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Durban Regiment
Active 1 January 1960
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Branch Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Army
Type Motorised infantry
Part of South African Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQ Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Motto(s) Punga Celeriter (Strike swiftly)
Insignia
Identification
symbol
Silver Fish Eagle on a Gold Sea Shell

Durban Regiment is a motorised infantry Reserve Force unit of the South African Army.

The Regiment had its first Black officer Commanding in the name of Lt Col Sibonelo Linda appointed by Maj Gen Rudzani Maphwanya on 01 October 2016. Lt Col Linda was able to build DR from 87 to 327 members. Regiment have deployed a complete sub unit with support elements twice since 2016. The Regiment have since changed its name from Durban Regiment to King Shaka Regiment as of 07 August 2019

Durban Regiment for the first time had its precision drill team on 05 May 2018. The drill team has performed in the armed forces week and royal show.

History was made when the Officer Commanding was appointed as it was the first time that the Officer Commanding had an appointment parade and not change of command parade. History was also made in that the same officer commanding was last officer Commanding of Durban regiment and First Officer Commanding of King Shaka Regiment when the name was changed.

HistoryEdit

Established in 1923 as the Durban Volunteer Guides, the unit was disbanded after World War Two but reformed on paper in 1959 as an armoured infantry unit.[1]

The Durban Regiment was officially proclaimed in 1959 and the first posting to the unit was on 1 January 1960 with Colonel M.B. Williams JCD and bar as its first officer commanding. The Regiment’s first mobilisations were on 31 March 1960 to combat unrest in Natal’s Cato Manor area. They were, in fact, the first regiment mobilised and committed to this action.

First formed as an armoured infantry regiment, the Durban Regiment was later converted to motorised infantry. On May 31, 1961 the unit was again mobilised for participation in the ceremonies accompanying the Declaration of the Republic of South Africa. The Regiment proudly received its colours on 10 October 1964.

In 1969, Durban Regiment was instructed to transfer all Afrikaans speaking unit members to a newly formed unit, Regiment Port Natal (RPN).

As from the formal inauguration of the unit, authority was acquired for the formation of a military band that functioned to support the unit at military functions and parades. In 1976 the Montclair Pipe band (a civilian band) affiliated to the military band and over a very short time the pipe contingent absorbed the bugles and trumpets of the military band. The Durban Regiment Pipe Band now forms the musical component at the unit and effectively supports the unit at military functions and parades.

Annual training camps were completed every year until 1972 when Durban Regiment began duties on either the South West Africa (Namibia) or Mozambique borders during the South African Border War. In addition to the border duties, from 1982, Durban Regiment also became involved in counter insurgency operations in urban operations in urban areas, mainly in the Kwa-Zulu Natal area. On its 21st birthday, Durban Regiment was granted the freedom of the City of Durban.[2]

DeploymentsEdit

The first volunteer camp was held in the Boshoek training area near Ladysmith for two weeks in February 1995. The first member of colour volunteer to do service as guard duties was in August 1995. The same member served as an officer with the first army conventional reserve force company to deploy externally to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for peace support operations. In January 2005, Durban Regiment contributed 20 members (one officer, 6 nco’s and thirteen riflemen) to the Reserve Force company that deployed with 7 South African Infantry Battalion to the DRC. Durban Regiment also supplied 13 members to the Reserve Force company that was deployed with 2 SAI deploying to the DRC in June 2005. In June 2006, Durban Regiment supplied a Company HQ and a platoon to 5 SAI's contingent deployed to Burundi. In July 2007, Durban Regiment provided a mortar section to 5 SAI for another deployment to Burundi. In July 2008, Durban Regiment supplied a rifle platoon to 121 BN for the peace support operation to the DRC.

Durban Regiment continues to deploy in border safe guarding operations with a sub unit that comprises of 170 members. September 2016- April 2017 Commanded by Maj M. Msimango . April- September 2019 Commanded by Maj B. Memela.

InsigniaEdit

The Durban Regiment badge consists of a silver fish eagle on a gold Sea Shell with the motto “Punga Celeriter” which translated means “Strike swiftly”.

GarrisonEdit

In 1999 Durban Regiment moved its headquarters to the Drill Hall at the Old Fort Road Military Base in Durban.

RoleEdit

Motorised infantry.

MottoEdit

  • Punga Celeriter” which translated means “Strike swiftly”

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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