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Donkergat Military Training Area*

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Donkergat Military Training Area (DMTA) [Afr: Donkergat Militêre Opleidingsgebied] was (and still is) a military area of less than 10000 hectares in size located at Langebaan in the Western Cape. The DMTA hosts diverse preparations and rehearsals for national and foreign operations that comprise demolitions, shooting, parachuting, urban exercises, boating, surface swimming, survival, mountaineering and diving. The training area covers a terrestrial area of 1384 ha, with the borders stretching over waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Langebaan Lagoon. Meeuw Island, one of only 15 island ecosystems surrounding SA, is enclosed in the military area.


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Map of the Donkergat Military Training Area (DMTA):

Donkergat Military Training Area originated from a need identified for a seaborne unit when SF started executing transborder operations in southern Africa. The need for a seaborne unit was recognised and subsequent to a detailed search around the coast of SA, the Donkergat area was identified, because it is secluded and easily accessible by naval vessels. In 1978, the peninsula was allocated to the then South African Army (SAA) and 4 Reconnaissance Commando, now 4 SFR, came into being. Donkergat Military Training Area, bordering sections of the Langebaan Lagoon, was thus inaugurated as a SF seaborne facility 10 years before the Langebaan Lagoon obtained its international status. More land, including Riet Bay, was later added and the area that the DMTA covers today was proclaimed.

Source: African Online Scientific Information Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a AOSIS: Into the future: Donkergat Military Training Area and the Langebaan Ramsar site ...


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