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Sasolburg Commando / Regiment
Regiment Sasolburg emblem.png
Sasolburg Commando and Regiment
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Allegiance
  • Flag of South Africa (1928–1994).svg Republic of South Africa
  • Flag of South Africa.svg Republic of South Africa
Branch
Type Infantry
Role Light Infantry
Size One Battalion
Part of South African Infantry Corps
Army Territorial Reserve
Garrison/HQ Sasolburg
Motto(s) Nisi dominus frustra (Without the Lord, frustration)

Sasolburg Regiment was a light infantry regiment of the South African Army. It formed part of the South African Army Infantry Formation as well as the South African Territorial Reserve.

HistoryEdit

OriginEdit

This unit was originally part of the Heilbron Commando before forming as the Sasolburg Commando in February 1962. Where the SASOL Commando was responsible for the SASOL and NATREF refineries, the Sasolburg Commando was responsible for all other factories and installations in the larger district.

The development of industries such as the African Explosives and Chemical Industries (AECI) and Karbochem increased the responsibility on the Sasolburg Commando as workers of these industries with Citizen Force Camp requirements were also transferred to the Sasolburg Commando.

From Commando to RegimentEdit

The Sasolburg Commando was reclassified as a regiment in June 1985, even though its expanded responsibilities had existed since 4 February 1985. This new Regiment exercised its Freedom of Entry into Sasolburg for the first time on the 25th October 1986.

The counter-insurgency battalionEdit

In 1986 a decision was made that the Regiment would also be reclassed as a counter insurgency battalion and meant that it could be utilised in the black townships for riot control as well.[1]

CommandEdit

The unit was initially under the command of Group 17 but was transferred to Group 42 in 1991, so that several units could be merged and be used in the greater Witwatersrand.

SADF Regiment Sasolburg higher commands

SADF Regiment Sasolburg higher commands

LeadershipEdit

Johannes J Retief last OC Sasolburg Commando, first OC Regiment Sasolburg.

Leadership
From Honourary Colonels To
From Commanding Officers To
From Regimental Sergeants Major To

InsigniaEdit

Dress InsigniaEdit

SADF Regiment Sasolburg insignia

SADF Regiment Sasolburg insignia

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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