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43 SA Brigade
43 SA Brigade.jpg
Active 2 April 1997 to present
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Branch South African Army
Role To provide a combat ready Brigade Headquarters for the employment by CSANDF as required.[1]
Part of Chief of Army (administrative)
HQ SANDF (operational)
Motto(s) Combat Power
Colors Green and Black
Insignia
Emblem Mechanised Infantry Fist

43 South African Brigade is a formation of the South African Army. It was established on 2 April 1997 at Wallmannsthal, Gauteng as 43 Mechanised Brigade and then changed to 43 South African Brigade in 1999. Administratively, the headquarters answers to the Chief of the Army. Operationally and for force training, the formation takes instructions from the Joint Operations Division.[2] Units and subunits are attached as required for the task at hand. When not required, those units remain part of their respective type formations.

HistoryEdit

The history of the brigade dates back to the late 1990s when HQ 43 Mechanised Brigade HQ provided the Headquarters of the Combined SADC Task Force and commanded the intervention stage of Operation Boleas in Lesotho in September 1998.

In 2009 43 SA Brigade provided the Military Component Force HQ for the SADC Standby Force during Exercise GOLFINHO.[3]

MandateEdit

Its mandate is: "To provide combat-ready land forces for the pursuance of national defence and the prevention of war, failing which, to jointly and preferably multinationally, swiftly and decisively achieve national security goals and collaboratively promoting peace and stability internally and externally in concurrence with international obligations to contribute to the development and upliftment of South Africa, its people and the African continent."

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