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Navy[edit | edit source]

Battle icon active (crossed swords).svg Places in the Western Cape with Military Bases

Bases[edit | edit source]

The Navy operates the following naval bases:[1]

A view of Simon's Town and the naval base

  • Naval Base Simon's Town – the only full naval base currently in the SAN. All combat units have been concentrated here in an attempt to curb costs. The base also houses training facilities for the new frigates and submarines. A naval dockyard is also situated here, although it is in the process of being privatised.
  • Naval Station Durban – Naval Base Durban was scaled down to a naval station with the rationalisation of the fleet. However it was announced in April 2013 that the base would be re-opened and upgraded to assist with the piracy mission on Africa's East coast and to establish a permanent fleet presence on the East Coast.[2]
  • Naval Station Port Elizabeth – provides support to the fleet.

Training units[edit | edit source]

Army[edit | edit source]

Bases[edit | edit source]

The South African Army maintains large bases in all 9 provinces of the country, mostly in or around major cities and towns.

List of South African military bases is located in South Africa
Cape Town
Army Bases in South Africa

Eastern Cape[edit | edit source]

Free State[edit | edit source]

Gauteng[edit | edit source]

Battle icon active (crossed swords).svg Places in Gauteng with Military Bases
  • Pretoria is home to a large joint services base called Thaba Tshwane, which is also home to the South African Army College, the National Ceremonial Guard and Band, the Military Police School, 1 Military Hospital, 2 Parachute Battalion, 44 Parachute Engineers, 44 Parachute Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Air Defence Artillery), 1 Military Printing Regiment, Tshwane Regiment (Motorised Infantry), 18 Light Regiment (Artillery) and 4 Survey and Map Regiment. The Dequar Road Base in Pretoria houses the Transvaalse Staatsartillerie (Artillery) and the Pretoria Regiment (Tank Regiment). The Joint Support Base in Wonderboom, Pretoria houses the School of Signals, 1 Signal Regiment, 2 Signal Regiment, 3 Electronic Workshop, 4 Signal Regiment and 5 Signal Regiment. Technical Base Complex Centurion is home to the Technical Service Training Centre, the Army Engineer Formation and a general support base. It also houses units from the SAMHS and the SAAF.[10]
  • Wallmannsthal is home to 43 SA Brigade Headquarters.
  • Centurion is home to 3 Parachute Battalion.
  • Several army bases in Johannesburg house the 21 South African Battalion (Light Infantry), 46 South African Brigade headquarters, 6th Field Engineers Regiment, 1 Construction Regiment, 35th Engineering Supply Regiment, the Rand Light Infantry (Motorised Infantry), The Johannesburg Regiment (Motorised Infantry), the Transvaal Scottish Regiment (Motorised Infantry), Regiment Oos Rand (Motorised Infantry), the South African Irish Regiment (Motorised Infantry), Regiment President Kruger (Motorised Infantry), the Transvaal Horse Artillery (Artillery) and the Light Horse Regiment (Armoured Car Regiment).
  • Benoni is home to Regiment Oos Transvaal (Air Defence Artillery).
  • The Springs is home to 6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Air Defence Artillery).
  • The Heidelberg Army Base is home to the SA Army Gymnasium.
  • Germiston is home to the Witwatersrand Rifles Regiment (Mechanized Infantry).
  • Vereeniging is home to Regiment Vaal Rivier (Air Defence Artillery).

The South African Army College in Pretoria.

Western Cape[edit | edit source]

Northern Cape[edit | edit source]

  • An Army base is located in Kimberley which is home to the Air Defence Artillery School, 10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Air Defence Artillery), a basic training depot for 3 South African Infantry Battalion, the Kimberley Regiment (Motorised Infantry) and 44 Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Air Defence Artillery).
  • The Lohatla training area and army base is home to the SA Army Combat Training Centre where large army field exercises take place. It also houses the 101 Field Workshop and the 16 Maintenance Unit.
  • An Army base in Upington is home to 8 South African Infantry Battalion (Mechanized Infantry).

North-West[edit | edit source]

  • The Potchefstroom army base is home to the School of Artillery, 4 Artillery Regiment (Artillery), Artillery Mobile Regiment (Artillery), the School of Tactical Intelligence, 1 Tactical Intelligence Regiment, Regiment De La Rey (Mechanized Infantry), Regiment Potchefstroom Universiteit (Artillery) and Regiment Mooirivier (Armoured Car Regiment).
  • The Mahikeng Army base is home to 10 South African Infantry Battalion (Motorised Infantry).
  • Orkney is home to Regiment Skoonspruit (Motorised Infantry).
  • The Zeerust Army Base is home to 2 South African Infantry Battalion (Motorised Infantry).[12]

KwaZulu-Natal[edit | edit source]

1 Special Service Battalion at Tempe Base.

Mpumalanga[edit | edit source]

Limpopo[edit | edit source]


The main South African Army Headquarters are located in Salvokop, Pretoria in the Dequar Road Complex along with the 102 Field Workshop unit, 17 Maintenance Unit and the S.A.M.S Military Health Department.

Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III of United States Army Africa visits the Bloemfontein School of Armour at Tempe Base.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bennett, C. H. and Söderlund, A. G. (2008). South Africa's Navy : A Navy of the People and for the People. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-620-41446-3. 
  2. Mkamba, Lungelo; Coetzee, Cobus; Sapa (5 April 2013). "Navy to return to Durban's Salisbury Island". http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/navy-to-return-to-durban-s-salisbury-island-1.1496219#.UX4zfMpZJWo. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  3. "SAS Saldanha Home Page". Navy.mil.za. http://www.navy.mil.za/peoplesnavy/saldanha/index.htm. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  4. Bennett, C. H. and Söderlund, A. G. (2008). South Africa's Navy : A Navy of the People and for the People. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-620-41446-3. 
  5. Bennett, C. H. and Söderlund, A. G. (2008). South Africa's Navy : A Navy of the People and for the People. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-620-41446-3. 
  6. "Presentation by Chief of the SA Navy on the transformation of the SA Navy to the Joint Standing Committee on Defence (SJCD)". http://www.pmg.org.za/docs/2011/111117mudimu-chief-sa-navy.pdf. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  7. "Army Bases South Africa". http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/rsa/army-base.htm. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  8. Engelbrecht, Leon (2010-06-17). "Fact file: Regiment Bloemspruit". defenceWeb. http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8526:fact-file-regiment-bloemspruit&catid=79:fact-files&Itemid=159. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  9. "SA Army Contact Us: Free State Province, South Africa". SA Army: RSA Dept of Defence. http://www.army.mil.za/contactus/FreeState.htm. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  10. "SA Army Contact Us: Gauteng Province, South Africa". SA Army: RSA Dept of Defence. 2010-12-13. http://www.army.mil.za/contactus/Gauteng.htm. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  11. "SA Army Contact Us: Western Cape Province". SA Army: RSA Dept of Defence. 2010-12-13. http://www.army.mil.za/contactus/WesternCape.htm. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  12. "SA Army Contact Us: North West Province, South Africa". SA Army: RSA Dept of Defence. 2013-12-13. http://www.army.mil.za/contactus/NorthWest.htm. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  13. "SA Army Contact Us: KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa". SA Army: RSA Dept of Defence. 2010-12-13. http://www.army.mil.za/contactus/KwaZuluNatal.htm. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  14. Engelbrecht, Leon (2010-02-09). "Fact file: The SA Infantry Corps". DefenceWeb. http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6553:fact-file-the-sa-infantry-corps-&catid=79:fact-files&Itemid=159. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  15. Engelbrecht, Leon (2010-02-09). "Fact file: The SA Armoured Corps". DefenceWeb. http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6557:fact-file-the-sa-armoured-corps-&catid=79:fact-files&Itemid=159. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  16. Engelbrecht, Leon (2010-02-09). "Fact file: The SA Artillery". DefenceWeb. http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6561:fact-file-the-sa-artillery-&catid=79:fact-files&Itemid=159. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  17. Engelbrecht, Leon (2010-02-09). "Fact file: The SA Air Defence Artillery". DefenceWeb. http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6556:fact-file-the-sa-air-defence-artillery-&catid=79:fact-files&Itemid=159. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  18. Engelbrecht, Leon (2010-02-09). "Fact file: The SA Tactical Intelligence Corps". DefenceWeb. http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6559:fact-file-the-sa-tactical-intelligence-corps-&catid=79:fact-files&Itemid=159. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 

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