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11 Commando
11 Commando (11 CMDO) [Afr: 11 Kommando] was formed at Kimberley and Gazetted in November 1973. The first intake of NSM's arrived from 9 January 1974. Most of the DTCS Training/Recruit wing Staff were transferred to this new Battalion. A lot more staff were transferred in. As most of recruits were area bound (Farmers, Business owners and essential service members) they would be allocated to Commando's after their initial training, they retained the Commando beret badge. It was a independent infantry battalion with Higher HQ North West Command in Potchefstroom. On 1 April 1974 the unit's area of responsibility was enlarged by the acquisition of an additional company, stationed at Jan Kempdorp. 11 Commando was disbanded in 1982 and on the 21st June of the same year the SA Intelligence School (SA INT S) was established and took over the 11 Commando lines. It retained the name 11 Commando for its base.

Albany Commando

Alberton Commando
The Alberton Commando [Afr: Alberton Kommando] was only formally established as a commando at Alberton, in the Transvaal, in 1964, with the HQ located in two garages at the Alberton Fire Brigade. As the town of Alberton was only proclaimed in 1909, it follows that the origins of the commando can be be traced back to sometime after 1909, as it has been recorded to have been involved in the 1922 Insurrection. The unit only really started becoming active during the riots of 1975. Its first full company served in the Operational Area in 1978. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 42 Headquarters at Lenz, as part of the Witwatersrand Command, and was responsible for local area protection. As an urban unit, this commando was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Alberton Commando
The Alberton Commando [Afr: Alberton Kommando] was only formally established as a commando at Alberton, in the Transvaal, in 1964, with the HQ located in two garages at the Alberton Fire Brigade. As the town of Alberton was only proclaimed in 1909, it follows that the origins of the commando can be be traced back to sometime after 1909, as it has been recorded to have been involved in the 1922 Insurrection. The unit only really started becoming active during the riots of 1975. Its first full company served in the Operational Area in 1978. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 42 Headquarters at Lenz, as part of the Witwatersrand Command, and was responsible for local area protection. As an urban unit, this commando was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Alexander Bay Commando
The Alexander Bay Commando [Afr: Alexanderbaai-Kommando] was established at Alexander Bay in the Northern Cape. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 3 Headquarters in Springbok, originally under the Western Province Command, which was in Cape Town. Upon the formation of the Northern Cape Command in Kimberley in 1986 the Group 3 HQ was placed under the command of the newly formed Command. The Commando was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police, and was disbanded along with all other Commando units after a decision by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units between 2003 and 2008.

Aliwal North Commando
The Aliwal North Commando was established at Aliwal North on 17 June 1969. The flash comprising of three candle holders each with a burning candle was authorised in 1973. It fell under the command of the Group 39 Headquarets at Queenstown in the Eastern Province Command. The commando was disbanded with other commandos of the group when the Group 39 Headquarters was closed down in 1997.

Aliwal North Commando
The Aliwal North Commando was established at Aliwal North on 17 June 1969. The flash comprising of three candle holders each with a burning candle was authorised in 1973. It fell under the command of the Group 39 Headquarets at Queenstown in the Eastern Province Command. The commando was disbanded with other commandos of the group when the Group 39 Headquarters was closed down in 1997.

Alte Feste Commando
The Alte Feste Commando was formerly known as Windhoek West Commando, then it became Eros Commando which eventually in turn joined with Windhoek East Commando to become Alte Feste Area Force Unit when the SWATF was formed in 1980

Amatola Commando

Amatola Commando

Atlas Commando
The Atlas Commando was formed to assign males of military service age to meet their commitments at the Atlas Aircraft Corporation, a facility considered important to their Air Force's equipment requirements. During the SADF, the unit was mainly engaged in area force protection, search and cordons as well as other assistance to the local police. As an urban unit, this commando was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. This unit, along with all other Commando units, were disbanded between 2003 and 2008 after a decision was made by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.

Atlas Commando
The Atlas Commando was formed to assign males of military service age to meet their commitments at the Atlas Aircraft Corporation, a facility considered important to their Air Force's equipment requirements. During the SADF, the unit was mainly engaged in area force protection, search and cordons as well as other assistance to the local police. As an urban unit, this commando was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. This unit, along with all other Commando units, were disbanded between 2003 and 2008 after a decision was made by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.

Barberton Commando
The Barberton Commando can trace its origins back to as early as 1914 when its members took part in the German South West Africa campaign. After that, as with all the commando's, the commando became part of the UDF's "Skietkommandos" until at least 1961, when the terrorist threat started and escalated, particularly on the north-eastern border of the Transvaal from the early 1980s. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 33 Headquarters as part of the Eastern Transvaal Command and was responsible for local area protection of the area. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Barberton Commando
The Barberton Commando can trace its origins back to as early as 1914 when its members took part in the German South West Africa campaign. After that, as with all the commando's, the commando became part of the UDF's "Skietkommandos" until at least 1961, when the terrorist threat started and escalated, particularly on the north-eastern border of the Transvaal from the early 1980s. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 33 Headquarters as part of the Eastern Transvaal Command and was responsible for local area protection of the area. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Barkly East Commando
The Barkly East Commando [Afr: Barkly-oos Kommando] fell under the command of the Group 39 Headquarters at Queenstown in the Eastern Province Command. Its well-known yellow flash with he hartebeest head was only authorised in 1986. The commando was apparently not disbanded with the other two commandos of the group when the Group 39 Headquarters was closed down in 1997, as it was later known as the East Border Commando, based at Elliot, under Group 46, at Umtata. This must have happened just before 1997 as the colours of the unit was only authorised under the new name of East Border Commando in early 1997.

Barkly West Commando
The Barkly West Commando was established at Barkly West in the Northern Cape sometime between the Anglo Boer War and 1914 as it was involved as a unit in the South West Africa Campaign of 1914, but was not active as an independent commando during the Boer War. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 22 Headquarters in Kimberley as part of the Northern Cape Command and was responsible for local area protection. The shoulder flash was authorised in 1977 but the rest of the insignia only in the early 1990s. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Barkly West Commando
The Barkly West Commando was established at Barkly West in the Northern Cape sometime between the Anglo Boer War and 1914 as it was involved as a unit in the South West Africa Campaign of 1914, but was not active as an independent commando during the Boer War. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 22 Headquarters in Kimberley as part of the Northern Cape Command and was responsible for local area protection. The shoulder flash was authorised in 1977 but the rest of the insignia only in the early 1990s. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Belfast Commando
The Belfast Commando [Afr: Belfast-kommando] was established on the farm Tweefontein near Belfast in the Eastern Transvaal (now Mpumalanga) in 1890. It was named after the Capital City of Northern Ireland. Despite the given established date, their registered 'Battle Honours' are Sekoekoeni 1876, Eerste Vryheids Oorlog 1880-81, Modjadji 1890, Maguba 1895, Mpefu 1898 and Anglo Boere Oorlog (Anglo Boer War) 1899-1902. Their first emblem was the 'Crowned Crane'. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 28 Headquarters in Middelburg as part of the Eastern Transvaal Command and was responsible for local area protection. The shoulder flash was authorised in 1980. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Benoni Commando
The Benoni Commando [Afr: Benoni-kommando] was originally established at Benoni before 1922, as it had been recorded that members of the commando sided with the Miners Strike of the Rand Rebellion. During the SADF-period the comnmando was organised under the Group 16 Headquarters at Marievale, part of the Witwatersrand Command, and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Bethal Commando

Bethlehem Commando
Bethlehem Commando [Afr: Bethlehem Kommando] was established in Bethlehem under the Group 25 Headquarters of the Orange Free State Command. Its history can be traced back to the Anglo Boer War and the battle of Rietfontein, which took place on 24 October 1899. Under the SADF the unit was mostly used for border control, area force protection and stock theft control. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Bethlehem Commando
Bethlehem Commando [Afr: Bethlehem Kommando] was established in Bethlehem under the Group 25 Headquarters of the Orange Free State Command. Its history can be traced back to the Anglo Boer War and the battle of Rietfontein, which took place on 24 October 1899. Under the SADF the unit was mostly used for border control, area force protection and stock theft control. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Bloemfontein City Commando
The Bloemfontein City Commando [Afr: Bloemfontein Stadskommando (BSK)] can trace its origins back to 1848 when Andries Pretorius raised a Commando of 1,000 men from the Bloemfontein, Caledon River and Winburg areas in the Orange Free State. It operated as an active Boer commando operating against the British forces during the Anglo-Boer War. It was reactivated as a proper commando, the Bloemfontein Commando, in 1948 after a period of inactivity. In 1956 the Bloemfontein Commando was broken up into two separate commandos, the Bloemfontein City Commando and the Bloemfontein District Commando. During the SADF-period the commando did several tours of duty in the Operational Area between 1976 and 1982. It was organised under the Group 35 Headquarters as part of the Free State Command and was responsible for internal security and local area protection during the unrests of the 1980s.

Bloemfontein District Commando
The Bloemfontein District Commando [Afr: Bloemfontein Distrikskommando (BDK)] can trace its origins back to 1848 when Andries Pretorius raised a Commando of 1,000 men from the Bloemfontein, Caledon River and Winburg areas in the Orange Free State to chase Major Henry Warden's Cape Riflemen out of the recently established village of Bloemfontein. Later, in 1866, the commando also took part of the actions at Thaba Bosiu (Bosigo) in Basutoland (Lesotho). It operated as an active Boer commando operating against the British forces during the Anglo-Boer War. It was reactivated as a proper commando, the Bloemfontein Commando, in 1948 after a period of inactivity. In 1956 the Bloemfontein Commando was broken up into two separate commandos, the Bloemfontein City Commando and the Bloemfontein District Commando. During the SADF-period the commando was organised under the Group 35 Headquarters as part of the Free State Command and was responsible for local area protection.

Bloemhof Commando
The Bloemhof Commando [Afr: Bloemhof Kommando] was established at Bloemhof on the banks of the Vaal River in the northwestern part of Transvaal (now the North West Province) prior to the Anglo Boer War and was an active Boer commando operating against the British forces during the war. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 20 Headquarters as part of the North West Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Bluff Commando
The Bluff Commando was established at Durban on 25 January 1962 as part of the Natal Command. In 1971 it was placed under the command of the Group 9 Headquarters in Pietermaritzburg until 1977 when it was transferred to the Group 10 Headquarters, which was initially located in Smith Street, Durban and later moved to Montclair. In December 1982, the Bluff Commando was disbanded to assist in the establishment of Congella Regiment.

Bluff Commando
The Bluff Commando was established at Durban on 25 January 1962 as part of the Natal Command. In 1971 it was placed under the command of the Group 9 Headquarters in Pietermaritzburg until 1977 when it was transferred to the Group 10 Headquarters, which was initially located in Smith Street, Durban and later moved to Montclair. In December 1982, the Bluff Commando was disbanded to assist in the establishment of Congella Regiment.

Bo-Nossob Commando
The Bo-Nossob Commando was in the SWA Command.

Boegoeberg Commando
Boegoeberg Commando [Afr: Boegoeberg-Kommando]

Boksburg Commando

Boshof Commando
The Boshof Commando [Afr: Boshof-Kommando] was originally established at Boshof in the Orange Free State. While its history can probably be traced back to the establishment of the Boshof Volunteers under Captain Bertrand in 1864, as a local Boer Commando the Boshof Commando operated against the British during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902, being involved in the siege of Kimberly in 1899. During the SADF-era the Commando fell under the command of the Group 35 Headquarters at Bloemfontein, as part of the OFS Command, and was responsible for the security and protection of the local area. In 1989 the unit moved into its new headquarters building at Hertzogville. It received National Colours at a National Colours Parade at Tempe in Bloemfontein on 14 Nov 1993. It was phased out with the remainder of the commandos between 2003 and 2008 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th Feb 2003.

Bothaville Commando
The Bothaville Commando was established at Bothaville in the Orange Free State during the Anglo Boer War as an active Boer commando operating against the British forces. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 24 Headquarters as part of the Free State Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Brakpan Commando
The Brakpan Commando was established at Brakpan on 14 January 1922, during the 1922 Rand Revolt, as a rebel commando under "General" R.B. Waterston, to help the striking miners. The rebel commando under a new leader, John Garsworthy, eventually massacred eight mine officials and special constables at the Brakpan Mine before the revolt was crushed. Garsworthy was sentenced to death, but later reprieved. The commando that had started as a Communist rebel movement, was eventually incorporated as a normal commando as part of the Union Defence Force. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 16 Headquarters in Marievale as part of the Witwatersrand Command and was responsible for local area protection. The original shoulder flash was authorised in 1969 and a later version in 1973. It was disbanded in 2005 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Brandfort Commando

Bredasdorp Commando

Brits Commando

Broederstroom Commando

Bronkhorstspruit Commando
The Bronkhorstspruit Commando [Afr: Bronkhorstspruit-Kommando] was originally established at Bronkhorstspruit in the Northern Transvaal (now part of Gauteng Province) some time in the early 1960s (the exact date of its establishment is unknown). During the SADF-period it formed part of the Northern Transvaal Command, under the Group 15 Headquarters at Voortrekkerhoogte, where it was responsible for local area protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. At times the commando fell directly under the command of the Northern Transvaal Command. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14 February 2003.

Bronkhorstspruit Commando
The Bronkhorstspruit Commando [Afr: Bronkhorstspruit-Kommando] was originally established at Bronkhorstspruit in the Northern Transvaal (now part of Gauteng Province) some time in the early 1960s (the exact date of its establishment is unknown). During the SADF-period it formed part of the Northern Transvaal Command, under the Group 15 Headquarters at Voortrekkerhoogte, where it was responsible for local area protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. At times the commando fell directly under the command of the Northern Transvaal Command. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14 February 2003.

Bultfontein Commando

Cachet Commando
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.

Caledon / Overberg Commando
The Caledon Commando was establihed on 18 January 1974, and renamed to Overberg Commando in the late 1980's. It was organised under the Group 2 Headquarters in the Western Province Command

Caledon River Commando
Caledon River Commando [Afr: Calidonrivier-Kommando]

Calvinia Commando
Calvinia Commando was one of the original Boer commandos dating from before the Boer War. As one of the Cape Commandos, they were not called up for the Rebellion but did serve against the Germans in G.S.W.A. from their mobilisation in October 1914 until May 1915. In Febuary 1915 the Calvinia-Kenhardt Commando was formed out of the following Commandos: Louw's Calvinia Commando., Pretorius' Calvinia Commando., the Kenhardt Commando., and Vermaas's Scouts. During the SADF-period the commando fell under the command of the Group 22 Headquarters in Kimberley, which was part of the Northern Cape Command. The commando was closed down in 2006.

Calvinia Commando
Calvinia Commando was one of the original Boer commandos dating from before the Boer War. As one of the Cape Commandos, they were not called up for the Rebellion but did serve against the Germans in G.S.W.A. from their mobilisation in October 1914 until May 1915. In Febuary 1915 the Calvinia-Kenhardt Commando was formed out of the following Commandos: Louw's Calvinia Commando., Pretorius' Calvinia Commando., the Kenhardt Commando., and Vermaas's Scouts. During the SADF-period the commando fell under the command of the Group 22 Headquarters in Kimberley, which was part of the Northern Cape Command. The commando was closed down in 2006.

Cape Flats Commando
The Cape Flats Commando [Afr: Cape Flats-Kommando] was formed as an Urban Commando at Rosebank in Cape Town on 25 January 1962 in the Western Province Command. All the original members were volunteers. From 1964 National Servicemen were posted to the unit after their initial training to complete their Annual National Service commitments. From 1969 the commando was organised under the Group 1 Headquarters at Youngsfield. By 1975 the unit consisted mainly of National Servicemen with a small number of Volunteers in the Leader Group. In 1983 the unit was granted Citizen Force status and the name changed to Cape Flats Battalion [Afr: Cape Flats Bataljon] with its HQ in Claremont, Cape Town. The Battalion was a well trained counter insurgency infantry unit with the ability to adapt to variable circumstances to do duty throughout South Africa.

Carolina Commando
The Carolina Commando was established at Carolina in the Eastern Transvaal in 1859, previously having been part of the Lydenburg Commando. During the Anglo Boer War it was an active Boer commando operating against the British forces. In the time of the SADF it was organised under the Group 28 Headquarters at Middelburg as part of the Eastern Transvaal Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Christiana Commando

Clanwilliam Commando
The Clanwilliam Commando was organised under the Group 40 Headquarters at Wingfield, in the Western Province Command

Coligny Commando

Cradock Commando
The Cradock Commando's origins can be traced back to 1814, when the town of Cradock was established and a commando formed. Not much is known about the early history of the commando, but members had served in SWA during the First World War when Pte William Frederick Faulds, a mechanic of Cradock, earned the Victoria Cross for his bravety during the fighting at Delville Wood. The commando provided valuable help during the floods of 1974, and established a Civil Defence organisation in the town. By 1982, members of the commando had already served in the Operational Area three times. The commando also established an equestrian platoon which provided additional mobility to the unit during joint exercises with the SA Police during which they would help protect key installations in the area and man roadblocks. In 1980 the commando received the rights allowing free entry into the town of Cradock.

Danie Theron Combat School
Danie Theron Combat School (DTCS) [Afr: Danie Theron Krygskool (DTKS)] was established at Kimberley in November 1967 as the Commando Combat School [Afr: Kommando-krygskool] and renamed in 1968. The School was initially responsible for basic military training and the majority of the recruits were area bound farmers, business owners, or essentials services. These recruits were to be allocated to regional commandos after their initial training. By 1973, the majority of the DTCS training/recruit wing staff were transferred to a new unit, 11 Commando, also in Kimberley. Since 1977, the DTCS was responsible for promotional courses for the Commandos and the Civilian Force. Officers and NCOs were trained in conventional and counter insurgence warfare. Promotional and Corps specific training was eventually transferred to other schools by the mid 1980s. In 1990 the name of the SA Intelligence School, which had previously been moved to Potchefstroom in 1988, was changed to Danie Theron Combat School resulting in DTCS subsequently based at Potchefstroom. (On 1 June 1996 the name of this unit was again changed, this time to School of Intelligence). [Also see SA Intelligence School]

De Aar Commando
The De Aar Commando [Afr: De Aar-Kommando] was established at De Aar, in the then part of the country known as the Great Karoo [Afr: Groot Karoo], now part of the Northen Cape Province. As the town of De Aar had only been procklaimed in 1907, despite the original farm of De Aar and the railway-junction dating back to before the Second Anglo Boer War of 1899, the Commando was only formed much later (date unknown). During the SADF-era the De Aar Commando was responsible for local area protection and organised under the Group 5 Headquarters at Beaufort West in the Southern Cape Command until 1995, after which the Group Headquarters was moved to De Aar and disbanded in 1996. The Commando itself was eventually disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

De Aar Commando
The De Aar Commando [Afr: De Aar-Kommando] was established at De Aar, in the then part of the country known as the Great Karoo [Afr: Groot Karoo], now part of the Northen Cape Province. As the town of De Aar had only been procklaimed in 1907, despite the original farm of De Aar and the railway-junction dating back to before the Second Anglo Boer War of 1899, the Commando was only formed much later (date unknown). During the SADF-era the De Aar Commando was responsible for local area protection and organised under the Group 5 Headquarters at Beaufort West in the Southern Cape Command until 1995, after which the Group Headquarters was moved to De Aar and disbanded in 1996. The Commando itself was eventually disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

De Mist Commando
The De Mist Commando [Afr: De Mist-kommando] was originally established at Uitenhage as a Town Guard in 1846, in order to defend the town of Uitenhage and the surrounding area. It was soon renamed to Uitenhage Commando [Afr: Uitenhage-kommando] and its first Commanding Officer appointed in December 1856. In 1955 the unit became a fully counter insurgency battalion with reaction capability. The emblem for the Uitenhage Commando was approved in 1973 and soon after it received the Freedom of the town of Despatch. The commando was renamed to De Mist Commando in 1984 and the modified emblem was approved in 1986, which the commando proudly displayed on parade while receiving the Freedom of the town of Uitenhage on 14 June 1986. It was organised under the Group 6 Headquarters in Southdene, as part of the Eastern Province Command. During September 1996 the Headquarters was moved to Despatch. The commando was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after 2003.

Delareyville Commando

Delmas Commando

Donkin Commando
The Donkin Commando was upgraded to a regiment in 1987

Dordrecht Commando

Drakensberg Commando
The Drakensberg Commando was raised in 1961 in Newcastle as a company of the Dundee Commando. In around 1966 (?) Newcastle split from Dundee and formed the Drakensberg Commando as a separate commando from the Dundee and District Commando, and the unit is said to have became a commando in August 1964. A company did border duty in South West Africa in 1976. It was under command of Group 11 until that Group HQ was disbanded and was then placed under command of Group 27 in Eshowe. The commando saw much duty in the internal unrest of northern Natal.

Dundee and District Commando
The Dundee and District Commando [Afr: Dundee en Distrik-kommando] was established at Beaconsfield Rd, Dundee, in 1930. It was disbanded in 1941 and officially re-established on 1 Dec 1949. From 1958 to 1965 a platoon was made available to support the SAP at short notice should emergency situations occur. In Sep 1966 Newcastle split from Dundee and formed the Drakensberg Commando and was responsible for the following areas: Dundee, Glencoe, Masinga, Nqutu. A company went up to the SWA Border in 1976. With the shifting of the unit from Dundee to Glencoe, the name of the unit was changed to Dundee Glencoe Commando [Afr: Dundee Glencoe-kommando], with the HQ located at 1 Kommando Street, Glencoe. In 1982 the unit received the Freedom of Dundee and in 1990 the Freedom of Glencoe. In 1991 the unit also received its National Colours. It was moved back to Dundee during 1995. The commando was closed down on 17 March 2006 and a final parade of its members took place through the streets of Dundee on 11 March.

Dundee Glencoe Commando
The Dundee and District Commando [Afr: Dundee en Distrik-kommando] was established at Beaconsfield Rd, Dundee, in 1930. It was disbanded in 1941 and officially re-established on 1 Dec 1949. From 1958 to 1965 a platoon was made available to support the SAP at short notice should emergency situations occur. In Sep 1966 Newcastle split from Dundee and formed the Drakensberg Commando and was responsible for the following areas: Dundee, Glencoe, Masinga, Nqutu. A company went up to the SWA Border in 1976. With the shifting of the unit from Dundee to Glencoe, the name of the unit was changed to Dundee Glencoe Commando [Afr: Dundee Glencoe-kommando], with the HQ located at 1 Kommando Street, Glencoe. In 1982 the unit received the Freedom of Dundee and in 1990 the Freedom of Glencoe. In 1991 the unit also received its National Colours. It was moved back to Dundee during 1995. The commando was closed down on 17 March 2006 and a final parade of its members took place through the streets of Dundee on 11 March.

Durban North Commando
The Durban North Commando [Afr: Durban-Noord-Kommando] was established at the Natal Command in Durban in 1949, with its HQ in Siphosethu Rd, Mount Edgecombe, and covered an area from Berea Road extending inland as far as Pinetown and north over the Umgeni River to Verulam. The unit had a proud history of involvement in the protection of local people of all races by providing assistance during the Cato Manor Riots in 1959, the emergency in 1960, sealing of access routes when the oil pipeline in Durban burst in 1970, border camps in SWA in 1976,1980 and 1984, the State of Emergency since 1985, aid to the SA Police, and reaction force duties in townships. The area of responsibility of the unit covered some 32 000 square kilometers and stretched from the Umgeni River in the South to the Tugela River in the North. The commando was closed down in 2005.

Durban North Commando
The Durban North Commando [Afr: Durban-Noord-Kommando] was established at the Natal Command in Durban in 1949, with its HQ in Siphosethu Rd, Mount Edgecombe, and covered an area from Berea Road extending inland as far as Pinetown and north over the Umgeni River to Verulam. The unit had a proud history of involvement in the protection of local people of all races by providing assistance during the Cato Manor Riots in 1959, the emergency in 1960, sealing of access routes when the oil pipeline in Durban burst in 1970, border camps in SWA in 1976,1980 and 1984, the State of Emergency since 1985, aid to the SA Police, and reaction force duties in townships. The area of responsibility of the unit covered some 32 000 square kilometers and stretched from the Umgeni River in the South to the Tugela River in the North. The commando was closed down in 2005.

Durban South Commando
Durban South Commando was one of 147 units established in 1949 to replace the defunct Rifle Association system. The unit was officially formed in January 1949 and began recruiting members from all areas south of Berea Road. During the State of Emergency following the Sharpville riots in 1960-61, the unit was tasked with the protection of key points in their area - Mobeni, Jacobs and Montclair. In December 1986 the first National Sevicemen allocated to Commando units were trained and posted to the units. Under the emergency regulations in 1986 the unit had played a leading role in quelling township riots and had increased in size from 160 men in the early 1980's to more than 1200 members. The unit, on occasion, also sent modular platoons to SWA and also patrolled the Northern Natal border areas. It received its colours on 29 June 1991 and was finally amalgemated with Durban South Commando in 1994. The commando had shared the Monastery in Montclair with Gp 10 and Congella Regt.

Durban South Commando
Durban South Commando was one of 147 units established in 1949 to replace the defunct Rifle Association system. The unit was officially formed in January 1949 and began recruiting members from all areas south of Berea Road. During the State of Emergency following the Sharpville riots in 1960-61, the unit was tasked with the protection of key points in their area - Mobeni, Jacobs and Montclair. In December 1986 the first National Sevicemen allocated to Commando units were trained and posted to the units. Under the emergency regulations in 1986 the unit had played a leading role in quelling township riots and had increased in size from 160 men in the early 1980's to more than 1200 members. The unit, on occasion, also sent modular platoons to SWA and also patrolled the Northern Natal border areas. It received its colours on 29 June 1991 and was finally amalgemated with Durban South Commando in 1994. The commando had shared the Monastery in Montclair with Gp 10 and Congella Regt.

East Griqualand Commando
The East Griqualand Commando [Afr: Oos-Griekwaland-Kommando] was established In 1953 with its headquarters based in Kokstad. The Group HQ was Group 9. The headquarters was moved to a boarding school in Cedarville in 1984. The Commando was responsible for the Mount Currie magisterial district. This area was under control of Natal Command from 1930 to 1950 and reverted to Eastern Province from 1950 to 1960 and was returned to Natal Command in 1960. Originally part of the Cape Province, it was transferred to Natal when it was cut off from the rest of the Cape with the establishment of the Transkei as an independent homeland.

East London Commando
The East London Commando was originally established at East London in the 1930's (exact date not given but published in 1939 with the English name). The commando was initailly based on Signal Hill on the Eastern Side of the Harbour and was later moved to Woodbrook on the West Bank. The newly established Border Commando (est. 25 Jan 1962) was amalgamated with the East London Commando in 1962. although the Border Commando cloth shoulder title still appeared in an SADF Badge Catalogue of 1970. It was organised under the Group 8 Headquarters as part of the Eastern Province Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

East London Commando
The East London Commando was originally established at East London in the 1930's (exact date not given but published in 1939 with the English name). The commando was initailly based on Signal Hill on the Eastern Side of the Harbour and was later moved to Woodbrook on the West Bank. The newly established Border Commando (est. 25 Jan 1962) was amalgamated with the East London Commando in 1962. although the Border Commando cloth shoulder title still appeared in an SADF Badge Catalogue of 1970. It was organised under the Group 8 Headquarters as part of the Eastern Province Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

East Park Commando
East Park Commando was established in Johannesburg as an urban unit tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It fell under the command of the SADF's Group 18 Headquarters and was mainly responsible for area protection, search and cordons as well as general assistance to the local police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

East Park Commando
East Park Commando was established in Johannesburg as an urban unit tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It fell under the command of the SADF's Group 18 Headquarters and was mainly responsible for area protection, search and cordons as well as general assistance to the local police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Edenburg Commando
The Edenburg Commando [Afr: Edenburg Kommando] was established in Edenburg

Edenvale Commando
The Edenvale Commando [Afr: Edenvale Kommando] was originally established at Edenvale on the East Rand of the Transvaal (now part of Gauteng Province). During the SADF-period it formed part of the Witwatersrand Command where it was responsible for local area protection, then organised under the Group 41 Headquarters at Primrose, before it was transferred to the Group 42 Headquarters at Lenz. It is not clear when this transfer occurred. Sometime during the SADF period, at least by 1987, it was upgraded to a full Citizen Force infantry regiment, the Edenvale Regimenrt.

Ermelo Commando
The Ermelo Commando had already been established at Ermelo in the Eastern Transvaal before 1899. During the Anglo Boer War it was an active Boer commando operating against the British forces. In the time of the SADF, from 1969, it was organised under the Group 12 Headquarters at Ermelo, initially under the Northern Transvaal Command until 1983, from when Group 12 Headquarters was placed under the command of the newly formed Eastern Transvaal Command at Nelspruit. The Commando was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Ermelo Commando
The Ermelo Commando had already been established at Ermelo in the Eastern Transvaal before 1899. During the Anglo Boer War it was an active Boer commando operating against the British forces. In the time of the SADF, from 1969, it was organised under the Group 12 Headquarters at Ermelo, initially under the Northern Transvaal Command until 1983, from when Group 12 Headquarters was placed under the command of the newly formed Eastern Transvaal Command at Nelspruit. The Commando was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Eros Commando
The Alte Feste Commando was formerly known as Windhoek West Commando, then it became Eros Commando which eventually in turn joined with Windhoek East Commando to become Alte Feste Area Force Unit when the SWATF was formed in 1980

Etosha Commando
The Etosha Commando was established as a commando unit the Etosha area. It formed part of Sector 30 in the then South West Africa Command. When the South West Africa Territory Force (SWATF) was formed in August 1980, the commando became the Etosha Area Force Unit.

False Bay Commando
The False Bay Commando [Afr: Valsbaai Kommando] was formed from 30 Maintanence Unit and organised under the Group 1 Headquarters at Youngsfield, in the Western Province Command

Fauriesmith Commando
Fauriesmith Commando [Afr: Fauriesmith-Kommando]

Fauriesmith Commando
Fauriesmith Commando [Afr: Fauriesmith-Kommando]

Ficksburg Commando

Fort Frederick Commando
The Fort Frederick Commando was amalgamated into the Recife Commando in 1994 (* The Shoulder Flash pictured has been proposed but was not approved)

Fouriesburg Commando
The Fouriesburg Commando [Afr: Fouriesburg-Kommando] was established at Fouriesburg in the Orange Free State. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 36 Headquarters in Ladybrand as part of the Orange Free State Command and was responsible for local area force protection, search and cordones, as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police.. The shoulder flash was authorised in 1984. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Frankfort Commando

Gately Commando
The Gately Commando was established at East London after 1970 (as the commando is not listed in the 1970 SADF Badge Catalogue), with the HQ being situated in a military base on Woodbrook, bordering the industrial area Gately. The commando fell under the command of the Group 8 Headquarters in East London, which formed part of the Eastern Province Command, with its HQ in Port Elizabeth. The emblem for the shoulder flash was duly authorized on 29 February 1984. The commando was disbanded in 2007 after the Commando system was shut down and many of its members joined First City Regiment or other Reserve Force regiments.

Gatsrand Commando
Gatsrand Commando formed part of Group 30, which had its headquarters in Potchefstroom, in the North West Command's area of responsibility.

Germiston Commando
The Germiston Commando [Afr: Germiston-Kommando] was established in Germiston in the Transvaal. As the town of Germiston had been established in the early days of the gold rush, around 1987, it follows that the origin of the commando would date after that sometime, as the Germiston Commando has been recorded to have been involved in the Second Boer War in 1899 (under Commandant Gravett at the battle of Witpoort on 16 July 1900). During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 41 Headquarters at Primrose, as part of the Witwatersrand Command, and was responsible for local area protection. As an urban unit, this commando was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Germiston Commando
The Germiston Commando [Afr: Germiston-Kommando] was established in Germiston in the Transvaal. As the town of Germiston had been established in the early days of the gold rush, around 1987, it follows that the origin of the commando would date after that sometime, as the Germiston Commando has been recorded to have been involved in the Second Boer War in 1899 (under Commandant Gravett at the battle of Witpoort on 16 July 1900). During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 41 Headquarters at Primrose, as part of the Witwatersrand Command, and was responsible for local area protection. As an urban unit, this commando was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Goosen Commando
The Goosen Commando was renamed from the original Mafeking Commando in January 1982

Gordonia Commando

Goudveld Commando
Goudveld Commando [Afr: Goudveld Kommando], also known as the Goldfields Commando, was established adjacent the Welkom Airport in 1963, and, during the SADF-era, fell under the Group 34 Headquarters, also in Welkom, as part of the Orange Free State Command. The commando was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. In 1996, it was regorganised under the Group 24 Headquarters at Kroonstad. It was disbanded after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Graaff-Reinet Commando
Commandos from the Graaff Reinet area can be traced back to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Frontier Wars. In 1793 two Government commandos under the landdrosts of Graaff-Reinet and Swellendam penetrated into Xhosa territory as far as the Buffalo River and capturing cattle. The Burgher Act of 3 January 1878 enabled the government to call out burgher commandos. By 1940 these were organised as rifle associations under control of the National Reserve of Volunteers, which were re-designated as commandos by 1948. During the SADF-era, the unit was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. The unit was disbanded some time between 2003 and 2008, along with all other remaining Commando units, after a decision was made by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.

Graaff-Reinet Commando
Commandos from the Graaff Reinet area can be traced back to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Frontier Wars. In 1793 two Government commandos under the landdrosts of Graaff-Reinet and Swellendam penetrated into Xhosa territory as far as the Buffalo River and capturing cattle. The Burgher Act of 3 January 1878 enabled the government to call out burgher commandos. By 1940 these were organised as rifle associations under control of the National Reserve of Volunteers, which were re-designated as commandos by 1948. During the SADF-era, the unit was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. The unit was disbanded some time between 2003 and 2008, along with all other remaining Commando units, after a decision was made by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.

Grootfontein Commando
The Grootfontein Commando was established as a commando unit at Grootfontein in 1957 when the local rifle commando was converted into a full commando unit. It formed part of Sector 30 in the then South West Africa Command. When the South West Africa Territory Force (SWATF) was formed in August 1980, the commando became the Grootfontein Area Force Unit.

Hantam Commando
Middelburg Commando (Eastern Cape Province)?

Harrismith Commando

Hartebeesfontein Commando
Hartebeesfontein Commando [Afr: Hartebeesfontein Kommando]

Hay Commando
While the Hay Commando [Afr: Hay-kommando] can trace its origins back to at least the Boer War, when 1000 men of the Marydale district in the Northern Cape sided with the Orange Free State and ZAR against the British, it was only established as a commando in the 1950s as part of the then North Western Cape Command, until the command was closed down in 1968. When the Group 23 Headquarters was established at Upington under the North West Command in 1969, the commando formed part of this group and was eventually incorporated into the newly formed Northern Cape Command in Kimberley, in 1986, still forming part of Group 23. The group and its commandos were disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Hay Commando
While the Hay Commando [Afr: Hay-kommando] can trace its origins back to at least the Boer War, when 1000 men of the Marydale district in the Northern Cape sided with the Orange Free State and ZAR against the British, it was only established as a commando in the 1950s as part of the then North Western Cape Command, until the command was closed down in 1968. When the Group 23 Headquarters was established at Upington under the North West Command in 1969, the commando formed part of this group and was eventually incorporated into the newly formed Northern Cape Command in Kimberley, in 1986, still forming part of Group 23. The group and its commandos were disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Heidelberg Commando
Heidelburg Commando was formed in 1851. One of its most iconic commanders was General Christiaan de Wet who farmed near Heidelberg. It fought against the British in the Anglo Boer War and against the rebels during the Miners Strike of 1922. On 8 September 1990 the unit was awarded a new colours by the General Officer Commanding Witwatersrand, Maj Gen W.G. Kritzinger. A new regimental badge was worn for the first time: a castle surmounted by a eagle of the old South African republic to symbolize that at one time Heidelburg was the capital of the Republic. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 16 Headquarters at Marievale as part of the Witwatersrand Command and was responsible for local area protection. The Nigel Commando was amalgamated with Heidelberg Commando on 1 April 1997. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Heilbron Commando
The Heilbron Commando [Afr: Heilbron-kommando] was established at Heilbron in the Orange Free State during the Anglo Boer War as an active Boer commando operating against the British forces. Sasolburg Commando was formed from part of the Heilbron Commando in February 1962. During the SADF-period the Heilbron Commando was organised under the Group 24 Headquarters in Kroonstad as part of the OFS Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Herbert Commando

Hercules Commando
The Hercules Commando [Afr: Hercules-Kommando] was originally established as the Pretoria North West Rifle Association in 1923. By 1925, the name was changed to the Pretoria Moot Rifle Association, but all Rifle Associations were disbanded with the outbreak of WW2. By 1948, skietkommandos were established and the new Hercules Commando was initially based in the Pretoria suburb of Hercules. A total of 490 men were recruited. In 1983, the existing elements of the commando were converted into Regiment Pretorius and later relocated to Voortrekkerhoogte.

Highway Commando
Highway Commando was originally known as Pinetown Commando and as such was the first Commando unit raised in the Pinetown area, although many volunteer forces have been raised in this region since the early Zulu wars of the last century. The initial recruiting drive and formation took place in the Old Pinetown Hall on 22nd October 1963. Companies were later raised in Westville and Queensborough and to fully reflect the regional nature of the unit the name was changed in 1964 to Highway Commando. The Commando was responsible for an area encompassing the municipalities of Westville, Pinetown, New Germany, and Kloof, as well as numerous town boards, health committee areas, townships, and rural stretches between Durban, Botha's Hill and the Umlazi River. On occasion modular companies have been sent to SWA when the need arose. The unit was disbanded after a decision by SA President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units in 2003.

Highway Commando
Highway Commando was originally known as Pinetown Commando and as such was the first Commando unit raised in the Pinetown area, although many volunteer forces have been raised in this region since the early Zulu wars of the last century. The initial recruiting drive and formation took place in the Old Pinetown Hall on 22nd October 1963. Companies were later raised in Westville and Queensborough and to fully reflect the regional nature of the unit the name was changed in 1964 to Highway Commando. The Commando was responsible for an area encompassing the municipalities of Westville, Pinetown, New Germany, and Kloof, as well as numerous town boards, health committee areas, townships, and rural stretches between Durban, Botha's Hill and the Umlazi River. On occasion modular companies have been sent to SWA when the need arose. The unit was disbanded after a decision by SA President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units in 2003.

Hillcrest Commando
Hillcrest Commando was established in 1962 in Hillcrest, Pretoria as an exclusively English-speaking unit, but on the Minister of Defence's insistence that they must speak both official languages, it was decided to "Instead of one tale, our lion will have 2 tales, as the Minister insisted". The commando did some camps in Rhodesia, then became a regiment in 1983, where after It did border camps in the Far North Command.

Hoopstad Commando

Hopetown Commando
The Hopetown Commando was established in Hopetown in the Northern Cape during the Anglo Boer War as an active Boer commando operating against the British forces. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 22 Headquarters in Kimberley as part of the Northern Cape Command and was responsible for local area protection. The Wakkerstroom Commando was to amalgamate with Hopetown Commando on 1 April 1997. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Humansdorp Commando
The Humansdorp Commando was established at Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 6 Headquarters in Southdene, near Port Elizabeth, as part of the Eastern Cape Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Insele Commando
Insele Commando was the youngest Commando unit in Natal and was formed on the 1st June 1979 from Umkhombe Commando. In 1987 the unit was evaluated and was awarded the best unit in Natal and was placed third in South Africa. 1981 Saw the Right of Freedom of Entry through Empangeni by the Commando. Through the years the Commando has given much assistance to the South African Police in various tasks, including the period January 1985 - June 1985. National Colours were presented to the unit on 29 September 1990. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 27 Headquarters as part of the Natal Command and was responsible for local area protection. Since 1990 the unit has been actively involved in operations of the SAPS and has taken a leading role in the plan to stabilize the area. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Irene Commando

Iscor Sishen Commando

Iscor Vanderbijl Commando
The Iscor Vanderbijl Commando [Afr: Yskor-Vanderbijl-kommando] was established at the premises of Iscor in Vanderbijlpark on 1 November 1969. The unit was the second industrial commando in South Africa. The main task of the unit at that time was to protect the safety of Iscor, a national keypoint. The unit obtained offices in the premises of Iscor which proved impractical. Initially problems were plentiful and organisational and administrative tasks were performed after hours. During 1983 the a new specific HQ was erected after Prof John Riddell, previously Chief Works Manager of Iscor, donated ground adjacent to Iscor for this purpose. On 14 August 1981 the official opening of the HQ was conducted by Gen Magnus Malan. On 1 November 1986, the commando was renamed to Vaal Commando [Afr: Vaal-kommando] and the emblem and responsibilities were changed. (Also see Vaal Commando)

Jacobsdal Commando
Jacobsdal Commando was established at Jacobsdal in the Orange Free State during the Anglo Boer War as an active Boer commando operating against the British forces. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 26 Headquarters as part of the Free State Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Jansenville Commando
Also Jansenville-Aberdeen Commando

Johannesburg East Commando
The Johanesburg East Commando [Afr Johannesburg-Oos Kommando] was raised as the Johannesburg East Defence Association on 4 November 1924, under Government Gazette 24/1064, with its headquarters in Johan Rissik School in Troyeville. By 1951 the associations became commandos and the unit was renamed to Johanesburg East Commando. During the SADF-era, the unit resorted under the command of the Group 18 Headquarters, and was mainly engaged in area force protection, search and cordons as well as other assistance to the local police. As an urban unit, the commando was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the early 1980s. the unit was renamed to the Johannesburg South Commando in 1979. In 1983 the unit was granted regimental status and was renamed to Johannesburg South Regiment.

Johannesburg North Commando
The Randburg Commando [Afr: Randburg-Kommando] was originally established as the Johannesburg North Commando [Afr: Johannesburg-Noord-Kommando] in Randburg in the Witwatersrand Command, in 1953, and from 1969 resorted under the command of the SADF's Group 18 Headquarters. Some time after 1975 the name was changed to the Randbug Commando, but it remained essentially the same commando. During this era, the unit was mainly engaged in area force protection, search and cordons as well as other assistance to the local police. As an urban unit, this commando was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Johannesburg West Commando

Kakamas Commando
The Kakamas Commando was established at Kakamas and by 1969 fell under the command of the Group 23 Headquarters at Upington, as part of then North Western Cape Command. It later formed part of the newer Northern Cape Command that was formed in 1986, still under the command of the Group 23 HQ. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Kakamas Commando
The Kakamas Commando was established at Kakamas and by 1969 fell under the command of the Group 23 Headquarters at Upington, as part of then North Western Cape Command. It later formed part of the newer Northern Cape Command that was formed in 1986, still under the command of the Group 23 HQ. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Kalahari Commando
The Kalahari Commando [Afr: Kalahari Kommando] was initially established at Vryburg as the Vryburg-Noordwes Kommando in the then Western Transvaal Command, as part of the Orange River Group, but renamed to the Vryburg Commado after 1970. By 1978 it was officially known as the Kalahari Commando, because of its rather large area of responsibility within the Command. In 1969, the Western Tvl Cmd became the North Western Districts Cmd and the commando was placed under the command of the newly created Group 21 HQ and remained part of the group even when the command was changed to North West Cmd in 1980. Although mainly used for area protection in the Western Transvaal, the commando, together with Stellaland, Bloemhof, Christiana, Schweizer-Reneke and De la Rey Commandos, formed a joint operational company that was deployed to the Owamboland region in SWA on a regular basis. In 1987 the commandos of Group 21 were amalgamated with those of Group 20 at Mafikeng. It was disbanded by 31 March 2006, after a decision by SA President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.

Karoo Commando
The Karoo Commando was re-organised as a Rural Commando under the Group 5 Headquarters at Beaufort West in the Southern Cape Command, in 1969. Up to 1968 it had formed part of the Midlands Group of the South-Western Districts Command (previously the Outemiqua Command), and was mainly involved in area force protection, cordones and search operations assisting the local police. It was disbanded in 2005 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Karoo Commando
The Karoo Commando was re-organised as a Rural Commando under the Group 5 Headquarters at Beaufort West in the Southern Cape Command, in 1969. Up to 1968 it had formed part of the Midlands Group of the South-Western Districts Command (previously the Outemiqua Command), and was mainly involved in area force protection, cordones and search operations assisting the local police. It was disbanded in 2005 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Katberg Commando

Keetmanshoop Commando

Kempton Park Commando
The Kempton Park Commando [Afr: Kempton Park-Kommando] was established in Kempton Park and by 1969 fell under the command of the Group 41 Headquarters in Primrose, as part of the Witwatersrand Command. During the SADF era, the unit was mainly engaged in area force protection, search and cordons as well as other assistance to the local police. As an urban unit, this commando was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Kempton Park Commando
The Kempton Park Commando [Afr: Kempton Park-Kommando] was established in Kempton Park and by 1969 fell under the command of the Group 41 Headquarters in Primrose, as part of the Witwatersrand Command. During the SADF era, the unit was mainly engaged in area force protection, search and cordons as well as other assistance to the local police. As an urban unit, this commando was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Kimberley Commando
The Kimberley Commando was originally established in Kimberley in 1936 as the Kimberley Rifle Commando and renamed in 1964. Its headquarters was initially based in the private homes of its commanding officers. In 1964, 1970, 1974 and 1980 the HQ was moved around until It finally shared space with Group 22 HQ at Scanlan Street. From 1976 the unit provided troops for service in the SWA Operational Area.

Kirkwood Commando
The Kirkwood Commando was established at Kirkwood in the Eastern Province. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 6 Headquarters in Southdene, Port Elizabeth, as part of the Eastern Province Command and was responsible for local area protection. The shoulder flash was authorised in 1976. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Kirkwood Commando
The Kirkwood Commando was established at Kirkwood in the Eastern Province. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 6 Headquarters in Southdene, Port Elizabeth, as part of the Eastern Province Command and was responsible for local area protection. The shoulder flash was authorised in 1976. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Klein Karoo Commando
It was disbanded on 31 March 2007 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Klerksdorp Commando

Knysna Commando
The Knysna Commando was founded at the town of Knysna around 1934. Members were issued with .303 Rifles and uniforms, and used for area force protection, search and cordones, as well as assistance to the local police. At some stage the George and Knysna Commandos were amalgamated. During 1978 a new rifle range was built at Kaffirkop on ground granted by the Dept of Forestry and the Dept of Defence. All training and shooting was then done at this facilty. Since 1981 the HQ was permanantly manned by a civilian lady. During the SADF-era, the Comdo was organised under the Group 4 HQ at Oudsthoorn, in the Southern Cape Cmd, up to 1986, wherafter it was transferred to the WP Cmd. The Comdo received its National Colours with 7 other units at the Castle in Cape Town on 14 Sep 1993. On 21 Apr 1993 the Como laid up her Colours at the Albatross Shellhole in Knysna for safekeeping. The Comdo was one of the first commando units to be disbanded / amalgamated when the Outeniqua Commando was amalgamated with Knysna Comdo and renamed Garden Route Commando in June 1997.

Koeberg Commando
The Koeberg Commando [Afr: Koeberg-Kommando] was originally established as the Bellville Commando [Afr: Bellville-Kommando], based in Belliville. In 1964 the commando was renamed to Durbanville Commando [Afr: Durbanville Commando] before it was finally changed to the Koebert Commando in 1969. In 1984 the unit was apparently renamed to the Koeberg Battalion. During the SADF-era, the unit was mainly involved in area force protection, cordones and search operations assisting the local police, under the command of the Group 1 Headquartes at Youngsfield, which formed part of the Western Province Command. The commando was disbanded after 2003 after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.

Koeberg Commando
The Koeberg Commando [Afr: Koeberg-Kommando] was originally established as the Bellville Commando [Afr: Bellville-Kommando], based in Belliville. In 1964 the commando was renamed to Durbanville Commando [Afr: Durbanville Commando] before it was finally changed to the Koebert Commando in 1969. In 1984 the unit was apparently renamed to the Koeberg Battalion. During the SADF-era, the unit was mainly involved in area force protection, cordones and search operations assisting the local police, under the command of the Group 1 Headquartes at Youngsfield, which formed part of the Western Province Command. The commando was disbanded after 2003 after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.

Koedoesrand Commando
Koedoesrand Commando (or sometimes given as Kudusrand Commando) [Afr: Koedoesrand Kommando]

Koedoesrand Commando
Koedoesrand Commando (or sometimes given as Kudusrand Commando) [Afr: Koedoesrand Kommando]

Koppies Commando

Koster Commando

Kroonstad Commando

Kruger National Park Commando / Unit
Kruger National Park Commando (KNPC) [Afr: Krugerwildtuin Kommando], also known as the Kruger National Park Unit [Afr: Krugerwildtuin Eenheid] was based in the Kruger National Park. NKPC was a very small commando with 4 small base camps, Crocodile Bridge, Sandriver near Skukuza (called Huhla base), Shishangane near Nwanetsi, and a base near Shingwedzi. Masakosapan. Each base more or less platoon strenght with Sandriver as HQ. The main aim was doing daily footpatrols from South to North and catching civilians for there own safety run through the park away from war, or alternatively for the good food and shelter the will get from the SA army while going through the process to be deported back again to Mozambique.

Krugersdorp Commando

Kuruman Commando

Ladybrand Commando
The Ladybrand Commando [Afr: Ladybrand-Kommando] can trace its origins to the Anglo Boer War when the commando was involved in the Battle of Magersfontein on 11 December 1899. The Commando surrendered to the British at Surrender Hill in the Brandwater Basin on 30 July 1900. During the SADF era the commando resorted under the command of the Group 36 headquarters at Ladybrand, and was mainly used for area force protection, cordones and search operations, as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. It was also involved in border protection with Lesotho. The Commando was disbanded after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units, all of which were phased out between 2003 and 2008.

Ladybrand Commando
The Ladybrand Commando [Afr: Ladybrand-Kommando] can trace its origins to the Anglo Boer War when the commando was involved in the Battle of Magersfontein on 11 December 1899. The Commando surrendered to the British at Surrender Hill in the Brandwater Basin on 30 July 1900. During the SADF era the commando resorted under the command of the Group 36 headquarters at Ladybrand, and was mainly used for area force protection, cordones and search operations, as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. It was also involved in border protection with Lesotho. The Commando was disbanded after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units, all of which were phased out between 2003 and 2008.

Lebombo Commando

Letaba Commando
The Letaba Commando was originally established at Tzaneen in 1889 as the Lowveld's first commando, the Onderveld Commando, and its members took part in the Second Anglo-Boer War which had started in 1899. The commando formed part of the UDF's "Skietkommandos" and were not directly involved in the defence of the country until 1961, when the terrorist threat started and escalated, particularly on the north-eastern border of the Transvaal, from the early 1980s. During the SADF-period, it was formally established in 1969 and organised under the Group 13 HQ as part of the Far North Cmnd and was responsible for local area protection of an area of some 330 000 hectares. The area was surrounded by the Kruger National Park, the Soutpansberg Military Area, as well as parts of Lebowa and Gazankulu. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Letaba Commando
The Letaba Commando was originally established at Tzaneen in 1889 as the Lowveld's first commando, the Onderveld Commando, and its members took part in the Second Anglo-Boer War which had started in 1899. The commando formed part of the UDF's "Skietkommandos" and were not directly involved in the defence of the country until 1961, when the terrorist threat started and escalated, particularly on the north-eastern border of the Transvaal, from the early 1980s. During the SADF-period, it was formally established in 1969 and organised under the Group 13 HQ as part of the Far North Cmnd and was responsible for local area protection of an area of some 330 000 hectares. The area was surrounded by the Kruger National Park, the Soutpansberg Military Area, as well as parts of Lebowa and Gazankulu. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Lichtenburg Commando

Limpopo Commando
The Limpopo Commando was based in the SMG (Soutpansberg Militere Gebied/Military Area) base outside Messina. The commando was reposnsible for border protection form Potdrift east of Messina up to the nature reserve west of Messina

Lindley Commando
The Lindley Commando was established in Lindley in the Orange Free State during the Anglo Boer War as an active Boer commando operating against the British forces. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 24 Headquarters as part of the Free State Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Lions Head Commando
The Lions Head Commando was established at Fort Wynyard, Green Point.on 24 July 1978. It was organised under the Group 1 Headquarters at Youngsfield, in the Western Province Command

Long Tom Commando
Long Tom Commando founded in the mid eighties in Graskop covering areas on the escarpment and Buschbuckridge with the famous logo from the Boer War the Long Tom canon, a replica standing outside the little town Sabie in position "Last Long Tom Canon in action". [Information supplied by Danie Louw]

Loskop Commando
The Loskop Commando was established at Groblershoop in the then Eastern Transvaal (now Mpumalanga, more recently part of the Limpopo Province) after the town was proclaimed in 1938. The town had been laid out on the farm "Klipbank" and named after the farm's owner. W.J. Grobler. The nearby Loskop Dam was named after the farm Loskop which referred to the lone hill on the flat veld which was only visible when the water-level of the dam was relativiely low. The dam formed the basis of a large irrigation-scheme which fed the local farming community from which the Loskop Commando would draw its manpower. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 33 Headquarters at Nelspruit as part of the Eastern Transvaal Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Lydenburg Commando
The Lydenburg Commando was established at Lydenburg on 28 August 1973

Mafeking Commando
The Mafeking Commando was established at Mafeking (now Mafikeng) in 1977 and renamed Goosen Commando in January 1982.

Magol Commando
The Magol Commando [Afr: Magol Kommando] can trace its origins to the Waterberg Commando, just before the Anglo Boer War as the Transvaal Republic became more nervous of its British adversaries in Bechaunaland and Rhodesia. The Waterberg Commando gathered at Nylstroom on 11 October 1899. After receiving news of the outbreak of war, this Commando proceeded to the confluence of the Limpopo and Palala rivers to join with the Soutpansberg Commando, cross into Bechaunaland and destroy railway infrastructure. In the SADF-era, Magol Commando was originally established as Waterberg North Commando, but was renamed to Magol Commando in 1972. The unit was situated in the Onverwacht neighbourhood of Ellisras. Initially resorting under the command of the Group 14 Headquarters, the commando was later transferred to the Group 29 Headquarters.

Maltahohe Commando

Marico Commando

Mariental Commando
The Mariental Commando was established at Mariental, in SWA Command.

Marquard Commando
Marquard Commando [Afr: Marquard-Kommando]

Meyerton Commando
Meyerton Commando [Afr: Meyerton-kommando] was initially established in Meyerton as the De Deur Commando [Afr: De deur-kommando]. It was renamed to the Meyerton Commando on 1 January 1975. The old school building of Laerskool Voorwaarts was used as its headquarters from 1982 and received its Freedom of Entry to Meyerton on 10 April 1984. The unit exercised it right to the freedom of Meyerton when it marched through the town as part of the "Groot Trek" remembrance celebrations on 26 November 1988. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 17 Headquarters at Vereeniging, as part of the Witwatersrand Command, and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Middel Karoo Commando
The Middel Karoo Commando [Afr: Middel-Karoo Kommando] was established in Beaufort-West under the Group 5 Headquarters in the Southern Cape Command. It was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Middel Karoo Commando
The Middel Karoo Commando [Afr: Middel-Karoo Kommando] was established in Beaufort-West under the Group 5 Headquarters in the Southern Cape Command. It was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Middelburg Commando
The Middelburg Commando was established at Middelburg, in the Transvaal.

Midland Commando
The Midland Commando [Afr: Middellandse Kommando] was originally established at Grahamstown as Fort Beaufort Commando [Afr: Fort-Beaufortkommando], but was renamed to Midland Commando in 1962. The area covered by this unit included Alexandria, Albany, Bathurst, Craddock, Fort Beaufort, Keiskammahoek, Pearston, Peddie and Somerset East. By 1968 the area of the Midland Commando was reduced to the magisterial district of Albany, Alexandria and Bathurst. During this era, the unit was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police. This unit, along with all other Commando units was disbanded between 2003 and 2008, after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.

Midland Commando
The Midland Commando [Afr: Middellandse Kommando] was originally established at Grahamstown as Fort Beaufort Commando [Afr: Fort-Beaufortkommando], but was renamed to Midland Commando in 1962. The area covered by this unit included Alexandria, Albany, Bathurst, Craddock, Fort Beaufort, Keiskammahoek, Pearston, Peddie and Somerset East. By 1968 the area of the Midland Commando was reduced to the magisterial district of Albany, Alexandria and Bathurst. During this era, the unit was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police. This unit, along with all other Commando units was disbanded between 2003 and 2008, after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.

Midmar Commando
Midmar Commando was formed under the command of the Group 9 Headquarters on 1 July 1979

Modderfontein Commando
While the Modderfontein Commando's origins can be traced back to before World War 2, it was officially only formed at Modderfontein in 1969 as a normal Urban Commando of the SADF. It resorted under the Group 18 HQ, at Doornkop, until at least 1982, after which the unit was placed under the command of the Group 42 HQ, at Lenz. In early 1980 the Commando was converted into the first fully fledged Industrial Commando with the task of protecting the massive sprawling complex that made up AECI's Modderfontein Dynamite Factory, at the time the biggest manufacturer of explosives in the world. Manpower was largely drawn from men working for AECI who had a military commitment, and were backed up by volunteers from other sources. The Commando had a HQ Company and four large Companies, which were supported by a small full time element that ran the administration and logistical needs of the unit.

Moot Commando

Mossel Bay Commando
The Mossel Bay Commando incorporated George and Knysna and was organised under the Group 4 Headquarters at Oudsthoorn, in the Southern Cape Command. It was probably amalgamated with the Riversdal Commando in 1997 as part of the new Langeberg Commando

Munitoria Commando
The Munitoria Commando [Afr Munitoria Kommando] was established in the Pretoria Central Business District as a fully fledged commando unit in its own right in 1983 where it assumed the role of a reaction unit for the Northern Transvaal Command. Up to then it was only a company sized subunit housed within the lines of Hercules Commando, under command of the Group 15 Headquarters. After 1983, the unit now had its own HQ, which was moved to the old German School building in Skinner Street, Pretoria. In 2000 the Munitoria Commando was merged with four other infantry regiments to form Regiment Schanskop, which was renamed to the Tswane Regiment in 2002. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Munitoria Commando
The Munitoria Commando [Afr Munitoria Kommando] was established in the Pretoria Central Business District as a fully fledged commando unit in its own right in 1983 where it assumed the role of a reaction unit for the Northern Transvaal Command. Up to then it was only a company sized subunit housed within the lines of Hercules Commando, under command of the Group 15 Headquarters. After 1983, the unit now had its own HQ, which was moved to the old German School building in Skinner Street, Pretoria. In 2000 the Munitoria Commando was merged with four other infantry regiments to form Regiment Schanskop, which was renamed to the Tswane Regiment in 2002. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Murraydeen Commando
Originally established as Aberdeen Commando, it was renamed to Murraydeen Commando and authorised on 19 October 1972

NASChem Commando
The Naschem Commando.was established at Potchefstroom on 20 March 1984

Nigel Commando
The Nigel Commando [Afr: Nigel-kommando] was established at Nigel and fell under the command of the Group 16 Headquarters at Marievale in the Witwatersrand Command. During the SADF era, the unit was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. The commando was amalgamated with the Heidelberg Commando in 1997, which was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Noordvaal Commando
Noordvaal Commando [Afr: Noordvaal Kommando], also know as the Orkney Commando [Afr: Orkney Kommando], was established at Orkney in the Western Transvaal under the Group 30 Headquarters at Potchefstroom, as part of the then North Western Districts Command (which later - around 1980 - became the North West Command). During the SADF era, the unit was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. The commando was probably disbanded before 2003 as it does not appear on the list of Commandos that were disbanded between 2003 and 2006 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Northam Commando

Northern Natal Commando
The Northern Natal Commando [Afr: Noord Natal-Kommando] was established in 1948 after the Defence Rifle Association had been disbanded. The newly formed unit was then called "Noord Natal Skietkommando". The Headquarters of the unit was at that stage based in Paulpietersburg and the area covered included Paulpietersburg, Vryheid, Utrecht, Groenvlei, Swartfolozi and Dannhauser. In 1960 the Headquarters were shifted to Vryheid and on 12 December 1977, the headquarters were shifted to Landdrost Street. The present Headquarters was occupied in 1985 and resorted under the command of the Group 27 Headquarters at Eshowe, part of the Natal Command.

Odendaalsrus Commando

Oranje Commando
Oranje Commando [Afr: Oranje Kommando] was established at Kenhard, in the Northern Cape, under the Group 22 Headquarters at Kimberley. During the SADF era, the unit was mainly engaged in area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. The Commando was disbanded after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units, all of which were phased out between 2003 and 2008.

Oribi Commando
The Oribi Commando [Afr: Oribi-Kommando] was raised in 1977 and took over responsibility for the area originally allocated to Charlie Company of South Coast Commando, under Group 9 Headquarters. This area stretched from Karridene to Port Edward and inland to the Highflats area. The commando's headquarters was originally based at Winkelspruit, but in 1980.a new headquarters was occupied in Marburg, Port Shepstone. The commando consisted of the following: Alpha company: essentially national servicemen who formed the reaction unit; Bravo company: volunteers from Umkomaas and Scottburgh; Charlie company: volunteers from Hibberdene, Port Shepstone and Paddock; Delta company: volunteers from Shell Beach, Margate and Port Edward. Because it was home to a full-time reaction force for the southern part of Natal, the commando was essentially deployed on an ongoing basis during the period of unrest. On 1 August 1982 Oribi Commando was transferred to Group 10.

Oribi Commando
The Oribi Commando [Afr: Oribi-Kommando] was raised in 1977 and took over responsibility for the area originally allocated to Charlie Company of South Coast Commando, under Group 9 Headquarters. This area stretched from Karridene to Port Edward and inland to the Highflats area. The commando's headquarters was originally based at Winkelspruit, but in 1980.a new headquarters was occupied in Marburg, Port Shepstone. The commando consisted of the following: Alpha company: essentially national servicemen who formed the reaction unit; Bravo company: volunteers from Umkomaas and Scottburgh; Charlie company: volunteers from Hibberdene, Port Shepstone and Paddock; Delta company: volunteers from Shell Beach, Margate and Port Edward. Because it was home to a full-time reaction force for the southern part of Natal, the commando was essentially deployed on an ongoing basis during the period of unrest. On 1 August 1982 Oribi Commando was transferred to Group 10.

Orkney Commando
Noordvaal Commando [Afr: Noordvaal Kommando], also know as the Orkney Commando [Afr: Orkney Kommando], was established at Orkney in the Western Transvaal under the Group 30 Headquarters at Potchefstroom, as part of the then North Western Districts Command (which later - around 1980 - became the North West Command). During the SADF era, the unit was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. The commando was probably disbanded before 2003 as it does not appear on the list of Commandos that were disbanded between 2003 and 2006 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Otjiwarongo Commando
The Otjiwarongo Commando was established as a commando unit at Otjiwarongo in 1957 when all the local rifle commandos were converted into full commando units. It formed part of Sector 30 in the then South West Africa Command. When the South West Africa Territory Force (SWATF) was formed in August 1980, the commando became the Otjiwarongo Area Force Unit.

Ottosdal Commando
Ottosdal Commando was established as a commando in 1952 and formed part of the then Western Transvaal Command which later became the North West Command, based in Potchefstroom. During the later SADF period the commando fell under the Group 20 Headquarters at Mmabatho. The local community formed the core of the unit with some 85% of the members all being local farmers and some 92% volunteers (in 1982). All the officers of the unit were volunteers as well. This unit was disbanded after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units in 2003.

Oudtshoorn Commando
The Oudtshoorn Commando [Afr: Oudtshoorn-Kommando] can trace its origins to the Oudtshoorn Volunteer Rifles which was formed on 15 February 1890, serving in the Langberg Campaign in 1897, and was presented with a King's Colour in 1904. By 1908 the unit was two companies strong, had a band and even sent a contingent to London for the Coronation in 1911. It was disbanded in 1913 and its members amalgamated with the Prince Alfred's Guard. In 1938 C.P.L. (Charlie) Nel was appointed honorary colonel of the reconstituted Oudtshoorn Rifle Commando. During the SADF-era, the Commando was organised under the Group 4 Headquarters at Oudsthoorn, in the Southern Cape Command, and mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police. The Commando was disbanded along with all other Commando units after a decision by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units between 2003 and 2008.

Oudtshoorn Commando
The Oudtshoorn Commando [Afr: Oudtshoorn-Kommando] can trace its origins to the Oudtshoorn Volunteer Rifles which was formed on 15 February 1890, serving in the Langberg Campaign in 1897, and was presented with a King's Colour in 1904. By 1908 the unit was two companies strong, had a band and even sent a contingent to London for the Coronation in 1911. It was disbanded in 1913 and its members amalgamated with the Prince Alfred's Guard. In 1938 C.P.L. (Charlie) Nel was appointed honorary colonel of the reconstituted Oudtshoorn Rifle Commando. During the SADF-era, the Commando was organised under the Group 4 Headquarters at Oudsthoorn, in the Southern Cape Command, and mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police. The Commando was disbanded along with all other Commando units after a decision by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units between 2003 and 2008.

Outeniekwa Commando
The Outeniekwa Commando incorporated George and Knysna and was organised under the Group 4 Headquarters at Oudsthoorn, in the Southern Cape Command

Outjo Commando
Originally part of the Northern SWA Commando, the Outjo Commando was established as an independent commando unit at Outjo in 1957, when all the local rifle commandos were converted into full commando units. The original commando it had been part of disapperared in favour of a number of independednt commandos. Since 1967 the unit has been involved in the fight against terrorisim on a full-time basis, with permanently appointed key personnel supplementing the mostly local farmers that served on a voluntary basis. It formed part of the SWA Command, and was responsible for the protection of people, property and vulnerable key points, as well as manning of roadblocks, the gathering and reporting of intelligemce about terrorist activities in the area and the locating and destruction of the enemy. When the SWATF was formed in August 1980, the commando became the Outjo Area Force Unit.

Paarl Commando
The Paarl Commando was established at Paarl on 7 March 1975

Parys Commando
Parys Commando [Afr: Parys-kommando] can trace its history to before the Union of South Africa in 1910. Initially known as the Vredefort Commando [Afr: Vredefort-kommando], the name was changed to North Free State Commando [Afr: Noord-Vrystaat-kommando] in 1967. In 1972, the name was finally changed to Parys Commando. It received the Freedom to Parys in October 1980 because of its role in securing the town. In February 1985 an old Sexton-self-propelled gun was given to the commando by the SADF to use as a monument. During this period it was organised under the Group 24 Headquarters at Kroonstad, as part of the orange Free State Command, and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Phalaborwa Commando
The Phalaborwa Commando [Afr: Phalaborwa Kommando] was established at Phalaborwa, a town in Northern Transvaal (now the Limpopo Province), near the confluence of the Ga-Selati River and the Olifants, halfway up along the western border of the Kruger National Park in the Lowveld. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 13 Headquarters as part of the Far North Command and was responsible for local area protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003. [The 1st Issue flash authorised on 16 May 1979.] [The 2nd Issue flash was authorised on 18 October 1988.]

Phalaborwa Commando
The Phalaborwa Commando [Afr: Phalaborwa Kommando] was established at Phalaborwa, a town in Northern Transvaal (now the Limpopo Province), near the confluence of the Ga-Selati River and the Olifants, halfway up along the western border of the Kruger National Park in the Lowveld. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 13 Headquarters as part of the Far North Command and was responsible for local area protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003. [The 1st Issue flash authorised on 16 May 1979.] [The 2nd Issue flash was authorised on 18 October 1988.]

Phillipolis Commando

Piet Retief Commando
Piet Retief Commando can trace its origins back to 1880, fighting in the First War of Independence and battles such as Laingsnek and Majuba. In May 1902 the Commandos were disbanded, but with some remaining until the emergence of the Union Defence Force in 1912. Defence Shooting Associations were formed, and in Mar 1916, a number of these Associations formed the Piet Retief Commando, the official establishment of this commando. With the onset of World War 2 a number of the commandos were joined together to form Mounted Commando Brigades, consisting solely of volunteers, soon disbanded and replaced by National Reserve Volunteers which, upon returning to the Union in 1946, was also disbanded. After the war the Piet Retief unit became independent. During the SADF period, the unit resorted under the Group 12 Headquarters of the Eastern Transvaal Command. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system in 2003.

Piet Retief Commando
Piet Retief Commando can trace its origins back to 1880, fighting in the First War of Independence and battles such as Laingsnek and Majuba. In May 1902 the Commandos were disbanded, but with some remaining until the emergence of the Union Defence Force in 1912. Defence Shooting Associations were formed, and in Mar 1916, a number of these Associations formed the Piet Retief Commando, the official establishment of this commando. With the onset of World War 2 a number of the commandos were joined together to form Mounted Commando Brigades, consisting solely of volunteers, soon disbanded and replaced by National Reserve Volunteers which, upon returning to the Union in 1946, was also disbanded. After the war the Piet Retief unit became independent. During the SADF period, the unit resorted under the Group 12 Headquarters of the Eastern Transvaal Command. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system in 2003.

Pietermaritzburg Commando
This unit could trace its origins back to a Natal Law for the protection of the colony, namely Law No 19 of 1862 which instructed the establishment of a rifle association. The name of this rifle association was changed during the UDF era to the Pietermaritzburg Commando (Maritzburg Rifles?). By the 1940s, the commando was headquartered at the Pietermaritzburg Drill Hall and was shared by another unit during that era, namely the Natal Carbineers. In 1981, the commando was converted to a regiment as an infantry battalion under the Citizen Force, being renamed as the Natalia Regiment.

Pietermaritzburg Commando
This unit could trace its origins back to a Natal Law for the protection of the colony, namely Law No 19 of 1862 which instructed the establishment of a rifle association. The name of this rifle association was changed during the UDF era to the Pietermaritzburg Commando (Maritzburg Rifles?). By the 1940s, the commando was headquartered at the Pietermaritzburg Drill Hall and was shared by another unit during that era, namely the Natal Carbineers. In 1981, the commando was converted to a regiment as an infantry battalion under the Citizen Force, being renamed as the Natalia Regiment.

Pietersburg Commando
Pietersburg Commando [Afr: Pietersburg-Kommando] can trace its origins back to Anglo Boer War, when a commando from Pietersburg used harassing tactics to tie up British allies in the Bechuanaland protectorate. In May 1902 the Commandos were disbanded, but with some remaining until the emergence of the Union Defence Force in 1912, when Defence Shooting Associations were formed. The commandos were formally reactivated by 1948. With the SADF During the SADF period, the unit resorted under the Group 14 Headquarters of the Eastern Transvaal Command. It was disbanded in 2010 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system in 2003.

Piketberg Commando
The Piketberg Commando can trace its history back to when the Picquet Commando was established in 1711 by the VOC, consisting of a squad of 15 Riflemen of the Militia and a single 80 mm field cannon for protection against depredations of natives and wild animals. The cannon-fire protected the European-descended farming community from the attacks of the indigenous groups. During the SADF-era the Commando fell under the Group 40 Headquarters at Wingfield, in the Western Province Command. Plans were to amalgamate it with the West Coast Commando on 1 April 1997.

Pilanesberg Commando
Pilanesberg Commando [Afr: Pilansberg-Kommando]

Pongola Commando
The Pongola Commando [Afr: Pongola-kommando] was established on 13 August 1970 by combining the Piet Retief Commando and the North East Commando, with its headquarters next to the Magistrates Offices in Pongola, in the Natal Command. Pongola Commando was unique in the sense that it consisted of a piece of Transvaal and Natal which caused a lot of liaison problems with the SAPS and other Departments. During 1979 and 1980, the unit sent volunteers to the South West African border. As from 1987, Pongola Commando was placed under command of Group 27 from the former Group 11. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Port Elizabeth Commando

Potchefstroom Commando

Potgietersrus Commando
Potgietersrus Commando was probably originally established as Geyser's Commando in Potgietersrus in the northern Transvaal as early as 1914, although members of Potgietersrus have been part of local commandos since at least 1854, one such commando being the Zoutpansberg Commando. This local commando had seen action during the 1914 Rebellion and was known as the Potgietersrus Commando by 1925. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 14 Headquarters as part of the Far North Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was eventually amalgamated with Springbokvlakte Commando but retained its name. It was probably disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Pretoria East Commando
The Pretoria East Commando [Afr: Pretoria Oos-Kommando] was established in the eastern part of Pretoria, as part of the Northern Transvaal Command (originally the Northern Command). During the SADF-era, from 1969, it resorted under the Group 15 Headquarters at Voortrekkerhoogte, and mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as other assistance to the local police. The commando seems to be an amalgamation of two older commandos, the Pretoria Northeast Commando [Afr: Pretoria Noordoos-Kommando] and the Pretoria Southeast Commando [Afr: Pretoria Suidoos-Kommando], as it was called the Pretoria East Commando at least from 1970. The unit was disbanded along with all other Commando units between 2003 and 2008 after a decision by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units.

Prieska Commando
The Prieska Commando was established at Prieska on 13 October 1988

Quaggapoort Commando
The Quaggapoort Commando was amalgamated with the Schanskop Commando in 1992, as the Schanskop Commando using the Schanskop emblem.

Queenstown Commando
The Queenstown Commando fell under the command of the Group 39 Headquarters at Queenstown in the Eastern Province Command. The commando was probably disbanded with the other two commandos of the group when the Group 39 Headquarters was closed down in 1997.

Randburg Commando
The Randburg Commando [Afr: Randburg-Kommando] was originally established as the Johannesburg North Commando [Afr: Johannesburg-Noord-Kommando] in Randburg in the Witwatersrand Command, in 1953, and from 1969 resorted under the command of the SADF's Group 18 Headquarters. Some time after 1975 the name was changed to the Randbug Commando, but it remained essentially the same commando. During this era, the unit was mainly engaged in area force protection, search and cordons as well as other assistance to the local police. As an urban unit, this commando was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Recife Commando

Reitz Commando

Riversdal Commando
The Riversdal Commando was organised under the Group 4 Headquarters at Oudsthoorn, in the Southern Cape Command. It was probably amalgamated with the Mossel Bay Commando in 1997 as part of the new Langeberg Commando, and was probably disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Roodepoort Commando
The Roodepoort Commando [Afr: Roodepoort-Kommando] was established in Roodeporrt, in Mar 1949, and initially located at 2 Ferreira Street, Discovery. Its HQ moved to a new building on the corner of Arthur and Fitz Wygram streets effectively from 4 Nov 1974. On 15 Mar 1974 the Freedom of Entry into Roodepoort was given to the Comdo during a big parade (which almost failed after 80 men of the commando ended up in hospital due to food-poisoining). Since then the Comdo, under the command of the Group 17 HQ at Vereeniging as part of the Witwatersrand Command, successfully participated in Border-operations and task forces. More recently it was moslty responsible for local protection, patrolling of residential areas, and, at times, forming part of local task forces. As an urban unit, the Comdo was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It was disbanded in 2005, after President Mbeki had announced the disbanding of the commando system in 2003.

Roodepoort Commando
The Roodepoort Commando [Afr: Roodepoort-Kommando] was established in Roodeporrt, in Mar 1949, and initially located at 2 Ferreira Street, Discovery. Its HQ moved to a new building on the corner of Arthur and Fitz Wygram streets effectively from 4 Nov 1974. On 15 Mar 1974 the Freedom of Entry into Roodepoort was given to the Comdo during a big parade (which almost failed after 80 men of the commando ended up in hospital due to food-poisoining). Since then the Comdo, under the command of the Group 17 HQ at Vereeniging as part of the Witwatersrand Command, successfully participated in Border-operations and task forces. More recently it was moslty responsible for local protection, patrolling of residential areas, and, at times, forming part of local task forces. As an urban unit, the Comdo was also tasked with protecting strategic facilities as well as quelling township riots especially during the State of Emergency in the 1980s. It was disbanded in 2005, after President Mbeki had announced the disbanding of the commando system in 2003.

Rouxville Commando
The Rouxville Commando was amalgamated with the Zastron Commando in 1977

Rustenburg Commando
The Rustenburg Commando was established at Rustenburg in 1852, when Paul Kruger, later to become the first President of the ZAR, became its first Commandant. The commando distinguished itself in the First War of Independence by besieging a British garrison. Members of Rustenburg Commando served in the Second War of Independence (the Anglo-Boer War) at Kimberley, Mafeking (now Mafikeng), Kraaipan, Vaalkrans and Pieters Hill. During the rebellion of 1914/15 the Rustenburg Commando members served on the side of both the government and the rebellion. and in World War 1 during the campaign in German South West Africa, 1914-15. In later years the commando was responsible for hearth and home protection in the area. Between 1976 and 1978 various Companies of the Commando saw service in the Operational Area. It received its colours on 20 August 1982 from the former Vice State President, Mr A.L. Schlebusch. Rustenburg Commando laid up their colours in the museum at Infantry School in Oudtshoorn on 31 October 2007.

Sandrivier Commando
The Sandrivier Commando was established at Henneman in the northern Orange Free State. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 24 Headquarters as part of the Free State Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Sandton Commando
The Sandton Commando was founded in 1962 as the Westpark Commando, one of four English-speaking groups in the Johannesburg area to be formed at that time. Since 1976, members of the Commando have volunteered and served with other operational units to combat terrorism. The commando was only renamed to Sandton Commando around 1987 even though the new suburb of Sandton had already been established in 1969. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Sasol Commando
The SASOL Commando [Afr: Sasol-kommando] was formed from workers from the refinery to protect the installations of the South African Coal Oil and Gas Corporation (SASOL) as they were already trained in the safety protocols and how to handle the inherent dangers involved. Members from the Heilbron Commando was used to form the commando on 14 February 1962. Its first permanent HQ was opened in May 1975, and the commando worked closely with Regiment Sasolburg on external threats to the refinery.

Sasolburg Commando
The Sasolburg Commando was originally part of the Heilbron Commando before forming as the Sasolburg Commando in February 1962. While 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 Sasolburg Commando was reclassified as a regiment in June 1985,

Sasolburg Commando
The Sasolburg Commando was originally part of the Heilbron Commando before forming as the Sasolburg Commando in February 1962. While 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 Sasolburg Commando was reclassified as a regiment in June 1985,

Schanskop Commando
Schanskop Commando was originally established in Pretoria in 1969, as the Yskor Pretoria Commando, and only renamed to Schanskop Commando in 1988. In 1992 the Quaggapoort Commando was amalgamated with the commando under the same emblem. By 2000 it had been amalgmated with various other regiments, including Regiment Hillcrest, the Munitoria Commando, Regiment Pretorius, and the 2nd Battalion of Regiment Northern Transvaal to form the Schanskop Regiment. In 2002 the amalgamated regiment was finally renamed to Regiment Tswane

Schweizer Reneke Commando

Secunda Commando

Senekal Commando

Sishen Commando

Skiereiland Commando
The Skiereiland Commando [Afr: Skiereiland Kommando] (also known as the Peninsula Commando, and at some stage the Blaauwberg Commando [Afr: Blaauwberg Kommando]) was organised under the Group 1 Headquarters at Youngsfield, in the Western Province Command, and formed part of the Commando System as a whole, which was a mostly voluntary, part-time force of the South African Army, often deployed in support of and under the authority of the South African Police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Skiereiland Commando
The Skiereiland Commando [Afr: Skiereiland Kommando] (also known as the Peninsula Commando, and at some stage the Blaauwberg Commando [Afr: Blaauwberg Kommando]) was organised under the Group 1 Headquarters at Youngsfield, in the Western Province Command, and formed part of the Commando System as a whole, which was a mostly voluntary, part-time force of the South African Army, often deployed in support of and under the authority of the South African Police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Smithfield Commando

Somerset East Commando
The Somerset East Commando was established in Somerset East in the Eastern Province Command under the Group 7 Headquarters

South Coast Commando
Located in Warner Beach, the South Coast Commando was amalgemated with Durban South Commando and disbanded in 1994

South West Karoo Commando
The South West Karoo Commando (or Southwest Karoo Commando) was organised under the Group 5 Headquarters in the Southern Cape Command

Soutpansberg Commando
Soutpansberg Commando [Afr: Soutpansberg-Kommando] was established at Louis Trichard in the northern part of Transvaal (now the Limpopo Province) prior to the Anglo Boer War (around 1890) and was an active Boer commando operating against the British forces during the war. During the SADF-period it formed part of the Far North Command and was responsible for local area protection. With the formation of the Soutpansberg Military Area some time after 1979 (and after the independence of Zimbabwe), the Commando was placed under their command. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Springbok Commando

Springs Commando

Standerton Commando
Blesbokspruit (Standerton) Commando

Stellaland Commando
The Stellaland Commando was mobilised at Vryburg in 1899. In 1913, Rifle associations were combined to form a commando. Incorporated into the SADF in 1957, it was tasked with rear area defence in 1961. During the Bush war in SWA, it combined forces with the Kalahari, Bloemhof, Christiana, Schweizer-Reneke and De Ka Reyville Commandos to form a company of volunteers that were deployed to the Ovamboland region.

Stellenbosch Commando
The Stellenbosch Commando [Afr: Stellenbosch Kommando] can trace its origins as far back as 1870 when Commandant Frederick Potgieter assembled a commando without orders to recapture the cattle carried of by the Xhosas that had crossed the Fish River. During the SADF-period the commando was organised under the Group 2 Headquarters as part of the Western Province Command and was responsible for internal security and local area protection. It was eventually disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Stellenbosch Commando
The Stellenbosch Commando [Afr: Stellenbosch Kommando] can trace its origins as far back as 1870 when Commandant Frederick Potgieter assembled a commando without orders to recapture the cattle carried of by the Xhosas that had crossed the Fish River. During the SADF-period the commando was organised under the Group 2 Headquarters as part of the Western Province Command and was responsible for internal security and local area protection. It was eventually disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Stormberg Commando
Originally established at Burgersdorp as Burgersdorp Commando, it was renamed to Stormberg Commando and Authorised on 23 October 1972

Swartland Commando
The Swartland Commando was established in 1966 at Moreesburg in the Western Province, after the Malmesbury Commando was renamed to Swartland Commando. The commando headquarters was moved to the old Police Station, corner of Voortrekker and Truter Streets, Malmesbury, in 1979, where it remained until 1991. During this time it was organised under the Group 40 Headquarters at Wingfield, in the Western Province Command, and was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. It was disbanded some time after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Swartland Commando
The Swartland Commando was established in 1966 at Moreesburg in the Western Province, after the Malmesbury Commando was renamed to Swartland Commando. The commando headquarters was moved to the old Police Station, corner of Voortrekker and Truter Streets, Malmesbury, in 1979, where it remained until 1991. During this time it was organised under the Group 40 Headquarters at Wingfield, in the Western Province Command, and was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. It was disbanded some time after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Swellendam Commando
Swellendam Commando can trace its origins back to around 1795 with the Republic of Swellendam and the unsafe situation for farmers on its eastern border with Xhosa tribes. An independent republic had been declared from the Dutch East India Company, declared with a National Assembly and Hermanus Steyn as president. It was a momentous event, but at the same time the British occupied the Cape and the new republic was called on to assist in battle. The republicans refused initially, but a commando of 70 soon left for the Cape. By 1806 with the Second British Occupation, at the Battle of Blaauwberg (6 January 1806), the Swellendam Commando again held the British off long enough for the rest of the Batavian army to retreat to safety. During the SADF-period the Swellendam Commando was organised under the Group 2 Headquarters in the Western Province Command. It was disbanded on 31 March 2008 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Swellendam Commando
Swellendam Commando can trace its origins back to around 1795 with the Republic of Swellendam and the unsafe situation for farmers on its eastern border with Xhosa tribes. An independent republic had been declared from the Dutch East India Company, declared with a National Assembly and Hermanus Steyn as president. It was a momentous event, but at the same time the British occupied the Cape and the new republic was called on to assist in battle. The republicans refused initially, but a commando of 70 soon left for the Cape. By 1806 with the Second British Occupation, at the Battle of Blaauwberg (6 January 1806), the Swellendam Commando again held the British off long enough for the rest of the Batavian army to retreat to safety. During the SADF-period the Swellendam Commando was organised under the Group 2 Headquarters in the Western Province Command. It was disbanded on 31 March 2008 after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Thabazimbi Commando
Thabazimbi Commando [Afr: Thabazimbi-Kommando] was established in 1964 at Thabazimbi in the then Northern-Transvaal, and was organised under the Group 29 Headquarters at Ellisras, in the Far North Command during the SADF-era. It formed part of the Commando System as a whole, which was a mostly voluntary, part-time force of the SA Army, often deployed in support of and under the authority of the South African Police. The Commando deployed a platoon to the SWA Border in 1978 and again in 1980, but was mainly used for rural area force protection as well as cordones and search operations, and assisting the local police in stock theft control. The unit was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system in 2003.

Theunissen Commando
The Theunissen Commando [Afr: Theunissen Kommando] can trace its origins back to before the Basuto Wars of 1858 and was organised under the Group 34 Headquarters at Welkom, in the Orange Free State Command during the SADF-era. It formed part of the Commando System as a whole, which was a mostly voluntary, part-time force of the South African Army, often deployed in support of and under the authority of the South African Police. It was mainly used for rural area force protection as well as cordones and search operations, and assisting the local police in stock theft control. The unit was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system in 2003.

Theunissen Commando
The Theunissen Commando [Afr: Theunissen Kommando] can trace its origins back to before the Basuto Wars of 1858 and was organised under the Group 34 Headquarters at Welkom, in the Orange Free State Command during the SADF-era. It formed part of the Commando System as a whole, which was a mostly voluntary, part-time force of the South African Army, often deployed in support of and under the authority of the South African Police. It was mainly used for rural area force protection as well as cordones and search operations, and assisting the local police in stock theft control. The unit was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system in 2003.

Tugela Commando
Tugela Commando was established in Eshowe, Natal in 1964. The first location of the HQ was in the Star Theatre, but in 1966 the HQ moved to its present premises, the Old Prison Building in Eshowe. In 1983 the Freedom of the Town of Eshowe was bestowed on Tugela Commando. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 27 Headquarters as part of the Natal Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Tygerberg Commando
Later renamed to Ntabambini Commando

Uitenhage Commando
The Uitenhage Commando [Afr: Uitenhage-kommando] was originally established at Uitenhage as a Town Guard in 1846, in order to defend the town of Uitenhage and the surrounding area. It was soon renamed to Uitenhage Commando and its first Commanding Officer appointed in December 1856. In 1955 the unit became a fully counter insurgency battalion with reaction capability. The emblem for the Uitenhage Commando was approved in 1973 and soon after it received the Freedom of the town of Despatch. It was organised under the Group 6 Headquarters in Southdene, as part of the Eastern Province Command. The commando was finally renamed to De Mist Commando with new emblems in 1984.

Umgeni Commando
Umgeni Commando was established in October 1963. The name "Umgeni" was chosen by Natal Command due to the area from where members were to be recruited i.e. between the Umgeni River in the North and the Umbilo River in the South. The commando's first "home" was with the Natal Mounted Rifles in NMR Avenue. In 1965 the unit moved from Natal Mounted Rifles to Lords Ground in Old Fort Road. In 1972 the unit moved once more, this time to Shepstone Road in Durban's Point area into the building that used to be the old Indian and Bantu Fever Hospital where it remained until October 1982, when it moved to the Old Central Police Station building in Smith Street, Durban. During 1980 Umgeni Commando completed two tours of duty in operational areas. In July 1980, Umgeni made its first tour to the SWA Operational Area as a composite company with the Bluff Commando.

Umgeni Commando
Umgeni Commando was established in October 1963. The name "Umgeni" was chosen by Natal Command due to the area from where members were to be recruited i.e. between the Umgeni River in the North and the Umbilo River in the South. The commando's first "home" was with the Natal Mounted Rifles in NMR Avenue. In 1965 the unit moved from Natal Mounted Rifles to Lords Ground in Old Fort Road. In 1972 the unit moved once more, this time to Shepstone Road in Durban's Point area into the building that used to be the old Indian and Bantu Fever Hospital where it remained until October 1982, when it moved to the Old Central Police Station building in Smith Street, Durban. During 1980 Umgeni Commando completed two tours of duty in operational areas. In July 1980, Umgeni made its first tour to the SWA Operational Area as a composite company with the Bluff Commando.

Umkhombe Commando

Umkomaas Commando
The Umkomaas Commando [Afr: Umkomaas Kommando] was originally established at Oribi in 1951 as the Pietermaritzburg Rifle Commando. Its name was changed to Umkomaas Commando in 1963, and in 1969 it was organised under the Group 9 HQ at Richmond, part of the Natal Command. Up to Jun 1981 the Commando had been sharing premises with Group 9 at Richmond, before being moved to Oribi Camp, Pietermaritzburg. In Jul 1989 the Commando moved back to the old goal at Richmond. In Jan 1991 the unit was moved to Oribi village. Its role was to train and maintain a unit ready to embark on counter-insurgency operations should the need arise. The Commando did duty on the Mozambique border in 1974 - 1975 and in 1976 sent a company to SWA. During township unrest, the Commando supported the SAP with road blocks and area patrols.

Umvoti Commando
Umvoti Commando was created from part of the Zululand Skiet Kommando in 1952 at Greyhtown, Natal. The unit was deployed a number of times on internal operations in the area during the 1980s and 1990s

University of the Orange Free State Commando
The University of the Orange Free State Commando (or University OFS Commando / UOFS Commando) [Afr: Oranje-Vrystaatse Universiteitskommando] was established as a commando at the Univesity of OFS in Bloemfontein, most probably as a result of the amalgamation of the University of the Orange Free State Regiment [Afr: Regiment Universiteit Oranje-Vrystaat] with 6 Field Regiment [Afr: 6 Veldregiment]. The commando's shoulder flash was approved in 1978.

Vaal Commando
The Vaal Commando [Afr: Vaal-kommando] was originally established in 1969 as the second industrial commando in South Africa, on Iscor's premises in Vanderbijlpark, with the name Iscor Vanderbijl Commando [Afr: Yskor-Vanderbijl-kommando]. A new HQ was erected in 1983 on ground adjacent to Iscor. On 1 November 1986, the commando was renamed to Vaal Commando and the emblem changed to the bee, which is a symbol of co-operation, diligence, togetherness, and aggressiveness. The responsibilities of the commando since 1986 was the protection of national keypoints, as well as the communities of Vanderbijlpark including the black townships of Sebokeng, Boipatong, Bophelong, Evaton and the country districts of approximately 1 152 sq kilometres. The unit's National Colour was handed over to the unit on 17 August 1990. The freedom of entry to Vanderbijlpark has been awarded to the unit on 5 November 1990. (Also see Iscor Vanderbijl Commando)

Vaalharts Commando

Van Rhynsdorp Commando
The Van Rhynsdorp Commando was organised under the Group 40 Headquarters at Wingfield, in the Western Province Command

Vanderbijlpark Commando
Vanderbijlpark Commando [Afr: Vanderbijlpark-Kommando] originated as a shooting commando in 1953 when it divided from the Vereeniging Commando, and was formally militarised in 1961 when all members received their Force Numbers and placed in companies. From 1961 to 1969 the unit was responsible for the security of Vanderbijlpark and ISCOR, the Iron and Steel Corporation of South Africa facilities. The unit conducted its first border duty during 1976 and received a new headquarters on 9 September 1978. It was organised under the Group 17 Headquarters at Vereeniging as part of the Witwatersrand Command and was responsible for local area protection. The unit was officially reclassified a regiment on 31 January 1986, and received the Freedom of Entry to Vanderbijlpark on 20 February 1982. The Commando was transferred to Group 42 in 1991, so that several units could be merged and be used in the greater Witwatersrand.

Ventersdorp Commando
Ventersdorp Commando [Afr: Ventersdorp-Kommando] was established at Ventersdorp in the Western Transvaal Command, which, in 1969, was renamed to North Western Districts Command and finally to North West Command in the 1980s. By 1988 the Commando was organised under the Group 30 Headquarters in Potchefstroom, and was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police, and was disbanded along with all other Commando units after a decision by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units between 2003 and 2008.

Ventersdorp Commando
Ventersdorp Commando [Afr: Ventersdorp-Kommando] was established at Ventersdorp in the Western Transvaal Command, which, in 1969, was renamed to North Western Districts Command and finally to North West Command in the 1980s. By 1988 the Commando was organised under the Group 30 Headquarters in Potchefstroom, and was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police, and was disbanded along with all other Commando units after a decision by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units between 2003 and 2008.

Vereeniging Commando
The Vereeniging Commando [Afr: Vereeniging-kommando] can trace its roots back to the Anglo Boer War as part of the Heidelberg Commando, but was first formed as a separate unit, namely the Vereeniging Skietkommando, in 1921. In 1957 all skietkommandos officially became part of the SADF and it was renamed to Vereeniging Commando, based in Vereeniging, with the first Citizen Force members joining the commando in 1961. The Freedom of the city of Vereeniging was awarded to the unit on 14 February 1976, when 500 members of the commando marched through the streets of the city. The headquarters of the commando was moved to the town centre in 1982 in order to protect the trade centre. It received its Colours on 14 May 1991 at a coordinated colours parade hosted by 1 Construction Regiment. The commando formed part of the Witwatersrand Command, first as part of Group 17 (at the Vereeniging Military Base and later at Lenz), and then as part of Group 18 (at the Doornkop Military Base).

Victoria West Commando
The Victoria West Commando [Afr: Victoria-Wes-Kommando] can probably trace its origins to the Victoria West Rangers which had been formed on 30 November 1880, and which had served in the Transkei area during the Basutoland Rebellion of 1881. During the SADF-era, the Commando was organised under the Group 5 Headquarters at Beaufort West, in the Southern Cape Command, and mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police. The Commando was disbanded along with all other Commando units after a decision by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units between 2003 and 2008.

Victoria West Commando
The Victoria West Commando [Afr: Victoria-Wes-Kommando] can probably trace its origins to the Victoria West Rangers which had been formed on 30 November 1880, and which had served in the Transkei area during the Basutoland Rebellion of 1881. During the SADF-era, the Commando was organised under the Group 5 Headquarters at Beaufort West, in the Southern Cape Command, and mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police. The Commando was disbanded along with all other Commando units after a decision by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units between 2003 and 2008.

Virginia Commando

Volksrust Commando
The Volksrust Commando was established in Volksrust in 1987

Vrede Commando

Vryburg Commando
The Kalahari Commando [Afr: Kalahari Kommando] was initially established at Vryburg as the Vryburg-Noordwes Kommando in the then Western Transvaal Command, as part of the Orange River Group, but renamed to the Vryburg Commado after 1970. By 1978 it was officially known as the Kalahari Commando, because of its rather large area of responsibility within the Command. In 1969, the Western Tvl Cmd became the North Western Districts Cmd and the commando was placed under the command of the newly created Group 21 HQ and remained part of the group even when the command was changed to North West Cmd in 1980. Although mainly used for area protection in the Western Transvaal, the commando, together with Stellaland, Bloemhof, Christiana, Schweizer-Reneke and De la Rey Commandos, formed a joint operational company that was deployed to the Owamboland region in SWA on a regular basis. In 1987 the commandos of Group 21 were amalgamated with those of Group 20 at Mafikeng. It was disbanded by 31 March 2006, after a decision by SA President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.

Wakkerstroom Commando
The Wakkerstroom Commando [Afr: Wakkerstroom Kommando] was established at Wakkerstroom, the second oldest town in the then Eastern Transvaal province, on the Natal border, The commando's origins can be traced back to the time between when the settlement was proclaimed by President Pretorius in 1859 and when the commando was active against the British Forces during the Anglo Boer War of 1899-1902 (particularkly at Colenso nand Spioenkop). During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 12 Headquarters at Ermelo as part of the Northern Transvaal Command from 1969 to 1983, which then became part of the Eastern Transvaal Command from 1983 until the group was closed down in 2003. The commando was responsible for local area protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police.

Wakkerstroom Commando
The Wakkerstroom Commando [Afr: Wakkerstroom Kommando] was established at Wakkerstroom, the second oldest town in the then Eastern Transvaal province, on the Natal border, The commando's origins can be traced back to the time between when the settlement was proclaimed by President Pretorius in 1859 and when the commando was active against the British Forces during the Anglo Boer War of 1899-1902 (particularkly at Colenso nand Spioenkop). During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 12 Headquarters at Ermelo as part of the Northern Transvaal Command from 1969 to 1983, which then became part of the Eastern Transvaal Command from 1983 until the group was closed down in 2003. The commando was responsible for local area protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the local police.

Walvis Bay Commando
The Walvis Bay Commando [Afr: Walivbaai Kommando] was established around 1951, at the Port of Walvis Bay on the west coast of South West Africa, as part of the South West Africa Command. When the Walvis Bay Command was established in 1964, the commando formed an integral part of the Command. It became part of the Walvis Bay Military Area in 1969 after the area had been incorporated into SWA Command. This remnained the case until August 1980, when the SWATF was formed and the Walvis Bay Command was once again restored as a fully fledged independent command of its own. This was done so that the enclave could remain an asset of the Republic of South Africa, and not fall under the control of the SWATF. When the SWATF was disbanded in 1989, the Command remained active as a South African Command until 1994. When SWA gained independence as Namibia in 1990, Walvis Bay remained under South African sovereignty until 1994. The commando was most probably disbanded by 1990.

Warmbad Commando

Waterberg Commando
The Waterberg Commando [Afr: Waterberg Kommando] can trace its origins to just before the Anglo Boer War when the commando gathered at Nylstroom on 11 October 1899. During the SADF era the unit was mainly engaged in area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. The unit resorted under the command of Group 14. In the 1960s and at least still by 1970 the Waterberg Commando had been renamed the Waterberg South Commando [Afr: Waterberg Suid Kommando], and it had a branch in Ellisras which became a fully functional unit of its own and was called the Waterberg North Commando [Afr: Waterberg Noord Kommando] (this commando was renamed to Magdol Commando in 1972). On 1 October 1972 the Waterberg Commando was re-established at Nylstroom when the Waterberg South Commando was renamed. The commando later resorted under the command of the Group 29 Headquarters. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Waterberg-Noord Commando
The Magol Commando [Afr: Magol Kommando] can trace its origins to the Waterberg Commando, just before the Anglo Boer War as the Transvaal Republic became more nervous of its British adversaries in Bechaunaland and Rhodesia. The Waterberg Commando gathered at Nylstroom on 11 October 1899. After receiving news of the outbreak of war, this Commando proceeded to the confluence of the Limpopo and Palala rivers to join with the Soutpansberg Commando, cross into Bechaunaland and destroy railway infrastructure. In the SADF-era, Magol Commando was originally established as Waterberg North Commando, but was renamed to Magol Commando in 1972. The unit was situated in the Onverwacht neighbourhood of Ellisras. Initially resorting under the command of the Group 14 Headquarters, the commando was later transferred to the Group 29 Headquarters.

Weenen-Kliprivier Commando
The Weenen Klip River Commando originated from the 1887 Estcourt and Ladysmith Rifle Associations and the later raised Ladysmith Town Guard (1899). 1913 saw the phasing out of the Rifle Clubs, but a Defence Rifle Association was formed and commandeered for war service. It was renamed to Weenen Klip River Commando on 16th Dec 1948 and comprised the magisterial districts of Kliprivier, Bergville, Estcourt, Weenen and Mooirivier. On 1 Jul 1979 the Mooirivier district was transferred to the newly formed Midmar Commando. The Commando HQ were adjacent to 5 SAI Bn in Ladysmith, and its area of responsibility extended along the Natal border from the Natal/Qwa-Qwa border, and south along the Lesotho border for approximately 138 km up to the Weenen / KIiprivier- Midmar Commando boundary at Giants Castle.

Weenen-Kliprivier Commando
The Weenen Klip River Commando originated from the 1887 Estcourt and Ladysmith Rifle Associations and the later raised Ladysmith Town Guard (1899). 1913 saw the phasing out of the Rifle Clubs, but a Defence Rifle Association was formed and commandeered for war service. It was renamed to Weenen Klip River Commando on 16th Dec 1948 and comprised the magisterial districts of Kliprivier, Bergville, Estcourt, Weenen and Mooirivier. On 1 Jul 1979 the Mooirivier district was transferred to the newly formed Midmar Commando. The Commando HQ were adjacent to 5 SAI Bn in Ladysmith, and its area of responsibility extended along the Natal border from the Natal/Qwa-Qwa border, and south along the Lesotho border for approximately 138 km up to the Weenen / KIiprivier- Midmar Commando boundary at Giants Castle.

Welkom Commando
The Welkom Commando was eatsblished at Welkom, renamed to OFS Goldfields Commando on 30 March 1963, then again renamed back to Welkom Commando on 2 January 1985.

Wemmer Pan Commando
Wemmer Pan Commando [Afr: Wemmerpan-kommando] was established at Wemmerpan, an old gold mine in the southern suburbs of Johannesburg, on the 3rd of July 1962, where it was activated for the first time on 1 March 1963 under the command of Capt E.W. Merzbacher. The commando performed its first border duty in 1976 and laid up its National Colours at the South African National Museum of Military History.on 26 April 1994, and was disbanded with the other commandos between 2003 and 2008.

Wemmer Pan Commando
Wemmer Pan Commando [Afr: Wemmerpan-kommando] was established at Wemmerpan, an old gold mine in the southern suburbs of Johannesburg, on the 3rd of July 1962, where it was activated for the first time on 1 March 1963 under the command of Capt E.W. Merzbacher. The commando performed its first border duty in 1976 and laid up its National Colours at the South African National Museum of Military History.on 26 April 1994, and was disbanded with the other commandos between 2003 and 2008.

Wepener Commando

Wesselsbron Commando
The Wesselsbron Commando* [Afr: Wesselsbron-Kommando] was formed as a Rural Commando at Wesselsbron, from B Company of the Hoopstad Commando, on 29 February 1988. It resorted under the Group 34 Headquarters at Welkom, and formed part of the Orange Free State Command. The Commando did not wear any cloth shoulder patches or emblems, although it did apply to get a metal flash approved that displayed the giant girdled lizard (locally known as Ouvolk) in 1991. A green flash with a golden lizard was partially approved in 1996, but was never worn. On 1 October 1997 the Commando was amalgamated with the Hoopstad Commando once again and the unit ceased to exist as an independent unit. (* emblem not approved)

West Coast Commando
The West Coast Commando was organised under the Group 40 Headquarters at Wingfield, in the Western Province Command

West Rand Commando
Also known as the Wesrand Commando

Westpark Commando
The Sandton Commando was founded in 1962 as the Westpark Commando, one of four English-speaking groups in the Johannesburg area to be formed at that time. Since 1976, members of the Commando have volunteered and served with other operational units to combat terrorism. The commando was only renamed to Sandton Commando around 1987 even though the new suburb of Sandton had already been established in 1969. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Winburg Commando

Winterberg Commando
The Winterberg Commando [Afr: Winterberg-Kommando] was established as a commando, at Adelaide in the Eastern Cape, around 1948. Because the unit's area of responsibility was significantly large from the start, two further commandos were subsequently established, namely the Katberg Commando and the Midland Commando. However, by 1979, the Katberg Commando was again reincorporated with the Winterberg Commando. Organised under the Group 7 Headquarters in Grahamstown, as part of the Eastern Province Command, the unit was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. In October 1986 the unit received the Freedom of Adelaide. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Witbank Commando

Witrivier Commando
The Witrivier Commando [Afr: Witrivier-kommando] was also incorrectly referred to as the "White River Commando". It was under the command of the Group 33 Headquarters at Nelspruit until the group was closed down over the period of 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006:

Wolmaranstad Commando
Wolmaranstad Commando [Afr: Wolmaranstad-Kommando] was established at Wolmaranstad in the northwestern part of Transvaal (now the North West Province) since before the Anglo Boer War and was an active Boer commando operating against the British forces, specifically mentioned in the battle of Magersfontein in 1899. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 30 Headquarters in Potchefstroom, as part of the North West Command and was responsible for local area protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Wolmaranstad Commando
Wolmaranstad Commando [Afr: Wolmaranstad-Kommando] was established at Wolmaranstad in the northwestern part of Transvaal (now the North West Province) since before the Anglo Boer War and was an active Boer commando operating against the British forces, specifically mentioned in the battle of Magersfontein in 1899. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 30 Headquarters in Potchefstroom, as part of the North West Command and was responsible for local area protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Wonderboom Commando
Wonderboom Commando [Wonderboom-Kommando] was established at Wonderboom in the Northern Transvaal. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 15 Headquarters in Voortrekkerhoogte, as part of the Northern Transvaal Command and was responsible for local area protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Wonderboom Commando
Wonderboom Commando [Wonderboom-Kommando] was established at Wonderboom in the Northern Transvaal. During the SADF-period it was organised under the Group 15 Headquarters in Voortrekkerhoogte, as part of the Northern Transvaal Command and was responsible for local area protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. It was disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Worcester Commando
Worcester Commando is the second oldest unit in South African Military history. It started as the Worcester Volunteer Rifles on 21 June 1883 and had many changes in name over the years: Western Rifle A (Worcester) Company, Worcester Skiet Kommando until finally Worcester Commando. It took part in both World Wars, was involved in border duty during the Border War and during the internal unrest. The unit's banner was unveiled in 1910, it received the Freedom of Worcester in 1982 and received the National Banner in 1992 [Wim Alberts]

Wynberg Commando
The Wynberg Commando [Afr: Wunberg Kommando] was established in Wynberg, Cape Town, and organised under the Group 1 Headquarters at Youngsfield, as part of the Western Province Command and was responsible for local area protection. It was renamed to Wynberg Battalion [Afr: Wynberg Bataljon], probably around 1989 and was eventually disbanded with the remainder of the commandos after President Mbeki announced the disbanding of the commando system on 14th February 2003.

Yskor Pretoria Commando
Schanskop Commando was originally established in Pretoria in 1969, as the Yskor Pretoria Commando, and only renamed to Schanskop Commando in 1988. In 1992 the Quaggapoort Commando was amalgamated with the commando under the same emblem. By 2000 it had been amalgmated with various other regiments, including Regiment Hillcrest, the Munitoria Commando, Regiment Pretorius, and the 2nd Battalion of Regiment Northern Transvaal to form the Schanskop Regiment. In 2002 the amalgamated regiment was finally renamed to Regiment Tswane

Zastron Commando
The Zastron Commando [Afr Zastron-Kommando] was established at Zastron as part of the Orange Free State Command (previously, up to 1959, known as the Cenrtral Command) and from 1969 resorted under the Group 26 Headquarters at Jagersfontein, and later under the Group 36 Headquarters at Ladybrand. During the SADF-era it was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. By 1997 the Rouxville Commando had been amalgamated with the Commando. The unit was disbanded along with all other Commando units between 2003 and 2008 after a decision by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando Units.

Zeerust Commando
The Zeerust Commando [Afr: Zeerust-Kommando] was established at Zeerust in the Western Transvaal and fell under the command of the Group 20 Headquarters at Mmabatho soon after the group was established in 1969 as part of the then North Western Districts Command. In 1980 the NWD Command was renamed to North West Command. During the SADF-era it was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. The unit was disbanded along with all other Commando units between 2003 and 2008 after a decision by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando units.

Zeerust Commando
The Zeerust Commando [Afr: Zeerust-Kommando] was established at Zeerust in the Western Transvaal and fell under the command of the Group 20 Headquarters at Mmabatho soon after the group was established in 1969 as part of the then North Western Districts Command. In 1980 the NWD Command was renamed to North West Command. During the SADF-era it was mainly used for area force protection, search and cordones as well as stock theft control assistance to the rural police. The unit was disbanded along with all other Commando units between 2003 and 2008 after a decision by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 to disband all Commando units.




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