Dinner to mark Boer War

2010-01-19 00:00

MAJOR-GENERAL Roy Andersen, chief of defence reserves in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), will be the guest speaker at a gala dinner on Monday, January 25, as part of the commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the Anglo-Boer War.

Many of the regiments that fought one another in the Colony of Natal during the war now form part of the SANDF Reserve Forces and include the Natal Carbineers, the Natal Field Artillery, the Transvaalse Staatsartillerie, the Vrystaatse Artillerie Regiment, the Natal Mounted Rifles, the Umvoti Mounted Rifles, the Light Horse Regiment, the Durban Light Infantry, 1 Medical Battalion Group and 15 Maintenance Unit.

These and many other reserve force regiments from other provinces were welded together after unification to form the Citizen Force component of the South African Defence Force.

Andersen, who is also an eminent businessman, is likely to draw parallels to events that took place after the elections in 1994, when statutory and non-statutory units were welded together to form the SANDF.

The conference will be preceded by a two-day battlefield tour, which will include visits to Elandslaagte, Spioenkop, Wynne Hill, Hart’s Hill and Pieters Ridge and the Clouston Koppie of Remembrance, Colenso.

The conference and dinner, organised by the South African Military History Society and the Ladysmith Siege Museum Trust, will take place at Platrand Lodge near Ladysmith.

Further details about the conference and the gala dinner may be obtained from:

Ken Gillings at 031 702 4828 or 083 654 5880, or e-mail ken.gillings@mweb.co.za; or Dr Eugene Campher or Lera Campher at 036 631 2839 or 082 801 6524, or e-mail camphere@telkomsa.net.

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