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21 South African Infantry Battalion
Active 1 January 1991
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Branch South African Infantry Corps
Type Internal Stability
Garrison/HQ Doornkop, Johannesburg
Motto(s) Nostro operi fideles

21 South African Infantry Battalion is an internal stability unit of the South African Army.


21 SAI was established on 1 January 1991 at Doornkop, Johannesburg.[1] In 1997 the unit was commanded by colonel and consisted of two operational battalions. By 1999, it had reverted to four infantry companies and a reconnaissance platoon.[1] The unit has its origin as 21 Battalion created in 22 January 1977 to train black soldiers.[1] The unit trained black recruits that formed units from the black homelands of Transkei, Venda and KwaNdebela as well men from Ovamboland.[1] By 1986 it had four companies of its own troops and in July 1987 became a fully operational battalion and used as a reaction force in South Africa before being posted to South-West Africa/Namibia in 1988 during the Border War.[1]


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