The official monthly magazine of the SA Department of Defence
Letters: How to manage HIV and
6 feedback from our readers 16 Remembrance Sunday
in Johannesburg 28 Aids in the military
New Year's message: SA Army Exercise Young Eagle
10 Minister of Defence 18 Seminar 30 spreads its wings
11 New Year's message:
Deputy Minister of Defence 19 SAN TV scooped first prize
at international film festival 31 First black General Officer
to command Air Command
New Year's message: Young soldier Peace Support
12 Secretary for Defence 20 honoured 36 Operations Seminar
13 New Year's message:
Chief of the SANDF 21 Together
40 Helicopter causes
deaf kids to hear
Gone, Women of Africa A gentleman's
14 but still alive 22 come together as one 42 sport
15 Our sailors
returned from Burundi 24 Focus on
battlefield trauma 43 Blind cricketer
competed in Pakistan
Phidisa Loyalty is a
27 expands 47 jewel worth wearing
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Rewarding determination, fltr: Nonkululeko Sisulu (daughter of Ma Albertina
Sisulu), Mama Epainette Mbeki (mother of President Thabo Mbeki),
Beryl Sisulu (daughter of Mama Albertina Sisulu) and Col Nontobeko Mpaxa
(Officer Commanding Army Support Base Port Elizabeth) share the magic.
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FRONT COVER: Children of the Louis Botha Orphanage with Maj Lauren
Pipes, a pilot at 17 Squadron, and Cpl Samson Masilela, airspace control,
before enjoying a helicopter flight. Read all about their special day on page 40.
(Photo: F Sgt David Nomtshongwana)
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JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
From the Ho tswa ho
Editor's desk Mohlophisi
A Soldier wishes all our readers a prosperous A Soldier e lakaletsa babadi bohle ba rona Selemo se
New Year. May 2007 be all you wish it to be! Setjha sa katleho. Ha 2007 e be sohle seo le labalabelang
In this issue we reflect on some of the mem- hore e be sona!
bers who did our Department proud towards Kgatisong ena re sheba morao ho lekola ditho tse
the end of last year. SAN TV scooped the first ileng tsa etsa lefapha la rona motlotlo ho ya mafelong a
prize at an international film festival. Col selemo se fetileng. SAN TV e ile ya ikgapela moputso wa
Nontobeko Mpaxa, the Officer Commanding pele Festivaleng ya Matjhaba ya Difilimi. Kol Nontobeko
Army Support Base Port Elizabeth, was presented with Mpaxa, Ofisiri e Laolang Army Support Base Port
the Metropolitan Eastern Cape Award for Leadership. Elizabeth, o ile a fumantshwa Kgau ya Boetapele ya Metropolitan
Eastern Cape. CO Arend Hoffman yena o ile a fumana Kgau ya
CO Arend Hoffman received the President's Award for
Mopresidente bakeng sa Matlafatso ya Batjha (Setifikeite sa
Youth Empowerment (the Gold Level Certificate).
Boemo ba Kgauta). Mahlohonolo ho bona kaofela! Hle bala hahol-
Congratulations to them all! Please read about their
wanyane ka katleho ya bona e kgolo maqepheng a 18, 20 le 21.
remarkable achievements on pages 18, 20 and 21.
Sedikadikweng sa dipapadi, baatlelete ba rona le bona ba
In the sports arena our athletes also excelled. Our ipabotse. Mmapala krikete wa rona ya foufetseng o nkile karolo
blind cricketer competed in Pakistan (read page 43). Our ho la Pakistan (bala leqephe la 4). Borakolofo ba phomeletse ho la
golfers did it in Ireland, at the 3rd CISM World Military Ireland, Ditlhodisanong tsa Kolofo tsa 3rd CISM tsa Sesole sa
Golf Championships (see page 45). Lefatshe (sheba leqephe la 45).
On 1 December 2006 World AIDS Day was marked Ka 1 Tshitwe 2006, Letsatsi la Lefatshe la AIDS le ile la bona-
by a variety of events held simultaneously all over the hala ka lethathama la diketsahalo tse ileng tsa tshwarwa hong
world with a single common theme: "Let's all take a lefatsheng ka bophara ka temana e le nngwe: "Ha bohle re nkeng
moment to look HIV/AIDS in the eye". Phidisa seized motsotso re shebe HIV/AIDS ka mahlong". Phidisa e ile ya nka
the moment to unite against AIDS by officially opening monyetla ho ipopa kgahlanong le AIDS ka ho bula semmuso set-
its 6th Phidisa site in Ba-Palaborwa in the Limpompo sha sa Phidisa sa bo 6 mane Ba-Phalaborwa Profensing ya
Province. Read all about the expanding of Phidisa on Limpopo. Bala ka ho atoloswa ha Phidisa leqepheng la 27.
page 27. Bala melaetsa ya Selemo se Setjha ho tswa ho baetapele ba rona
Do read the New Year's messages of our principals on maqepheng a 10 ho ya ho 13.
pages 10 to 13. Ke rata ho hopotsa babadi ba rona hore kgatiso e latelang ya
I should like to remind our readers that the next SA SA Soldier e tla ba ka kgwedi ya Tlhakubele, le ha kwana ka
Soldier edition you will receive will be the March edition, Hlakola le tla fumantshwa almanaka ya rona e ratwang haholo
although in February you will receive our very popular bakeng sa 2007.
calendar for 2007. Re phethela kgatiso ena ka molaetsa o bohloko: re le ba ha SA
We end this edition on a sad note: Soldier re rata ho fetisetsa kutlwelobohloko
we at SA Soldier would like to convey le matshediso a rona ho ba lelapa la Lt Gen
S. Z. Binda ya seng a re siile. Hopolang hle,
our sincere sympathy and condo-
hore le dithapelong tsa rona le mehopolong
lences to the family of the late Lt Gen
ya rona nakong ena e bosula. Ka kopo
S.Z. Binda. Please remember you
4 balang ka tsa bophelo ba Hlooho ya
are in our prayers and thoughts dur-
mehleng ya Joint Operations maqepheng a
ing this difficult time. Please read 6 le 14.
the tributes of the former Chief of
Joint Operations on pages 6 and 14. Ditumediso tsa Selemo se Setjha.
New Year's greetings. (Translated by Lebohang Mathibela)
Nelda Pienaar Nelda Pienaar
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
Tribute to our hero: the late Lt Gen S.Z. Binda
We, 4 SA Infantry Battalion, are cur- Minister of Defence was impressed "Men, you don't have to worry, you
rently deployed in the Eastern when I conveyed this message to him. have a very capable leader". Thanks for
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). You have altered the most famous the trust and this external deployment
We want to take the opportunity to words to your children of 4 SA Infantry in the DRC. MONUC will be dedicated
express our heartfelt condolences to the battalion: "You are here deployed exter- to you, Sir. On the completion of our
family of the late Lt Gen Sipho Binda, nally. As ambassadors of your country, mission, after six months, you will smile
our hero, our military father and my each of you sitting here is busy writing from the heavens above, because we are
mentor. history, even your own history. One day going to make you proud.
I can recall in 2003/4 I informed you must look back and be proud of Lt Col Barney Klaasin, OC RSA Bn
you of shortages of equipment and the your achievements, or you can fall along (4 SAI Bn)
challenges we were facing with the ex- the road and throw your family name
combatants. You've worked with us away". * SA Soldier would like to convey our
through the challenges shoulder to Thanks for the extra mile you have sincere sympathy and condolences to the
shoulder and together we won the bat- walked with us. We appreciate the fact family of the late Lt Gen S.Z. Binda. Please
tle. You surprised me with the cow the that we had a soft spot in your heart. read the tribute of the former Chief of Joint
ex-combatants demanded. Even the You mentioned on our final parade that Operations published on page 14. - Ed.
Research done Corporal embodies Ubuntu
via SA Soldier This letter is meant to convey our I hope that he can extend the same to
In the September 2002 issue of SA appreciation of the humane and exem- others far less fortunate than myself.
Soldier, you published an article on the plary civic duty required of the Public He is indeed a true patriot imbued with
African Union (AU). Thereafter anoth- Service personnel as exemplified by the requisite civil spirit and is an
er two articles appeared in the October Corporal X.L. Ntshangase. On 20 embodiment of Ubuntu, something
2002 and November 2002 editions. Our October 2006 I lost my wallet with all its which is sadly lacking in others within
children are very interested in obtain- valuable contents in the parking bay of the Public Service.
ing copies of these three articles for a the Pick 'n Pay at Heidelberg, and to my Mr D.K. Maluleke (MP), Whip: ANC
project that they have to do at their great amazement it was found by Study Group - Environmental Affairs
school. However, we cannot find these Corporal Ntshangase who perused the and Tourism
three issues of SA Soldier. We would contents to see if he could get a possible
like to know if it is in any way possible lead as to the owner, which he found
to send us these copies? Lt Col J.U. vd
and immediately called to inform me.
I was really impressed by this, as I
was myself oblivious of the loss until he support in
* Thank you for your keen interest in
our magazine. The three copies are being
called me, and the more so, because on
the same weekend I was on my way to
posted to you. - Ed. the Democratic Republic of Congo I would like to take this opportunity to
(DRC) as part of the South African
thank you, your Ministry and your
Election Observer Mission in that coun-
Women's service try, and I could only imagine the terri-
Department for the integral role you
are playing in assisting the province to
in the South ble inconvenience of not having had the
necessary and important transactional
grow and develop. Your continued
African forces and business cards had he not alerted
visits to the province and your com-
mitment to service delivery in the
me and ensured that I received them
6 I am doing research for a book I want back. It is his concern for the losses of Eastern Cape have been lauded in all
to write about women in uniform in others that needs to be commended and quarters - from the smallest communi-
the South African armed forces ties in Mzimvubu to Tsitsikamma.
through the ages. If you know of any- Thank you for helping me and my col-
one who served in the South African cover the history of women's service, leagues to deliver on our promise of "a
armed forces at any time (Air Force, and will include personal accounts. better life for all". Without your con-
Army, Navy, Medical Services, Former SAAF member, email tinued support for local, district,
WAAF, etc) please pass on their provincial and national initiatives we
details via my email address. I have * Readers who can assist Anne would not be where we are today.
already done an article on the women Lehmkuhl can contact her via her email I look forward to seeing you again
in aviation in South Africa, but any address: ZAFamilyHistory@gmail.com - in the province. Mrs Nosimo
information is welcome. The book will Ed. Balindlela, Premier Eastern Cape
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
International learners enrol in Potch Last year Col V.D. Ntlokwana, Officer
Commanding of the School of Tactical
Intelligence, welcomed international
learners to enrol for various intelligence
courses presented at the unit in
Potchefstroom. Soldiers came from as far
away as the Botswana Defence Force and
Zimbabwean Defence Force for intelli-
gence courses, such as the Intelligence
Orientation Course, the Squadron
Sergeant Major Course and the Staff
Officer Class 2/Counter-intelligence
Course. These international learners
came to Potchefstroom to acquire more
knowledge about how things are done in
the South African intelligence environ-
ment. This initiative also improves the
During their course the Botswana members had the opportunity to enjoy bond of friendship between the countries
a formal dinner introducing them to the SANDF way and culture. involved. It will also help to create a bet-
Fltr: Sgt B. Mosetha (Botswana Defence Force), Sgt M. Gagomokgwa (BDF), ter intelligence community in Southern
Col V.D. Ntlokwana (OC School of Tactical Intelligence), Sgt C.D. Monametsi Africa and not only in South Africa.
(BDF), WO1 C.P. Appelgryn (RSM School of Tactical Intelligence) and S Sgt S.G. Phirisi and
S Sgt A. Mpaphadzi (BDF). (Photo: Cpl W.P. Myburgh) Cpl W.P. Myburgh, Potchefstroom
Family Day bridges differences
The annual International Family Day at encouraged to play
the Joint Services Command and Staff music, to prepare
College at Shrivenham in Swindon in their national dish-
the United Kingdom took place on 18 es and drinks and
November 2006. The event was organ- to display them.
ised by the international students and Members of the
their families. It provided an opportu- Defence Advisers'
nity for the students to learn more Office in London
about the countries and customs of assisted Lt Col Ga-
their fellow students and to meet the briel Katane, cur- The team that did all the work, fltr: S Sgt Mandy
families in a friendly, fun atmosphere. rently the only stu- Strauss, Military Attaché Assistant, Mrs Katane, wife of
The students and their families were dent at the Col- Lt Col Katane, Lt Col Gabriel Katane, Ms Therinia
lege, and his wife, Strauss, daughter of S Sgt Strauss, and Ms Lindiwe
Henrietta, with the Poswa, the secretary of the Defence Advisers Office.
preparations for (Photo: Miempie Louw)
Atten member Fr the event. music encouraged many of the visi-
DOD f cha
The South African table was very tors to join the team in dancing to the
e g popular and the merry South African music. Col Riaan Louw, London
Soldier Classifieds Best leader with leadership qualities
To advertise in the South African As a member of the National Defence important, I never received an oppor-
Soldier Classifieds, please write your
Force, I am proud to state that the cur- tunity to be an officer because of my
advert in fewer than 200 characters
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SA Soldier, Advertisements, Private leadership qualities. ful, something nevertheless happened.
Bag X158, Pretoria, 0001, or email: I have worked under her leadership I am a tertiary student who would
email@example.com, or Fax: (012) 355 at the ASB Port Elizabeth. She does not like to complete my degree, because
6399. The Editor reserves the right to fear to voice what is true. She leads for the SA Army and the SANDF to
withhold any inappropriate material. according to our Code of Conduct. She recognise me I must have a degree.
Publication of adverts may take up to
is not influenced by the soldiers' for- Leaders need to appreciate the abili-
four months. SA Soldier does not
accept any responsibility for any loss- mer forces. I am not writing this para- ties and/or efforts made by some
es suffered or damages incurred as a graph to impress, but to encourage members.
result of any published classifieds. other leaders to follow suit. More Cpl K.T. Liwani, Port Elizabeth
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
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Col Godschalk retiring after 27 years
On behalf of all environmental person- and environmental planning. During
nel in the DOD, we would like to say this time he also initiated the highly suc-
farewell to the oldest serving environ- cessful Annual Environmental Awards
mental member in the military, Col Programme. Since the shift to Military
Seakle Godschalk. He will be leaving Integrated Environmental Management
the Department at the end of 2006 after (MIEM) in 1992, there have been a num-
a colourful career of 27 years, first as a ber of achievements, including the
National Serviceman in the early 1980s launch of the video We Manage with Care,
and later as a Permanent Force mem- the inclusion of land and environmental
ber. For the first ten years of his career issues in the White Paper on Defence
Col Seakle Godschalk.
he was not staffed and was already a and the Defence Review and Col
Commandant in 1989 when a post for Godschalk's appointment as Co-chair of tees and was invited to various interna-
an environmental officer was approved the Environmental Security Working tional conferences to address the inter-
for the first time. Up to that time he was Group under the DefCom with the US. national community on a range of envi-
the only permanent environmental Other highlights include the adoption of ronmental issues. He was also instru-
officer, and was assisted by scores of the 1st Edition Environmental mental in arranging the first global con-
suitably qualified national servicemen. Implementation Plan (EIP) for Defence, ference on MIEM held in Pretoria,
In 1990 other Permanent Force officers the development of the concept of which was attended by 120 delegates
were appointed, and of this initial Environmental Considerations in from 26 countries in 5 continents.
number only Commander Adri Operations (ECOps) and his coining of Col Godschalk will be joining the
Liebenberg still serves in the DOD. the phrase Green Soldiering in 1996. private sector as an environmental con-
Under his thorough direction, During his service he completed all the sultant, specialising in environmental
Environmental Services developed required military courses. At the accounting. Good luck to you in your
from nature conservation and base Executive National Security Programme future endeavours. We hope it will be
beautification into the fully-fledged (ENSP) his research topic was: Waging as rewarding and enriching as the last
function that it has today, incorporat- war over water in Africa - the conflict poten- 27 years. Your direction, advice and
ing cultural resource management, tial of water scarcity. He also represented friendship will be sorely missed by all.
environmental education and training the Department on numerous commit- Cdr Adri Liebenberg, Pretoria
The Gift from God Grateful
How can I forget the bona fide true
leader of this country. I am very happy
their loved ones.
A man who believes and trusts God.
and proud to congratulate Chaplain A man who heals the wounds of those who I would like to take this opportuni-
8 Ngesi, an angel, a true leader that we are injured. ty to say thanks to the SA Soldier
had in our contingent to the Sudan A man who has confidence in himself and his magazine's editor, the editorial
over the period 28 October 2005 to 26 subordinates. team and its committee. Since this
April 2006. A man who believes and sticks to the magazine began, I have always
Constitution of this country. been informed about everything
A man who believes in himself and the relating to my Service and the other
truth. Congratulations Chaplain Ngesi - God Services. I am very proud of being a
A man who is on the ground level with his will give you what you deserve. God soldier in South Africa. Forward
subordinates. bless you! L Cpl M. Ketelo, with the good work.
A man who consoles those left behind by 1 Military Printing Regiment Spr E.X. Mothisi, Lohatlha
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
Be what you want to be
Dream what you want to dream. Go want to go. In the battles of life we heads and even a friend. Tell him or
where you want to go. Be what you fight to win, not to lose. However, not her. Do not keep your problem inside.
want to be, because you only have one all successes are victories and not all Do not be scared to speak out. The
life and one chance to do all the things failures are defeats, but people, let us world outside is full of surprises.
you want to do. be strong. Failure is what we cry over. Pain is
Every morning when I wake up I Life is much like writing in ink. All what we grieve over. Dreams are what
look outside my window and see a you can do is read over, pass and look we go after. Goals are what we want
new day and only I can determine forward to a blank page. Life is like to achieve. Success is what we are
what kind of day it will be. It could be shooting rapids with rocks: you may rewarded with for all we have been
a rough, lousy day. It can be sunny, fall and either be hurt by the rocks or through.
boring, unhappy or cold, but my state you can use them as stepping stones. I have been through so much this
of mind is the key determinant, for I We often tend to forget that when you past year, but thank God the social
am the person I let myself be. hit rock bottom, the only way is to get worker of Waterkloof Air Force Base,
Actually, I would like to send out a back up! Lt Nyoni, helped me to overcome it. I
message to all my fellow colleagues in I count the person braver who con- thank her, may she continue with her 9
the SANDF, in fact everyone in uni- quers his or her desires than the per- superb service, even to those who are
form, about this habit of killing them- son who conquers his or her enemies, scared to speak out. Lt Nyoni, I know
selves or any form of killing. for the hardest victory is the victory sometimes it is not easy to intervene in
I am a firm believer that all of us to over oneself. Remember, we have only certain problems, but your friendly
a very large extent are truly masters of one life and one chance to do what we and professional service of a high
our own health, happiness, success want in life. standard did work for me.
and destiny in life, simply by the Comrades, if you have a problem, People, let us share our problems.
thoughts we think, the words we discuss, speak out, talk about it to any- I am sure that we can overcome them.
speak, and the actions that we take. one next to you, then maybe you will Talk about your problems; leave the
Comrades, never forget where you get the solution. Talk to social work- guns, ropes and knives alone. F Sgt
were, where you are and where you ers, chaplains, line managers, section Mxolisi Botya, Waterkloof AFB
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
new year's message from the Ministry of Defence
We have reason to be
he Deputy Minister and I this outlook and this reflect-
have great pleasure in ed itself in the way new
greeting you at this time of ideas, concepts and pro-
the year - the time of cele- grammes were introduced.
bration of the Festive Sadly, however, it does not
Season and the welcoming seem that this paradigm
of the New Year. shift has been institution-
Many presents will be exchang- alised within the
ing hands during this period and Department of Defence.
families will be meeting and cele- This introspection and inter-
brating together in an atmosphere rogation of our state of
of happiness and relaxation. affairs seem to be something
2006 has been a relatively suc- that belongs to the Ministry
cessful year for the Department of and not the Department as a
Defence (DOD) and it seems a num- whole. This has to be pur-
ber of the problems we have had are sued vigorously in 2007.
beginning to get solved. However, The elections in the
much still has to be done and Democratic Republic of the
achieved! Congo (DRC) has given our Mr Mosiuoa Lekota.
When we addressed the Plenary region a new hope and
Defence Staff Council (PDSC) at the strengthens the President's
beginning of 2006 we deliberated on and Commander-in-Chief's State of after SAS AMATOLA - and the
the State of Readiness of the DOD to the Nation Address that in 2006 our opening of Air Force Base Makhado
implement its mandate. We asked country has entered its "Age of Hope". as the training school for the Gripen
the question: "If we say we are The holding of successful elections figher aircraft also fall into the
ready. Are we ready to do what?" in Burundi also testifies to the fact armoury of our achievements. Let
This question challenged the that the South African National the critics of the Special Defence
DOD to embrace a new way of look- Defence Force (SANDF) is and has Packages (SDPs) eat a humble pie as
10 ing at things: at programmes, been the "midwife of democracy" on we celebrate these achievements. It
deployments, etc. our continent. This was further was with a source of glee and pride
We also introduced the concept evinced by the successful elections that members of the Portfolio
of "relevant readiness". We said in the Comoros and Madagascar in Committee on Defence (PCD) sailed
"ready" for the sake of being seen to which the SANDF played a pivotal off the Cape Town harbour into the
be busy and not yielding any tangi- role. This is a cause for celebration sea to experience what the corvet-
ble results is not what the nation is as part of our festive activities, and te was capable of achieving - and
expecting from us. In other words, all of us have every right to pop they were not disappointed! They
we called for a paradigm shift in the champagne to these achievements! experienced our State of Readiness -
way we do and view things. The commissioning of SAS relative and relevant readiness!
A number of people embraced ISANDLWANA - following soon Our Department also continued
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
proud of ourselves We wish
to make strides in terms of transfor- mined to keep this country a
mation. During the course of 2006 a prisoner of the old order.
number of Blacks were promoted to The DOD continued
officers' ranks, especially from war- making progress with
rant officers to captains and majors regards to the empower-
and a significant number of women ment of military veterans
of various race groups were promot- and the preparation of our
ed during the present financial year soldiers for civilian life. We
to the rank of brigadier-general. are hopeful that with the
The introduction of pilot instruc- restructuring of the Human
tors from Zimbabwe at the Central Resource Division we shall
Flying School Langebaanweg - be able to improve on our re-
working hand in hand with our own skilling programme.
people - has contributed to the The last part of 2006 has
improvement of the numbers and been very difficult as a result
success rate of cadets who come of what seemed to be a sus-
from previously disadvantaged tained siege from the media
backgrounds. A number of cadets reporting on various issues
received their wings on 7 December that reflected weaknesses in Mr Mluleki George.
2006. In 2007 we expect to qualify our systems. We will contin-
twelve women pilots, half of whom ue to work on these and seek
are Black. to eliminate qualifications from our and to ensure that we Arrive Alive
The SA Navy also promoted a Audited Financial Statements. wherever we go.
number of women and a few were This will only be achieved if all of We, therefore, remember and
given command of ships. The suc- us commit ourselves to have a salute the late Lieutenant General
cesses achieved so far by the South clean audit, to improve on our Sipho Binda and all those whose
African Air Force (SAAF) and the monitoring and control systems, souls have departed us and those
South African Navy (SAN) were and to improve on our governance women and children who have
mainly due to the Military Skills structures so that we achieve deep- been victims of violent behaviour 11
Development System (MSDS) er accountability. and abuse.
through which we were able to As we go about celebrating the We wish you and your loved
recruit quality trainees who will Festive Season and welcoming the ones an enjoyable and happy
contribute to the rejuvenation of the New Year, we need to remember Festive Season and prosperous
SANDF and also to address the issue our fallen compatriots and to pray New Year.
of representativity. for their families to gather strength
We have cause to be proud of in the light of their lost ones. We Mr Mosiuoa Lekota,
this achievement as it represents need to continue to observe and Minister of Defence and
the success of our transformation to continue to preach and obser- Mr Mluleki George,
agenda and a defeat of those deter- ve non-violence against women Deputy Minister of Defence
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
new year's message
Persist in measuring
t gives me great pleasure to write and presented to the
the 2007 New Year's message for International Relations, Peace
the SA Soldier. As Accounting and Security (IRPS) Director
Officer and Head of the General (DG) Cluster. We envis-
Department of Defence (DOD) I age presenting it to Cabinet and
would like to use this opportunity Parliament in the first quarter of
not only to give a broad overview 2007, and will commence with
of the DOD's performance against pre- the roll-out of the balance-score-
determined objectives for the 05/06 card at the end of 2007. The
financial year, but also reflect on some Defence Work Group (DODW),
of the successes and challenges that tasked with organisational
confronted us during the period under restructuring, completed its
review. work and the macro-organisa-
As many of you will be aware, tional design and the new man-
Government sets its Programme of agement bodies await ministeri-
Action and cluster priorities within the al approval.
Medium-term Strategic Framework. I am happy to report that the
During the January and July Cabinet new performance incentive sys-
Makgotlas respectively, Government tem for levels 1-12 has been Mr January Masilela.
outlined its strategy and plan of action approved and personnel who
against which we must measure our duly qualify for merit bonuses will be in the past few months we were bom-
performance. rewarded accordingly before the end of barded with stories in the press that
In line with our strategic objective the 06/07 financial year. Having sought to portray the Department nega-
of support to the people of South Africa approved the performance incentive tively, particularly regarding the equip-
was the assistance rendered by the system, the challenge that lies ahead is ment allegedly lost in our peacekeeping
DOD during the local government elec- to ensure that it is aligned to the operation in Burundi and the conduct of
tions. One of the highlights of this peri- achievement of predetermined organi- our troops in these operations. The
od was the importing of the rotor, sational objectives. I urge managers to Minister and I have responded to these
which was brought to South Africa in ensure that performance bonuses are allegations and have sought to clarify
the SA Navy vessel, SAS DRAKENS- managed effectively, without bias, to and refute allegations, many of which
BERG, for the Koeberg power station to enhance performance and service deliv- are extraordinarily malicious.
provide electricity in the Western Cape. ery. However, the year was not without During November last year the DOD
The DOD continues to play an integral challenges. One of the challenges we was deeply shocked by the sudden,
part in supporting the Government's continue to face is the qualified finan- unexpected death of the Chief of Joint
foreign policy initiatives through its cial statements by the Auditor-General, Operations, Lt Gen Sipho Binda. I trust
peacekeeping missions in the which highlight the lack of controls and that the Binda family will find strength
12 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), compliance with the policy and legisla- and comfort in this difficult time.
the Sudan, Côte d'Ivoire and Ethiopia. tive framework. In order to address this I wish to take this opportunity to
The first and second rounds of the elec- problem we have embarked on wish all members of the DOD, and in
tions in the DRC were successfully held 'Operation Clean Audit' to ensure that particular the Minister of Defence, Mr
with the assistance of our men and we receive a clean audit report in the Mosiuoa Lekota, the Deputy Minister of
women deployed there. next reporting cycle. Let me hasten to Defence, Mr Mluleki George, and the
I am also happy to report that we add that there are obviously 'quick Chief of the South African National
have made significant strides with wins', and these qualifications and an Defence Force, Gen Godfrey Ngwenya,
many of the Parys Resolutions. The emphasis on matters that will require a a prosperous 2007.
Update of the White Paper and the medium and long-term strategy to
Defence Review were approved by the address them. Mr January Masilela
Plenary Defence Staff Council (PDSC) Secondly, many are now aware that Secretary for Defence
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
Upholding the image
of the SANDF
he year 2006 was marked by a Democratic Republic of Congo
number of momentous events (DRC), the Sudan and Côte d'
and achievements. Thank you Ivoire. The AU's Head of
to those members whose out- Mission, Francisco Madera,
standing behaviour and per- commended our forces for
formances have contributed their professional perfor-
to the successes of the South mance during the presidential
African National Defence Force. election in the Comoros in
During 2006 the SANDF has yet May. SANDF personnel
again proved that it is capable of exe- ensured credible multi-party
cuting successful missions as ordered elections in the DRC and they
by Government. By consolidating our again assisted with the presi-
resources we achieved optimal pre- dential run-off elections in
paredness and the Reserve Force con- October.
tributed well as an integral part of our Plans to establish the
forces. The rejuvenation of the human Southern African Develop-
resources continued, with the Military ment Community Standby
Skills Development System (MSDS) Brigade (SADCBRIG) are now
feeding 4 569 young, healthy members at an advanced stage. The inte- General Godfrey Ngwenya.
into our system. The DOD Youth gration of peace support oper-
Foundation Training Programme ations doctrine into the African Union Aerospace and Defence 2006 exhibi-
again provided suitable candidates for framework during 2006 is a definite tion held in Cape Town.
the scares skills musterings. step forward. 2006 was a challenging, but also a
During 2006 the SANDF has inte- As planned, the SANDF continued fruitful year. The SANDF has done
grated more of the Strategic Defence its withdrawal from internal opera- extremely well in spite of budget con-
equipment into the Services. Two of tions. Training remained a priority straints. However, the negative public-
our Valour Class MEKO A-200 and during 2006 our Navy and Air ity we received as a result of ill-disci-
frigates, the SAS AMATOLA and the Force participated in a combined force pline and negligence is unacceptable.
SAS ISANDLWANA, were commis- training exercise with German forces Let us uphold the image of the SANDF
sioned into the SA Navy and our first off the Cape coast. The SA Army's as a professional, well-trained force.
submarine, the SAS MANTHATISI, Exercise SEBOKA enhanced conven- Sadly, Lt Gen Sipho Binda, the
arrived in April. The SA Air Force tional capabilities. Sixteen countries Chief of Joint Operations passed away
received the first ten British Hawk Mk attended the first-ever International last year. Lt Gen Binda was an exem-
120 lead-in fighter trainers, while the Warrant Officers Conference in plary soldier and a great strategist who
first Gripen fighter aircraft arrived Bloemfontein, with the National will be sorely missed.
from Sweden. Twelve Augusta- Conference of Women in Defence Please continue with the fight
Westland A109 light utility helicopters being a definite highlight. The against HIV/AIDS through the
are now fully operational at Air Force International Blast and Ballistic Masibambisane campaign and Project
bases around the country. Trauma Conference allowed 250 Phidisa.
SANDF members who have been national and international military Thank you for supporting me in
deployed externally in support of and civilian medical experts to share 2006; I wish you the best for 2007.
United Nations (UN) and African information on the saving of lives.
Union (AU) peace missions served in More than 400 exhibitors from 25 General Godfrey Ngwenya
Ethiopia and Eritrea, Burundi, the countries participated in the Africa Chief of the SANDF
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
Gone but still alive
By Sgt Lebohang Letaoana of the late Lt Gen Sipho Binda. Minister
Photos: Sgt Lebogang Tlhaole George advised young soldiers to learn
something from the departed Lt Gen
he late Lt Gen Sipho Binda Binda because he had sacrificed a lot for
(may his soul rest in peace) is the struggle. The Chief of the SA Navy,
probably one of the South V Adm Johannes Mudimu, described
African soldiers that members Lt Gen Binda as a "revolutionary sol-
of the defence industry and dier" who served with pride. The
SANDF members will not for- National Director of Public Prosecutions
get. Yes, he has been buried and Head of the National Prosecuting
but he remains alive in the hearts and Authority, Mr Vusi Pikoli, said death
minds of many, especially those who has robbed them of a loyal servant of
were close to him. the country.
On the day of the memorial ser- The funeral service of the late Lt Gen
vice, 22 November 2006, the hall was Binda was held at Vista University on
packed to capacity. Speaker after 25 November 2006. He was buried with
speaker shared moments they had full military honours at Avalon
The late Lt Gen Sipho Binda
spent with the departed gallant soldier Cemetery in Soweto. He is survived by (13 January 1952 - 14 November 2006).
at home and in exile. his wife (Irene), son (Nhlanhla), daugh-
The Deputy Minister of Defence, ter (Nokululeko), and three grandchil- miss him too. SA Soldier and the
Mr Mluleki George, members of the dren (Nkanyezi, Nolwadle and Department of Defence acknowledge
defence industry, SANDF members Amadla). and appreciate all the tributes and/or
and the family of the deceased gath- Not only those who were close to condolences expressed.
ered at the Thaba Tshwane City Hall him will miss him, South Africa and Hamba Kahle Vilakazi, Binda,
in remembrance of the life and times world leaders who knew him will Mphephete!
The Chaplain General, Reverend (Brig Gen) Marius Cornelissen, leading the way to the cemetery.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
Our sailors returned
Article and photo by PO Denzyl operations, such as the Burundi peace- churches and families and tell them of
Williams keeping operations because of their this great experience that you have
importance to our continent, especial- achieved through the SA Navy for the
n the beginning of 2006 the SA ly in the Great Lakes region. history of South Africa."
Navy deployed a maritime con- Speaking about his
tingent of approximately 65 experiences in Burundi,
sailors to Burundi to assist the AB T.D. Makouholola
United Nations (UN) and African said that he enjoyed the
Union (AU) in peacekeeping deployment opera-
operations. tionally and socially. He
On 2 November 2006 the contin- said for him it was an
gent returned home from Burundi excellent opportunity
and was met by the Director Maritime because they were the
Warfare, R Adm (JG) Rusty Higgs, last SA Navy contingent
who represented the Chief of the SA to be deployed to
Navy. He welcomed the contingent Burundi, and for him to
back and expressed how proud South be part of such a history
Africa and the SA Navy were of them for the SA Navy, the
and that they did our Department SANDF and South
proud once again. Africa at large made him
The Admiral commended the a proud South African.
behaviour and discipline of the con- In his last words to
tingent, as there were very few inci- the group R Adm (JG)
dents that needed to be addressed Higgs said: "You must R Adm (JG) Rusty Higgs, Director Maritime
through the Military Discipline Code. be proud of what you Warfare, with CPO S.K.N. Govender, who was
He also highlighted how important it have done. Go back to one of the Coxswains in charge of the harbour
was for the SA Navy to play a role in your communities, patrol boats and the namacurras.
Assisting Mozambique learners
By Mrs G. Bezuidenhout, Chingodzi in the Tete province of and Tshwane South College to assist in
Service Corps Mozambique. this venture. The training of the
The Service Corps is ideal for these Organic Farm Group will consist of a
The assistance of the South African tasks due to the experience it has as a full agriculture instructors' course for
Department of Defence with the skills redeployment agent of the South 22 members, followed by a (practical) 15
development of members of the African Department of Defence. The second phase on site at Chingodzi.
Mozambique Defence Force who need Service Corps is an institution focus- Staff of the Organic Farm Group
to be integrated into society has result- ing on the skills enhancement of per- will mentor this phase. The Tshwane
ed in bilateral negotiations between sons eligible to become empowered, South College will combine its
the two departments. employable and self-sustainable in resources with that of the Centre for
The Service Corps was identified society. Advanced Training (CAT) to provide
by the South African National Defence Owing to the urgency of the for technical and construction training
Force to assist the Mozambique Mozambican Skills Development of 44 Mozambique trainers who will
Defence Force with skills development Project, coupled to its economic complete their first phase in December
and the establishment of a vocational revival, the Service Corps was obligat- 2006. They will return to South Africa
and agricultural training centre in ed to utilise the Organic Farm Group in January 2007 for phase 2.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
By Lebohang Letaoana
Photos: F Sgt David Nomtshongwana
ohannesburg paid tribute to all the heroes and heroines
who lost their lives in war and armed struggles for free-
dom, democracy and peace in South Africa at the
Cenotaph on 12 November 2006.
The year 2006 marked the 86th National
Remembrance Sunday Service. The Executive Mayor of
Johannesburg, Mr Amos Masondo, hosted the occasion
as Patron of this national event. Participants included the
SANDF, Freedom Regiments of the City of Johannesburg and
Since the inception of the war memorial in 1926 the
Cenotaph has always been the place where the National
Remembrance Sunday Service has been held. In 1996 the City of
Johannesburg rededicated the memorial to all the war and free-
dom heroes and heroines.
The service commenced with a march-past by a military
band, the SANDF and military veterans. This was followed by a
solemn wreath-laying ceremony conducted by senior SANDF
officials, ex-service organisations, civic dignitaries and diplo-
matic representatives. SAPS widows, orphans and youth groups
were also given an opportunity to pay respect to their fallen
On this day special tribute was paid to members of the SAPS
killed on official duty, especially the shooting of four policemen
in Jeppestown, Johannesburg, in June 2006.
The Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Mr Amos Masondo,
leads the way to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day.
Right: Lt Gen Solly Shoke, Chief of the SA Army, lays a
wreath on behalf of the Chief of the SANDF, Gen Godfrey
Ngwenya, at the Cenotaph in Johannesburg.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
We will remember them
Article and photos by Margaret or embassy representatives of all coun- who died were remembered and
Neethling from Cairo, Egypt tries affected during the War then fol- admired for their courage by young
lowed accompanied by their defence and old alike, who read the names on
n the ancient Egyptian desert on attachés serving in Egypt. After the offi- the tombstones or on the walls of the
the shores of the Mediterranean cial wreath-laying, family members who Memorial. Here, a further 1 255 names
Sea lies the battlefield of El had made the journey to Alamein paid of South African soldiers whose bodies
Alamein where three main ceme- tribute. were never found or identified, are
teries bear witness to fierce battles As we planted the colourful South recorded.
fought during World War II. African flags in front of each of the 495 The Act of Remembrance is thus
Nowadays the region is frequently South African tombstones we were even more stirring: "They shall grow
visited by international tourists to struck by the fact that the surnames of not old, as we that are left grow old,
the El Alamein Military Museum and those brave men were truly drawn from Age shall not weary them, nor the years
the Commonwealth Cemetery, the all sectors of South Africa - possibly then condemn them. At the going down of
German Cemetery, the Italian the beginning of our Rainbow Nation? the sun and in the morning, we will
Cemetery and the Greek Memorial. Here in apparent desolation, those remember them."
More than 60 years have passed
since the bitterly fought battles of
World War II and very few of the
survivors have ever been able to re-
visit this area to pay homage to their
The annual Commemoration Ser-
vice is held on a rotational basis. The
United Kingdom co-ordinated last
year's ceremony on 20 October 2006.
First a veteran from the battle laid a
wreath, followed by representatives of
the Egyptian Government and the
Egyptian Armed Forces. Ambassadors
Tombstones and National flags at El Alamein.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
SA Army Seminar 21
By Lebohang Letaoana Africa: Future Chal-
Photo: F Sgt David lenges" critically
Nomtshongwana examined the limita-
tions of military inter-
ne of the renowned classi- vention in addressing
cal military strategists, Carl Africa's chronic con-
von Clausewitz, once said it flicts, while drawing
is essential to understand the our attention to
kind of war on which we are strategies for sustain-
embarking. able post-conflict
Academics and military reconstruction.
practitioners from abroad and SANDF Col John Hutche-
high-ranking officers met in Midrand son, Director Opera-
at the end of last year to discuss and tions Army from the
share information about the SA Army Australian Army,
Vision 2020 seminar. presented Australian
The theme of the seminar was Army operations in
"Security Challenges Shaping the East Timor and the
Future SA Army: A Reality Check for Solomon Islands: "In
SA Army Vision 2020". In his welcom- East Timor and the
ing address the Chief of the SA Army, Solomon Islands the
Lt Gen Solly Shoke, told the delegates Australian Army has
that their active participation in dis- discovered that the
cussions was of the utmost impor- modern battle space
tance, as this added value to SA Army is complex, diverse,
Vision 2020. The seminar was not lethal and diffused
aimed at discussing any documents regardless of the lev-
Dr Martin Rupiya (Lt Col Ret) from the Institute
written under the auspices of SA el of intensity," said
for Security Studies making his point during the
Army Vision 2020, but should be a Col Hutcheson.
military interpretation of world trend Prof André Roux
security aspects. peace support operations," said from the Institute for Future
The Minister of Defence, Mr Minister Lekota. Research, University of Stellenbosch
Mosiuoa Lekota, who officially After opening the seminar, the spoke about the "Guns versus Butter
opened the seminar said the SA Army Minister of Defence paved the way for in SA: An economic Analysis." Two
Seminar 21 was appropriate and rele- the plenary session to begin. A variety aspects of the guns versus butter
vant, and that through this seminar of topics were discussed, such as inter- debate were explored in his presenta-
the SA Army would look more closely nal, continental and global security tion. First, an analysis was undertak-
at the trends characterising future challenges and the role that technolo- en of the forces and interrelationships
18 warfare so that we would have a bet- gy will play in future military opera- that have shaped the linkages
ter grasp of the threat patterns and tions in an integrated, joint, multina- between defence spending and eco-
wars our Army could be engaged in tional, interagency and interdepart- nomic growth in South Africa.
during the course of the 21st century. mental context, and reference was Secondly, the economic and financial
"Through this seminar the SA made to case studies and emerging implications of some degree of secu-
Army, as the key custodian of our world trends. rity co-operation in SADC were
Constitutional mandate and military examined.
strategy, will seek to further consoli- Comments from some The Chief of the SA Army, Lt Gen
date their quest to be prepared at all of the speakers Solly Shoke, intends on the basis of
times to defend and support the peo- Dr Martin Rupiya (Lt Col Ret) the successful first SA Army Seminar
ple and territorial integrity of South from the Institute for Security Studies 21, to make this event a biennial
Africa and participate effectively in (ISS) said his presentation "Conflict in event.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
SAN TV scooped first
prize at international
Article and photo courtesy tool to be used by the SA Navy Diver's
Mrs Marianne Dirker Branch for active recruiting of new
divers among South African youth.
he SANDF was formally This year, 27 countries participated
invited to participate in, and with 90 films in this prestigious event
attend, the 17th International in seven different categories. As this
Military Film Festival which competition is of a high standard,
took place in Rome in countries with a combination of
November last year. This was advanced technology, excellent visu-
the fifth consecutive year that als and high budgets have a distinct
the DOD/SANDF participated in this advantage.
festival/competition and it was a sec- The SAN TV section under the
ond for the SA Navy. leadership of Mrs Marianne Dirker
This is the only opportunity avail- worked tirelessly to provide the SA behalf of the SANDF/DOD. The SAN
able to the DOD to show its military Navy Diver's Branch with a high-qual- TV team believed that their DVD was
audio-visual capability on an interna- ity, professional product (DVD). of a high standard and that it had an
tional level, benchmark its products Working with a limited budget the excellent chance to win in its category
and initiate an international network dedicated team of SAN TV made a and so they waited in anticipation for
with other countries' defence forces concerted effort to produce a DVD of the results. In the end SAN TV
and their audio-visual sections. which the SA Navy could be proud. achieved the first prize in the
SAN TV entered the DVD "South The prize-giving ceremony was Promotion category for their DVD
African Navy Diver's Branch" in the held at Bracciano near Rome and the "South African Navy Diver's Branch".
Promotion category, as it was created South African Military Attaché in The DVD has already been utilised
as a communication and promotional Rome, Col Sue Palmer, attended on by various recruiting facilities within
the DOD, including the recruit-
ing section in Cape Town (the
Castle) and Pretoria (DPAC)
and was well received. The
DVD was recently shown at the
Africa Aerospace and Defence
(AAD) exhibition held in Cape
Town, with excellent and posi-
In addition to this presti-
gious achievement SAN TV has 19
also been advised by the Gov-
ernment Communication and
Information System (GCIS) that
the DVD "South African Navy
Diver's Branch" has been chosen
as a finalist in the National
Awards in the Ubungcweti cate-
gory. The SA Navy's SAN TV
The winning team, fltr: Cdr Z.G. Sithole, WO2 G. Harman, Mrs V. Staack, section is definitely going
Mrs M. Dirker and PO A. van der Merwe. places …
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
Young soldier honoured
By Lebohang Letaoana The award is divided into three In 2003 he went to Kenya on
Photo: Sgt Lebogang Thlaole levels. The Bronze level for those overanother exchange programme. "After
14 years, and the minimum period of this African cultural exchange I
overty is not an excuse to participation to gain this award is sixrealised that how many times do we
“P commit crime; I could have
been a gangster or drug
addict, but I chose to be an
example to my peers to live
a clean life." These were
months. The Silver level (over 15
years) for which the period of partici-
pation is 12 months. The Gold level is
for those over 16 years, and the mini-
mum period is 18 months.
question our surroundings. There's so
much we have here at home com-
pared to our neighbouring countries,
but we still complain of poverty
while there are people who are suf-
the words of CO Arend CO Hoffman joined the pro- fering and struggling for survival.
Hoffman. gramme in March 1998 when he par- We must appreciate what we have,"
The former President, Mr Nelson ticipated in the sport of hiking. "Whensaid CO Hoffman who joined the
Mandela, recently honoured him with I accomplished my first level I was SANDF in January 2006 as a Military
the Presidential Award for Youth informed after a week that I was cho- Skills Development System (MSDS)
Empowerment. The President's sen as the Best Bronze Level member member.
Award was founded in 1983 under the in the President's Award nationally," In 2004 he finished his Gold level
banner of the Golden Shield Award. In said CO Hoffman. From there he start- and he represented South Africa in
1994 it was re-launched as the ed with his Silver level. "It was very Hong Kong in September 2005. He felt
President's Award with Mr Mandela wonderful and worthy of achieving
nice; we integrated with lots of schools
as its Patron-in-Chief. The fundamen- in the area. We did many joint pro- this milestone, but his tasks did not
tal aim of the programme is to grammes and activities, which really end there. He had to do months of
empower young people from all walks boosted my morale," he added. For all research and undertake tasks in differ-
of life to believe in themselves, devel- his hard work and dedication CO ent provinces before he could attend
op new skills, keep physically fit, be of Hoffman has been rewarded with trips the International Global Event in
service to others and to challenge to abroad. He was on an exchange pro- Hong Kong. According to CO
themselves. gramme for 16 days in Europe. Hoffman this experience was the best
moment of his life, which
he would not trade it for
anything else. He felt proud
to represent his country as
a young enthusiastic leader
What is next for this
enthusiastic youngster? "If I
am accepted in Saldanha in
2007 I would like to pro-
mote the programme in our
four Services and among
20 the MSDS members and
enrol them for the Gold
level. We certainly will be
promoting the name of the
SANDF and showing other
departments, the business
community and others that
the new leaders in the
SANDF are really capable
Col Nelson Mangesi, Commandant Personnel Service School (right), congratulating of taking this organisation
CO Arend Hoffman on receiving his Gold Level Certificate as the President's Award to a new level," concluded
for Youth Empowerment. CO Hoffman.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
Together we can
By Nomonde Vuthela
Photos: Sgt Lebogang Tlhaole
leader is a leader through giv-
ing and contributing selfless-
ly," said the Vice-Chancellor
of the University of Johannes-
burg, Dr Ihron Rensburg, dur-
ing the keynote address at the
6th Annual Metropolitan
Eastern Cape Awards 2006.
This auspicious occasion was held
at the Walter Sisulu University in
Mthatha on 18 November 2006. The
award ceremony celebrated heroes and
heroines, created role models and
motivated the youth for action. On this
day, daughters and sons of the Eastern
Cape were acknowledged for the job
well done. Sponsored by Metropolitan Col Nontobeko Mpaxa, the Officer Commanding Army Support Base Port
Life, the awards represent moments to Elizabeth, receives the Metropolitan Eastern Cape 2006 Leadership Award
reflect on people's fragile yet signifi- from Mr Edgar Maphekula of Metropolitan Life.
cant attempts to play a role in the and understanding. The idea of estab- Metropolitan Eastern Cape Awards
building of society. lishing the Eastern Cape Awards was 2006: continue to help shape the future
Presented with the Metropolitan founded seven years ago. The awards of this great country!
Eastern Cape Award for Leadership go hand-in-hand with the
was none other than our very own "plough back campaign" and
SANDF member, Col Nontobeko should influence young peo-
Mpaxa, the Officer Commanding ple to desire playing a more
Army Support Base Port Elizabeth. As meaningful role in the devel-
the SANDF's first female battalion opment of a better South
commander Col Mpaxa made history Africa.
as the first woman to command a mili- Col Mpaxa shared centre
tary base. "I don't believe it, but stage with formidable achiev-
because I am standing here, I have to ers, such as Mama Epainette
believe that it is really happening," she Mbeki, mother of President
said accepting the award. Thabo Mbeki, who was pre-
With a 10 Year Service Medal and a sented with the Lifetime
military career spanning almost 20 Award for the contribution
years, Col Mpaxa said determination she continues to make in
and hard work were the secrets to
the economic upliftment of
achieving command of an army base. the underprivileged in her
"We in the military always think that community.
because most of our time as members is Struggle stalwart, Ma
spent in army barracks, South Africans Albertina Sisulu, was award-
don't know us and are unaware of ed the Legend Award for her
what we are doing." Col Mpaxa also lifetime fight for social justice
added that even though an award of and freedom. Her daughters, SA Soldier's Nomonde Vuthela (right) with
this nature could only be accepted by Beryl and Nonkululeko, local singer, Simphiwe Dana, winner of the
a single individual, it should not be accepted the award on her Arts and Culture Award for making her pres-
forgotten that awards were achieved behalf. ence felt in the music industry by singing in
collectively, through strong teamwork To all the recipients at the her mother tongue, Xhosa.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
focus on women
Women of Africa
come together as one
By Nomonde Vuthela reason for the existence of defence women and men in all AU operations
Photos: Sgt Lebogang Tlhaole forces and how gender mainstreaming and decision-making structures. Mr
could add value. "We are serious!" Lekota advised women to speed up
outh Africa hosted the 5th asserted Dr Juma.
the processes of implementing what
African Women's Peace When the Minister of Defence, Mr would be decided at this meeting.
Table Seminar from 27 to 29 Mosiuoa Lekota, declared the second Shedding some light on how
November 2006 in day of the conference officially opened, things have been happening within
Centurion, Pretoria. Invited he noted that the timing of the seminar the AU, Ms Bineta Diop, the Executive
to the conference were senior was crucial as it coincided with the Director Femmes Africa Solidarité,
women officers serving in 16 Days of Activism period. said the Organisation for African
the SADC defence forces. Mr Lekota said that it was impera- Unity (OAU) was exclusively male.
Hosted by the Department of tive to have more women play their "While the OAU was expected to tack-
Defence in collaboration with Safer roles in the defence forces of the coun- le post- independent challenges by
Africa, the seminar focused on the tries of our region, adding that those transforming Africa and being the
state of gender equity in the SANDF. present should help complete the force for positive change, it lacked the
Entitled, "Gender Equity in the promises made to South African contributions of even one woman,"
Defence Forces of the Southern women in the course of the National said Ms Diop.
African Development Community Democratic Revolution. "During the 4th World Conference
(SADC) Region", the overall objective The Minister added that the on Women held in Beijing in 1995 (the
of the seminar was to facilitate the African Union's (AU) Solemn Beijing Conference) we suddenly
alignment of national policies and Declaration on Gender Equity in Africa woke up. With the assistance of the
practices on gender equity with adopted by the Heads of State in Addis UN Economic Commission for Africa
regional standards and benchmarks. Ababa provides for the pursuit of gen- and other UN agencies, the Beijing
A partnership has started! It was a der parity - a 50/50 representation of conference was used to bridge African
very special moment when the DOD
Chief Director of Equal Opportunities,
Maj Gen Ntsiki Motumi, welcomed all
the special guests, including delegates
from the SADC countries, United
Nations Development Fund for
Women (UNIFEM), the Office of the
Presidency, the SA Police Service, the
Correctional Services, the Department
of Foreign Affairs, and South African
22 Women in Dialogue (SAWID).
On behalf of the co-host of the
seminar, Safer Africa, Dr Monica Juma
(Senior Researcher), commended the
delegates for availing themselves of
the first SADC Women's Peace Table
and emphasised that gender equality
had become an international impera-
tive. She touched on the envisaged
outcomes of gender mainstreaming
The SANDF co-hosted the 1st SADC Women's Peace Table, fltr: Ms Lizzy
and the extent to which gender equity Kubushi, Legal Advisor to the Minister of Defence, Defence Minister Mosiuoa
will improve on mandates and the Lekota and Maj Gen Ntsiki Motumi, Chief Director Equal Opportunities.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
first SADC Women's
Peace Table, the Senior
(Nairobi, Kenya), Ms
Monique Kande, said it
was amazing how most
of the time when the
issue of gender arose
people thought only of
ment, civil society and
communities in general.
They rarely think about
women in the defence
forces. "We know that
the security forces play
Delegates from the Zimbabwean, Namibian, Swaziland, Zambia, Lesotho defence forces a critical role in our
attending the first SADC Women's Peace Table. nations, but we do not
ask about the situation
women together in pursuit of a com- of State". Representing the Govern- of the women in the security forces,"
mon cause," Ms Diop added. "We thus ment, Ambassador January Bardill Ms Kande alleged.
waged our advocacy campaign to stated that South Africa women, both Bringing to the fore some of the
establish the African Women's Com- in the Presidency and in the critical, but not unique challenges to
mittee on Peace and Development Department of Defence, had spear- transformation, representatives from
(AWCPD). Mrs Kazibwe, the Vice- headed programmes that seek to assist the various armed forces spoke
President of Uganda, was elected women in conflict-ridded countries. earnestly and honestly. Delegates from
Chairperson of the Committee and I "In Burundi women have played a the Armed Forces of Swaziland,
was made Secretary-General." significant role in bringing belliger- Tanzania, Angola, Lesotho,
"Regardless of obstacles we decid- ents to the table. The South African Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and
ed that the AWCPD would mobilise Women in Dialogue (SAWID) has Namibia openly explained to the
and become an efficient mechanism played a major role in facilitating dia- house all the challenges and obstruc-
within the OAU. We needed to use logue between women from opposing tions to gender mainstreaming in their
strategies that would allow us to use camps," Ambassador Bardill said. home countries.
the transformation of the OAU into "South Africa was at the forefront In terms of the relatively high
the AU as an opportunity to push for- of the campaign to ensure that women number of female senior officers in
ward the agenda," Ms Diop contin- were equitably represented in the South Africa, the SANDF is, without
ued. "The AWCPD has been trans- International Criminal Court. doubt, well ahead of its counterparts.
formed into an advisory mechanism "In 2005 South Africa appointed its Essentially, the prevailing eupho-
for the Chairperson of the AU first female Deputy President. Overall ria that binds all the SADC women
Commission. In addition, the New there is a 43.33% representation of representatives can be summed up in
Partnership for African Development women in the Cabinet. Three women the notion: "No women, no peace".
(NEPAD) has established a gender have been appointed as Office-Bearers Maj Gen Motumi remarked that 23
unit with a woman as the Head of the in the National Assembly. They con- the above statistics only served as a
Peer Review Board." stitute 37.5% of Office-Bearers in the stark reminder of just how much more
Detailing the good news and National Assembly. The Chairperson work still had to be done. "I therefore
marking the milestones, Ms Diop said: and the Deputy Chairperson of urge each one of you to share your
"The Protocol to the AU on Human Committees for the National Council experiences openly and honestly
and People's Rights adopted in of Provinces (NCOP) are women. about these matters so that workable
Maputo in 2002 finally entered into Twenty-nine (28.15%) women were strategies can be designed to enhance
force in November 2005. In 2004 we appointed as Ambassadors, High women's role in the furtherance of
saw the successful adoption of the Commissioners and Consul-Generals the peace and security agenda. Let
Solemn Declaration of Gender Equity in 2006." us engage constructively and build
in Africa (ADGEA) by African Heads Making her contribution to the networks."
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
international blast and ballistic trauma congress
Focus on battlefield
A practical demonstration of the Scientific Instrumented Impulse Measurement Apparatus (SIIMA) resulting in the
explosion of only one rear wheel of a Casspir.
Article courtesy Milmed The purpose of the congress was to of injury, blast trauma to the abdomen,
Photos: F Sgt David afford delegates the opportunity to pre-hospital management, robotic
Nomtshongwana interact with one another and to discuss combat casualty extraction and evacu-
on an international level the impact, ation, tactical combat casualty care and
wo hundred and fifty local treatment and prevention of blast and extremity trauma management of war
and foreign delegates attended ballistic trauma in terms of both military wounds.
the International Blast and and civilian casualties who are caught In his opening address the Surgeon
Ballis-tic Trauma Congress up in conflict situations throughout the General, Lt Gen Vejaynand Ramlakan,
held at the Armscor confer- world today. It furthermore allowed said: "Fortunately, South Africa has
ence facility in Pretoria at the engineers, scientists, medical profession- not been involved in any mine or non-
end of September last year. als and project officers an opportunity to accidental blast situations during the
Countries represented included Aus- learn how the rest of the world was pro- last fourteen years. This, however,
tralia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, gressing in this technological era. emphasises the importance of learning
Egypt, Germany, the United States, the More than 30 scientific presentations from our colleagues who have been
United Kingdom and the Russian were made during the congress, which involved in these incidents more
Federation. included blast and ballistic mechanisms recently to keep our skills up to date.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
promote peace and stability in our
region. The much spoken about
"African battle space" must now be
analysed and defined so that it can
guide our doctrine and the develop-
ment of our weapons systems, our
treatment regimes and our evacua-
tion resources. We need African
solutions and we must work
towards the interoperability of
armies in our region. Since 2003 the
SANDF has become involved in
central Africa on a significant scale.
I am sure that this fact not only cre-
ates unique opportunities for our
local industry, but also holds seri-
ous challenges in optimal combat
"When users, like ourselves,
specify our vehicle requirements for
wheeled armoured vehicles we tend
to lay down stringent specifications
to meet our firepower, mobility and
The remains of a mine boot after a demonstration of the reduced effects of survivability requirements. Further-
an anti-personnel mine on a lower leg. more, we want this equipment to
cost as little as possible and we
"Mine and improvised explosive Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, the always need it urgently.
device (IED) awareness training is the Chemical and Biological Weapons "This is always a challenge to engi-
activity that can have the most imme- Conventions, the Missile Technology neers and scientists and it is up to them
diate impact on reducing the suffering Control Regime and the Nuclear to come forward with an affordable
caused by such weapons. Such train- Suppliers Group. solution that is well balanced. By
ing, coupled with education in self-aid affordable I mean it is affordable
and buddy aid for victims, has been throughout the life cycle of the
One person is either
shown to reduce greatly the injury and weapons system.
maimed or killed by a mine
death rate. "The tools available to scientists
every 20 minutes.
"This needs to be followed by com- and engineers today are much more
petent emergency care within the advanced than thirty years ago and
proverbial golden hour and effective "To limit these horrendous injuries vehicles are more optimised. The man-
evacuation processes. The need for South Africa is party to the machine interface is better managed
proficient medical and nursing person- Conventional Weapons Convention, and soldiers experience better all-
nel receiving the casualty, maintaining which controls or prohibits the use of round protection in vehicles.
control over bleeding and implement- weapons with non-detectable frag- "When I look back into history at
ing definitive care cannot be overem- ments, mines and booby traps, incendi- the South African vehicle designs, I
phasised. I hope that this congress will ary weapons and blinding laser realise that we have come a long way
benefit all the military medical services weapons. in the development of mine-protected
present to achieve this. "South Africa is also a signatory to vehicles. South Africa is delivering
"During the past decade South the Ottawa Convention, also referred vehicles to various foreign countries,
Africa has established a well-defined to as the Mine Ban Treaty, which pro- including the USA, Sweden and the
national arms control and non-prolif- hibits the use, stockpiling, production United Nations. These products have
eration policy and control system that and transfer of anti-personnel mines. contributed to the saving of many sol-
is embedded in legislation, for exam- This Convention also requires signato- diers' lives.
ple the National Conventional Arms ries to destroy all stockpiled anti-per- "The SANDF is mindful and appre-
Control Act and the Non-proliferation sonnel mines, including mines current- ciative of the work done on its behalf
of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act. ly planted in the soil, within a specified by Armscor and industry. It is through
"As a responsible member of the period of time. design and a systems approach that
international community South Africa "The SANDF strategy and concept acquisition and technology develop-
has also acceded to a number of inter- of operations, which are aligned with ment for the SA Army were entrusted
national arms control and non-prolif- government intent and policy, are clear to the said parties as part of the trans-
eration agreements, such as the - we will deploy and serve in Africa to Continued on page 26
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international blast and ballistic trauma congress
Continued from page 25
formation of the DOD.
"The motto of the South African
Military Health Service summarises
the purpose of this congress - We save
the Brave. As medical personnel or
engineers we are all here because we
believe that we can contribute to sav-
ing the brave - be it an innocent
bystander or weathered soldiers."
On the last day of the four-day
congress a practical demonstration
was hosted by Armscor at the
The following technologies were
SIIMA - Scientific Instrumented
Impulse Measurement Apparatus The main objective of the bomb disposal suit is to save the lives of
- Measures impulse explosions of operators whose job it is to go willingly into the most dangerous known
up to 8 kg blast zone and try to defuse or disarm potential improvised explosives
LLST - Lower Leg System Tester -
Measurement of the lower leg per 334 inhabitants, has the highest rate devices or so-called improvised explo-
during landmine incident of amputees per inhabitant in the sive devices (IEDs). These devices vary
Casspir Mine Protected Vehicle - world: about 1.5% of the population has from a liquid petroleum gas cylinder
Demonstration of a typical
been injured in mine or unexploded with artillery shells tied around it and
landmine protected vehicle
ordnance incidents. detonated from a distance, to massive
IED - Demonstration of a typical
Increasingly, mines have shifted truck bombs carrying tons of explo-
Improvised Explosive Device
from being primarily a defensive, tacti- sives. The United States has already
Mine Boot - Demonstration of
cal battlefield weapon, to being an lost 2 400 soldiers and almost 18 000
the reduced effects of an anti-
offensive, strategic weapon. It is often have been injured in this conflict, main-
personnel mine on a lower leg
aimed deliberately at civilians in order ly due to blast and ballistic trauma.
Soft skin car explosion
Casualty evacuation exercise to empty territory, destroy food sources These devices cause unspeakable
and create refugee flows, or simply to suffering as they inflict appalling phys-
spread terror. Such use has been espe- ical injuries, which often lead to ampu-
Maimed or killed by mines cially prevalent in internal conflicts tation, severe disability and psycho-
Over the last sixty years anti-per- involving insurgents or other types of logical trauma. Dirt, debris, metal or
sonnel mines have caused more deaths unconventional forces. This is partly plastic fragments from the casing,
and injuries than nuclear, biological because of the limited financial and vehicle and environment may be driv-
and chemical weapons combined. material resources of insurgent forces en deep into the bodies of victims.
The International Committee of the (mines are cheap), and partly because Treatment is needed urgently, with
Red Cross estimates that 800 people mines are particularly effective in ter- surgical intervention close to the in-
are killed by mines every month, and rorising civilian populations for politi- jury often the only life-saving option
another 1 200 are maimed: a total of 2 cal gain. However, governments and to control bleeding.
000 victims a month. This means that conventional armies have also prac- Surgeons who treat such injuries
26 one person is either maimed or killed tised mine use against civilian popula- daily consider them to be among the
by a mine every 20 minutes. Most of tions. Targeting civilians in this way is most horrendous of war injuries and
these victims are civilians killed or a blatant violation of international have expressed profound abhorrence
injured after hostilities have come to humanitarian law, which explicitly at the effects and continued use of
an end. bans such practices. IEDs.
Nearly a third of mine victims have Suicide attacks, where the blast is
at least one limb amputated. In the Improvised explosive device caused by detonating explosives often
USA there is on average one amputee Mines are, however, not the only wrapped around the body, have even
per 22 000 inhabitants. In Cambodia, form of blast trauma. The United States more unique challenges. Shrapnel and
one of the countries worst affected by has experienced severe casualties in bony fragments from the attacker in-
mines, there is one amputee per 384 Iraq, specifically from the new weapon termix to penetrate deep into often
inhabitants. Angola, with one amputee of the day, viz improvised explosive innocent bystanders.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
By Nomonde Vuthela Surgeon General of SAMHS, Lt Gen
Photos: Sgt Lebogang Tlhaole Vejaynand Ramlakan, said that he
wanted to use World AIDS Day as an and AIDS activist, S Sgt Philisiwe
variety of events to mark opportunity to encourage those who Ntshangase, said she was lighting a
World AIDS Day were held remained negative and to salute the candle for abused women, members
simultaneously on 1 bravery of those who are living with who are living with HIV/AIDS, scien-
December 2006 all over the the virus positively. Urging those tists working hard for a cure, our
world with a single common members who are negative to stay Government's HIV/AIDS campaign,
theme: "Let's all take a negative, the Surgeon General said: access to ARVs for all and for all of us
moment to look HIV/AIDS "Our results show without any doubt to support one another.
in the eye". Commemorated annually that ARVs do save lives. I therefore Seeking to understand fully the
on 1 December, this significant occa- ask you not to wait until you are very
extent of communication work being
sion provides the perfect opportunity sick to seek treatment". done for this sort of occasion to be suc-
for the SANDF to participate in this "You have our support, but we cessful, SA Soldier spoke to Capt
universal event. also ask you to help yourselves, live a
Sheila Senokwanyane, the Phidisa
Phidisa seized the moment to unite proper and healthy life-style," said the
Communications Officer, who said
against AIDS by dedicating site num- Surgeon General, adding: "test early that they engaged soldiers by talking
ber six of the Phidisa Project to Ba- and test frequently." He also stated to them before any site was opened.
Palaborwa in the Limpompo Province. that before they begin to celebrate the She elaborated: "First of all we vis-
The great news is: Phidisa is expand- fact that the HIV epidemic is under ited all the units around the site and
ing! This means SANDF members control, there was also an indicationdid some groundwork by marketing
have evolved. To a large extent the that more people with HIV were Phidisa. Our presentation was very
growth of Phidisa demonstrates the dying. "The dedication of this Phidisa
unique in that we reminded members
extent to which members are now site shows our commitment to of how important life was, then we
willing to participate in a more elabo- improve the lives of these people andtalked about health, then moved a
rate manner in the fight to curb the their families in all parts of South step further to HIV and finally we
devastating effects of HIV/AIDS. Africa," he continued. introduced Phidisa."
Proclaiming and announcing the Lighting the candle for the Age of When it conducts work on the
6th Phidisa site in Ba-Palaborwa, the Hope, an SANDF and Phidisa member ground, Phidisa usually works in a
group of three or
mainly of the
gator of a given
area, a member of
and a Phidisa
should not be 27
afraid of Phidisa,
it is a benefit.
and use it," Capt
said. In the
near future new
sites will also
be opened in
Members of Area Military Health Unit Limpompo in Ba-Palaborwa come out to see Ladysmith and
our Surgeon General, Lt Gen Vejaynand Ramlakan, opens the Phidisa site in Ba-Palaborwa. Grahamstown.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
How to manage HIV
and Aids in the military
By Dr Dhesi Achary, care, prevention and impact mitiga- stigma and gender, risk management,
SSO Medical Services tion. There has been a sharp increase capacity building, monitoring and
Photo courtesy Milmed in available funding for HIV/AIDS in evaluation and cooperation and coor-
low and middle-income countries, dination that complete the strategic
ver the last 25 years the which has marked a new era in inter- approach of the DOD towards HIV
HIV and AIDS (Human national public health. It focuses on and AIDS management.
Immunodeficiency Virus providing access to treatment, care The vision of the DOD in this
and Acquired Immuno- and prevention for the people most in regard is to achieve a "healthy and
deficiency Syndrome) epi- need, despite poverty and other HIV - free" military community. The
demic has escalated world- daunting obstacles. The collective mission of the DOD in this regard is to
wide to pandemic propor- efforts of many countries and their provide a comprehensive, multipro-
tions. This pandemic has continued to international partners have generated fessional, multi-layered, military spe-
highlight obstacles to progress in the real momentum in scaling up HIV cific response to reduce the impact of
global development agenda. treatment and prevention. HIV and AIDS on the operational
Of the eight key areas covered by In South Africa HIV and AIDS capability of the DOD and all its offi-
the Millennium Development Goals, remain a major health risk and as cials, dependants and approved clien-
six, namely reduced poverty and child such, is also a major health risk to the tele. So in terms of equality, and to
mortality, increased access to educa- SA DOD. If the HIV epidemic were ensure a non-discriminatory environ-
tion, gender equality, improved allowed to continue unabated in the ment free of stigmatisation, officials in
maternal health and efforts to combat military, it would inevitably have a the DOD living with HIV and AIDS
major infectious diseases are being negative impact on national security must be treated the same as any other
undermined by high rates of HIV in and the operational capability of the officials with a chronic, debilitating
many low and middle-income coun- SANDF. The DOD would thus not be and life- threatening illness/disease.
tries. Sub-Saharan Africa and, in par- able to fulfil its mandate towards the The Cabinet instructed the
ticular, South Africa have experienced Republic of South Africa. Minister of Health on 8 August 2003 to
the most devastating impact of this The DOD, having realised this plan for the roll-out of ARVs in the
epidemic. impact, developed a comprehensive Public Sector. The South African
Since the cause of AIDS was iden- approach to the management of HIV Military Health Service (SAMHS),
tified in the early 1980s, standards of and AIDS, including the provision of being the health care arm of the DOD,
treatment and care have evolved con- ART. The approach, more commonly had to follow suit. The
siderably, primarily in high-income known as Masibambisane, is based on Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Care,
countries. Yet, the human immunode- the seven generic disease processes of Management and Treatment Plan for
ficiency virus has spread across politi- prevention, promotion, diagnostics, South Africa is a significant milestone
cal, social and economic boundaries treatment, rehabilitation, palliative both as a health sector intervention
28 much more quickly than have the clin- care and research and development. It and a socio-economic enhancement
ical and public health responses that is important to note that prevention strategy. The National Department of
help curb the epidemic and its impact. interventions remain the foundation Health (NDOH) has established exten-
Until recently, antiretroviral therapy of HIV management in the workplace sive minimum guidelines for the
(ART) was accessible only to the fortu- and that prevention and health pro- achievement of comprehensive man-
nate few, while millions were denied motion should be integrated with agement of HIV and AIDS, which has
their fundamental right to benefit treatment and care to ensure a disease formed the basis of the programme
from the advances of science. management continuum that starts and plan for the provision of ART in
In recent years an international with prevention and ends with termi- the DOD.
consensus has emerged on the need to nal/palliative care. There are various The Comprehensive HIV and
fight HIV/AIDS with a comprehen- enabling and/or cross-cutting pro- AIDS Care, Management and
sive response, including treatment, cesses of governance, communication, Treatment Plan for the DOD is there-
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
fore in line with that of the NDOH Standard human resource compe- training, updates and refresher cours-
plan. An important paradigm within tency of on-site personnel to pro- es form part of the ongoing profes-
which the plan is conceived and vide ARV care, management and sional development.
developed is the reality that singular treatment. Therefore specialist The objective is to address the
problems, including HIV and AIDS, training in this regard is essential acquisition of medication necessary to
can only be addressed successfully in Standard diagnostic services provide antiretroviral treatment to
a context where the entire health sys- available members and their dependants,
tem is simultaneously being strength- Standard pharmacy capacity to including the cost of diagnostic inves-
ened and developed to adequately manage HIV treatment protocols tigations currently supported through
sustain equitable and quality care Standard care and support donor funding by the US President's
while promoting healthy lifestyles. services, including linkages to Emergency Plan for HIV and AIDS
The plan envisions significant invest- community support structures Relief. However, funding allocated as
ments to ensure that the highest avail- Standard access requirements to a conditional grant by the SA DOD to
able quality of care is provided to ensure patient
approved clientele of the SANDF in accessibility and
line with international and local transport of pa-
norms and standards. The care and tients, laboratory
treatment protocols are thus based on specimens and
international best practice. drugs/consum-
The primary goal of ARV treat- ables
ment is to decrease HIV-related mor- Geographical con-
bidity and mortality. ARV treatment siderations have
is aimed at ensuring fewer oppor- guided the establish-
tunistic diseases and other HIV-relat- ment of ART facilities
ed illnesses, to increase the immune to ensure that all
function as measured by the CD-4 members of the DOD
count and to reduce the viral load to who qualify for treat-
undetectable amounts. ment can access ART.
ARV treatment is offered to any The DOD provides
individual qualifying for such medi- ART through re-
cation according to current policy. The search and non-re-
infrastructure, human resource avail- search sites. Six ART
ability and capabilities of the Military research sites provid-
Health Units may limit the availability ed through Project
of facilities that can provide such Phidisa have been
treatment, but it is envisaged that the established at 1, 2,
SAMHS will maintain at least one and 3 Military Hos-
such facility in every region. pitals. Mthatha, Mtu- Different kinds of antiretroviral drugs. Treatment is
Accreditation of ARV treatment batuba and Ba-Phala- administered in the form of highly active anti-
facilities according to the minimum borwa which opened retroviral treatment, as a triple combination therapy.
standards set by NDOH is crucial to on 1 December 2006
ensure quality of care within the to coincide with World AIDS Day. In combat HIV and AIDS is an indication
DOD. These standards include the fol- addition, six other ARV roll-out sites of sustained commitment to fight HIV
lowing components: have been accredited in partnership and AIDS and the accumulated cost in
Standard facilities (physical) that with the NDOH at 1, 2, and 3 Military this regard will be transferred soon to
are accessible and adequate, with Hospitals, viz Nelspruit, Potchef- the departmental budget.
reliable electricity and safe waste stroom and Durban. Ten more sites All members are encouraged to
are envisaged for accreditation within visit their nearest military health unit
Standard data reporting and a year to ensure wider access to treat- sickbay, Phidisa clinic or ARV clinic to
management information systems ment sites. get tested and to know their status in
Standard clinical services with Healthcare professionals involved order to access comprehensive treat-
regard to the capacity of facilities in the management of ARVs have ment and support, including the pro-
for diagnosis and treatment and received accredited training as spon- vision of ARV treatment.
referral systems sored by donor funding from DFID (ie It must be noted that ARV treat-
Standard human resource capacity from the British Government), in part- ment is not a cure for HIV/AIDS, but
with regard to the on-site avail- nership with the University of does improve the quality of life of
ability of particular categories Pretoria. To date approximately 150 an HIV infected person, which makes
of health care professionals healthcare professionals have been HIV/AIDS a chronic, manageable
(multidisciplinary approach) trained. Further hands-on practical disease.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
Exercise Young Eagle
spreads its wings
By Lebohang Letaoana this exercise. Pte
Photo: F Sgt David Leburu from Mang-
Nomtshongwana aung started her Basic
Military Training at
he SA Army wrapped up its Oudtshoorn on 16
conventional capability exer- January 2006.
cises for 2006 with EXERCISE While she was in
YOUNG EAGLE at the De Oudtshoorn she volun-
Brug Training Area near teered to join the air-
Bloemfontein from 5 to 24 borne soldiers at 44
November 2006. Similar exer- Parachute Regiment.
cises under various code names have Asked why she wanted
been presented annually since 1996. to join the paratroopers
The name EXERCISE YOUNG EAGLE she said she liked the
was officially approved in 2005. adventure and failed to
The goal of EXERCISE YOUNG understand why MSDS
EAGLE was the mastering of airborne female members could
doctrine, tactics, techniques and proce- not pass the parachute
dures at tactical level during and inde- selection training if
pendent airborne operation. given the proper
SA Soldier and other independent preparation. However,
media attended the open day demon- she wanted to prove
stration on 17 November 2006. The that she could make it.
exercise was aimed at training the SA She started the
Army's Airborne and Air Assault parachute course on 11
forces to enhance airborne capability September 2006. It last-
and combat readiness. The code name ed until 8 October 2006,
EXERCISE YOUNG EAGLE was cho- Pte Regina Mantoa Leburu, the first female soldier and she passed all her
of the recent MSDS intake who passed the jumps and qualified as
sen because most of the participants
parachute training and became the first female
were Military Skills Development a fully fledged para-
soldier within the ranks of 1 Parachute Battalion
System (MSDS) members. Basically to participate in this exercise. trooper. Approximate-
EXERCISE YOUNG EAGLE was the ly 834 recruits of the
culmination of the training of new Premier of the Free State and other dis- January 2006 intake participated in the
recruits. tinguished guests. The SA Air Force exercise.
The exercise was commanded by supported the exercise with their air- On the day of EXERCISE YOUNG
Brig Gen Sipho Msi, GOC 46 SA craft, such as the C130 Hercules fixed EAGLE it was her 10th jump from the
30 Brigade. He said the design of the exer- wing aircraft and helicopters (BK 117, aircraft. Asked how she felt about
cise was derived from the eventuality Oryx and Agusta A 109 LUH). This was jumping, she said: "It feels great! I can
of a rapid airborne mobile assault over the first time that this light utility heli- do this every day now because I have a
a distance. This capability would very copter was used during an airborne passion for it." Pte Leburu's current
valuable if the SANDF were urgently exercise. base is 1 Parachute Battalion.
requested to assist in African Union The highlight of the exercise was the The Chief of the SA Army, Lt Gen
(AU) peace support operations. historic moment when Pte Regina Solly Shoke, said that he was
The members of 44 Parachute Mantoa Leburu (22), the first female sol- impressed with the overall success of
Regiment demonstrated live fixed dier of the recent MSDS intake who the exercise. "It is refreshing to see
wing assault landings and helicopter passed the parachute training, became young men and women giving their
assault operations (fast roping) to local the first female soldier within the ranks best and performing their tasks with
learners, members of the Office of the of 1 Parachute Battalion to participate in zeal," said Lt Gen Shoke.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
General Officer to
command Air Command
By Lebohang Letaoana
Photo: F Sgt David Nomtshongwana
t the Air Force Gymnasium,
Maj Gen Frans "Lappies"
Labuschagne officially hand-
ed over command as General
Officer Commanding Air
Command to Maj Gen
Mandla Mangethe. On 15
November 2006 Maj Gen Mangethe
made history in the SA Air Force as the
first black General Officer to command
Handing over of the command
marked the conclusion of his 39 year
military career. In his speech Maj Gen
Labuschagne expressed his wish that he
had done enough in the course of his
career to add value to the future SA Air
Force, referred to in Vision 2015 and
beyond. Maj Gen Labuschagne has
been the GOC Air Command since
"We need quality recruits in the SA
Air Force especially in the field of
pilots," said Maj Gen Mangethe after
taking over the command. He urged
parents to encourage their children to
take maths and science as subjects at
school so that they could become pilots
and fighter pilots in the SA Air Force.
Supporting what was said by Maj Gen
Mangethe, Maj Gen Labuschagne said
that the main challenge in the foresee-
Maj Gen Mandla Mangethe, General Officer Commanding Air Command. 31
able future would be to ensure an
affordable SA Air Force and one that Incoming General Officer Commanding
would be comprised of sufficient
people with specialised skills. "You Maj Gen Mandla Mbube and thereafter a military flying course
will need to recruit the right people, Mashobane Mangethe was born in with the Ethiopian Air Force. He was
provide them with an enabling learn- Johannesburg on 27 December 1952 integrated into the SANDF as a line
ing environment and the highest and matriculated at Musi High School pilot at 44 and 41 Squadron in 1994.
quality of training, while taking prop- in 1972. He served in the ANC's He was the Chief Director Air Policy
er care of our people to ensure their armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, and Plans, after which he resumed his
undivided loyalty and dedication," said from 1976 to 1994. From 1977 to 1979 duties as the new GOC Air Command
Maj Gen Labuschagne. he did his flying course in Nigeria, on 1 January 2007.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
freedom of Overstrand
By Amn Arnaus Rakoma locals at this historic moment, were due Pierce, said that on behalf of Regiment
Photos: Sgt Lebogang Tlhaole to the armoured cars, and the Westelike Provincie he wanted to
Regimental colours were marched and thank the Council and citizens of
n Saturday 11 November displayed. Overstrand for the honour you had
2006 Regiment Westelike On accepting of the Freedom of bestowed upon us by granting the free-
Provincie was granted free- Entry to Regiment Westelike Provincie, dom of entry to the area of jurisdiction
dom of entry into the the Officer Commanding, Lt Col Steven of the Overstrand Municipality.
Overstrand Municipality by
its Executive Mayor,
Councilor Theo Beyleveld, a
retired Brigadier General of
the SANDF. The parade was held in
Magnolia Street in Hermanus. The
annual remembrance parade, com-
memoration service and wreath-laying
ceremony in honour of the fallen heroes
who lost their lives in World War I
were all held on that Saturday.
Reverend Michiel de Kock and
Chaplain Steven Bredenhann of
Regiment Westelike Provincie conduct-
ed the commemoration service, which
was held at the Cenotaph at the Old
Harbour where wreaths were laid.
Members of Regiment Westelike Clockwise: Brig Gen Les Fouche from Infantry Formation, Mr Jan Koekemoer,
Provincie and ex-servicemen (military Municipal Manager of Overstrand, and Brig Gen (Ret) Theo Beyleveldt,
veterans) took part in the annual Executive Mayor of Overstrand, taking the salute from members of Regiment
remembrance parade and sentries were Westelike Provincie during the Freedom of Entry Parade in Hermanus.
Of special note were ex-members of
the Regiment, military veterans, mem-
bers of the Overstrand Municipality,
Brig Gen Les Fouche of the Infantry
Formation as the guest of honour,
Honorary Col Pat McLoughlin from the
Cape Town Highlanders, local digni-
taries and members of the public.
32 Councilor Beyleveldt in his address
invited every Overstrander to partici-
pate in the occasion. "Let's roll the
drums, fly the colours and open our
hearts to the protectors of our glorious
nation," said Brig Gen (Ret) Beyleveldt.
The Regiment Westelike Provincie
Band played and the unit members
paraded through the streets where the
Executive Mayor, the Municipal
Manager, Mr Jan Koekemoer, Brig Gen Members of Regiment Westelike Provincie presenting arms during the annual
Fouche and local dignitaries took the remembrance parade and wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph at the Old
salute. Much of the excitement of the Harbour in Hermanus.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
march through Jozi
Compiled by Lebohang Letaoana of trust placed in a specific military as the Transvaal Scottish, Witwaters-
Photo: F Sgt David regiment by the civilian population. rand Rifles, Rand Light Infantry, etc.
Nomtshongwana On 11 November 2006 members of These regiments had already had the
the Freedom Regiments Association of Freedom of Entry to the City of
he Freedom of Entry Parade Johannesburg took to the streets of Johannesburg bestowed on them and
resulted from the tradition Johannesburg to celebrate the felt that they should form an associa-
that started in London in Freedom of Entry Parade. tion in order to foster the esprit de
1769, when armed soldiers Expressing her pride that the City corps that they had developed and
shocked the people by march- Council of Johannesburg is associated keep in touch with the city fathers. In
ing in the streets. As a result with the Regiments, Councillor Nandi 1986 as part of the centenary celebra-
of this incident the minister of Mayathula-Khoza, MMC, said it was tions of Johannesburg, the Freedom
war agreed that military units had to an honour and a privilege to host the Regiments presented the city with a
get official permission from the city regiments on the streets of huge 1,5 m sword, which hangs in the
mayor to enter the city. Johannesburg in gratitude for the con- ante-room of the Council Chambers in
Only regiments which have been tribution they have made since World the Civic Centre.
granted the Freedom of Entry to a city War II. Inscribed on the sword are the
or town are permitted to march The Freedom Regiments Associa- city's crest and all the regimental
through the streets with fixed bayo- tion of Johannesburg was started in names and badges. Since then the
nets, colours flying and drums beat- 1986 by R Adm (JG) L.M. Bakkes of Freedom of Entry has been granted to
ing. This privilege is a symbolic token SAS Rand and a few regiments, such the Witwatersrand Medical Com-
mand and 6 Light
ment, while in the case
of the Sandton, Rand-
burg and Roodepoort
Council ratified their
Freedom of Entry in
Kruger had the Free-
dom of Entry ratified
in November 2003. On
25 January 2007 the 33
Regiment will receive
its scroll of the Free-
dom of Entry to the
City of Johannesburg.
of these regiments
have been closed,
but the tradition and
close working rela-
Some of the regiments that attended the Freedom of Entry to the City Parade in tionship with the city
Johannesburg formed up at the Cenotaph. carries on.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
Enable greatness in
people and organisations
By Lt Col Neil Bennett,
British Peace Support Team (SA)
he SA National War College, in
a joint venture with the UK,
ran a personal development
course, "The 7 Habits of Highly
Effective People" on the Joint
Senior Command & Staff
Programme. Lt Gen T.T. Ma-
tanzima, Chief of Human Resources,
accompanied by Maj Gen M.A.
Ntshinga, Chief of Joint Training, Brig
Gen T.Z. Manyma, Commandant of
the Military Academy, Brig Gen V.R.
Masondo, Director Human Resource
Centre, and other members of the
SANDF representing the SA National Effective Habits create Effective People who become
War College (SANWC) and the Centre Effective Leaders of Effective Organisations
for Advanced Training (CAT) attend-
ed Dr Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits By using these 7 Habits we could "We, the military, have a require-
presentation. all develop further into becoming ment for knowledge warriors in the
"Highly Effective Soldiers" in our 21st century, who are able to under-
The key to high-performance daily lives, at work and also in peace take their roles in peace missions as
organisations support operations. soldiers, diplomats and developers, as
The 7 Habits: People who apply the 7 Habits:
1. Be proactive Grasp opportunity with determination rather than react poorly, blame others or circum
stances and make excuses. They don't wait around for things to change and don't play
2. Begin with the end in mind Be driven by a compelling mission, vision and strategy, along with a strong set of core
34 values and competencies.
3. Put first things first Stay highly focused on a few mission-critical goals that are ambitious, clearly articulated
and measured. They believe execution is paramount and have a powerful desire for
4. Think win-win They are trusted partners with suppliers and customers, valuing and continuously build-
ing key relationships to their mutual benefit.
5. Seek first to understand Listen carefully to stakeholders and learn to open the door to creative solutions and get
then to be understood the best out of others.
6. Synergise Attract and value diversity. They collaborate creatively, constantly seeking innovative
solutions - the "third alternative" - in alliances and partnerships.
7. Sharpen the saw Place a strong premium on continuous self-renewal.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
well as the various roles throughout "Dr Covey is an internationally permission of Franklin Covey
the SANDF/DOD," said Mr Paul respected leadership authority, family Southern Africa.
Boateng, British High Commission- expert, teacher, organisational consul-
er, at the SANWC Leadership tant and author who has dedicated * For more information, please contact
Symposium 2006. his life to teaching principle-centred Lt Col Neil Bennett, Royal Marines, UK
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective living and leadership to build both Directing Staff (British Peace Support
People is one solution that was piloted families and organisations. Team) at SANWC at Cell No: 083 456
at the SA National War College. The Extracts from: The 8th Habit From 2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs
next course for the Joint Senior Effectiveness to Greatness - Stephen R Marlinie Ramsamy, FranklinCovey at
Command & Staff Programme is from Covey. Published by Franklin Covey, Cell No: 083 461 6877 or
24 to 26 January 2007. London, 2004 and reproduced with email@example.com
Unite for Women Against Rape
By Lt Col Neil Bennett, WAR empowers through establish- Restaurant, Whistletree Lodge, MTN,
British Peace Support Team (SA) ing safe houses, beading projects, and Rion, Smoke Restaurant, Thomas
by providing comfort parcels to SA Jewell and BIT.
The spouses of the British Peace Police Service stations in greater The British High Commissioner,
Support Team and the British High Gauteng. Mr Paul Boateng, popped in to sup-
Commissions Defence Section held a "All hands to the decks" was the port the event, as did Brigadier Andy
coffee and cake charity event at the call for the day as the spouses made Mantell, the Defence Advisor.
British High Commission for Women cakes, brewed coffee, generated talk WAR also used the event to sell
Against Rape in the run-up to the 16 and organised a hugely successful raf- their exquisite beaded fashion acces-
Days of Activism. fle. Maj Bill Blyth and Warrant Officer sories and scrumptious chocolates. In
Women Against Rape (WAR) Trevor Simmonds found numerous an excellent joint effort over R11 000
encourages all South Africans to exer- sponsors and prizes during their daily was raised for WAR!
cise their rights by teaching them that shenanigans, including Waterkloof Well done to the spouses of the
their bodies and spirits are sacred. No Guesthouse, Isandlwana Lodge, Cor- British Peace Support Team and the
other person may violate these rights nerways Guesthouse in Plettenberg British High Commission's Defence
in any manner. Bay, Furniture City, Casa De Fiori, Section, and well done to Janine
In the event of violation or abuse, Catherine Moore, Greek Easy Restau- Rowley, war@womanagainstrape.
all South African victims have the rant, Virgin Atlantic Airways, co.za, the founder of WAR. Thank
right to be heard and counselled Waltons, Prosola Restaurant, Magna you for being great in what you do for
through empathetic and skilled care. International Movers, Ritrovo society.
Peace Support Operations Seminar
By Commander Ben Liebenberg, for Peace Africa Pro-
Directing Staff SANWC gramme through the
Photo: Sgt Lebogang Tlhaole Norwegian Institute
for International Af-
The 2006 Joint Senior Command and fairs. The theme of the
Staff Programme presented at the SA seminar was "Com-
National War College (SANWC) cul- plex Emergencies:
minated its programme business with New Security Chal- 35
a final exercise called EXERCISE lenges in the 21st
THLONTHLORI (meaning the apex) Century: Implications
in November 2006. for the United Nations
A College management decision (UN), the African
was made to present a two-day securi- Union (AU) and
ty studies seminar at the Tshwane International Peace
University of Technology in Pretoria Operations". The sem-
on 13 and 14 November 2006. The inar was a befitting
seminar was co-organised by the end to a year's work to Mr Steven Gruzd, Deputy Head African Peer Review
Institute of Security Studies (ISS), educate and train the Mechanism, responds to a question during the Peace
Pretoria, and funded by the Training Continued on page 36 Support Operation Seminar.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
Peace Support Operations Seminar
Continued from page 35 delivered the keynote address. Reconciliation Committee: A substi-
future commanders and staff officers Speakers interrogated issues such as tute for justice in post conflict coun-
of the SANDF in a joint and multi- interstate wars and complex emergen- tries and a presentation on the conduct
national environment. cies and the understanding of such and discipline with specific reference
Local and international speakers matters in the African security envi- to issues to be considered when
attended the seminar. Thought pro- ronment, the DDR dimension in rela- deployed in international capacity.
voking issues, such as the nature of tion to post conflict societies, the post Mr Festus Aboagye, Head of
post cold war conflicts in Africa, cold war peacekeeping trends and the ISS/TfP, played a key role in all the
emerging African security architec- African Standby Force developmental arrangements for the seminar. He
ture, challenges of peace operations peacekeeping concept. The role played invited the speakers to empower the
and policy and legal framework for by the Pan African Parliament and pri- 2006 Joint Senior Command and Staff
impunity and serious misconduct vate security companies in peace sup- Programme learners. It was a very
were thoroughly deliberated upon port operations and in dealing with successful seminar aimed at exposing
during the seminar. impunity, the role of the ICC and spe- the officers to the contemporary issues
The seminar was graced with the cial courts were also on the agenda. in the security domain that might be
presence of the Ambassador of Ghana, The last issues that were scru- experienced in the near future in the
Mr James E.K. Aggrey-Orleans, who tinised were the Truth and African context.
All the feathers of the eagle soar
By Lt Col Neil Bennett, issues during his speech, including the ability to contribute significantly to
British Peace Support Team (SA) increase of democracy in Africa and the stability and future prosperity.
Photo: Sgt Lebogang Tlhaole African Renaissance, the requirement The British High Commissioner
for integrated and co-ordinated gov- told the 120 senior officers that mili-
The British High Commissioner, Mr ernments to work effectively to meet tary personnel are required to be sol-
Paul Boateng, was the keynote speaker the ongoing challenges, the key role of diers, diplomats and developers in
at the Leadership Symposium of the South Africa and President Thabo order to assist in solving long-term
Joint Senior Command & Staff Mbeki in the region and on the conti- conflicts on the continent. The military
Programme held at the SA National nent, and the need for mature and inspires qualities of courage,
War College in Pretoria on 16 responsible partnerships to achieve endurance, of comradeship, and these
November 2006. The symposium was national, regional, African Union (AU) qualities must be brought to the peace
a fitting finale to the year-long course and United Nations (UN) goals. There and security environment in the
and focused on strategic leadership is a community of interests across the numerous peace missions within
across the diplomatic, military and world that wishes to help Africa in Africa.
economic sectors of national power. pursuit of its sustained development, Finally, Mr Boateng encouraged
Mr Boateng covered a range of and South Africa and the UK have the everybody to "Get up and do it!"
Members attending the Leadership Symposium, fltr: Commander Ben Liebenberg (Directing Staff),
Lt Col Victor Thafeni (President of the learners), Col Xolani Mabanga (Chief Instructor), Brig Gen Willy Nkonyeni
(Commandant SANWC), Mr Paul Boateng (British High Commissioner), Brig Andy Mantell (British Defence Advisor),
Col Jeff Sims (Commander British Peace Support Team), Lt Col Jacobo Hoabeb (Namibian International Fellows
Representative) and Lt Col Neil Bennett (British Peace Support Team/Directing Staff).
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
By Richard Gueli, CSIR researcher
ver the years, the functional
gap between military peace-
keeping and civilian peace-
building (or "post-conflict
reconstruction") has re-
ceived a lot of attention
because it remains a weak-
ness in the policy framework of the
United Nations (UN) conflict resolu-
tion repertoire, particularly in peace
But why is it necessary to bridge
the divide between military opera-
tions and development work in inter-
national peace missions? More impor-
tantly, is this idea even welcome or
practicable? Members of 44 Parachute Regiment jumping from a C130 Hercules
While the debate over the proper fixed wing aircraft.
roles of, and relationship between, mil-
itary peacekeepers and civilian peace- goods and services, and enables the level - no doubt a contentious point - it
builders is relatively young, one thing creation and functioning of public and means changing the way peacekeeping
is certain: the causes of contemporary private institutions. Needless to say, operations are staffed to support,
conflicts are too complex to be without access to proper infrastructure among other things, the deployment of
addressed by security interventions and basic services, the disillusioned civilians alongside soldiers in order to
alone. If anything, peacekeeping and the disempowered are more likely jump-start essential reconstruction
efforts in Africa, such as those in to support "generous" warlords than efforts (ie "integrated action").
Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Democratic internationally brokered peace agree- Of course, sustained efforts to pro-
Republic of Congo (DRC), and Côte ments (which, in some cases, tend to mote development will be difficult in
d'Ivoire, have shown that military offer little but starvation and some- areas where armed attacks are fre-
activities can prove counter-produc- times a wage). quent. But experience has shown that
tive if continued for too long, and not Yet, the idea of putting down the window of opportunity for recon-
complemented with real economic infrastructure into what has tradition- struction and development to start is
growth and social upliftment. ally been seen as "military peacekeep- very narrow: the first few months - if
So where do we from here? The ing space" raises significant issues in not weeks - following an intervention 37
concept of "developmental peace mis- terms of the way operations are nor- are perhaps the more critical period for
sions" may suggest an answer. It has mally conceptualised, planned and laying the groundwork for lasting
been noted that the concept of current implemented. On a conceptual level, it peace and establishing the credibility of
peacekeeping approaches fails to pro- requires understanding the importance peace mission interventions. In consid-
vide a fundamental ingredient of secu- of utilising development as both a eration of this challenge, the concept of
rity and stability, namely baseline "pre-war" and "post-war" strategy that developmental peace missions calls
infrastructure, ie water, transport, aims at both the prevention and cure of for the rapid build-up of civilian and
energy, and telecommunications, the underlying causes of conflict. On a military assets in peace missions, and
which is vital to the functioning of any planning level, it means synergising at the same time the initial force mix
"normal" society. Infrastructure is infrastructure and development plan- should contain a fair amount of capa-
important: it provides the basis for ning with military planning (ie "inte- bility to kick-start reconstruction and
human capital, the provision of State grated planning"). On an operational development.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
Professor yearns for more military service
The Centre for Military Studies and in the South African full-
the SA National Defence College time forces.
recently said farewell to the only serv- As military academic
ing professor in the full-time armed Col Du Plessis conducted
forces, Col Louis du Plessis. He joined many workshops, pub-
the South African armed forces at the lished numerous articles
age of seventeen on 1 January 1964. He on security trends and
has been serving as part-time and full- was the co-editor of two
time member for more than 42 years. books on challenges for
His mother unit was 1 Parachute Africa. He participated in
Battalion in Bloemfontein. fact-finding visits to
In the more than four decades that research centres and
he has been in the Defence Force he armed forces on all five
has occupied the ranks from Corporal continents and accompa-
to Colonel and has served, inter alia, as nied the Chief of the
lecturer in Political Science at the SANDF, Gen Godfrey
Faculty of Military Science at the Ngwenya, to several mili- Col (Prof) Louis du Plessis received the Medal
Military Academy. In 1989 he was tary institutions in Europe for Forty Years Dedicated Service from
appointed as the first Director of the and to a United Nations Maj Gen Ashwin Hurribunce (now retired) at
Centre for Military Studies, in which Association meeting in the Wonderboom Military Base.
capacity he had to undertake security Copenhagen. As academic
and strategic analyses for the military he has been playing a role in several most important components of the
and academic community. In 1996 he prestigious bodies, such as the South Department of Defence, since it has
expanded the Centre from the Military African Academy for Science and Arts become our primary source of strate-
Academy to the SA National Defence and as an Advisory Board member of gic research. It is the findings of this
College. the Institute for Strategic Studies at the institution that guide our forward
In 1988 Col Du Plessis obtained the University of Pretoria. strategic planning and the research of
degree D Phil at the University of After the former Chief of the security trends undertaken by other
Pretoria with distinction. In 2002 the SANDF, Gen Siphiwe Nyanda, defence force members".
University of Stellenbosch conferred received a study with strategic findings The 42 years were probably not
the academic rank of Associate published by Cemis, he stated: "The long enough, as Col (Prof) Louis du
Professor on him, making him, on his Centre for Military Studies of the Plessis has already joined the Reserve
retirement, the only professor serving University of Stellenbosch is one of the Force!
Segopotšo sa Sontaga kua Johannesburg
Temana ka Lebogang Letaoana Johannesburg le bagale ba pele bao ba le dihlopha tša baswa ba ile ba fiwa
(Mofetoledi ka Onicca Boshoga) ilego ba šomela sešole. Mathomong a monyetla wa go hloboga maloko a
segopotšo se sa ntwa ka 1926, Monu- bona ao a welego. Ka letšatši le go ile
Johannesburg e ile ya swara segopotšo mente wo wa go hlompha bagale ba gwa ba le segopotšo se itšego go mal-
sa bagale kamoka, bao ba ilego ba ntwa e hlwa e e ba lefelo leo le swarela- oko a SAPS ao a bolailwego ba le
lahlegelwa ke maphelo a bona mo go tirelo ya Sontaga ya Bosetšhaba. Ka mošomong, kudu go thuntšhwa ga
38 ntweng ya go lwela tokologo, temo- 1996 Motsemogolo wa Johannesburg o maphodisa a mane kua Jeppestown,
krasi le khutšo mo Afrika Borwa mon- ile wa gafela gape segopotšo go bagale Johannesburg, ka June 2006.
umenteng wa go hlompha bagale ba ba ntwa le tokologo. * The English version of this article is
ntwa ka la 12 Nofemere 2006. Ngwaga Tirelo e thomile ka mogwanto wa available on page 16. To obtain a transla-
wo 2006, o kgethilwe go ba wa Sego- bente ya sešole, SANDF le bagale ba tion of this article or any article published
potšo sa Bosetšhaba sa tirelo ya pele bao ba ilego ba šomela sešole. Se se in SA SOLDIER in any one of our official
Sontaga. Meyara wa Khuduthamaga ile sa latelwa ke moletlo wa go bea dik- languages, please make use of the profes-
wa Johannesburg, Mr Amos Masondo, gare ka tlhompho, o dirwa ke baOfisiri sional services rendered by Director-
O swere moletlo wo bjalo ka Mošire- ba bagolo, mekgahlo yeo ba bego ba e ate Language Services of the DOD. For
letši go tiragalo ye ya Bosetšhaba. šomela, bahlomphegi ba motse le assistance contact Col Daan Vorster,
Batšeakarolo gotee le SANDF, Bal- baemedi ba dinaga tša ka ntle. Director Language Services, at tel no:
welatokologo ba Motsemogolo wa Bahlologadi ba Maphodisa, ditšhiwana (012) 392 3176 - Ed.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
Reunion/AGM for SANDCA
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the SA National course in any other country, may become full members of the
Defence College Association (SANDCA) will be held on SANDCA.
23 February 2007 at 15:00 at the SA National Defence
College in Pretoria. The AGM is for members of the Honorary Members. Honorary membership of the SANDCA
SANDCA who have successfully completed the Joint is the highest honour that the Association can bestow on any
Staff Course or the Executive National Security person at the AGM. On the recommendation of the
Programme (ENSP). This is a genuine Alumni event to Management Committee, the Association may award hon-
revitalise the aim of the Association, rather than a mere orary membership to persons who do not qualify for full mem-
AGM. bership in terms of Article 14.
Associate Members. Associate Membership of the
The SANDCA was established in accordance with the deci-
Association may be offered to persons who make a contribu-
sion of the Founders Meeting held at the SA National
tion to the successful conduct of the Executive National
Defence College on 17 March 1978. The Association is reg-
Security Programmes or who make a direct and continuous
istered with the Chief Director Human Resources
contribution to the activities of the Association.
Management in terms of Chapter IX of the General
Regulations as an official association in the SANDF with the Management. The Association is managed from the SA
purpose of affording members the opportunity to meet regu- National Defence College, which serves as a Head Office for
larly to discuss matters of common concern in order to keep the Association run by a partially elected Management
them abreast of interesting developments both in the pro- Committee.
fessional field and with regard to the training of senior offi-
cers and senior officials. * The Association is currently trying to locate all its
members. Members who have not received news from
Full Members. All officials of the DOD, foreign defence the Association must please update their contact
forces, officials of other State departments and organisa- details with the Secretary, Lt Col Elize Lochenberg, at
tions who have successfully completed a full ENSP, as well tel no: (012) 674 6507 or fax no: (012) 674 6564 or email:
as officers who have successfully completed an equivalent firstname.lastname@example.org
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
uplifting our youth
deaf kids to hear
By Lufuno Netshirembe Special Education, and President down. 17 Squadron, the donors and
Photo: F Sgt David Kruger and Louis Botha orphanages. sponsors were this day champions of
Nomtshongwana In more ways than they could have the Ubuntu concept.
expected the schools' true spirit of I could not stop thinking of the love
s it a big bird? Is it a plane? No, it family and giving prevailed during and compassion that people could give
is the Oryx. Once again 17 this festive season. if they really wanted to. When one
Squadron brought smiles to the The Squadron's Honorary Colonel, looks at the faces of these kids one
faces of the desperate and needy, Brian Holmner (Gestetner), donated thinks they are so "poor" yet full of life.
but happy children of four four photocopying machines valued at They might be in need of some neces-
orphanages and special schools in R9 000 each for this worthy cause this sities in life, but their faces are bright
Pretoria. To be so close to an Oryx year. Mr Marius Coetzee on behalf of like stars.
helicopter was the most exciting thing Yebo Ticket, a subsidiary of Web For Bafana (14), a cancer patient
that kids at these schools could have Systems donated R5 000 in cash to who has been at Louis Botha
hoped for to end their year. It was an Transoranje School for Special Orphanage most of his life, even
"angel helicopter" just for that day, Education. Mr Charles Neser of though this was the third time he was
and just in that specific context it Centurion Ice Cream and Sweets flying in a helicopter, it was a special
would have been a good name. donated 400 packets of sweets to be flight because it was not taking him to
The helicopter rotor and engines divided between President Kruger the hospital emergency room, but
(an Oryx has two engines of 1 400 kilo- and Louis Botha orphanages. rather for a fun ride with his friends.
watts each) produce an enormous The principal, Mr Allies Dill (54) of After 20 November 2006, the day
amount of sound that even deaf ears Transoranje School for Special 17 Squadron delivered the donations
can hear. The kids could hear the heli- Education, was touched by this ges- to these schools, it will take the devil
copter approaching their school. ture. According to him this donation himself to convince me that the
Hearing the sound was a very special could not have come at a better time, SANDF is not loving, compassionate
moment for them. since their old copier had just broken and does not care.
20 November 2006
has been imprinted in
these children's minds.
For most of them just
seeing a helicopter so
close was like a dream.
Flying in the Oryx was
just what dreams are
Not only did 17
Squadron make the
"kids" happy by flying
40 them, but in their social
me that started two
years ago they collabo-
rated with Gestetner,
Yebo Ticket and Cen-
turion Ice Cream and
Sweets to deliver donat-
ed goods and sponsored
cash to Olievenhout-
bosch Christian School,
Transoranje School for Children of the Louis Botha Orphanage enjoying a helicopter flight.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
Orphans fly high
By Amn Thabang Bapela, Ad Astra Both children and teachers were ers and the learners on safety issues
Photo: WO2 Christo Crous given this opportunity by the SA Air and the risks involved in flying the
Force to fly in an Oryx helicopter com- helicopter.
eachers from Motheong manded by Capt Fran Allison and his He also told them about the use
Primary School in Atteridge- co-pilot, Lt Henry du Toit, and flight of the Oryx in the SANDF and the
ville told members of 17 engineer, Sgt Michael Wilson, on 9 history of this magnificent aircraft.
Squadron that flying with November 2006. Motheong Primary School is an
their learners in a military Also accompanying the children independent institution, some of
helicopter was a once in a life- on this excursion were their teachers, whose learners are believed to be HIV
time experience. They hoped Mrs Daphney Strubel, Mr Elias Moyo, positive.
that more South African learners Mrs Rushworth Moyo, Mrs Violet Pelo These learners live at Mohaung
would have a similar privilege to fly and Mrs Cynthia Morubane. Lt Du Centre for Orphans at Kalafong
in future. Toit held a brief lecture for the teach- Hospital in Pretoria.
Members of 17 Squadron with the learners from Motheong Primary School after their helicopter flight.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
A gentleman's sport
By Maj Marinda Oberholzer, SO2 Structure, and Lt Col Etienne Meyer, guests. All the participants this year
Com SA Army Armour Fmn HQ Project Officer Director Army went home with a prize. "Our spon-
Photo: F Sgt David Acquisition. sors and donors deserve our highest
Nomtshongwana The National Ceremonial Guard admiration and appreciation. The SA
Entertainment Band and comedian, Army values your friendship and com-
he Chief of the SA Army, Lt Ronny Madimola, entertained the radeship," concluded Lt Gen Shoke.
Gen Solly Shoke, hosted his
annual golf day tourna-
ment on 10 November 2006
at Services Golf Club at
Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria.
This event was institut-
ed to strengthen relationships
between the Chief of the SA Army,
friends of the Defence Force and
industry. The occasion was also
used as a fund-raising exercise to
generate funds for the SA Army
Hospice. "Hopefully all the partici-
pants enjoyed the day out of the
office and as the Chief of the SA
Army, the worst day on the golf
course is still the best day out of
your office," said Lt Gen Solly
Shoke. The winners of the tourna- The Chief of the SA Army, Lt Gen Shoke (middle), congratulating the winners
ment were Brig Gen Addinall (Fred) of the tournament, Brig Gen Addinall (Fred) Fredericks (right) and
Fredericks, Director Army Force Lt Col Etienne Meyer.
Sweets bring sweet smiles
By Amn Thabang Bapela, Ad Astra tis and cholera. How-
Photo: Sgt Lebo Vaarland ever, Maj Morake and
his entourage seemed
Sister Catherine Mashao of Kalafong to have brought hap-
Hospital, west of Pretoria, told mem- piness to the children
bers of the SA Air Force on 27 when they handed
October 2006 that the hospital had a them sweets. It be-
cure rate of 78%, and that to be cured came an absolute
42 a child had to undergo treatment for pleasure on the part
approximately six to seven months. of the SAAF members
This goodwill visit led by Maj to see smiles and
Mogorosi Morake from the SAAF signs of joy on the
Headquarters was mainly to inspire faces of the children.
the children and wish them a speedy Maj Morake explain-
recovery. Mrs Catherine Tladi, Public ed that his unit visited
Relations Officer of the hospital, wel- hospitals, prisons and
comed the visitors. She took them to orphanages, adding
the pediatric wards where these chil- that such visits were
dren suffer from various diseases, conducted three times Members of the SA Air Force visiting the tiny patients
such as tuberculosis, cancer, meningi- a year. at Kalafong Hospital.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
competed in Pakistan
By Lebohang Letaoana
Photo: Sgt Lebogang Tlhaole
r Johan Schroeder who is a
switchboard operator at
Defence Headquarters in
Pretoria was selected to
represent South Africa in
the 2006 Blind Cricket
This was to be Johan's third World
Cup: his first appearance was in India
during the first World Cup in 1998.
South Africa played against Pakistan everything these days involves
in the finals and won the tournament. money," said Mr Schroeder.
South Africa was the runner-up in the Northern Gauteng blind
2002 Blind Cricket World Cup, hosted cricket had two players, Mr
by New Zealand. Schroeder and Mr Schorn
The United Cricket Board of South Schwan in the squad that repre-
Africa nominated Mr Schroeder the sented South Africa at the
first blind cricket player of the year in World Cup in Pakistan in
Mr Johan Schroeder in his SA blazer
2004. He was also selected in the before jetting off to Pakistan for the 2006 December 2006.
2004/05 season as the Northern Blind Cricket World Cup. He is still an active playing
Gauteng blind cricketer of the year. member of the Pretoria Blind
South Africa won the bid to host finances and the bid was given to Cricket Club, where he assists with
the World Cup in December 2006. Pakistan. "It's sad to let such an oppor- the coaching and development of
Unfortunately the team lacked tunity fall through our fingers, but young players.
Blinde krieketspeler speel in Pakistan
Deur Lebohang Letaoana Suid-Afrika het mnr Schroeder nomi- Pakistan in Desember 2006 verteen-
Vertaling deur Eugene Muller neer as die eerste blinde krieketspeler woordig het, naamlik mnr Schroeder
van die jaar vir 2004. Hy is ook verkies en mnr Schwan.
Mnr Johan Schroeder, 'n skakelbord- in die 2004/05 seisoen as die Noord Hy is steeds 'n aktiewe, spelende
operateur by Verdedigingshoofkwar- Gauteng blinde krieketspeler van die lid van die Pretoria Krieketklub vir
tier in Pretoria, is gekies om Suid- jaar. Blindes, waar hy met die afrigting en
Afrika in die 2006 Krieketwêreldbeker Suid-Afrika het die bod gewen om ontwikkeling van jong spelers help. 43
vir Blindes te verteenwoordig. die gasheer te wees vir die Wêreld-
Dit was mnr Schroeder se derde beker in Desember 2006. Ongelukkig * The English version of this article is
Krieketwêreldbeker gewees. Sy eerste was daar nie genoeg geld nie en die available above. To obtain a translation
toernooi was in Indië tydens die eerste bod is aan Pakistan afgestaan. "Dis of this article or any article published in
Wêreldbeker in 1998, toe Suid Afrika hartseer om so 'n geleentheid deur ons SA SOLDIER in any one of our official
in die eindwedstryd teen Pa-kistan vingers te laat glip, maar deesdae is languages, please make use of the profes-
gespeel het en die toernooi gewen het. geld van deurslaggewende belang," het sional services rendered by Director-
Suid-Afrika was die naaswenner in die mnr Schroeder gesê. ate Language Services of the DOD. For
2002 Krieket-wêreldbeker vir Blindes Noord Gauteng het twee blinde assistance contact Col Daan Vorster,
waar Nieu-Seeland die gasheer was. krieketspelers in die span gehad wat Director Language Services, at tel no:
Die Verenigde Krieketraad van Suid-Afrika by die Wêreldbeker in (012) 392 3176 - Ed.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
Friendship through Sport
By Lebohang Letaoana particularly soccer, because of the directors meetings, medical symposia,
Photo: Sgt Lebogang Tlhaole FIFA World Cup 2010. the World Military Boxing Champion-
In his keynote address the Surgeon ships, and bilateral and trilateral
he Annual General Assem- General of the SANDF, Lt Gen events with the armed forces of neigh-
bly of the International Sports Vejaynand Ramlakan, said: "For us in bouring countries.
Military Council (CISM) the SANDF, being a member of the "This Military Sports Council,
Eastern Southern African CISM family is more than just partici- which is one of the largest multi-disci-
Liaison Office (ESALO) was pating in sport. Our membership plinary sports organisations in the
held in Durban in November affords us an opportunity to foster world, has a noble objective, which is
2006. relations with our brothers and sisters to unite the armed forces of countries
The purpose of this Annual from other parts of the continent. Such that may have previously confront-
General Assembly (AGM) was to set relations are important to us as a ed each other because of political
the scene for the assembly's confer- nation, in building bridges with our and ideological differences. In so
ence in May 2007. neighbouring countries." doing, and as it is outlined by its phi-
The AGM dealt with the planning Since joining the organisation back losophy and the ideals stated in its
of administrators of the Military in 1994 the SANDF has participated mission statement signed by all mem-
Sports Council. This assembly took in three World Military Games and ber countries in 1998, this 126 member
place in South Africa at a time various world military champion- Sports Council is contributing to
when the spotlight at the highest lev- ships and has had the opportunity to building world peace," concluded the
els in Government was on sport, host CISM events, such as board of Surgeon General.
The Surgeon General of the SANDF, Lt Gen Vejaynand Ramlakan (centre), with the members of the International
Military Sports Council at the opening of the CISM ESALO Annual General Assembly.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
Playing golf in Ireland
Article and photo courtesy long day for these players. On the last death play-off on the 18th hole until a
Lt Col Karin Watts day of competition both the SANDF winner was decided. The USA player
men's and women's teams were in sec- made a birdie on the first play-off hole
he SANDF golf team was ond position. As the day progressed to beat Maj Collins to second place.
invited to participate in the the SANDF women's team retained Maj Stefan Venter of 16 Squadron in
3rd CISM World Military their silver medal position, while the Bloemfontein finished in fifth posi-
Golf Championships hosted men's team was in third place beaten tion. In the women's individual com-
by Ireland in August 2006. by a strong German side. petition, Col Lizette Potgieter of Air
This tournament was play- The final result in the women's Command finished fourth and Lt Col
ed under the auspices of competition was USA first, South Karin Watts from Defence Intelligence
the Conseil International du Sport Africa second and the Netherlands was one shot further back in fifth posi-
Militaire (CISM), or International third. In the men's competition the tion.
Military Sports Council. The selection USA were winners, with Germany The SANDF will host the 4th CISM
of the SANDF team was based on cur- second and South Africa third. World Military Golf Championships
rent form, track record and commit- After regulation play, Maj Craig at Sun City from 30 September to 5
ment to and involvement in SANDF Collins of Area Military Health Unit October 2007. The next SANDF Golf
golf. Gauteng had lead draw with Arnell Championships will take place at
Teams from the defence forces of Garza of USA in the men's individual King David Golf Club in the Western
Ireland, America, Germany, Canada, competition. This resulted in a sudden Cape from 15 to 20 April 2007.
the Netherlands, Pakistan,
Namibia, Uganda and South
Africa participated in the
championships. Teams consist-
ed of two female and six male
The tournament was
played over three rounds at the
Ballinrobe Golf Club in
Galway. The format was 54
holes of stroke play, and made
provision for both individual
and team competitions. In the
men's team competition, the
best four scores out of six
counted each day, while both
scores of the female team mem-
bers counted every day.
The warm Irish summer
welcomed all the players on
the day of the practice round.
On the first day of competition
the sunny weather lasted only
for a few hours. The playing
conditions deteriorated during
the course of the morning, and
after five hours play was sus-
pended. This meant that some
players had to finish their first Back, fltr: WO1 Frans Smith, Lt Col Wouter Kruger, Maj Stefan Venter and
round on the second day Maj Ivan Henrico. Middle, fltr: Maj Craig Collins, CPO Bennie Basson,
before starting their second WO2 April Prins, Col Sam Motau and Sgt Mogamat Jacobs.
rounds. This became a very Front, fltr: Lt Col Karin Watts, Col Lizette Potgieter and Col Gideon Odendaal.
JANUARY 2007 SA SOLDIER
Thanking our members with disabilities
By Lebohang Letaoana Director Equity Strategic Direction, told "It is important to note that people
the audience that nothing substantial with disabilities in the DOD still strug-
SA Soldier was invited to attend this and of lasting value could be achieved gle to be recognised because they have
year's DOD Disability Thanksgiving in the DOD without actively involving to deal more with perceptions and at-
Service at SAAF Air Command in people with disabilities in the struggle titudes regarding their capability and
Pretoria on 10 November 2006. for equality, self-respect and indepen- adequacy, as well as with the hostile
The service was held to commemo- dence. environment in which they work," R
rate the sacrifices and contributions The service was an emotional and Adm (JG) Jansen van Vuuren conclud-
that people with disabilities had made tearful one as two invited schools, ed.
to the Department of Defence (DOD) Teruah Choir of the Prinshof School for Chaplain Lentikile Phokontsi con-
and to South African society. the Blind and the Filadelfia School for ducted the service. He said: "In the eyes
Speak-ing on behalf of Chief Children with Disabilities brought the of God we are all equal and we should
Director Equal Opportunities, R Adm house down when they sang inspira- not discriminate against people with
(JG) Laura Jansen van Vuuren, tional songs. disabilities."
ISAN TV izikhelele ibhaso lokuqala kwitheko
lomboniso-bhanya bhanya wezizwe
Inqaku nomfanekiso ngoncedo luka ndadi lomkhosi wamanzi woMzantsi umabonakude womkhosi wamanzi
Marianne Dirker Afrika. Kulonyaka amazwe angamashu- eMzantsi Afrika waphumelela ibhaso
Iguqulelwe esixhoseni ngu Ntombi mi amabini anesixhenxe (27) athathe inx- lokuqala kudidi lonyuselo lwecwecwe
Ndlumbini-Madzidzela axheba nemiboniso bhanyabhanya anga- labo i "South African Navy Divers'
mashumi alithoba (90) kulo mnyadala Branch".
Umkhosi wokhuselo waseMzantsi Afri- wodumo nesithozela kumacandelo asix- Eli cwecwe sele lisetyenziswe zint-
ka wamenywa ngokusesikweni okoku- henxe (7) ohlukeneyo. Njengeko olukhu- lobo ngentlobo zoncedo lokufumana
ba uthathe inxanxheba, uzimase itheko phiswano lukwizinga eliphezulu amaz- amalungu amatsha emkhosini iquka
lomboniso-bhanya bhanya wezizwe we anendibanisela kubuchwephetshe isebe lezokufumana amalungu amatsha
zomkhosi ongowe shumi elinesixhenxe obunzulu, imiboniso ebalaselayo kunye eKapa (Inqaba) nase Pitoli (DPAC) yaye
owawubanjelwe eRoma kweyeNkanga neqingqo mali oluphezulu zine nzuzo lamkelwa kakuhle. Icwecwe lisan-
(November) kunyaka ophelileyo. ecacilleyo. dul'ukuboniswa kumboniso wesibhak-
Ngokulandelelana kweminyaka, lo Icandelo likamabonakude lomkhosi abhaka nowezokhuselo awawubanjelwe
yayingunyaka wesihlanu isebe lomkhosi wamanzi phantsi kolawulo luka eKapa onengxelo eyamkelekileyo nen-
wokhuselo uthatha inxaxheba kweli Nkosikazi Marianne Dirker lusebenze cumisayo. Ukongeza kulempumelelo
theko/ kukhuphiswano yaye kwakuko- ngokuzinikela okukhulu ukunika isebe yodidi umabonakude womkhosi wo-
kwesibini kumkhosi wamanzi eMzantsi lee ndadi lomkhosi wamanzi oMzantsi Mzantsi uye wacetyiswa liSebe lonxi-
Afrika. Afrika imveliso enobulunga obupha- belelwano nolwazi lukaRhulumente
Eli lithuba elilodwa elifumanekayo kamileyo nobuchule (DVD). Lisebenza ukuba icwecwe Isebe lee ndadi lomkhosi
kwiSebe lezomkhosi wokhuselo ukubo- ngolwabiwo mali oluqingqiweyo eliqela woMzantsi Afrika luye lwakhethwa
nakalisa amandla ezixhobo ezibona- lizinikeleyo lukamabonakude lomkhosi kwisiqingatha sokugqibela sokhuphis-
kalisayo zomkhosi kwinqanaba lez- wamanzi lenze unako nako ukuveliza wano lonikezelo mbasa sikazwelonke
izwe,linokulinganisa imveliso nokusun- icwecwe onokuthi umkhosi wamanzi sabanxibelelanisi bakaRhululumente
gula unxibelelwano lwezizwe kunye uzidle ngalo. kwinqanaba Ubungcweti.
namanye amazwe, imikhosi yokhu- Inkonzo yonikezelo mabhaso yay- Isebe lomabonakude lomkhosi wa-
46 selo kunye namaSebe abo ezixhobo ibanjelwe eBracciano ngaseRoma, nono- manzi womzantsi Afrika ngokuqiniseki-
ezibonakalayo. zakuzaku iKoloneli uSue Palmer ongu- leyo liyaphambili …
Icandelo likamabonakude leSebe nozakuzaku womkhosi woMzantsi Afri-
lamanzi lomkhosi woMzantsi Afrika ka eRoma, wayezimase elitheko emelele * The English version of this article is
kwicandelo lifake icwecwe lomboniso umkhosi wokhuselo/isebe lomkhosi available on page 18. To obtain a translation
leSebe lezendadi kwiSebe lamanzi wokhuselo eMzantsi Afrika. Iqela of this article or any article published in SA
lomkhosi woMzantsi Afrika kwicandelo lomabonakude womkhosi wamanzi SOLDIER in any one of our official lan-
lokwazisa izinto ezithengwayo njengoko eMzantsi Afrika ukholelwa ukuba guages, please make use of the professional
yayenziwe njengesinxibelelanisi kunye icwecwe labo lisemgangathweni ophezu- services rendered by Directorate Language
nesixhobo sonyuselo esiza kusetyen- lu yaye linethuba elibalaseleyo loku- Services of the DOD. For assistance contact
ziselwa ukufumana iindadi ezintsha phumelela kudidi lwalo, yaye balindele Col Daan Vorster, Director Language
kulutsha loMzantsi Afrika liSebe lee ngovuyo iziphumo. Ekugqibeleni Services, at tel no: (012) 392 3176 - Ed.
SA SOLDIER JANUARY 2007
Loyalty is a jewel
By Cpln N.T. Magodi, JSB MOD effective or efficient. Their efforts mat- the SANDF? Can you be trusted? Does
ter! Loyalty in this context means com- your family trust you? Can your family
r Martin Luther King Junior mitment to keeping the SANDF flag depend upon you? What has gone
puts it succinctly: "Not flying high. wrong in our society? Across the world
everyone can be famous, but It means firstly that the Defence citizens doubt the promises of politi-
everyone can be great Force can count on its members. cians. Parents doubt their children's
because greatness is deter- Secondly, that all of us will strive to add word and vice versa. The credibility of
mined by service". The first value to our organisation. Lastly, that an employee's word is questioned by
line of our Code of Conduct we shall serve our organisation with the employer. Creditors can no longer
for uniformed members of the SANDF relentless determination. Let us never believe a debtor's verbal promise to
reads as follows: "I serve in the SANDF forget that it is indeed an honour to pay. I ask again, where has loyalty
with loyalty and pride, as a citizen and serve. We are called upon to serve. gone? Very few people do what they
a volunteer". Ecclesiastes 9:10 says: "Whatever your say they will do. Loyalty is in crisis.
Members of the SANDF are assets hand finds to do, do it with all your Recently the name of the SANDF
to the organisation. Without their ded- might, for in the grave, where you are has been taking such a beating from the
ication, devotion, commitment, and going, there is neither working not print media. Together we can and must
loyalty the Defence Force will never be planning nor knowledge nor wisdom." change such bad publicity. No one can
You and I have the opportu- restore our sense of dignity and pride
nity to make a difference except ourselves. Let us all be faithful
now. We dare not miss the men and women. Let us be faithful at
opportunity! Time wasted home, faithful in the workplace, and
is never regained. faithful in our society. Let us be role
Let us roll up our models to our children and role models
sleeves. Let's take up the in the workplace. Let us all stand for
challenge and make a dif- truth and righteousness. Dishonesty
ference. Soldiers never must be absent from our vocabulary
march backwards, but for- and life-styles. Remember that as mem-
ward. Forward March, yes! bers of the SANDF at home or in the
Backwards, never! mission, we are constantly under
When I look at our soci- surveillance.
ety today, I am deeply con- The very best platform upon which
cerned. A rare breed of we may build a case for soldiers at
loyal people is almost work rests on the following values:
extinct. The Defence Force faithfulness, quality work, pleasant
is no exception. The preva- attitude and enthusiasm.
lence of the problem has With such pillars in place our
caused the coining of terms organisation will improve, and our
such as the "credibility gap". skeptics will be impressed. In conclu- 47
Let me explain: to say that sion: in judging yourself on the matter
something is "credible" is to of loyalty, are you bridging or widen-
say it is authentic or capable ing the credibility gap. Are you encour-
of being believed. In other aging or discouraging others. Let us
words it is trustworthy. One build each other up. Let us have the
can depend on it. On the mind to work. Let us build our Defence
other hand to refer to a Force.
"gap" suggests a reason for Remember, loyalty is a jewel worth
doubt. wearing, a battle worth winning. Let us
Chaplain N.T. Magodi from the Joint I ask you, do people all work at being loyal. May God bless
Support Base Ministry of Defence. doubt you as a member of us all and our families!