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Cachet Commando

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The Cachet Commando [Afr: Cachet-Kommando] was established in the 1960s as the Potchefstroom North Commando [Afr: Potohefstroom-Noord-Kommando] to accomodate students of both the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education [Afr: Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir Christelike Hoër Onderwys (PU vir CHO)] and the Potchefstroom Teacher's College [Afr: Potchefstroomse Onderwyskollege], that had completed their National Service and were unable to attend training camps with their units where they were still on strength because very few camps actually coincided with university holidays. This was a common problem experienced by educational institutions all over the country. In time, the Potchefstroom-North Commando was renamed to the Cachet Commando in honour of Professor Jan Lion Cachet, whose students at the Burgersdorp seminary had rebelled and joined the Boer Forces. As the numbers of Teacher's College-students dwindled, it was later often referred to as the PUK Commando [Afr: PUK-Kommando]. In 1980 the PU vir CHO Military Unit was established to accommodate students at the university, irrespective of their mustering, something the commando-structure did not cater for and the commando was wound down.

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