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“Tree Aan for Sport Parade”

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The recent media exposure given to the End Conscription Campaign made me realize that over 20 years have passed since the end of the South African Bush War.  Needless to say this occasion is passing by with hardly a mention anywhere.  This is sad because the Border was something a whole generation of young South Africans had to face and was a rite of passage for nearly two decades of SADF National Servicemen.

on patrol on Charlie kaplyn

(Above: SADF on patrol : The Charlie Kaplyn during the South African Bush War)

The dreaded brown envelope that contained the SADF national service call up papers was received in Matric.  Being a swimmer and a surfer, one obviously opted for the Navy when completing the required forms for the South African Defense Force.  Obscure details like having attended naval cadets for a few months in Standard Four were naturally included in the form in the vain hope of actually being called up for the Navy.

The day arrived and my brown envelope was in my hand.  I had to report to 2 SAI Walvis Bay in January 1985.  Cool, January was the call up everyone wanted because it meant you could get your two years over with as quickly as possible, as opposed to the July call up where it seemed a death sentence was waiting for you for six months.

Walvis Bay, but that’s in South West Africa was the first thought that went through my stunned brain.  Hey, but at least it’s at the coast so maybe I have been called up to the Navy after all, was the second consolation thought that hit me.  I showed my call up to a mate of mine who had an older brother who had been to the “Mag” already.  Nah, he said 2 SAI means that you going to the infantry.

Wonderful, I am going to a foreign land for two years to serve in the Infantry.  It didn’t get much worse than that, believe me.

I asked some of the local surfers if there were waves in Walvis Bay and whether I should take my surfboard with me. There were  vague mentions of a surf break called Guns near Swakopmund but the unanimous decision was not to believe the army when it said you could bring your own sports equipment for the Wednesday afternoon Sport Parade.

The first Sport Parade after “klaaring in” was very important.  This was when you chose your sport for the next two years.  There were two blonde PF women admin soldiers at Walvis Bay who played tennis who attracted many to the sport.  But Wednesday after Wednesday brought negative reports from the troepie hopefuls who were trying their luck.

There was wind surfing as well at Walvis Bay.  Luckily one of the ou manne warned me about the wind surfing.  The wind surfers had to “tree aan” and carry the equipment on the “loopas” all the way to the lagoon and “makkirie pas” and “om keur” so many times that by the time they got to the lagoon it was almost time to come home again.

Some of the “roofies” opted for pistol shooting as their sport.  This was also a fatal mistake because the shooting range was quite a distance away and pistol shooting attracted many of the P.F’s which meant that most of the national servicemen spend Wednesday afternoons being asked if they could “sien daardie sand duin? “Daar gat julle”

Ou manne also warned us to stay away from “Bondel Sport”.  Bondel Sport at Walvis Bay meant throwing medicine balls at each other for the entire afternoon with the P.F in charge shouting at the “Dienspligtes” to throw the heavy balls harder at each other.

There was a volley ball court right next to the bungalows at 2 SAI and that seemed to be the safest option to me, so I decided that volley ball would be my sport for the next two years.  There were so many guys doing volley ball that one never got a game but at least you could chill and relax for the afternoon.

Then rugby started.  Each platoon had to form a team to compete in the company trials.  A mate of mine Lionel Neethling was a Western Province Schools rugby player who had been classified G3K3 due to high blood pressure.  G3K3 meant that you couldn’t do physical exercise in the SADF and was quite a sought after classification by the sick, lame and the lazy.

However, once it was discovered that Lionel could play rugby, he was ordered to attend the Sport Parade and play rugby, despite being a G3K3.  He was also ordered not to fall over dead during Sport Parade.

Having played on the flank at school I was asked if I wanted to be in the platoon team for the rugby trial.  Sure I thought, it could actually be fun to play some rugby but luckily I said that I would only play if they really needed me.

Sitting on the sideline of the rugby field as a reserve suddenly made me realize that the only place where there was any grass at all in the 2 SAI army camp was at the rugby field (apart from the grass that was being smoked that is).

2 SAI was on the edge of the desert and was a very bleak place.  Actually being able to lie on a patch of green grass was something a troep at Walvis Bay did not do, because there was just sand and the odd malnourished bush here and there.

Sunday afternoon infantry school

(Above: Sitting on the grass at Infantry School, Oudtshoorn cleaning R4 rifles with the weeks washing in the background)

The first trial started and a few minutes into the game a sickening tackle by a PF corporal on a young troep jolted all those sitting on the touchline.  Yeessh, this was not schoolboy rugby we were witnessing as the injured player was removed from the field.  Fortunately it was a centre that needed replacing and suddenly none of the reserves could play centre.

I never made the company rugby team but my name was on the rugby attendance register which meant that every Sport Parade as well as Monday and Thursday afternoon PT sessions all the rugby players had to report to the rugby field.

It was bliss.  A few hours to relax and dream of home away from the madness of basic training while your mates were being drilled to death in the PT sessions or carrying windsurfers up and down to the lagoon or climbing sand dunes while pistol shooting.

Twenty years after the days when the boys had to go to the Border and it seems like nobody even remembers.  It is probably a noble thing to honour the ECC people and it was brave to make the choice to rather go to jail than do two years national service.  But many of us did do our national service and this article is written for them.  Tree aan…..staaldak, webbing en geweer………


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  1. geez… took me back THIRTY years to that freak show


    November 5, 2009 at 9:39 am

  2. i too served at 2S.A.I,along with my best mate ,johan nell ,from jan 85 to dec 86,good times and bad ,mainly good though,will always remember my cpl ,he was PF,cpl angus young,anymore of us out there?


    January 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

  3. Hi Darren. Thanks for the comment. What company and platoon were you in?


    January 13, 2010 at 4:49 am

  4. i was in bravo co 85 to 86 we had a staff van bosch, a real bliksem. he conviced me to go pf i resinged from the sadf in 94 as a staff sergeant

    reinhardt wessels

    June 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm

  5. cpl young was teamed up with lt mare apparently cpl young was in afghanistan a while ago.

    reinhardt wessels

    June 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

  6. I remmember staff van bosch and cpl young well. I was at 2SAI IN 84 and 85 in Bravo company and ended up as a driver out in the desert at Rooikop – later driving Buffels for Infantry school on their boder phase. Cpl Young was one of the few PF corporals and english! There were a few dooses out there and you had to be tough to make it in 2SAI. I can still taste the sand and mist during the opfoks and never forget the Cillier burger from Lagoon or Flamingo takeaways

    Nick Scholtz

    July 12, 2010 at 11:35 am

  7. i was in bravo comp,plt 1,cpl young and lt duplessis,would love to get in touch with cpl young,tried to find various people,unsucessful though.


    November 28, 2010 at 7:08 am

  8. I was there in ’83 & ’84. Cpl Young was fresh from Oudshoorn and I think we were his first batch of rofies under Lt. Rheeders, who was from Paarl, if I remember correctly. Some hard-core guys there that really gave him a hard time. Yeah, wonder what happened to Young. Anybody remember Staff Sergeant Smythe? He was an ex-Rhodesian.

    Adriaan du Toit

    December 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm

  9. It is a forgotten war. I agree with you. As if nobody remembers.
    This is to say thank you for you guys.
    Some do remember – I’m honoured to remember our troepies.

    A du Preez

    December 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

  10. So many memories… waiting for a letter… waiting for a phone call.. waiting for a ‘pas’ . I am glad our relationship survived ’86 and ’87! Thank you ‘manne’!


    December 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm

  11. Those were the days. The smell of fish in the morning, mixed with a misty dampness still reminds me of Walvis.
    Klaared in ’87, Anti-tank platoon with fun and games for all. I don’t remember much of sport parade, so it was probably volleyball…
    I was back in Walvis ’99, the base is gone, except for the mess. All those bungalows on stilts were moved down to the beach as holiday accommodation. Rooikop is just an airport now.

    Iain Clark

    December 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

  12. I was at 2 SAI 84-85 . Lt Du Plessis(Koos Ooorlog) was Surpport Company Mortars . last I heard he was a Captain at 9 SAI Cape Corp Somerset West in 1995. We were at the Binne Basis . Staff Grammer , Sgt Major van As were some of our NCO’s . Good memories . the Rooikop Armour have a 2 SAI BN GP facebook page


    February 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm

  13. 88 – 89, Bravo coy , 2nd Platoon Rooikop. I remember Van Bosch who was promoted to Sgt Major, our staff was Staff Strydom from 7SAI. Spent time at Rundu, Eenhahna . Nice to find others who were there.


    February 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  14. 81-85 Rooikop,I was n Tiffie at 55 vd Wksp,welder,Ao Des Wiggill was section head,87-92 in SWA 61 Mech,left came back in 93 unit now 5 Sai Bn up to date,KEEP THE GOOD DAYS GOING.

    ben terblanche

    March 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

  15. Yes Adriaan – Staff Sgt. Smithe was ex- Rhodesian. I was in his platoon(in Bravo Comp)in 1995. I think there is a photograph of him in a book about the Selous Scouts written by Colonel Ron Reid-Daly. I’m not sure though.

    Marius Marks

    May 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

  16. Yes Adriaan – Staff Sgt. Smithe was ex- Rhodesian. I was in his platoon(in Bravo Comp)in 1985. I think there is a photograph of him in a book about the Selous Scouts written by Colonel Ron Reid-Daly. I’m not sure though.

    Marius Marks

    May 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

  17. Obviously ’85 not ’95!

    Marius Marks

    May 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

  18. These comments bring back a few smiles, I was there Jan- Oct 86 , Platoon 7 ,under platoon Sgt. Scheepers initially and then support co, Storm pipes under a Staff Sgt, dont recall the name, tiny guy, used to call him mighty mouse., Support co, Storm pipes, then on to 54 BTN Eenhana until dec 21 1987.

    I remember a LT called Wilkinson, a real f. up, who made life pretty miserable for all, even the company commander got sick of him.

    Alex Crowther

    September 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

  19. alex, I was with U…. mighty Mouse was staff cook… he a Genral os something in Pretoria now He took the Storm Pioneers. I was a Mortarist. U were with Zander, Henderson, Narra and your Lt broke his neck in Bush phase. I think. Regards. Ps I went to eenhana the 2nd year.

    Ian Lombard

    September 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm

  20. Hi Ian,

    yes thats right, Staff Cook. Thanks

    Saw Scheepers at Oshikati once after taking a convoy thru from Eenhana.

    Saw Major Els at a meeting in Pretoria in 1988

    Just got hold of Zander, he is living in Australia..

    The only whereabouts of anybody else from Eenhana that I know of is LT Jeremy Wyeth, Sappers, who is now a VP for Anglo American, he was in Canada, now in Russia opening a cold wether mine there.

    Do remember Lt Wilkinson at 2 SAI, the doos.!!

    I left SA about end 88 and have only lived there for 2 years sice then. Living in Jamaica at the moment.

    All the best, good to hear from you.

    Alex Crowther

    September 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm

  21. Had a fat ass corporal when I was there, Skinner. The rank were mostly sadistic, psychopaths, with very few exceptions. I can’t think of one exception. I got out of there by doing selection for 1RR. No psychopaths and no sadists! Gentlemen all.


    February 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm

  22. HI,

    Does anybody remember Major Burger?
    He’s on trial for treason in the Boeremag case. That trial has been going on for more than 10 years.
    He always used to shout, “Lang lewe die boere republiek!” whenever we blew some shit up.


    February 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  23. Hi there Guys , i did my two year in Walvis 85, 86.
    i remember buying burgers and chip and selling to the new troops , that were so hungry

    I remmeber Lt wilkinson ,[he took my post , bugger] and scheepers

    Nothing left of the camp i see .
    Just wanna say thanks to all you guys. i lost a lots of friends up there .
    Any one know the where abouts of these guys , gerrit niemand , sean stanton ,richard visser , jack cremore

    I live in New Zealand now.

    Greg Stephens

    February 25, 2012 at 4:55 am

  24. I used to be diensdrywer in 85 and took a lot of orders to bring takeaways into that horrible guard room at the main gate. also use make some bucks and bring dop into the base. I remember one night carrying a shitload of Old Brown sherry from the TPT hangars in sleeping bag back down to the bungalows in a sleeping bag and being chased by a PF MP Sergeant – I think his name was Nieuwhoudt – he had a scarred face, & scared the shit outta me!

    I was a binne basis drywer with Rassie, Minnie (oytjie), gert Breedt and george Coetzee.


    March 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  25. Hi there
    I klaared-in at Rooikop Feb 1988. Went to Infantry School and then volunteered to go back to Walvis!!! Was in Bravo Company Platoon 1. Came back as Platoon Commaner of Platoon 2. Cpl Siepker was my Platoon Sergeant. Deployed at Bagani [Caprivi] until Walvis camp closed. Then transferred to 5 SAI Ladysmith, Natal.

    Anyone remember Captain JJ Ackerman who become a Major in January 1989? Used to call him Major Embarrassment!!! What happened to him?

    Also, what happened to Sergeant-Major van Bosch?

    Nice to see you guys also had a special kak time there. The best days of our lives – which we never want to experience again……

  26. Hi all was at Walvis 85 -86 B comp then A comp platoon 4 . Sargent Scheepers was our platoon sarg and Lt Minnie was boss man . I remember corp young sargent fourie staff jumbo smyth . where are all the 2 SAI BOYS now days

    Warren Hardwick

    March 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

  27. Hey Jay and Vinson…..
    I was there with you guys became the signaller from platoon 3 with corporal Cowie and Lt Brits
    I remember bagani eenhana rundu and all the other places we went to, seems like yesterday

    Tinus du Preez

    March 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

  28. 2 SAI – 1985 intake – Alpha Coy
    Selected for Infantry School
    Stayed at Infantry School in 1986

    Derek Mitchell

    April 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  29. Cpl Cavell-Clarke. Great memories, incredible training and the best platoon by far.Lt Pretorious ? Lt Kitching waar is julle. Kom spanbou…vir ons he.. he ..hrennir rringge ?

    Kim Cavell-Clarke

    April 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

  30. The short guy in the photo next to the Buffel I think is Rfn Skinner, ( from Parrow, ), Storm Pipes at Eenhana, 54 Btn in 1987,

    Platoon Sgt was Cpl Marius Fivaz, Section leader Brian Cameron, Platoon Commander 2 Lt TJ Coetzee

    Alex Crowther

    April 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

  31. Was ok daar. Alfa Co. Rooikop. 1987. Baie memories. Thanks kwaai blog

    Nicholaas Visser

    July 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

  32. I was there in 1977 – Support Company – Assault Pioneer Platoon. Climbed Dune 7 many times when returning from the shooting range. Went to the border in October that year. I will never forget that time of my life. My nickname was Longtom. I now live in Canada. Anyone from the January 1977 intake?

    Bjarne Smedsrud

    August 23, 2012 at 2:04 am

  33. 2 SAI veteran of 64 after doing basic in Potch. A bloue and ouman driver operator based in Walvis with memories of standing guard duty at the vehicle park in Rooikop, except when enjoying makeeriepas on the rifle range or running up dune 7 to please Sgt Koekemoer. Also great memories of pumping out the septic tanks from the mess into the kakwa and emptying the contents into the lagoon near Walvis. Anyone remember Ma Prost’s custard pies?
    After CTO transferred out of the army as a rifleman and into SAAF as 2 Lt. flew with 110 Squadron Langebaan 4 years. Now live in the UK. Sterkte manne.

    Karl Schrader

    September 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

  34. Lionel Neethling passed away in July this year.

    Andrew Vaughan ex 5SAI

    December 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm

  35. Blog blows out some of the cobwebs!

    Nice to see one or two names I remember (Crowther?).
    2 SAI Jan ’86 intake, arrived by train at about 03h00 in a stinky fish smelling, foggy Walvis morning. Whistles screeching, sleep in eye, running, swearing shouting and more shouting. Staff Scheepers with his long loping walk, boep and fierce temper with his thin snor “Ek sal jou kop afruk en in jou keel af kak roov, ETTER!” Staff Cooke (mighty mouse) not far behind.

    Major Wanliss (SAMS) at medical to another shy tropie: “Trek daai onderbroek het – ek het meer piele in my lewe gesien as wat jy rys kolle gesien het!”
    Lt Wilkinson broke his neck in bush phase by diving head first into the Kuiseb river during flood.
    Think I was platoon 7 O Company, then moved to Platoon 2 Bravo Company after some kak with Cpl Glen Oesch.

    Transferred out of 2 SAI after 4 months in Diepkloff Soweto – Oct 86 to 1 SAI Bloem still as G1 K1.
    Arrived Bloem a week later (after a bit of a “holiday” en route).

    Walvis was hectic! Shit I remember poor old “Asampie” (an asthmatic) who was lumped in with our opvoks regardless of him being G3K3 and dragging him and around Rooikop before they moved us into those siff bungalows in the “Binne Basis”. Sand walletjies and leopard crawl before every inspection.
    Ooswind howling and covering your washing with fine mica dust so you looked like C3PO.

    I went back to see the remnants of the base in October 2012 and all but the old mess is flattened and developed. Concrete ramp that we queued on and the doors now serve a church that has taken residence in the building. Funny feeling standing there looking at it right where we stood and had them insult us like we were the enemy.

    Tough, sometimes humiliating, sometimes rewarding (like when I used to finish way up front in route marches) but mostly tough (have I said that yet?). Best two years of my life I would never like to repeat!

    I remember Capt Kirsten (OC O Coy) only telling us about the space shuttle Challenger crash only two weeks after the event (no TV or radio permitted). He then went on to tell us that apartheid had been abolished in “The States” (meaning back in South Africa) and that the ANC were still our sworn enemy…
    We lapped it up, believed in what we were doing and told to do, totally brainwashed.
    What a system!

    Still I think some form of conscription (purely to sort out youngsters of today discipline wise) would be a good thing.

    Despite all the harshness and tough times we had a small piece of me misses it all.

    Maybe the human mind is conditioned to forget the bad and only remember the good…

    Anthony Allen

    January 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  36. Yes I remember Asempie, Platoon 7, God Forgive me, filthy, useless creature…. I carried him with another guy back from Scheepers Opvok at Rooikop the night ot the Battalion Boxing competition when he got pissed and took us out in the dark for a run, him in the landrover, hurling abuse….

    Capt.venter put an end to it but Asempie was destroyed, mentally as well as physically. Snot, trane all over the place. The boys from Burgersdorp cariied his kit I think, Vosloo, Welgemoed and Haasbroek, all 3 Johanns’.

    They took turns as water tiffies at Eenhana in 87..

    Asempie disappeared shortly thereafter, medical transfer or a discharge, never saw him again.

    All the best,

    alex crowther

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    January 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

  40. Hey dude!! Cool to see these remarks and name. Shit this brings back memories. Eenhana 1987 Balkeway! Brain Cameron moved to Aussie a few years back and never heard from him since.
    Iron Man… … .. You wanker hahahahah.. Conrad Swart and I did the Volley Ball Weekend in Oshikati and we were the only two player from 54 Bat so we did nothing except drink and sleep!!! Remeeber the ear tests?? Blakeway, we were Support (O) Company but what platoon in Walvis??


    January 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

  41. Full name Charles Harris

    Charles Harris

    January 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

  42. If any of you guys are on facebook check out
    Lots of pictures from the ou dae.


    January 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  43. S Sgt Smyth was operational till 92 then became WO1 SMythe and was responsible for Ceremonial activities at Parliament Cape Town and retired a year ago. Chris Van Bosch became RSM Int Corps. Cook remaind an Arsehole and who wants to give a dam. Spore Van Ass became a Trg Officer in the Medics was a Capt was caught giving points away to girl students for a few extras was demoted back to WO2 worked at 2 Mil Hospital Cape Town till his discharge. Pat Grammer became a Morter Inst at Inf Sch left the army bought a Cafe near Inf Sch gate divorced his wife and still lives there. Can you remember when the Cpl’s gave S Sgt Smythe kak in Etale base and one Sat Afternoon we all sat listening to Rugby on radio with Capt Obies and JJ fourie, but the Cpls had to fill a 44 gallon drum with water using teaspoons only. SSgt Smythe told them if they wish to waste his time he can return the favour with intrest. Took them a day and a half because they had to empty it also with teaspoons.

    De villiers

    January 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm

  44. One or two particular opvoks during bush phase stick in my memory – one when being jaaged up the dunes to “haal daai een graan geel sand, links van die rooie” on the top of the dune. Second time up I thought I would be clever and grab a few handfuls of sand in my overall pockets.

    “Fok, troep, waar is daai fokken graan?”
    “Moet iewers hier wees koporaal, langs sy maaitjies…” as I spilled out the pockets full of sand at his feet.
    Not to mention I ran those dunes a lot longer than the rest of the platoon!

    The classic quote I once heard about Walvis: “In twee SAI jy raak nie bossies, maar sandtjies!”

    Anthony Allen

    January 21, 2013 at 7:04 am



    January 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

  46. hey Blakeway, the Kuiseb bush phase was fun. I remember, one of the sgt Mjrs gave Lt Wilkinson an opvok all of his own, on the O Company commmander, Capt Venter’s instructions , ( ex 32 btn), with an ammo case full of sand, “Hardloop vinnig, Luitenant, vinniger, en daar gaat jy weer Luitenant.”

    I remember Lt Gomes, big, overwieght guy, a 2 pip, with brains, not like some of the little shits who were made officers on the basis of thier rugby abilities or the fact that Dad was a dominee. He was OK.

    2 SAI Btn commander , Col JMR van der Riet went to Washington as Military Attache I heard

    I can be contacted directly on

    alex crowther

    January 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

  47. what about the opvok in the kuiseb when somebody stole the condensed milk from the kitchen


    January 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm

  48. Hi Alex, was that CPT Venter or Kirsten?? But Wilkinson was as he put it ” A jelleriger Poessie” . . . OH, and it was Blakeway that stole the condensed milk! hahaha
    Alex, remeber at Eenhana when you kicked Vander Riet? He thought he was big and main but you made him think twice!

    Charles Harris

    January 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

  49. Sorry, it was Kisten, u r correct, , i was going to put a ? Mark next to Venters name.

    Any one remember Martin Hammond, the crazy pom?

    alex crowther

    January 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

  50. Remember Moller the 2 m high tampax tiffie, saw him in Pta standing guard outside police HQ , he joined the blou mag…..

    alex crowther

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    January 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  54. brian cameron, conrad swart,lens,moffat,blakeway,harris,van oordt,doman,dennis,callen,skinner,welgemoed,demos,scorgie,van der riet,vosloo,haasbroek,faria,jones,crowther,fivazs,schoonwinkel

    who els,


    January 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

  55. Welgemoed

    alex crowther

    January 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm




    January 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

  57. I think you re thinking of Reebok,,,,not sure how to spell he’s name . . . . . .

    Charles Harris

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    January 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

  59. Hi Devilliers. You say Staff Smythe only retired a year ago?!??! Yeez, the way he was going on back then I thought his liver/lungs would not last another 3 years, never mind 30!! He was actually a very fair oke. Had a lot of time for him.

    Adriaan du Toit

    February 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

  60. I worked with WO1 Smythe in Ovamboland till we withdrew from there. He went to Northern Natal. But i met up with him again. working with a Urban Warfare group in Jhb till 1992 when things went pearshaped and the whole lot were disbanded. He was sent to Cape Town to The Castle and became the SP Guard WO and RSM of the Castle. He was moved to Ceremonial and took over all State Ceremonial activities at Parlament and Presidency till 2010.

    De villiers

    February 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

  61. Arrived in Walvis in May 1973
    Was in C company platton 6 section 3
    Some of the names from the past Cpt Veyers , Cpl Mynard Venstra, Barry Mcnamara , Easton , John Raven
    Spent some time in operational area at Raucana, Omathimba , Mapacha , Katima.

    Lots of good memories, unfortunatly as we get older we remember less and less.

    Paolo Coter

    April 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

  62. Hi, i did a 2 year stint in good old walvis, support co, mortar platoon, 1977-1978. Welcomed by good old sgt Peach and Gibbs,Remember sgt. Herselman, cpl Lemley. would love to hear from some of the guys, lost total contact, all we have are the good old memories, hard maar lekker!

    Doug Webber

    August 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

  63. Hey Webber, I think I may remember you, I was called Longtom. I was in Support company with Lt. Bezuidenhout and Cpl. De villiers. I remember Peach, Gibbs , Herselman and Lemley. Major Swanepoel was the CO.
    I cannot believe all that happened so long ago, when I was in I could not wait to get out and that was over 35 years ago – unreal.
    Good memeories of Dune 7 – I have Googled the map of Wavis Bay and thre is not much left of the camp.
    I live in Canada now are you still in SA.

    Bjarne Smesrud (Longtom)

    August 6, 2013 at 12:38 am

  64. Hi nice to hear from someone that was with me, cpl Peach- “comes to I sunshine,I want to spoke to you some questions” haha will we ever forget!! Any contact with any of the other guys? What platoon where you?
    Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

    August 6, 2013 at 4:58 am

  65. Webber, I was in the Assault Pioneer platoon. I have not been in contact with anyone since back in 1980, I saw some of them when I did a three month camp on the border. I was hoping that some of the guys would read this blog and make contact. Do you remember S.Major “Reckless” and doing pole PT with Cpl Lemey’s match sticks. I have a couple of pictures of the Walvis Bay camp – slowly fading but still good to look at.


    Bjarne Smedsrud

    August 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

  66. I think your lt was bezuidenhout? yes I now recall reckless with his moustache haha. I have tried to find some of the guys but to no avail, dont know where they have vanished to?

    Where do u live? i went to Walvis bay last year but must say climbing dune 7 wasnt so easy as it was back in 77/78. You recall sergeant Lemley being sent back to walvis after he was found in the medics sleeping bag, with the medic?


    Doug Webber

    August 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm

  67. I live in Toronto Canada now. Bezuidenhout was our Lt. I remember Cpl. Lemley being sent back to Walvis, I was on the same train that he was on when they sent him back. It is too bad some of the other guys don’t get onto this blog.


    Bjarne Smedsrud (Longtom)

    August 11, 2013 at 5:15 am

  68. You okes will find your old platoon mates here.

    There are plenty old 2 SAI and over 10, 000 members.


    August 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

  69. Hi All. I’m staff Jumbo Smythe’s son. I would like to surprise him with contact details of all his old friends. Hope there is some people that might remember him.


    December 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm

  70. iam still searching for my old friend johan nell,bravo coy plt1 jan 1985-1986,he was from PE,Humansdorp,Knysna area,any help greatly appreciated,thankyou.


    December 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm

  71. Was ook daar vb bogani watertorings opgepas eenana un landies hotwire gekuier by poppavalle saam met staf strydom grabe schoeman terug na 5sai

    Sias de jager

    April 19, 2015 at 8:06 am

  72. Hi looking for all Feb 88 Bravo company intake. Remember RSM van Bosch jip! I am trying to get hold of all the troops that went to Rooikop after we got classified and started with training I am Ray Walker I was in platoon 3 corporal cowie to many names I can still remember and Blondie Beukes after his haircut LOL ect remember the tents and opvok LOL my e mail

    Ray walker

    August 31, 2015 at 11:04 pm

  73. All the old 2 SAI okes are on facebook.

    Iain Clark

    August 31, 2015 at 11:44 pm

  74. Does anybody knows what happend to staf sargeant bosch after1986

    Otto muller

    February 2, 2017 at 1:58 pm

  75. Eks Deon Matthee en was 1987 tot 1988 in 2 sai.Staff cook en scheepers was daar met daai lank kaptein Kirsten wat so netjiese weermag jeep gery het en cpl Wolf was ons kpl.Eks opsoek Hammond wat n drywer was saam my op rooikop was en ook Dot.Het klaar Die 2 strause opgespoor op die 2 sai facebook blad maar kpl Wolf was in 2014 laas daarop.Onthou het so lekker saam die staff galjoen by sy huis gebraai.Soek nog manne wat saam my was en onthou Akkedis ook so waar is jul,eks op die 2 sai blad invite facebook

    my daarop.

    Deon Matthee

    June 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm

  76. Onthou jul op Rooikop daar waar 4 3 battery was en d eskedron het ons mos patrollie geloop en daar spook dit werklik want een aand toe ons daarloop begin die firebucketts sommer net waai en onthou geen wind daai aand nie.Soek drywers eat saam my was 87 tot 88 en op Rooikop gebly ook onthou jul.Eers in tente en een aand n sand storm so jul weet wat dit is,my hele tent was verwoes en daar was n ou met die naam van Koos aiman ons weet ons baie aangegaan met jou my maat maar waar is jy.

    Deon Matthee

    June 29, 2017 at 2:31 pm

  77. Waars kpl Breedt ook

    Deon Matthee

    June 29, 2017 at 2:32 pm

  78. Hi Deon

    I remember Martín Hammond, he was my bunk mate in O company in 86, stayed in Walvis when o company went to Eenhana n late 86, he was Captain Kirstens orderly for a while and then became a driver I recall… last saw him at Rooikop 21/22 December 1987 when I got back from the border to klaar out…. tried looking for him, never had much luck…if you find him, let me know please. Regards Alex Crowther

    Alex Crowther

    June 29, 2017 at 8:51 pm

  79. Jis Alex

    Ja sal jou laat weet jong en lekker om van die manne te hoor

    Deon Matthee

    June 30, 2017 at 6:13 pm

  80. Baie dankie Deon. Groete.

    Alex Crowther

    July 1, 2017 at 6:04 am

  81. Hi guys

    You are right there was good and kak times but I enjoyed it. I was based at 5 SAI Ladysmith 1992 in alpha company and only did a year .Here I remember all the opfoks and inspections where we use to lock both gates so the Sgt wouldn’t catch us sleeping on the floor . Plenty of stories but has made me the man I am today.


    September 5, 2017 at 2:36 pm

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