange 13 of trainees, instruc- tors and observers, exchange of military information, defence industrial co-opera- tion, military health services, etc that will contribute to the promotion of peace The Minister of Defence of Guinea Bissau, Mr Marciano Silva Barbeiro (left), and the and stability on our SA Minister of Defence, Mr Mosiuoa Lekota, signing the agreement. continent. SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER events Naval power vital in the SADC By Nomonde Vuthela Photos: Cpl Elias Mahuma T he Standing Maritime Com- mittee of the Southern African Development Community's Maritime Conference for 2007 was held in Simon's Town from 12 to 14 June 2007. The Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT) assisted the SA Navy to make this conference a reality. The aim of the conference, entitled "Emerg- ing Maritime Concepts in Southern Africa", was to discuss and explore aspects of SADC naval co-operation. The first day of the conference took the form of a sea trip on board the SAS SPIOENKOP, which gave the represen- Mr Mosiuoa Lekota, SA Minister of Defence (left), and Brig Gen S.S. Omar, tatives just a little taste of the capabili- the Chairperson of the SADC Standing Maritime Committee and Tanzanian ties of the frigates. Elaborating on how Navy Commander. all was well aboard, and in demonstra- tion of the great significance of the things: "Maritime and naval power Brig Gen S.S. Omar, addressed the moment, the SA Minister of Defence, have become increasingly important, media about the importance of the Mr Mosiuoa Lekota, held a media brief- both in the region and on the conti- SADC Maritime Conference and its ing on board the sailing frigate. nent." He said that the most critical significance to the whole region and Minister Lekota, the Chief of the the African continent. issues were those of working together SA Navy, V Adm Refiloe Mudimu, against piracy and the poaching of On the second day of the SADC the Chairperson of the SADC Stand- marine resources and bringing stability Conference, the SA Minister of ing Maritime Committee (SMC) and to the shores of the continent. "We need Defence officially opened the confer- the Tanzanian Navy Commander, to direct special attention to the sea, for ence. Mr Lekota said, among other history has demonstrated that most large conflicts which have occupied landward forces have come by way of the sea." "Much can be achieved if we 14 commit ourselves to ensuring the effective functioning of the SADC as a whole, with each component influenced by, and influencing others; and sup- ported by, and supporting other components." High on the agenda was Fltr: Mr Sam Mkhwanazi, Director Ministerial Liaison, V Adm Refiloe Mudimu, peace in Africa. To this end the the Chief of the SA Navy, Mr Mosiuoa Lekota, SA Minister of Defence, and Brig Gen S.S. Omar, the Chairperson of the SADC Standing Maritime Committee conference promoted a plat- and Tanzanian Navy Commander, at the Standing Maritime Committee of the form for working towards solu- Southern African Development Community's Maritime Conference for 2007. tions to the emerging maritime SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 and marine or naval forces in the region: "This inhibits the pace at which the SMC would like to see its work implemented." After many deliberations and several speeches the conference was concluded with new resolutions being adopted by delegates. These entailed, inter alia: That a Standing Maritime Commit- tee (SMC) Maritime Training Task Team be created, with members from each participating country, to imple- Delegates to the conference experience the "crush-stop" on board the ment the Naval Training Co-opera- SAS SPIOENKOP - another capability of the frigate. tion Action Plan. It should be chaired by (and have a secretariat in) South threats currently faced by the SADC and countries with large water bodies Africa. region. The conference focussed on four have participated in naval and mar- Centre of Excellence for Maritime critical areas: itime training at all levels. Training Paper Language Resol- The formation of a maritime compo- "Also, safer navigation of our seas ution: It is reaffirmed that English nent of the SADC Brigade. has been achieved through hydro- should be the maritime operational lan- The creation of a centre of excellence graphic co-operation and SADC littoral guage of the SADC. for naval training in the SADC countries are taking positive charge of Resolution on Youth Maritime region. the high seas as entrusted to them by Training: That Simon's Town School be Naval co-ordination and guidance the international community via the used as a model for the education and for shipping. United Nations Convention of the Law training of aspirant maritime personnel Addressing the future requirements of the Sea (UNCLOS)." aged between 15 and 20. of sea-lift capabilities required for "Despite the success, many chal- Sea-lift Hardware Resolution: The peace support operations in Africa. lenges still remain for the SADC SMC," acquisition of large landing ships and a These themes were of pivotal impor- said V Adm Mudimu". "Firstly, the helicopter dock for the combined use of tance to the vision of the SADC, namely challenges involve Africa's most critical the SADC multi-national forces. to promote peace and prosperity in the threat, namely the endemic poverty of Resolution on Naval Training Co- region through maritime co-operation. our people. Secondly, there remains a operation: Contribution of Industry: to Later in the evening the Chief of the very high level of ignorance about the enhance the contribution of industry to SA Navy hosted a welcoming function maritime issues and benefits that the creation of one advanced centre of at Naval Base Simon's Town, where he investment in the seas and associated excellence for SADC naval training in addressed the delegates. V Adm resources can bring to the nations of the South Africa. Mudimu said the SMC had achieved a continent and our region in the Human Software Resolution: The number of successes since its establish- Southern Africa." He also emphasised maritime components and the basing of ment 13 years ago. He said: "The SADC that these factors were reflected in the the sea-lift part of the African Standby maritime nations, landlocked countries meagre resources available to maritime Force be rapidly reviewed. 15 Front, middle: Mr Mosiuoa Lekota, SA Minister of Defence, flanked by V Adm Refiloe Mudimu, the Chief of the SA Navy, and Brig Gen S.S. Omar, the Chairperson of the SADC Standing Maritime Committee and Tanzanian Navy Commander, as well as SANDF members and visiting delegates. SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER remembrance th The 90 SS Mendi commemoration The SA Navy THE COMMEMORATIVE Article and photos by F Sgt David Nomtshongwana DINNER Band wows The various delegates in their for- ondoners were thrilled by the mal military dress attended the spectators L African sounds of Marimba evening dinner held at South Africa and tjembe drums of the SA Navy at the 90th SS Mendi House. Among the people who attended the commemorative dinner at Trafalgar commemoration at Trafalgar were Dr Zola Skweyiya, the SA Square on 19 July 2007. The Marimba Section of Minister of Social Development, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Foreign and Square with the SA Navy Band entertained Londoners and tourists before perform- Commonwealth Office Minister for Africa, the First Sea Lord, Adm Sir tjembe ing at the commemorative dinner at South Africa House. The Band did Jonathan Band and Lady Sarah Band, V Adm Refiloe Mudimu, the Chief of drumming. not play only conventional military the SA Navy, and his wife, Ms Yvonne music well, but also played other gen- Mudimu, members of the Common- res, such as light classics, big band wealth War Graves Commission, onciliation in South Africa, we have music, traditional songs, African tjembe High Commissioners, Ambassadors, begun to take steps at last to properly drumming, solo features and jazz … military advisers, sponsors, members recognise and honour the memory of Each style of music accommodated the of the Defence Staff and learners from those who gave their lives at home varied cultural diversity. South Africa. and on foreign soil," said Dr Mabuza On behalf of President Thabo in her welcoming address. Mbeki, Dr Lindiwe Mabuza, the South She said that the sinking of the SS African High Commissioner to the Mendi was the greatest tragedy in the United Kingdom, welcomed all the military history of South Africa and guests. "As part of the process of rec- one of the worst maritime disasters of 16 Overview of the Hollybrook cemetery during the 90th SS Mendi Commemoration. Dr Lindiwe Mabuza, South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, addressing the guard of honour and the spectators. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 fication from the authori- African military history. In his conclu- ties about what happened sion he recited a poem written by S.E. to their loved ones. The Mqhayi, who also co-wrote our families received no com- National Anthem. The IsiXhosa poem pensation, not even a was translated into English and read word of apology when the as follows: tragedy happened," she Awu! Here come the strong men of lamented. She added that Africa! the SS Mendi had brought The load was too much for the ship, it South Africa and the sank, United Kingdom together Heroes and the king's soldiers perished, to defeat the terrible lega- Whose blood mattered to the king of kings. cies of slavery, colonialism Whose deaths will bear fruit and leave a and apartheid that were legacy. bequeathed to Africa. I wish to be counted with them at the res- After her welcoming urrection, address it was the turn of To be counted among those who sacrificed, the SA Minister of Social And shine bright like a brighter tomorrow. Development to address Together let us build a brighter tomorrow! the delegates on behalf of Let us do so, Proud of the efforts made by the SA Minister of Foreign these and many sons of Africa. Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. BACKGROUND ON Concerning the great THE SS MENDI tragedy of the 616 young Although black people were pro- The SA Minister of Defence, Mr Mosiuoa men who lost their lives hibited from carrying weapons during Lekota, laying a wreath on behalf of the on the SS Mendi in 1917, World War I, they were essential to Department of Defence at Hollybrook cemetery Dr Skhweyiya said that their masters who used them as in Southampton. the story of the SS Mendi labourers to dig trenches and perform was one of supreme hard labour. The SS Mendi was char- the 20th century in British waters. "In courage in the face of death, and that tered by the British government as a South Africa, many of the relatives of the courage displayed by these men troopship and sailed from Cape Town the men who died never received noti- had become legendary in South to transport troops to France. It was a steamship of the Elder Dempster Line. She left Cape Town carrying the last contingent of the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC) com- prising 805 black privates, 5 white officers, 17 non-commissioned officers and 33 crew members. After a month and five days the troopship arrived at Plymouth, from where she proceeded to Le Havre in France. The 370 foot long ship with a beam of 46 ft, carried the last contingent of the 5th Battalion of the SANLC. On a foggy morning on 21 February 1917, the SS Mendi (the 4 230 17 ton) was struck on the starboard side by the SS Darro (100 000 ton) which was travelling at full speed and had emitted no warning signal. The SS Mendi sank within 25 minutes. The Fltr: The First Sea Lord, Adm Sir Jonathan Band, wife of the Chief of the SA men sang and stamped their feet in Navy, Ms Yvonne Mudimu, the South African High Commissioner to France, the death dance as the SS Mendi sank, Ms N.M. Sibanda-Thusi, the South African High Commissioner to the United taking with her all on board. The Kingdom, Dr Lindiwe Mabuza, wife of the First Sea Lord, Lady Sarah Band, many who had leapt into the icy SA Minister of Social Development, Dr Zola Skweyiya, Defence, Army and waters also perished (607 black troops Naval Adviser, Brig Gen Lindile Yam, and the Chief of the SA Navy, V Adm Refiloe Mudimu. >> on page 18 SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER remembrance >> from page 17 sacrificed their lives so that a legacy might be left for those who were to come after. This is a legacy that speaks of the communality that binds nations of societies where democratic freedom is enjoyed by all; where hope abounds in a society where standards of living and liberty are constantly expanding and where the dreams of our forebears may see their realisation," concluded Mr Lekota. The names of those who suffered the SS Mendi tragedy are on the Hollybrook memorial in Southampton. There is a bronze at the Delville Wood Memorial in France and numerous SS Mendi memorials in South Africa. There is the Mendi Memorial in Mendi Road, New The guard of honour standing to attention during the 90th SS Mendi Brighton, Port Elizabeth; at commemoration at Hollybrook cemetery. Gamothaga Resort in Atteridgeville and the one at Avalon Cementry in along with 9 of their fellow white nearly forgotten tragedy was properly Soweto. countrymen and all 33 crew mem- recognised at last. She said that the The wreath-laying ceremony at bers). extraordinary contribution made by Hollybrook was a significant recogni- There are many stories of the brav- all South Africans during the two tion of the fallen heroes. After the ery of the men as the ship went down. world wars was slowly but surely Chaplain General, Brig Gen (Rev) One of these involved the Reverend emerging in the writing of a new peo- Marius Cornelissen, conducted the Isaac Wauchope Dyobha. He raised ple's history. South Africans are to be blessing the South African High his voice and said: "Be quiet and calm, found in the watery graves of the Commissioner to the United Kingdom my countrymen, for what is taking English Channel, in France, Belgium, laid a wreath on behalf of the Republic place is exactly what you came to do. Holland and various countries across of South Africa. The High You are going to die, but that is what Africa. She concluded by reading a Commissioner of the United Kingdom you came to do. Brothers, we are poem dedicated to a valiant son of to South Africa, Mr Paul Boateng, laid drilling the death drill. I, a Xhosa, say Africa (SS Mendi A Lament). the wreath on behalf of the United you are my brothers. Zulus, Swazis, Mr Mosiuoa Lekota, the SA Kingdom, followed by the SA Minister Pondos, Basothos and all the others, Minister of Defence, said in his of Defence, who laid a wreath on let us die like warriors. We are the address that collective histories had behalf of the SA Department of sons of Africa. Raise your war cries been forged across the centuries by Defence. The Chief of the SA Navy laid my brothers, for though they made us such acts of sacrifice, bravery and val- a wreath on behalf of the SA Navy. leave our assegais back in the kraals, our, acts inspired by visions and The First Sea Lord laid a wreath on our voices are left with our bodies …" dreams of a better life for all, and behalf of the Royal Navy. The Mayor underscored by a deep and abiding of Southampton laid a wreath on FOR THE FIRST TIME commitment to those values that are behalf of the Southampton community AT THE SPOT so integral to democracy, ie justice and and the Commonwealth War Graves "It is a very sad reality that we humanity for all. He continued that it Commission. 18 have had to wait for more that eight was with the fundamental belief in the The 90th SS Mendi commemora- decades until South Africa won the importance of always advancing the tion was concluded in SA Navy style. struggle for its freedom to properly development of and contributing to The SAS AMATOLA ferried the guests acknowledge and honour the role of the well-being of society and the envi- approximately 18 km off St Catherine's these courageous men who paid the ronment that we have sought to Point on the Isle off Wight where the supreme sacrifice in support of the engage those within and beyond our SS Mendi sank. It was quite an emo- British Empire," said Dr Mabuza. borders. tional affair for the guests to be on the On 21 July 2007 the commemora- "The acts of valour and bravery, spot where 90 years ago so many sons tion took place at Hollybrook ceme- which characterise the sinking of the of South Africa perished. tery in Southampton. The SA Army SS Mendi, serve to remind us that "For those with no known grave formed the guard of honour. Dr we share a collective responsibili- but the sea," reads one of the Mabuza was elated by the fact that the ty authored by young men who memorials. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 SA Gunners shoot for the Queen Article and photos courtesy take part in the Transvaal Horse Artillery 470th anniversary celebrations of the T he Honorary Colonel of the Honourable Transvaal Horse Artillery, Artillery Company Maj Gen Roy Andersen, host- (HAC) in London. ed a send-off dinner for the The THA has been members of the Transvaal affiliated with Members of the Transvaal Horse Artillery firing the Horse Artillery (THA), under them since August Royal Gun Salute. the leadership of Col Andy 1937. Oelofse, Chief of Staff Artillery For- The HAC performs all ceremonial Queen Elizabeth II. They also paid a mation, at the Rand Club in Johan- duties within the City of London. They visit to the Artillery Centre at Larkhill nesburg on 29 May 2007. (The THA is provide guards of honour for visiting and watched RA Batteries training on a volunteer SANDF Reserve Force heads of state. They also perform cere- Salisbury Plain, and paid visits to vari- regiment under the SA Army Artillery monial gun salute duties at the Tower ous other British Army Force Structure Formation.) of London on all state occasions, Elements (FSEs), such as the King's The South African Gunners have including the official birthday of Her Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the made history by becoming the first Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The THA Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. foreign military contingent to fire an performs the same duties for the Chief This was a momentous occasion as official gun salute in honour of a of the SANDF in the Gauteng region no South African National Defence British royal. where they fire their guns on state occa- Force Gunner had ever been part of a Twelve gunners from the THA, sions. ceremonial gun crew for any monarch alongside their British counterparts, In London on 11 June 2007 the THA or other head of state on foreign soil, fired 62 rounds from the saluting participated in a ceremonial gun salute and no other nation's troops have battery at the Tower of London on in honour of the official birthday of His performed ceremonial gun salute 11 June 2007. Royal Highness Prince Phillip, the duties for the British royalty on their The THA was officially invited to Duke of Edinburgh and husband of own soil. 19 Brig Gen Lindile Yam, Army and Naval Adviser (front, 5th from left), with members of the Signal Squadron of the Honourable Artillery Company in whose presence the Transvaal Horse Artillery members fired the Royal Gun Salute in honour of the birthday of HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER events The launch of the SADC BRIGADE in Lusaka By Tebogo Dube, Defence TV Photos: Mampi Musweu, ZNBC TV T he recent SADC Summit was held in Lusaka, Zambia, from 15 to 17 August 2007. The highlight during the Summit was the launch of the SADC BRIGADE. The SADC BRIGADE was officially launched by the President of Zambia, Mr Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, in Lusaka on 17 August. This brigade forms part of the African Standby Force. The deterioration of security in Africa led to the formation of the African Standby Force. African heads of state realised that the scourge of Brig Gen Lancaster Bottoman, Chief of Staff SADC BRIGADE, handing over conflicts in Africa constitutes a major the SADC flag. impediment to the socio-economic they needed to promote peace, securi- Africa's development and integration. development of the continent and that ty and stability as a prerequisite for The Policy Framework Document for 20 The President of Zambia, Mr Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, inspecting the parade. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 the establishment of the African Standby Force was approved by the African heads of state in Addis Ababa in July 2004. The launch of the SADC BRIGADE signified that the troops were to be deployed on the continent when needed. The brigade is made up of resources pledged by SADC member states according to a standby arrange- ment and comprises the military, the police and a civilian compo- nent. The only permanent struc- The military and police that form part of the SADC BRIGADE taking part in the ture SADC has is the Planning parade on the day of the launch of the Brigade. Element (PLANELM), which is located at the SADC Headquarters in In his speech at the ceremony Operations (SANDF), R Adm (JG) Gaborone and consists of the military, President Mwanawasa, who is also the Edward Ratala, was one of the officers the police and a civilian component. SADC Chairperson, said: "I wish to who received a medal as he has The PLANELM receives its guidance commend the hard and laborious served on the PLANELM since its from the SADC Chiefs of Defence Staff work done by the SADC Organ on inception. A plaque with the flags of Committee and the Committee of Politics, Defence and Security Co- all the SADC member states was also SADC Police Chiefs. operation for the realisation of this his- unveiled at the parade. toric occasion today". He As the SADC flag was being hoist- awarded medals to officers ed, the troops on parade sang the who have served in the SADC anthem to a gun salute and a PLANELM for more than fighter-jet fly-past in the background. three months. This historic It was a spectacular display and a per- parade was attended by the fect way to say the SADC BRIGADE SA Deputy Minister of was ready. Defence, Mr Mluleki George, The SADC Summit and the parade and the Acting Chief of the were attended by all African heads of South African National state. The President of South Africa, Defence Force (SANDF), Lt Mr Thabo Mbeki, said at the Summit Gen Solly Shoke, and other that he was really touched to see the senior officials. Director Joint different forces joined together. The plaque of the SADC BRIGADE. The Brigade will take part in per- 21 forming observation and monitoring missions, peace support missions, inter- ventions for peace and security restora- tion in grave circumstances at the request of a member state, and prevent- ing the spreading to neighbouring areas or states of conflicts or the resurgence of violence after agreements have been The President of Zambia, Mr Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, handing over a medal reached, as envisaged in the African to Director Joint Operations (SANDF), R Adm (JG) Edward Ratala. (He was Union's Mandate with regard to peace one of the officers who received a medal as he has served on the PLANELM and security. since its inception.) SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER focus on women Female General in charge of mobilisation parade By Lebohang Letaoana tionary during the Mobilisation signing of the Arusha Agreement, Photo: F Sgt David Parade for the contingent that was which made a provision that a transi- Nomtshongwana leaving for Burundi under the African tional government would protect the Union mission. The OPERATION political leaders who returned from W omen are continuing to CURRICULUM parade was held at exile. make their mark in the the Mobilisation Centre at De Brug Taking part in OPERATION CUR- SANDF. One such near Bloemfontein. WO1 Sheron RICULUM are 781 members, of which woman is the newly Scheepers, the first appointed female 140 are women and 90% are from 5 SA appointed Chief of Staff, Divisional Warrant Officer of Joint Infantry Battalion (5 SAI Bn). Brig Gen Winnie Zini- Operations Division, accompanied the Addressing the parade Brig Gen Zini- Bobelo, at the Operational General. Bobelo said: "The previous contin- Headquarters. SANDF involvement in Burundi gents set a very high standard that On 27 July 2007 history was made dates back to 2001, when the South you will have to maintain. We cannot in the SANDF as, for the first time African Protection and Support afford to appear less professional or ever, a female Brigadier General - Brig Detachment (SAPSD) members were efficient than other forces. Therefore Gen Zini-Bobelo - was the chief func- deployed in Bujumbura following the the maintaining of discipline and high morale will be required from you". She added: "You must demonstrate the true South African spirit of ubuntu. Let this spirit also develop among the people of Burundi in order for them to prosper and find the peace they long for." Rfn Joseph Selokela and Rfn Goodness Mncwabe from 5 SAI Bn were looking forward to rekindling this spirit of ubuntu with the people of Burundi as they were going back for the second time to play their part in the development of that country. "The first time when I arrived in Burundi it was very interesting and challenging in terms of the language barrier, but after a few weeks I was already speak- 22 ing their language (Swahili). Burundians are very friendly people," said Rfn Selokela. "I also want to remind you of the fact that you should be seen as an impartial force that respects the local customs and traditions. Respect for the local people should at all times be in the forefront of your minds. Brig Gen Winnie Zini-Bobelo, Chief of Staff at the Operational Headquarters Remember: we are the guests in (left), accompanied by WO1 Sheron Scheepers, Divisional Warrant Officer of Burundi and not the hosts," concluded Joint Operations Division, at the parade. Brig Gen Zini-Bobelo. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 Brazil honours SANDF members for meritorious service Article and photos by Capt (SAN) or coat of arms and to Brazilian or for- V Adm Mudimu thanked the Brazilian Lisa Hendricks, Naval PR eign military or civilian personalities, Ambassador, Mr Lucio Piers De who have contributed towards impor- Amorim, for presenting him with the tant services to the Brazilian Navy. award. He emphasised the long- T he Chief of the SA Navy, V Adm Refiloe Mudimu, and Col André was awarded the standing relationship shared by the Acting Director Performance "Marechal Cordeiro de Farias" Medal, South African and Brazilian Navies Audit at the Defence which was created on 20 June 1983 by and assured the Brazilian Ambassador Inspectorate Division, Col the Commander and Director of of the SA Navy's continued commit- Antonio André, were both Education at the Senior War College in ment to ensuring that this relationship recognised for meritorious Rio de Janeiro. The purpose of this flourishes. He concluded by saying: service to Brazil at a medal awards cer- medal is to honour and distinguish the "… our greatest challenge is to navi- emony held at the Brazilian Embassy students of the Senior War College for gate safely and survive the might of in Pretoria on 25 July 2007. competence and knowledge displayed. the sea. This in itself bonds us as The Chief of the SA Navy was Col André, who was nominated as the brothers and sisters … through co- awarded the Naval Order of Merit "best overall achiever" on course, was operation we can collectively counter Medal, which was created by a decree also recognised for the valuable guid- such challenges." on 11 July 1934. The purpose in award- ance provided in the interests of And to emphasise this bond, the ing this particular medal is to recog- improving the War College's curricu- SAS MENDI, one of the SA Navy's nise members who have distinguished lum. Of note is the fact that this is the four MEKO Valour Class frigates, is themselves professionally and excep- first time a member of the SANDF has scheduled to participate in the tionally in national or foreign military been awarded this particular medal. Brazilian Navy's bicentennial celebra- and civilian institutions, to their flags On completion of the ceremony, tions in September this year. 23 Capt (N) Jorge Guimaraes Dias, the Brazilian Attaché, congratulates Col Antonio André, Acting Director Mr Lucio Amorim, the Brazilian Ambassador, awards Performance Audit at the Defence Inspectorate Division, V Adm Refiloe Mudimu, Chief of the SA Navy, with the on being honoured with the "Marechal Cordeiro de Naval Order of Merit Medal. Farias" Medal. SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER official foreign visits Sergeant Major of SA Army officially visited the USA Article and photo by USAEUR hosted the first annual con- was gained, while WO1 Kgaladi had WO1 Charles Laubscher, ference of European armies for Non- the opportunity to establish a rapport SA Army WO Dress Commissioned Officers at his head- with senior Warrant Officers of the quarters in Grafenwoehr, Germany. various armies represented. T he Sergeant Major of the SA This conference was attended by the The conference was opened by Lt Army, WO1 Mothusi Sergeant Majors of the Army of 40 Gen D. Speer, Deputy Commanding Kgaladi, was invited to visit countries, mainly from Europe and General US Army Europe, at a dinner the United States Army dur- environs, as well as from Afghanistan, on 20 June. Presentations and discus- ing June 2007. He was accom- Canada and South Africa. sions during the conference included panied by WO1 Charles The theme of the conference was the following subjects: Laubscher. The visit was exe- "Coalition Networks for Developing NCO roles, responsibilities and cuted in three distinct phases, begin- Professional Non-Commissioned authority in the joint/coalition ning with a visit to the United States Officers" and speakers from different environment. Army Europe (USAEUR), based in countries addressed various topics Institutional development of Germany, followed by a visit to Fort under this heading. Insight and NCOs. Bliss and the Pentagon in the USA. understanding with regard to how the Building a professional NCO European land forces could more corps. Germany effectively and efficiently train and NCO roles in combat and nation The Command Sergeant Major of develop a professional NCOs corps building in their respective theatres. The discussions were augmented by a visit to the USAEUR NCO Aca- demy at Grafenwoehr where delegates were able to view the train- ing presented during the Warrior Leader Course at first hand and were also given a tour of the Academy facilities. This was followed by 24 a dem-onstration on the Grafenwoehr range, where the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment pre- sented a live firing demonstration of con- voy movement (ambush drills). The regiment was in the pre-deploy- ment training phase for deployment to Afghanistan. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 invited to lay a wreath at this tomb. This was impor- tant because this was only the second occasion in the long history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier that a Warrant Officer was invited to lay a wreath, as this honour is normally reserved for senior and general officers. The cere- mony was professionally executed and touched all the soldiers present. After the wreath laying ceremo- ny the group observed the changing of the guard at the tomb, which is guard- ed by the 3rd Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard", 24 hours a day. On the night of the arrival of the SA contin- gent in Washington we Presentation of gifts by WO1 Mothusi Kgaladi, Sergeant Major of the SA Army (left), attended a Sunset Cere- to the Battalion Commander of the Warrant Officer Course at the United States Army mony (similar to our Re- Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA), SGM ZaGarra, at the "Chevrons" in the treat Ceremony) present- inner circle of USASMA. ed by the US Marines at the site of the Iwo Jima Visit to the United States Army Washington memorial. The quality of their brass Sergeants Major Academy The contingent then moved to band, in particular, made this a mem- From here the Sergeant Majors Washington DC for a visit to the orable occasion. Most of the "free" flew to Fort Bliss at El Paso in Texas for Sergeant Major of the US Army, SGM time in Washington was dedicated to a visit to the United States Army Preston. Owing to time constraints a visiting as many war memorial sites Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA). courtesy call on the Chief Enlisted as possible in the area. The popularity The visit to USASMA began with a Advisor to the Chairman of the Chiefs of these memorials was obvious, as at detailed briefing on the training pre- of Staff had to be cancelled at the last all these memorials there were large sented at the Academy, followed by a minute. numbers of civilian visitors. The effort tour of the Academy facilities. At the SGM Preston hosted the SA con- put into maintaining these memorials same time WO1 Kgaladi had the tingent at a breakfast in the Army HQ and the surrounding areas together opportunity to meet with WO1 at the Pentagon. During the breakfast with the fact that at all the memorials Maggie Mawela, the SA Army student the two Sergeant Majors discussed fresh wreaths and other objects of who is attending the course at the items of mutual interest. A visit to the remembrance were visible in abun- Academy until the middle of 2008. US Army operations room followed, dance, emphasised the pride of a 25 USASMA both presents and has a after which the contingent was treated nation in their military. role to play in a range of courses for to a guided tour of the Pentagon, the The SA contingent was highly the United States Army NCOs and highlight of which was the memorial impressed by the professional manner Sergeant Majors. Interesting is the fact site where the plane hit the Pentagon in which they were received and host- that it also presents training for the on 9/11. ed throughout the visit, which wives of members on two of the more The visiting group, accompanied spanned ten days. The visit was a senior courses, which is aimed at by the SA Assistant Attaché to learning experience in both the mili- empowering the wives of Sergeant Washington, Col S. van Heerden, tary and private spheres. It is hoped Majors with the knowledge and abil- were then taken to Arlington that the good relations between these ity to support the families of other Cemetery and the Tomb of the two proud armies will continue into members when deployed. Unknown Soldier. WO1 Kgaladi was the future. SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER focus on women Empowering women for gender equity By Nomonde Vuthela matters of gender equity, it has been laying down the way forward and Photos: Cpl Elias Mahuma slow and, "We are not there yet". building consensus on how to max- Having previously established imise the utilisation of women in com- O h, yes! Women in Defence through past conferences the objectives bat. Considering that the DOD is a are flying high, soaring of gender equity and mainstreaming in peculiar environment, the four-day way up in the sky in pur- the Department of Defence (DOD), this long dialogue for women needed to suit of self-fulfilment and year's conference moved further in establish realistic gender targets. heightened professional- ism. Introducing the first black female helicopter pilot to the public, the media and a hall filled with women delegates attended the 3rd National Conference on Women in Defence at the Saint Georges Hotel outside Pretoria on 14 August 2007. 2 Lt Phetogo Molawa of the SA Air Force (SAAF) made her début public appearance by landing an Oryx heli- copter at the conference. She is the first black SAAF female helicopter pilot. She then proceeded to join the other women at the conference dressed in her pilot's gear and walked casually into the conference room to resound- ing applause. 2 Lt Molawa at 21 years broke the gender divide and signalled the need for all to take a long and hard look at the role of women in combat and peacekeeping missions. Things have definitely changed. This was the emotionally charged conference with participants clearly 26 exhibiting a sense of ownership towards the occasion. Women in Defence have positively embraced the theme: "Empowering Women for Gender Equity". The Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr Mluleki George, pro- nounced after meeting 2 Lt Molawa, "We need to take women achievers into our rural areas and show young women what women can do". The Fltr: Chief Director Transformation Management, Maj Gen Ntsiki Motumi, the Deputy Minister also pointed out that Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr Mluleki George, and the first black SA Air although there has been progress in Force female helicopter pilot, 2 Lt Phetogo Molawa. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 National Conference on Women in Defence like: "2.7% is the pool available in terms of combat". She stressed that to send the right message concerning equity the SANDF had to improve on the pool of women available for deployment. Giving feedback on the 2006 DOD Mainstreaming Action Plan, the high- est ranking female officer in the SANDF who heads the Chief Directorate Transformation Manage- ment Office, Maj Gen Ntsiki Motumi, said everybody needed to be taken on board. "We have already drafted a strategy and it is ready," she said. She indicated that the challenge now lay with women to develop a deeper inter- est in equity issues in order to believe in the statement - "Nothing for us Most significant in the conference's Emphasis was also placed on the without us". detailed programme were the break- importance of adequate training of Also in attendance were Members away sessions where participants were women for improved job performance of Parliament who sat on the Joint divided into eight commissions, each so that a list of qualified women from Standing Committee on Defence. They consisting of 30 members. The attendees which to choose would be readily too gave an assurance that the com- were then requested to become con- available at all times. The matter of the mittee would play an active role in scious collaborators in promoting the annual recruitment of youngsters into ensuring gender equity in the DOD. gender discourse by engaging, investi- the DOD was also gating and discussing the following raised, with sugges- topics: tions that the means of The acceleration of the role of reaching the desired women in peacekeeping and gender figures ought peace-building processes. to result from the Achieving gender equity targets quota of young on for a yearly basis at all levels. women recruited into Leadership development the DOD to fill specific programmes. roles. The commission The strengthening of Services and recommendations Divisions' Equity Committees. were to be forwarded When the different commissions to the Office of the presented the plan of action to the Minister of Defence house, the issue of equity committees for his consideration. stood out the most. It was generally Breaking down found that there was a need for many what it meant for the managers and subordinates to be edu- DOD to have reached cated and to inform them of ideas ema- the 30% representa- nating from the equity committee. tion mark, a senior There was also a call for this critical researcher on Peace 27 body to be established in all the various and Security, Dr areas deployment. Monica Juma, said Without a doubt the presence of that since 1994 there women in peacekeeping missions and had been an almost processes brought added advantages to reluctant acceptance of all levels of the mission. However, the women into the force, concern that the mission areas were still paralleled by the non- to be made "women friendly" remained. existence of career The first black SA Air Force female helicopter pilot The lack of suitable infrastructure paths. She indicated breaks the gender divide. 2 Lt Phetogo Molawa is including cultural attitudes, however, what the 30% progress introduced to the public and media at the 3rd was one of the problems mentioned. made really looked National Conference on Women in Defence. SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER focus on women Aim to turn the pyramid into a diamond By Leading Seaman Dineo Maleka, In her speech, the Executive Mayor Naval PR of Tshwane, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, Photos by LS Dineo Maleka and said how proud she was that the City Ms Cathy Coetzee, Department of of Tshwane was hosting SAWID 2007. Trade and Industry She urged the women to continue fighting and working tirelessly to keep S outh African women of this dialogue going among women all ages, races, cultures, and, indeed, to take our country from creeds and professions met dialogue to development. at the South African Women The Deputy President of South In Dialogue Conference Africa, Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, (SAWID) 2007, held at the applauded all the participants for University of Pretoria from attending the forum, especially those 2 to 6 July 2007. who came from afar. Interestingly, she SAWID is not an organization, but introduced the "Turning a Pyramid merely a platform where women can into a Diamond" concept, saying: meet to address and find solutions to "Imagine a pyramid; currently poor issues that affect them personally and people are trapped at the bottom of in society at large. The theme for this the pyramid. The top of the pyramid year's dialogue was: "From Dialogue has the extremely rich people. An to Development: Women Uniting to ideal society for us is diamond shaped The Deputy President of South Eradicate Poverty". The theme was Africa, Ms Pumzile Mlambo- with few rich people at the top, the the result of the 2003 and 2005 dia- Ngcuka, during her address. majority of people in the middle of the logues, where women agreed that diamond and a few very poor people poverty was keeping many women Throughout the week various at the bottom of the diamond that from participating fully in the new speakers from government depart- depend on the State. Our efforts in the democratic dispensation in South ments, the private sector, youth struc- fight against poverty must be about Africa, especially in the rural areastures, faith-based and other organisa- turning the pyramid into a diamond". and informal settlements within tions addressed different topics that On 3 and 5 July 2007 poverty alle- urban areas. affected women. Although very cold, viation workshops were held where no weather groups discussed the different ways of condition combating poverty. Our team, which could prevent consisted of members of the SA Navy, these women SA Army, SA Air Force and SA from complet- Military Health Service discussed on ing the task at both days how we, as the South 28 hand. Blan- African National Defence Force kets were pro- (SANDF), could assist and contribute vided every towards the eradication of poverty. All day to keep material compiled during the poverty them warm, alleviation workshops will form part thus ensuring of SAWID's action plan for the eradi- high concen- cation of poverty in South Africa. tration levels. We are extremely proud and hon- And of course oured to have been part of a course of there was an this magnitude. It also gave us an Our SANDF women representatives with the First Lady, abundance of opportunity to portray the SANDF as Mrs Zanele Mbeki. coffee. a force working for its people. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 Sustain defence foreign relations By Lebohang Letaoana you for doing a ster- Photo: Cpl Elias Mahuma ling job. You have set a high standard he Chief of Defence Foreign T Relations, Maj Gen Dan Mofo- for your successors and on behalf of keng, welcomed the newly Defence Foreign appointed military attachés to Relations I want to South Africa at an accreditation and wish you all of the de-accreditation ceremony held at best with your per- the SA Army College in Pretoria on sonal lives and mili- 17 July 2007. tary careers; have a He welcomed Col Antonio safe journey home", Carlos Faillace (Brazil), Col (GS) said Maj Gen Mo- Marc van Laethem (Belgium), Col fokeng when he Gabriel Ondo Nguema (Gabon), bade farewell to Col Cmdr Hans Uwe Mergener Lauro Pires da Silva (Germany), Group Capt Ashan (Brazil), Col Biyo- Muhammad Khan (Pakistan) and ghe-Be-Nze (Gabon) Capt (N) Patricia Anne Jackson and Capt (N) Josef (USA). Demetris Hola (Ger- "Gentlemen, your hard work many) during his Capt (N) Patricia Anne Jackson, the Naval Attaché and professional attitude made it a speech at the United States of America, at the accreditation pleasure to work with you. Thank ceremony. ceremony. Dealing with security issues By Lebohang Letaoana Photo: Cpl Elias Mahuma presents an “ T his programmea lifetime: dur- opportunity of ing the next twenty weeks you will have the opportunity to devel- op yourselves at the highest level the SANDF has to offer," said the Chief of Human Resources, Lt Gen Temba Matanzima. This was at the opening of the Executive National Security Programme (ENSP) 16/07 at the SA National Defence College on 17 July 2007. 29 This programme, which has been running for the past seven years, deals with security issues. Members of the SANDF, inter- Fltr: Col P. Chitalima (Zambian Defence Force), Maj Gen G. Nawaf (Saudi national members and other gov- Arabian Defence Force), Capt (NN) A. Shettima (Nigerian Navy), ernment departments, such as Lt Gen Temba Matanzima (Chief of Human Resources), Brig Gen CD Correctional Services, the Schoeman (Commandant SANDC), Maj Gen D. Sefu (Malawian Defence Department of Intelligence and the Force) and Col O. Souza (Brazilian Defence Force). Department of Justice, as well as SITA and Armscor are attending it. everybody playing his or her part in is not only for the military but for It is heart-warming to see this programme, as national security everyone. SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER focus on youth Learner's job shadowing week at Navy Office Article and photo by Leading and presentation, things that also Chief of the SA Navy asked all the dif- Seaman Dineo Maleka, Naval PR intrigued her. "When I asked him if I ferent directorates in the Navy Office could shadow him, it was merely to and departments of SAS ixteen-year-old Nandi Gan- understand and appreciate the work IMMORTELLE to orientate Nandi S da from Wynberg Girl's that he did. Now, having spent a day regarding their different specialities. High School in Cape Town with 'Uncle Refiloe' as the Chief of the When asked which department she visited the Navy Office from SA Navy, I realise the influence and would like to work at, she said: "I 26 to 29 June 2007. She is cur- power that he has and the value of his would definitely love to be the master- rently in Grade 11 and, as work," she said. at-arms of SAS IMMORTELLE, as it is part of her life orientation On her expectations of the Navy a hands-on job and involves interac- syllabus she has to shadow an inter- Office she said: "I thought I would be tion with people and helps and solve esting career for a period of four days going to this serious environment with problems. I also see myself in the posi- to get a realistic perspective on that the people stern and conservative". tion of the Chief of the SA Navy, career. Her verdict and impression after her where I can make decisions that will One of Nandi's family friends is first day was: "It was totally different effect positive change". the Chief of the SA Navy, V Adm from my expectations. I found the peo- Nandi had the privilege of attend- Refiloe Mudimu. She said the Navy ple friendly, welcoming and eager to ing the Navy Staff Command Council. photos in his house always fascinated help", she said. She said that because of the uniform her. She also loves discipline, order Because of prior engagements, the and level of seniority she initially felt intimidated. But once everything was explained to her she realised that the order and proceedings were similar to what they had been at school, where it was called the Representative Council of Learners. "It was impressive to see the co-operation, efficiency and pas- sion of the members of the council," she said. Nandi's words of gratitude to the SA Navy were: "I am grateful to have been given such an opportunity to shadow not one, but fourteen people. 30 From where I am standing the SA Navy is doing a great job. I am now more insightful about the SA Navy and truly appreciate their work. I can also see why the SA Navy is called the People's Navy". We wish her success in her studies, and who knows? Maybe one day she will join the SA Navy and finally get to wear the "ice cream suit" (SA Navy dress No 1AW), which is her favourite Nandi Ganda visits the Navy Office for her job shadowing project. Navy uniform … SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 First DOD HIV and AIDS International Conference By Col (Dr) L.C.D. Naidoo, ongoing research and developmental Academic Head of Project Phidisa activities in the military milieu and also to provide an opportunity to con- T he Surgeon General is to host the first DOD HIV and AIDS tribute to the debate on how research findings can impact on health care, International Conference in Pretoria and in particular, on the combat readi- from 12 to 14 November 2007. The ness of our soldiers. Such debates are theme will be: "The Impact of HIV and expected to strengthen the foundation The conference will be attended AIDS on Combat Readiness". for multidisciplinary, multifaceted by the DOD HIV and AIDS managers South Africa, as a member of the group research programmes in mili- from the SADC countries and is also SADC region, is interlinked in terms tary health, and to identify funding open to members of the DOD that are of socio-economics, infectious disease priorities upon which such pro- involved or associated with HIV and management and military operational grammes would be based. AIDS in the Department. Any mem- activities that necessitate the sharing This conference thus also serves as ber who wishes to attend the confer- of experience and the exchange of a unique opportunity for DOD HIV ence should contact the Conference knowledge in the region. In keeping and AIDS managers of the SADC Secretariat at Lotus Notes: Direct- with national recommendations it is countries to network with their coun- orateHIVAIDS/SAMHS/DOD(g).DOD. important that infectious diseases, terparts. The exchange of knowledge For updated information on the including HIV and AIDS, are man- that will take place during the confer- conference and to view the require- aged regionally. ence between academics, SADC repre- ments for the first call for abstracts One of the objectives of this con- sentatives, operational leaders and please refer to the SAMHS intranet ference is to inform participants and policy makers will greatly benefit the site (hms.mil.za) and the DOD inter- delegates attending the conference of DOD HIV and AIDS Programme. net site (http://www.mhs.mil.za). 31 SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER mission training Infantrymen gearing up for deployment to the Sudan By Amn Ally Rakoma Photos: F Sgt David Nomtshongwana T he South African Government has officially declared its commitment to playing a meaningful role in Africa and the rest of the international community, particularly in the war rav- aged countries. The White Paper also declares that it is in the South African national interest to assist people who suffer from famine, political repres- sion, natural disasters and the scourge of violent and armed conflict. On 1 and 2 August 2007 SA Soldier visited 7 SA Infantry Battalion (7 SAI Bn) in Ba-Phalaborwa in the Limpo- po Province to observe the retrain- ing Force preparation exercise. The Mission training in action. purpose of the exercise was to prepare our soldiers for deployment to the Sudan. The retraining exercise and pre-deployment training phase, which included combat-readiness evalua- tions, were conducted at the General Ben Viljoen Training Area, outside Ba- Phalaborwa. Lt Col Khathutshelo Nethononda, Officer Commanding of 7 SAI Bn, 2 Lt Ndivhuwo Makhado, Communication Officer of 7 SAI Bn, and other senior 32 members of the unit welcomed the SA Soldier team and wished us a wonder- ful and pleasant outdoor stay in the bush. In the evening the tranquility of the bush was shattered by the power- ful roar of R4 rifles, LMGs, RPGs, light thunders, smoke grenades and combat vehicle movements. Lt Col Nethononda briefed us on the aim and objectives of the retraining exercise, while WO1 Ronald Mugari, Soldiers demonstrating their firepower. the Combat Readiness Warrant SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 Officer, informed us about the night defensive fire plan of a battalion in a defensive position. The comprehensive retraining exercise included section battle drills, section attacks, platoon attacks, base protection, vehicle control points, foot and vehicle patrols, counter-ambush, mine drills, firing movements (day and night), combat life-saving proce- dures, map reading, convoy and escorts. Members also received train- ing in driving and maintenance in Upington in the Northern Cape to enable them to drive Mambas in the Kalahari sand in order to prepare them to drive in the sandy desert of the Sudan. The scenarios and approach of the retraining exercise was closely based on the real situation in the Sudan. Part Soldiers dismounting from a 4X4 Mamba vehicle during attack. of the contingents training and evalu- ation was meant to show how mem- Women demonstrated bravely The deploying contingent of 7 bers would react if an incident their high level of operational pre- SAI Bn went through the Chaplains occurred, and to forward all the neces- paredness on their journey to the Support Programme for the De- sary information to the relevant per- unknown. Speaking to SA Soldier, ployment and Project Resilience sonnel. Scenarios were demonstrated 2Lt Makhado said: "Each member of presented by the chaplains and where contingents of Alpha, Bravo the unit is geared and prepared to go social workers of the Unit. It was and Charlie Companies practised to the Sudan to answer this impor- apparent that the contingent was crowd management, negotiations tant international demand as peace positive, high spirited, commit- skills, escorts, evacuation of person- ambassadors". ted, enthusiastic and operation- nel, diplomatic staff and other foreign During counter-ambush and live ally combat ready. The exercise nationals caught up in local hostili- firing movements Maj Mahlomola demonstrated the firepower of the ties, which are very real in the world Motsitsi, Charlie Company Comman- attacking force against an opposing and could be possible incidents and der, explained every action that would force. scenarios. take place and why it was necessary. 7 SAI Bn is a motorised infan- try battalion in the SA Army that forms part of the rapid de- ployment force. Its headquarters are near the Kruger National Park gate and situat- ed a few kilometres to Ba-Phalaborwa. Of special note were the 50th anniver- 33 sary celebrations of the Mopani district town of Ba-Phalaborwa on 31 July 2007. The cele- brations culminated in the awarding of the Freedom of Entry to the town to 7 SAI Bn, which caused much excitement for the Young women engaged in every aspect of the exercise. locals. SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER Artillery open day Guns roar in Potch By Nelda Pienaar Photos: Cpl Elias Mahuma Force. With the firepower demonstration that you will see now, you will witness the T he SA Army Artillery Formation capabilities that you have as the guns roar held an open day at 4 Artillery and fire in great anger to ensure deterren- Regiment in Potchefstroom to ce against any potential aggressor," said demonstrate its artillery capabilities Brig Gen Notshweleka. to the public on 28 July 2007. This "Today's demonstration is just that, a demo also formed the culmination demo under peaceful conditions, but after of the Artillery Course Support One witnessing what our men and women will exercise. display today, you will surely agree that suc- On a chilly winters day the event was cess on the battlefield cannot be assured opened with a bang! Parachutists land- without gunners and their guns. ed right in front of the VIP stand to the "… All of you present here today will experience the perfor- mance of proud gunners and we believe that this will inspire present and future generations of young men and women to have the desire to serve the guns and to be part of this wonderful family around you!" He concluded by in- viting the guests: "… Sit back, relax and enjoy this special day with the SA Army Artillery Formation." The children were thrilled by the face painting in camouflage. excitement of the crowd. Then three helicopters did a fly-past while drop- 34 ping weapons. Everyone was excited and looking forward to see more … Brig Gen Abe Notshweleka, the GOC of the SA Army Artillery Formation, heartily welcomed everyone present to the annual Artillery Open Day. "Ladies and gentlemen, what you A youngster "test will see today, in a few minutes, will driving" a GV5 - 155 instil in you the confidence that your mm gun howitzer - security and that of our neighbours is Luiperd at the guaranteed in the hands of the SA Artillery Open Day. Army and the SA National Defence SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 … They were not disappointed. Many weapons were fired during the day: platoon An ecs ta the va tic crowd ch weapons such as R4 assault rifles, Ap-65 rious w e eapon ering after rifle grenades, multiple grenade launch- s were fired. Brig Gen Abe Notshweleka, the ers - 40 mm, light machine guns, the GOC of the SA Army Artillery Patmor - 60 mm patrol mortars, as well Formation, addressing the as artillery systems, such as the M5 - 120 spectators. mm mortar, the GV5 - 155 mm gun ar Luiperd. mort n howitzer - mm en Day. the GV 5 - 155 mm gu - 120 ry Op Firepower of n M5 le g off a the Artil sh owin nding iers atte Sold people to the howitzer - Luiperd, the GV6 - 155 mm self-pro- pelled gun howitzer - Renoster and the multiple rocket launcher - Bateleur. 35 During the day platoon weapons and artillery systems manned by artillerymen and women were on dis- play for the curious, while the tent of the Gunners Association attracted inquisitive visitors. To combat the cold, hot beverages, curry and rice, and much more could be bought from the many food stalls. Maj Gen Roy Andersen, Chief of Defence Reserves, salutes while the GV5 - You are all invited to the next 155 mm gun howitzer - Luiperd passes by during the Artillery Open Day parade. Open Day in 2008! SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER donations Air Force cares for people with disabilities By Lt Col J. Coetzee, SSO HR Plan Support T he SA Air Force Fund Benevolent Affairs (SAAF FBA) was established to consolidate and prioritise donations and assistance from industry in order to fund certain activities, functions and events associated with SAAF image building and the preservation of the heritage of the SAAF. The Chief of the SAAF, however, was con- cerned that the limited funds utilised for benevolent activities compared to the other applications of the fund. From this concern came the idea to establish a project in which financial assistance could be made available from the fund to help serving members whose children had some form of disability. The aim is to provide for their needs where the military Fltr: Lt Gen C. Gagiano, Chief of the SA Air Force, Mr M.J. Swart, medical services are not able to do so. Initially Deputy Director DOD Disability Equity, Maj Gen H.A. Bhembe, this assistance would only be available to serv- Chairperson of the SA Air Force Fund Benevolent Affairs (SAAF FBA). ing members who are also members of the (R46 000 was donated by the SAAF FBA.) SAAF Fund. Depending on available funds and the needs analysis the assistance would be point. Although it would not be The Chief Directorate for extended at a later stage. wise to purchase a Jaws Braille Transformation Management will The name of the project is SINOTHANDO, printer package for any specific per- supply the Braille Media Centre which is a Zulu word referring to love in the son or any specific member, the with a large enough computer to family and caring about each other. It explains DOD Disability Equity Section is in support the system and purchase what the project is about. The SAAF has the process of establishing a Braille the applicable software. always taken pride in caring for its people and media centre for the utilisation of all Mr M.J. Swart, Deputy this is just another way of showing it. Fourteen blind personnel employed by the Director DOD Disability Equity parents have already been assisted through the DOD. Members are often required (Chief Directorate Transfor- project. It provides assistance not only of a to attend meetings and obtain writ- mation Management), received monetary nature, but also provides informa- ten agendas, minutes and other doc- the donation at the Chief of the tion, assistance, etc that can improve the quali- umentation, and since the DOD SA Air Force Benevolent Golf Day ty of life for the parents or the children. Some does not have a single Braille print- Gala Function on 11 May 2007. 36 of the disabilities that are dealt with are cere- er the members are required to take This Golf Day was held in co- bral palsy, children with brain injuries, epilep- the relevant documents to the operation with all the donors to sy, Tourettes Syndrome, physical disabilities, National Council for the Blind for the SAAF FBA and has become muscular dystrophy and even children with interpretation and printing. part of a proud tradition. Without special learning impairments. Assistance has The printer package mentioned the participation and support of also been provided in one of only five known is costly, but will enable several the members of the Air Force cases of micro-syndrome in the world. members to participate as equals in Fund, the Fellows of the Air Force Since the budget for the first cycle of the the workplace. The package trans- Fund and many true friends of project made provision for it, an application lates written, typed and electronic the SAAF this project would not was made to the steering committee of the pro- media, allows documents to be be able to make a difference to the ject to donate the funds to establish a Braille scanned and is able to print, read lives of many serving members media centre at the DOD disability nodal and store documentation in Braille. and their children. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 526 Squadron does IsiXhosa By F Sgt M.A. Rensburg, Kennel Master 526 Squadron A n IsiXhosa language course was presented at 526 Squadron at Air Force Base Langebaan- weg from 4 to 22 June 2007. Twelve students (abafundi in IsiXhosa) were present of which nine were members of 526 Squadron. The Squadron Officer Commanding, Lt Col N. Swarts, set the example to his squadron members by attending the course with them. The teacher, (titshala in IsiXhosa) Chief Petty The students who did the IsiXhosa Level 1 language course, front, fltr: F Sgt M.S. Mokapane, Capt C.J. Smith, CPO M.S. Mrabalala (Instructor), Officer M.S. (Sydney) Mrabalala, is from Lt Col N. Swarts (OC 526 Sqn) and F Sgt M.A. Rensburg. Back, fltr: the Language Section at Naval Base Cpl G.A. Visser, F Sgt D. Malgas, Sgt A.J. Louw, Cpl L.E.G. Micheals, Simon's Town. F Sgt M.P. Madito, Sgt A.C. Faro, Cpl C.P. Fiallo and Sgt T.C. Nortjé. The aim during the first week of the course was to take the students from the dents had understood the work. again to his squadron members. He known English to the unknown Although this was only a Level 1 course achieved an overall of 99%. The course IsiXhosa. As students on this course we for this specific language, it was some- as a whole achieved an average of 95%. wondered if we would ever survive the thing that all the students had to get The instructor was really impressed by full duration of the course, as this lan- accustomed to. There were many this achievement and recommended guage seemed so difficult. However, it laughs as everyone tried to pronounce that these specific course members was possible to say: Uvavanyo lwethu the words and phrases as correctly as nominate themselves for the Level 2 lokuqala silubhale kwiveki yokuqala kwaye possible. Sydney was pleased with the course, which will take place in 2008. bonke abafundi baphumelela emagqabini progress we had made and he was The course ended in true West kwiziphumo, meaning: "Our first exami- always there to assist when problems Coast style with the squadron members nation also took place in week one and regarding the pronunciation of the taking the instructor and the visiting SA all the students achieved outstanding words were encountered. Air Force students from other units on a results." The third and final week was when tour along the West Coast. It all ended The second week went a bit better as all the evaluations took place. Uvavanyo with a "snoek braai" at the squadron we were now pronouncing words, lokugqibela nolubhalwayo, uvavanyo before everyone parted for the week- phrases, building sentences and all the ngokuncokola notitshala kwakunye noku- end. We would like to thank Chief students started to feel more at ease funda kwenzeke kwiveki yokugqibela kwez- Petty Officer Mrabalala for presenting with the language. We also started read- izifundo. Utitshala uye wazifumana, zaza- the course to us in such a professional ing small passages that later had to be lisekiswa iminqeno yakhe, ukubeni manner. We would also like to thank translated into English. The English lan- esithathe wasisa kwindawo ebesingayazi, our fellow SA Air Force members from 37 guage has many more words, while the kodwa saphumelela kuba yonke into ibisen- Air Force Base Bloemspruit and IsiXhosa language tends to combine ziwa ngesi Xhosa, means: "A final writ- Ysterplaat for attending the course with words to make full sentences. It is for ten examination, an oral conversation us in true 526 Squadron style. this reason that a sentence in IsiXhosa as with the instructor and a reading exer- Amazwi wokugqibela ndifuna ukuthi we see it can sometimes consist of only cise took place during the final week of "Nihambe Kakuhle" kuwo wonke umntu one word. An example of this is this course. The instructor had achieved obekunye nathi kwezizifundo nakubo bonke "Ndiyasebenza" which actually means: his goal of taking us from the known to abafundi besisicatshulwa, means: "On a "I am working" when translated into the unknown and back again as these final note I would like to say: "Hamba English. The homework we had to do evaluations were all in IsiXhosa." kakule" which means "Good bye, go was meant to ensure that everyone was The results were excellent with Lt well". This to everyone who attended on the same level and that all the stu- Col Swarts setting the example once the course and to the readers." SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER training SANDF operations communication workshop By WO1 Puseletso Molefi from DCC his experienced staff members, Maj tance of the communication officers. Photo: F Sgt E. Nelson Niko Allie and Maj Ronald Maseko. Col Louis Kirstein from SAMHS This subject was made more interest- presented the Crisis Communication T he Directorate Corporate ing by the various challenging practical Plan and reassured the communication Communication (DCC) held an scenarios that were presented to the officers that they were playing a funda- operations communication participants. These scenarios were sim- mental role in the organisation. He workshop at the SA Army ulated to put the members in a "real" advised them to have their Crisis Engineering Formation in situation of dealing with the media at Communication Plans in place at all Pretoria from 23 to 27 July media conferences and during crises. times and always to make themselves 2007. Ten communication offi- Col Motlhabane emphasised the indispensable to the Unit and OC. cers from the four Services importance of adhering to the The participants were also exposed attended the workshop. Ministerial Instruction 1/2000, which to the subject of protocol, particularly Col Marthie Visser officially opened dealt with the unauthorised release of where it related to visits and invitations the workshop in her capacity as Acting information. He elaborated on how of senior people to units and deploy- Director Corporate Communication on best to apply this instruction in order to ment areas. The specialist in the field of 23 July 2007. In her opening remarks communicate or speak with one voice. protocol, Col J. Mothupi from Defence Col Visser said: "Corporate Communi- It was agreed that the best way of Foreign Relations, presented proce- cation officers are not always included building a good relationship with the dures and regulations that were to be in the decision-making processes in the media was to keep to the deadlines and adhered to when inviting senior or for- Department. This prevents the commu- arrange media conferences so that eign guests to deployment areas. nication officers from providing advice information could be given to the On 27 July Brig Gen Kwena to their Officers Commanding (OCs) on media before they started hunting for Mangope, Director Corporate Commu- the communication implications of such it. They were reminded that the image nication, declared the workshop closed. decisions taken." of the SANDF and the DOD was a pri- In his closing remarks, he said: "We are She highlighted some of the activi- ority in all their communication with still not doing enough to profile the role ties that the SA National Defence Force the media. of the SANDF in support of govern- (SANDF) was involved in, eg peace Although the workshop was very ment's diplomatic initiatives, ie to be a missions in the Democratic Republic of interesting and informative, all the par- partner in bringing about peace and sta- Congo (DRC), the Comoros, Burundi ticipants agreed that there were still bility on the continent." He emphasised and the Sudan. She also mentioned that many challenges facing the communi- the need for the creation of public South Africa did not exist in isolation, cation officers on the ground, especial- awareness and appreciation of South but was part of Africa and the global ly at unit level, because OCs often did Africa's international relations at home community. Hence it had to take part in not understand the role and impor- and abroad. stabilising the continent and the world. Different communication experts within the Department of Defence (DOD) were invited to present and share their experiences. In every pre- sentation the phrase "organisational image" was the focal point. Col Daan Boshoff from Chief Joint Operations gave a lecture on the role of the com- munication officers during operations. 38 "You are the advisers to your OC; you must have a communication plan in the operational area, which you must pre- sent to the OC for approval," he said. He also emphasised the importance of close contact between corporate com- munication officers and OCs on a daily basis during operations. He added that the communication officers were not to take the Unit activities lightly. Front, fltr: Capt H. Mathekga, Lt Col M.F. Dlali (convenor of the workshop), The participants showed special Brig Gen K.D. Mangope (Director Corporate Communication), interest in the presentations by the Lt Col S.E. Matomane and Cdr Z. Sithole. Back, fltr: Capt L. Gaga, Media Liaison Section of DCC headed Lt F. Goodheart, S Lt S. Khasuli, Lt Cdr P.G. van der Berg, Lt Col V. Dlamini, by Col Petrus Motlhabane, assisted by Ms N. de Ru and S Lt R. Khumalo. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 Reserve Force Colonels save lives By Col Peter Boulle, SSO anaemias and to prevent severe blood lin. This is given to patients who have Reserves, Engineer Formation loss during surgery. been exposed to or bitten by a suspect Honorary Colonel Moe has blood rabid animal to offer them immediate C ol Pat Acutt, SSO KZN type O Rh Negative. Such donors are protection from contracting rabies, Regional Reserve Office, Col known as "universal donors". Blood which is a fatal disease. Post-exposure Derek Moe, Honorary from these donors may be given to a treatment includes wound cleaning Colonel 19 Field Engineer patient belonging to any other blood and the administration of the Regiment, and Col Peter group. In cases of extreme emergency immunoglobulin after which a course Boulle, SSO Reserves, SA such transfusions are administered of rabies vaccine is given. Army Engineer Formation, without any prior testing. In addition, South Africa is at present experi- have between them made over 340 Col Moe has other blood group factors encing its worst outbreak of rabies in life-saving blood donations. present and his blood may also be 30 years. KwaZulu-Natal, the worst Col Acutt is a platelet donor. After used for laboratory purposes to help affected area, reported deaths from the platelets are collected from the donor's find compatible blood for patients for disease. blood and processed through a cell whom it is difficult to find suitable The three Colonels all donate for separator they are removed and pre- blood. different reasons, but no donor is more served. The remaining blood compo- Col Boulle, on the other hand, has special than another. Blood donors of nents are returned to the donor. been immunised against rabies and his all types are always desperately need- Platelets are used to control bleed- immune system has responded by ed. Anyone prepared to follow the ing and to enable blood clotting. They building up a high level of rabies anti- example of the three Colonels is urged are given to children and adults suf- bodies in his plasma. These antibodies to contact the Blood Transfusion fering from cancer or leukemia who may be harvested in the same way as Service on 080 011 9031 for further have received chemotherapy and radi- platelets, using a cell separator, after information. ation treatment, transplant patients, which they are further processed into a It's in your hands, you may help patients suffering from various vial containing rabies immunoglobu- save many lives. 39 Fltr: Col Pat Acutt, SSO KZN Regional Reserve Office, Col Derek Moe, Honorary Colonel 19 Field Engineer Regiment, and Col Peter Boulle, SSO Reserves, Engineer Formation. SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER events Hosting the South African Post Office By Col L.A. Nilsen, SSO Corp Com CMIS Reserve Force 6 Signal Regiment hosted senior Post Office officials at a func- tion in the passenger terminal at Air Force Base Waterkloof on 30 March 2007. Project SHIELD sponsored the occasion. Guests were welcomed by Col Sam Madumane, Acting General Officer Commanding Air Force Base Water- kloof, and Brig Gen Charles Menze, General Officer Commanding Com- mand and Management Information Systems (CMIS) Operations Formation. The function was arranged to pro- Fltr: Mr Janras Kotsi, Senior General Manager Mail Business, Lt Col Rudi van vide the Post Office with more informa- Heerden, Officer Commanding 6 Signal Regiment, and Brig Gen Dennis tion on the Reserve Force, especially Jelliman, Director CMIS Reserve Force, with a CMIS Shield presented to the Post Office. the critical role played by the Reserve Force in supporting the SANDF during The South African Post Office has On landing the guests were shown deployments in peacekeeping opera- been supporting the Reserve Force for the new postal facility, Field Post tions. The occasion also provided an some time. It is one of a few organisa- Office 3, at the main entrance to Air opportunity to thank Post Office offi- tions that allows its members to be Force Base Waterkloof. This building cials for their unconditional support deployed for up to three months so as to had just been renovated in a very over many years to 11 Field Postal Unit, provide an uninterrupted postal service short time due to the efforts of Lt Col a Reserve Force unit that handles all to deployed SANDF members and their Rudi van Heerden, Maj Johnny Botha mail to and from deployed SANDF families at home. These members are and Maj Oscar van den Berg from members in the Democratic Republic of not penalised in any way for the time the Engineering Corps who was the Congo (DRC), Burundi and the Sudan. spent in the Reserve Force and maintain project leader. Brig Gen Dennis Jelliman, Director their seniority and all other benefits that With the assistance and support CMIS Reserve Force, briefed the guests would accrue to them had they been at offered by the South African Post on all aspects regarding the Reserve their normal work. The South African Office this facility is shortly to be Force and its utilisation. He specifically Post Office is the only company sup- upgraded to a fully-fledged post office referred to the vital role the South porting the SANDF in this fashion and that will provide all post office ser- African Post Office and its senior per- is definitely setting a trend which it is vices to personnel at the Air Force sonnel have played to date, and hoped that industry will follow. Base and civilians in the surrounding 40 stressed that without their continued Guests were taken on a trip to the areas. support and goodwill it would not be Hartbeespoort Dam in an Oryx heli- The day was a huge success as Post possible to render an efficient postal copter by 21 Squadron, and experienced Office officials supporting 11 Field service to the SANDF and its members. a scenic tour of the dam and develop- Postal Unit have for the first time Brig Gen Jelliman appealed to the ments along its banks and the Pretoria been given insight into the role and South African Post Office to continue CBD from the air. The experience of the function of the Reserve Force and the its co-operation and support and to flight in a helicopter was a first for some specific role they play in support- encourage its personnel to join the and was clearly noticeable when the ing the Government in bringing about Reserve Force so that this valuable ser- chopper did some tight turns to show peace and stability on the African vice could become more efficient and off the view on one side or the other. continent. The support of the South perhaps even expand to include value- Those sitting close to the doors had to African Post Office in this regard is not added services. hang on very tightly. to be underestimated. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 41 SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER training Thumbs up for sign language course By Amn Ally Rakoma Mr Arios Bokaba, the assistant facilita- Khensani Teffu, a Senior State Photo: Cpl Elias Mahuma tor from the Tshwane Sign Language Accountant at the Division Financial Centre. It was a great opportunity for Control Services, said that the sign T he Department of Defence is the members from the different language course had been an eye- sensitive to issues of disabili- Services who attended to bridge the opener and that she had learned many ty, and has once more existing communication problems signs. "It is our responsibility to make demonstrated to our mili- with hearing impaired clients. our working environments accessible tary community its commit- SA Soldier conversed with Mr to people with disabilities," concluded ment to raising awareness Gouws who said that the plight of Ms Teffu. about people with disabili- hearing impaired people was very This is a clear indication that the ties by conducting a sign language close to his heart. DOD has accepted people with dis- course at the Naval Mess in Pretoria He highlighted sensitive issues abilities and has made their working in July 2007. facing people with disabilities and environment more suitable for them The course was presented by Mr encouraged members of the DOD and raised awareness about their Peter Gouws, the main facilitator, and to support and respect them. Ms needs, contributions and potential. 42 The top four learners on the sign language course, back row, fltr: S Sgt Sihle Nqenqa, Ms Khensani Teffu, Ms Antina Hlabela (Assistant Director, Disability Equity), WO1 Selema Mnguni and Sgt Lucky Ngobeni. Front, fltr: Mr Peter Gouws, the main course facilitator, and Mr Kobus Swart, Deputy Director, Disability Equity. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 The launch of Programme Phakamisa By Lebohang Letaoana ing initiative a pro- Photo: Cpl Elias Mahuma gramme as opposed to a project. A project, T he Surgeon General, Lt Gen Vejaynand Ramlakan, embarked on the way it is under- stood in Defence, is a programme to improve the fitness time-bound and ends level in the Department of Defence in the achievement of (DOD) after witnessing the levels of the required outputs. high obesity and low physical fitness Physical fitness is a in the DOD. Programme Phakamisa, prime requirement the official SAMHS physical training and an inherent one programme, was launched at the for us in the military. Thaba Tshwane sports grounds on 1 This initiative to June 2007. (Phakamisa means lift up or revive physical train- pull up.) ing cannot therefore Front, second from left: Lt Gen Vejaynand A large number of SAMHS mem- be called a project, but Ramlakan, the Surgeon General, in action at the launch of Programme Phakamisa. bers from different units assembled at is a programme". the sports grounds to participate in He added that for this initiative to physical training. this initiative. In his speech the succeed the physical training sessions "Physical fitness may be one of the Surgeon General said: "Given how had to be conducted during working criteria used to determine a member's inherent physical unfitness is to our hours and not left to individuals training eligibility for the proposed salary dis- business in the military, we have been after hours, and that a minimum of three pensation for health care workers," deliberate in calling this physical train- hours a week should be dedicated to concluded Lt Gen Ramlakan. Cultivating the culture of learning By Amn Ally Rakoma for now everyone Photo: F Sgt David Nomtshongwana of us is at liberty to learn for free A s enshrined in the Constitution of the RSA, our Bill of Rights states that through Come out of the ABET. everyone has the right to have access to darkness, upgrade basic education and further education your status, ex- and training opportunities irrespective press yourselves, of gender, race, colour, sex or creed. take a step ahead This was evident on 28 June 2007 at and have a Defence Headquarters in Pretoria at the dream," said Ms Armscor Adult Basic Education and Pholose. Training (ABET) certificate ceremony To the recipi- to honour 21 ABET learners from the Mr Xolani Magojo, General Manager Human Resource: ents: SA Soldier Department of Defence (DOD), Armscor, congratulates Ms Agnes Mahlobo from the hopes you reach Armscor, Molly Mop and Cold Control. SANDF who completed ABET Level 2 Communication. beyond the ordi- This day was also set aside to give (In the background Ms Nonto Seemela, an ABET facilita- nary. One who 43 tor (left), presents Ms Anastacia Maponyane from credit to Ms Nonto Seemela, an ABET believes that life Armscor, who completed ABET Level 2 Communication, facilitator, Mr Xolani Magojo, General has no meaning with a certificate.) Manager Human Resources from experiences a feel- Armscor, and Capt Dorcus Masemola SA Soldier asked Ms Rosemary ing of hopelessness. Do not limit your from JSB MOD Hospitality Services, for Pholose, an ABET Level 4 learner from knowledge. There is no substitute for the significant role they played in the DOD, about her future plans in the knowledge. Never be afraid to try developing these learners. Ms Yvonne DOD. She replied that she was opti- something new. Continue to read fur- Mudimu, an ABET Assessor (wife of mistic about her future in the DOD and ther and use every moment in life to be the Chief of the SA Navy), extended would like to see herself occupying a the person you always wanted to be. It warm congratulations to the recipients skilled higher position. "Many of us is never too late to be what you might of the certificates. have never had this chance before, but have been. Congratulations! SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER sport SANDF Rugby Week 2007 By Col G.S. van Eeden, Winner of the Senior League: the development clinics commenced. Vice-President Media Boland. The aim was to introduce and promote Winner of the President's League: this form of rugby, specifically in T he annual SA National De- Free State B. preparation for an envisaged interna- fence Force Rugby Asso- Player of the Week of the Senior tional 7-a-side tournament to be hosted ciation's (SANDFRA) Rugby League: L. Hanekom (Boland). by the SANDFRA in 2008. Week, one of the prestigious Player of the Week of the Development clinics for previously events on the SANDF sport President's League: D. Mahona disadvantaged players in the Ikageng calendar, took place at (Free State). and Promosa townships of Potchef- Army Support Base (ASB) Referee of the Week: Petri Bosch. stroom took place on 26 and 28 June Potchefstroom in June 2007. A 7-a-side demonstration match 2007 and went down very well. Sixteen teams participated in this between a Gauteng and a Free State A rugby team manager course was year's Rugby Week, in two leagues: team took place on 26 June 2007 before also presented during the week. A social function was hosted on 27 SANDF Senior League President's League June 2007 to express the SANDF Rugby North West (NW) KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Association's gratitude and apprecia- tion to the organisers, supporters and Free State (FS) A Free State (FS) B sponsors of SA Rugby. The main spon- Northern Cape (NC) A Northern Cape (NC) B sor of SANDF Rugby for 2007 was also Gauteng (GT) A Gauteng (GT) B announced at this function, viz MANI- South Eastern Cape (SEC) A South Eastern Cape (SEC) B TOU Southern Africa. Mr Lindsay Western Province (WP) A Shankland, Chief Executive Officer Western Province (WP) B (CEO) of MANITOU, presented a Boland (Bol) Limpopo/Mpumalanga (Lim Pumas) cheque to the value of R150 000,00 to Botswana Potchefstroom Town Invitation XV (Potch XV) Col (Rev) Pieter Oberholzer, President Botswana once again partici- pated in this year's Rugby Week, while Zambia declined the invita- tion at a late stage. An invitation team from the Potchefstroom Town Rugby Club also participat- ed this year. 44 The opening ceremony of the event took place on 25 June at the Johann du Randt Sports Stadium at ASB Potchefstroom. Mr Jannie Prinsloo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South African Rugby Union (SARU), was the main functionary at this event. Matches were played on 25, 27 and 29 June 2007. The overall winners of the 2007 SANDFRA Free State (white and orange jerseys) taking the gap during the Boland versus Rugby Week were as follows: Free State match. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 was the main functionary at this event. In his speech Lt Gen Matanzima con- gratulated SANDF Rugby on being fully integrated and normalised an achievement which has also been recognised by SARU. He thanked MANI- TOU and all the other sponsors and donors for Mr Lindsay Shankland, CEO of MANITOU Southern Africa (right), presents a cheque to the value their positive of R150,000 to Col Pieter Oberholzer, President of SANDFR. attitudes and of the SANDFRA. Other sponsors/ The closing ceremony of the financial support of SANDF Rugby. donors who attended the function SANDFRA Rugby Week 2007 took The highlight of the Rugby Week were Mr Piet Wilson of Gijima AST place on 29 June at the Johan du Randt was undoubtedly the announcement and Mr Paul Theron of Edward Snell Sports Stadium. The Patron of SANDF of the 2007 SANDF Senior and & Co Ltd (Wellington VO Brandy). Rugby, Lt Gen Temba Matanzima, President's Teams. Shooting in the UK By Maj John Hall T he SANDF's Reserve Force Shooting Team recently returned from a suc- cessful tour to Bisley in the United Kingdom. They competed in the Territorial Army (TARA) competition against the best of the British Army's reserve forces and the Falkland Islands. Lt Bekker and Lt Botha attained Top Fifty status, while the SA Reserve 45 Force team was awarded the Bronze Medal in the international match. The British Army was awarded Gold and Falkland Islands Silver. Carbineer Dolly Mncwabe came fourth in the women's competition, The team relaxing between shoots during a rare moment of sunshine, missing the Bronze Medal by a single fltr: Maj Braam Korff, Lt Piet Spies, Rfn Dolly Mncwabe, Maj John Hall (Manager), Rfn Ngamela Dambuza, Rfn Bruce Mahlangu, L Cpl Rudi Mentor, point. She joined the Reserve Force in Lt Piet Bekker and Lt Eben Botha. 2001. In 2003 she attended regular shooting practices and training with chosen for the SA Combat Rifle Western Cape, where she earned her the Natal Carbineers. In 2005 she was Association Championships in the Natal Team Colours. SEPTEMBER 2007 SA SOLDIER focus on youth SA Sea Cadets active for more than a century By Capt (SCC) W.M. Bartie disadvantaged and poor communi- their corporate social investment ini- ties. Altogether 47% were girls, not tiatives. The SA Navy runs courses at the end of the year at their training T he South African Sea Cadets, bad for gender representivity! a Section 21 Company, The cadets wear a uniform and are facility, SAS SIMONSBERG, where recognises and subscribes to subject to naval style discipline. Yet cadets are introduced to various train- the challenge of the the training is not only about the mar- ing programmes not available at their Government's initiatives in itime world; in all cases, whatever the own training bases. respect of youth training. actual skill being imparted, the less The Sea Cadet movement in South The response of the Sea tangible values such as discipline, self- Africa is grateful for the financial sup- Cadets has been to introduce new and respect, self-esteem, self-worth, self- port it receives from the private sector dynamic training for its cadets. confidence, self-identity, resilience, and individuals, while local training This training will result in the attitude, successful teamwork, leader- establishment support is funded by cadets qualifying for the Personal ship and citizenship underlie the the initiatives and efforts of the South Safety and Survival at Sea South training. These values are at the core African Sea Cadet Association. The African Qualifications Authority of the Sea Cadets' ethos, and will Sea Cadets runs on a tight annual bud- (SAQA) Unit Standard 114923, and for translate into whatever field of get estimated at R2M per year. the internationally recognised endeavour the Cadets progress to on For more information, readers may Standard of Training Certification and reaching adulthood. contact Captain (SCC) W.M. Bartie on Watchkeeping (STCW) Able Seaman. The SA Navy recognises and sup- 083 400 5831 or via email on These qualifications will provide the ports the endeavours of the Sea email@example.com or on the website boys and girls with a creditable quali- Cadets, which are regarded as one of www.seacadets.za.org. fication that will help them to seek employment in the maritime sector of the South African economy when they complete their schooling. But who are the South African Sea Cadets? The organisation was found- ed in Cape Town on 8 June 1905 and is the second oldest maritime youth training organisation in the world and the oldest such organisation on the African continent. It caters for boys and girls from the year in which they start Grade 6 at school, until they final- 46 ly leave school at the end of Grade 12. The organisation is not a school in itself as all its training is pure- ly extramural and voluntary. It is staffed by volunteer instructors who give their time freely and have a great dedication to training young people. The organisation has 14 active training establishments and 500 ca- dets throughout South Africa and has a demographic profile of over The young Sea Cadets who were part of the initial project held in 85% who come from the formerly Port Elizabeth earlier this year. SA SOLDIER SEPTEMBER 2007 Love until it hurts By Cpln Melanie Smit, At lunchtime a young boy came cry- Chaplain AFB Waterkloof ing to Sophia. He was looking after his younger sister because both their par- “I f you love me, you will do …" ents were dead. He had not been able to How many times have you heard feed his sister for two days and now she these words from a loved one? was very ill. Sophia thought about her How many times have you spo- Guest that might arrive at any moment, ken these words to the person that but then she could not send the boy you love? away empty-handed. She gave him We tend to measure people's enough food for himself and his sister love for us by the decisions they make. and also the last medicine she had in If his decisions are made according to her house. Before he left she told him a my expectations and are what I want - few stories that he could share with his then he obviously loves me. But if he sister to make her feel better. chooses to do something that I did not By suppertime Sophia was still wait- want or wish for, even though it is to ing for her Guest when a man asked her my benefit, then I start doubting his if she could spare some food for him. love for me. He had been mugged and stabbed on As the women of South Africa and the train. Sophia knew that she only had the women of the SANDF - what moti- enough food left for one person. If she Chaplain Melanie Smit. vates our decisions that we make gave the food to this man, she would regarding our families, our organisation self. Sophia was very poor, but she still not have anything to give to God. But and our country? Do we feel loved only worked very hard. She mended clothing she could not send the man away. She when our loved ones, organisation or from early morning until late at night. cleaned and dressed his wound and country makes decisions that benefit Because Sophia had to work so hard then she gave him the last of the food us? Is it self-love, or better described as just to survive, she did not have time to she had prepared for God. selfishness, that influences my decisions visit other people. Her only companion When the man left it was nearly about these parties? Or am I prepared to was God. She would talk to Him the time for bed and Sophia knew that it love my family, my organisation and whole day and tell Him what she was was too late for anyone to visit her now. my country without expecting anything thinking and feeling. One day Sophia She took her Bible and it fell open at in return? was very lonely and she asked God if He Matthew 25:34-40: "… 'Come, you who Let us dream for a moment of a would visit her. God said that she must are blessed by my Father; take your world where we love each other with a look out for Him; He would visit her the inheritance, the kingdom prepared for sacrificial love. What happens in a rela- following day. Sophia was so excited you since the creation of the world. For tionship where I am prepared to put the that she nearly worked straight through I was hungry and you gave me some- other person's needs before my own? the night to prepare a meal for her Guest thing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave How does my love for that person influ- with the little she had. me something to drink, I was a stranger ence my decisions? Take for instance The next morning Sophia didn't and you invited me in, I needed clothes the relationship between a mother and work. She waited for God to visit her. At and you clothed me, I was sick and you child. If she loves her child with a sacri- looked after me, I was in prison and you 47 mid-morning a woman came to her ficial love, that child will never go hun- house. She was badly beaten and came to visit me.' Then the righteous gry, but she will also always feel loved explained that she was running away will answer him, 'Lord, when did we and protected. from her husband who was abusing her. see you hungry and feed you …?' The How can we as the women of South She asked if she could have some water King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, Africa make a difference in our coun- and maybe something to eat. Sophia was whatever you did for one of the least of try? This reminds me of the story of waiting for her Guest, but she could not these brothers of mine, you did for me'." Sophia … allow this frightened woman to leave Are you prepared to love your fam- Sophia was a lady of 75 that lived hungry. So she gave her some of the ily, your organisation and your country alone in a very humble house in Ga food that she prepared for God and they with a selfless and sacrificial love? It Rankua. All her family had died a long talked. When the woman left Sophia had will hurt, but the outcome will be some- time ago, leaving her to provide for her- a new friend. thing out of this world!
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