Natal Carbineers among SANDF reserve force’s 44 units to be renamed

2019-08-21 06:00

THE Pietermaritzburg-based Natal Carbineers is one of 44 Army Reserve Force units set to be renamed by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) over a three-year period.

According to a statement by the SA Army, the Natal Carbineers, which was established in 1855, is set to be renamed the Ingobamakhosi Carbineers.

Ingobamakhosi was a military unit that formed the left horn of the Zulu army that triumphed at the Battle of Isandlwana. The statement said that the new names will reflect “the military traditions and history of indigenous African military formations and the liberation armies involved in the freedom struggle”.

Among other names set to disappear are Cape Town Highlanders, Transvaal Scottish, Witwatersrand Rifles, Regiment De la Rey, Prince Alfred’s Guard, Regiment De Wet, SA Irish Regiment, Transvaal Horse Artillery and others.

The statement said: “Currently, military traditions in SA Army Reserve Force units reflect only those from the South African Defence Force (SADF) and its predecessor, the Union Defence Force (UDF).

“The military traditions and history of indigenous African military formations and liberation armies involved in the freedom struggle have yet to be reflected in SA Army Reserve units.”

He said extensive research was conducted into South Africa’s military history. “The process accommodated regional uniqueness and allowed for acknowledgement of military heroes and past events as well as creating space to accommodate local military history not reflected in the structure of the SA Army.”

The research, led by Brigadier-General Gerhard Kamffer, the SA army director for reserves, saw an approved list of prominent chiefs, military leaders, battles and important military events produced. Kamffer confirmed that 44 units will have new, more South African and African names.

He said the renaming process was well received by the units and soldiers serving in them.

He added that the renaming process is expected to cost R8 million.

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