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JANUARY EVENTS


Important Date in History - Siege of Lydenburg - 6 January 1881 - 30 March 1881

The Siege of Lydenburg was a siege carried out by the Boer Republic of Transvaal (modern day South Africa) on the town of Lydenburg, during the First Boer War. Despite fierce British resistance, the town fell to the Boers following the British defeat during the First Boer War. The siege lasted 84 days.


Important Date in History - Battle of Laing's Nek - 28 January 1881

The Battle of Laing's Nek was a battle of the First Boer War. The British Natal Field Force, commanded by General Colley, tried to force a way through the Boer controlled Laing’s Nek, a ridge in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains that blocked the road between the towns of Newcastle and Standerton in Natal, South Africa. The British were later forced to retreat during what was perceived as a fiasco. British losses were 84 killed, 113 wounded, and 2 captured. Boers losses were 14 killed and 27 wounded.


FEBRUARY EVENTS


Important Date in History - Battle of Schuinshoogte - 8 February 1881

The Battle of Schuinshoogte, also known as Battle of Ingogo, was fought north of Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, on 8 February 1881 during the First Boer War. General Sir George Pomeroy Colley's communications with Newcastle were under constant harassment by mounted Boer patrols and as a result he planned to clear a path along the Newcastle-Mount Prospect road to better protect the British supply line, and receive fresh reinforcements he needed to bolster his ranks. As Colley advanced up the slope of the Ingogo River he received word from his scouting party that a mainly mounted Boer force was approaching nearby. From 12h00 until about 17h00 that evening a series of close range engagements was fought and the British suffered heavily from the accurate and concentrated Boer fire. Heavy rain then began to fall and the battle came to an abrupt end. Rainfall swelled the Ingogo river, making it very difficult to ford. Boer forces, imagining that the British would be unable to cross, especially with their artillery, waited during the night to resume the battle the next day. Colley's men, meanwhile, made a desperate night march, and managed to escape. British losses were 76 killed and 68 wounded. Boer losses were 8 killed and 10 wounded.


Memorial Service - SS Mendi Memorial Service - 20 February 2016

Time: 14:00
Venue: Avalon Cemetery, Soweto
Contact: Lt Col (Ret) G.J. Giles (083) 600 0062
Col S.A. Motswadira (012) 355 6397


Important Date in History - Sinking of the SS Mendi - 21 February 1917

A total of 616 South Africans, including 607 black troops serving in the South African Native Labour Contingent, died when the steamship SS Mendi sank in the English Channel on the way to France on 21 February 1917.


Memorial Service - SS Mendi Memorial Service - 21 February 2016

Time: 10:00
Venue: Attridgeville
Contact: Lt Col (Ret) G.J. Giles (083) 600 0062
Col S.A. Motswadira (012) 355 6397


Memorial Service - SA Gunners’ Association Western Cape Province, SS Mendi Memorial Service - 21 February 2016

Time: 11:00
Venue: UCT Lower Campus
Contact: Gunner Kevin Ashton (072) 947 9230


Show / Parade - Armed Forces Day Parade - 21 February 2016

Held in honour of the men and women who have served and have fallen in the line of duty in service of South Africa.

Time: 10:00
Venue: Port Elizabeth
Contact: Col Motswadira (012) 355 6397

Important Date in History - The Battle of Majuba Hill - 27 February 1881

The Battle of Majuba Hill (near Volksrust, South Africa) on 27 February 1881 was the main and decisive battle of the First Boer War. It was a resounding victory for the Boers and the battle is considered to have been one of the most humiliating defeats of British arms in history. Major-General Sir George Pomeroy Colley occupied the summit of the hill. The Boers formed a group of storming parties and attacked the hill. The Boers poured over the top of the British line and engaged the enemy at long range, picking off the British one by one. The British force later fled down the rear slopes of the hill. British losses were 92 killed, 134 wounded, and 59 captured. Boer losses were 1 killed and 5 wounded. The battle led to the signing of a peace treaty, and later the Pretoria Convention, between the British and the reinstated South African Republic, ending the First Boer War.




MARCH EVENTS


Competition - SA Army Combat Rifle Shooting Competition (SAARSA) Gold Cup Shoot - 09 – 12 March 2016

Venue: Bloemfontein
Contact: Col R.D. van Zanten, SA Army Reserves (082) 372 3699


Memoiral Service - SA Gunners’ Association Western Cape Province, Gunners’ Annual Memorial Service - 13 March 2016

Time: 11:00
Venue: Company Gardens, Cape Town
Contact: Gunner Kevin Ashton (072) 947 9230


Human Rights Day - 21 March 2016


Important Date in History - Battle of Bagui - 22 – 24 March 2013


Important Date in History - End of the First Boer War - 23 March 1881

The First Boer War (also known as the First Anglo-Boer War or the Transvaal War), was a war fought from 16 December 1880 until 23 March 1881 between the United Kingdom and the South African Republic (also known as Transvaal Republic). The First Boer War was the first conflict since the American Revolution in which the British had been decisively defeated and forced to sign a peace treaty under unfavourable terms.

Shows / Parade - Rand Show - 25 March – 03 April 2016

Venue: Nasrec, Johannesburg
Contact: Col S.A. Motswadira (012) 355 6397




APRIL EVENTS


Memorial Service - RAF Memorial Service – 05 April 2016

Venue: Bays Hill, Pretoria


Memorial Service - SA Gunners’ National Memorial Service – 10 April 2016

Time: 10:30
Venue: Potchefstroom
Contact: Maj Gen R. Andersen (012)-355 6300


Freedom Day – 27 April 2016

Time: 10:30
Venue: Potchefstroom
Contact: Maj Gen R. Andersen (012)-355 6300




MAY EVENTS


Memorial Service - SAAF Memorial Service – 15 May 2016

Time: 10:00
Venue: Bays hill, Pretoria
Contact: Col S.A. Motswadira (012) 355 6397


Important Date in History - Battle of Savate - 21 May 1980

On 21 May 1980, under the codename Operation Tiro-Tiro, 32 Battalion attacked and routed a FAPLA brigade at Savate, a small Angolan town 75 kilometres north of the border with South West Africa


Memorial Service - Jan Smuts Memorial Service – 24 May 2016

Venue: Cape Town


Shows / Parade - Royal Show Pietermaritzburg – 27 May – 05 June 2016

Time: 09:00 – 22:00
Venue: Pietermaritzburg Show Grounds
Contact: Lt Col C. Craig-Mackie (031) 451 1704/1722


Memoiral Service - Boer War Memorial – 31 May 2016

Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging, which brought an end to the Anglo Boer War of 1899 – 1902.




JUNE EVENTS


Important Date in History - D-Day 6 June 1944 – 06 June 2016

Anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion in Normandy, France


Shows / Parade - Tzaneen Show – 08 – 11 June 2016

Time: 09:00
Venue: Tzaneen
Contact: Cdr J.T. Magonono (015) 299 3379




JULY EVENTS


Memorial Service - Delville Wood Memorial Service – TBC July 2016

Time: 11:00
Venue: Company Gardens, Cape Town
Contact: Lt Col J.A. Conradie (021) 787


Memorial Service - Delville Wood Memorial Service – TBC July 2016

Time: 11:00
Venue: Burgers Park Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban
Contact: Col S.A. Motswadira (012) 355 6397


Memorial Service - Arques-la-Bataille Memorial Service – 08 July 2016

Time: 10:00
Venue: Dieppe, France
Contact: Brig Gen A. Jamangile (012) 312 4938


Memorial Service - Delville Wood Memorial Service – 10 July 2016

Time: 10:00
Venue: Longueval, France
Contact: Brig Gen A. Jamangile (012) 312 4938


Memorial Service - Delville Wood Memorial Service – 10 July 2016

Time: 10:00
Venue: The Cenotaph, KZN
Contact: Lt Col C.I. Graig- Mackie (031)-451 1704/1722


Show / Parade - Thabazimbi Show – 10 July 2016

Time: 09:00
Venue: Thabazimbi
Contact: Cdr J.T. Magonono (015) 299 3379


Memorial Service - Delville Wood Wreath Laying Ceremony – 10 July 2016

Time: 17:30
Venue: M.O.T.H. Centre, Kimberley
Contact: Lt Col M. Van der Merwe (053) 830 3025 / 084 00 0021 Maj T. Kgaje (053) 831 1641


Important Date in History - Battle of Delville Wood – 15 July – 3 September 1916

The Battle of Delville Wood was a series of engagements in the 1916 Battle of the Somme in the First World War, between the armies of the German Empire and the British Empire.


Important Date in History - End of the Korean War – 27 July 2016


Important Date in History - Start of the Frist World War – 28 July 2016




AUGUST EVENTS


Commemoration Day - Airborne Day - 16 August 2016


Show / Parade - Border Boys Parade, Pretoria District MOTH – 16 August 2016

Venue: Moth Cottages, Eloffsdal


Memorial Service - 61 Mech Memorial – 22 August 2016

Venue: Ditsong Museum, Joahnnesburg




SEPTEMBER EVENTS


Important Date in History - Start of the Second World War – 1 September 1939


Important Date in History - Start of the Second World War – 02 September 1945


Memorial Service - Memorial Service, SA Gunners’ Association Durban Branch – 04 September 2016

Time: 10:00
Venue: Gunners’ Memorial in the grounds of Old Fort, Durban
Contact: Lt Col M. Van der Merwe (053) 830 3025 / 084 0000 21
Maj T. Kgaje (053) 831 1641
WO1 K. Gillings (031) 702 4828/ (083) 655 5880
Lt Col C. Craig-Mackie (031) 451 1704
Lt Col (Ret) C. Wilsworth


Memorial Service - Warsaw Flights Commemoration Service – 05 September 2016

Venue: Kayton, Johannesburg


Memorial Service - Savannah Reunion – 11 - 13 September 2016


Memorial Service - 31/201 Bn Memorial Service – 11 - 13 September 2016


Memorial Service - Battle of Britain Memorial Service – 13 September 2016

Venue: Thaba Tshwane, Bedfordview and Ysterplaat


Show / Parade - Gauteng Military Tattoo – September 2016

Time: 18:00
Contact: Col S.A. Motswadira (012) 355 6397


Memorial Service - Battle of Square Hill Service – September 2016

Time: 10:00
Venue: Johannesburg and The Castle, Cape Town
Contact: Col Motswadira (012) 355 6397
Lt Col Conradie (021) 781 1167


Memorial Service - Battle of Square Hill Wreath Laying Ceremony – 11 September 2016

Time: 15:00
Venue: War Memorial, Du Toits Road, Kimberley
Contact: Lt Col M. Van der Merwe (053) 830 3025 / 084 0000 21
Maj T. Kgaje (053) 831 1641


Show / Parade - Vhembe Show – 21 – 24 September 2016

Time: 09:00
Venue: Makhuvha
Contact: Cdr J.T. Magonono (015) 299 3379


Show / Parade - SAAF Air Show – 22 September 2016

Time: 14:00
Venue: Roodewal
Contact: Cdr J.T. Magonono (015) 299 3379




OCTOBER EVENTS


Important Date in History - Barberton Raid – 3 October 2016

Venue: Barberton


Memorial Service - Start of the Second Boer War – 11 October 1899

The Second Boer War (also known as the Second Anglo-Boer War) was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902 between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on the one hand, and the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free State on the other. The British war effort was supported by troops from several regions of the British Empire, including Southern Africa, the Australian colonies, Canada, Newfoundland, British India, and New Zealand. The war ended in victory for the British and the annexation of both republics. Both would eventually be incorporated into the Union of South Africa in 1910.


Memorial Service - Alphine Memorial Service – 11 October 2016

Venue: Bays Hill, Pretoria


Memorial Service - Battle of El Alamein, Pretoria District MOTH – 18 October 2016

Venue: Coal Box Mk 2 Shellhole, Pretoria and Cape Town


Show / Parade - Makhado Show – 19 – 22 October 2016

Time: 09:00
Venue: Makhado
Contact: Cdr J.T. Magonono (015) 299 3379


Memorial Service - MOTH Day – 19 – 22 October 2016

Time: 09:00
Venue: Polokwane
Contact: Cdr J.T. Magonono (015) 299 3379


Competition - Military Skills Competition - 24 – 29 October 2016

Venue: Potchefstroom
Contact: Lt Col J.U. van der Westhuijzen (083) 321 9356




NOVEMBER EVENTS


Memorial Service - Wayside Cross Memorial Service - 6 November 2016

Time: 14:00 Centre
Venue: Pinetown Civic Centre
Contact: Lt Col C. Graig- Mackie (031)-451 1704/1722


Memorial Service - Rhodesian Forces Memorial Service - 8 November 2016

Venue: Dickie Fritz Shellhole Edenvale


Memorial Service - End of the First World War - 11 November 2016


Memorial Service - Remembrance Day - 11 November 2016

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day is observed each year on the 11th of November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.


Important Date in History - Freedom Regiments’ Parade - 12 November 2016

Time: 10:30
Venue: Johannesburg
Contact: Col S.A. Motswadira (012) 355 6397


Memorial Service - Civic Memorial Service - 13 November 2016

Time: 14:30
Venue: Cenotaph, Johannesburg
Contact: Col S.A. Motswadira (012) 355 6397


Memorial Service - Remembrance Day Wreath Laying Ceremony - 13 November 2016

Time: 11:00
Venue: War Memorial, Du Toits Road, Kimberley
Contact: Lt Col M. Van der Merwe (053) 830 3025 / 084 0000 21
Maj T. Kgaje (053) 831 1641


Memorial Service - Durban Remembrance Service and Parade - 13 November 2016

Time: 10:00
Venue: Durban City Centre
Contact: Lt Col C. Graig- Mackie (031)-451 1704/17221


Memorial Service - SASFA Memorial Service - November 2016



Memorial Service - Red Cross War Memorial Service - 13 October 2016

Venue: Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town




DECEMBER EVENTS


Important Date in History - Start of the First Boer War - 16 December 1880

The First Boer War (also known as the First Anglo-Boer War or the Transvaal War), was a war fought from 16 December 1880 until 23 March 1881 between the United Kingdom and the South African Republic (also known as Transvaal Republic). The First Boer War was the first conflict since the American Revolution in which the British had been decisively defeated and forced to sign a peace treaty under unfavourable terms.


Important Date in History - Battle of Bronkhorstspruit - 20 December 1880

The Battle of Bronkhorstspruit was the first major clash of the First Boer War. A column of 262 British soldiers, marching on a road to Pretoria, were ambushed by at least 250 Boers. Shocked by the sudden and aggressive nature of the Boer attack, the British commander, Lt. Col. Anstruther gave the order to surrender. In a battle lasting just fifteen minutes, 156 British soldiers were killed or wounded, with the rest taken prisoner. Reported Boer casualties were only two killed and five wounded.


Important Date in History - The Siege of Rustenburg - 27 December 1880 - 30 March 1881

The Siege of Rustenburg was a siege carried out by the Boer Republic of Transvaal (modern day South Africa) on the British-controlled town of Rustenburg, during the First Boer War.