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South African Corps of Signals - SACS

South African Corps of Signals - SACS

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History

The South African Corps of Signals was formed 1923.

In 1940, the Signals Branch of the South African Army College moved from the College to Potchefstroom where it became the Signals Training Centre, this name being changed to School of Signals in 1944. The School of Signals again became a branch of the College in 1946 and, in January 1947, it was once more moved to Potchefstroom where it became a branch of the School of Artillery and Armour.

In April 1978 the Minister of Defence, Mr P.W. Botha authorised the forming of 44 Signal Squadron SACS to support 44 Parachute Brigade. During the time of 24 September 1980 until October 1986, it supported the Brigade in all aspects of signals; e.g., the supply of communication and the manning of a Communication Centrum (Comcen).[3] On 2 October 1986 44 Signal Unit was formed with Commandant Lombard as commander, and his task was to supply 44 Brigade with communication and to establish a full strength Signal Unit. His second in command was Maj P. Drotsky and the RSM P. Snyders.

In the late 1990s, the SA Department of Defence decided to group various environments together, elements, which it felt belonged together such as the environments of telecommunication, information technology (IT), registries, documentation services, libraries and electronic warfare, in other words, all forms of communication. This led to the establishment of the joint-service Command and Management Information Systems Division (CMIS Division) on 1 April 1999, its task being to deliver communications and info systems for the entire SANDF. The Corps of Signals left the command of the South African Army and was totally incorporated (personnel and all equipment) into the CMIS Division. On 28 March 2008, certain elements of CMIS Division migrated back to the various services. The South African Corps of Signals returned to the command of the South African Army as from 1 April 2008, to be known as the South African Army Signal Formation.

The mission of the SA Army Signals Formation is to provide secure Signals higher order user systems to the landward forces of the SA Army and specialist services to the DOD. The Vision is to ensure that the SA Army achieves information superiority enabling an effective landward defense for a democratic South Africa enhancing national, regional and global security.

Since its establishment in 1923, the role of the South African Corps of Signals has been to provide professional, specialist signal services for the South African Defence Force. In October 1984, the South African Army Signal Formation came into being. Two years later in September 1986, the then Minister of Defence, General M.A. Malan, SSA, SD, SM, officially opened the Military Base Wonderboom, providing the South African Army Signal Formation, and therefore the South African Corps of Signals with a state of the art facility, specifically designed to fit their unique requirements.

The mandate of the SA Army Signals Formation is derived from C Army mandate and is as follows. The mandate of the SA Army Signals Formation is to provide Signals Support to Combat Ready Land Forces for:

  • National Defence and Deterrence, and if this fails, to win any war swiftly and decisively.
  • Promoting peace and stability both inside the country and externally.
  • To contribute to the development and upliftment of South Africa, its people and the African Continent.

Initially the units stationed at the Signal Formation were, 2 Signal Regiment, 3 Electronic Workshop, 5 Signal Regiment and the Headquarters Unit. However, in line with the South African National Defence Force's rationalisation programme it was decided to centralise all facets of signals training at the SA Army Signal Formation and in December 1997, the School of Signals and 1 Signal Regiment (is now situated at Rooiwal) were moved from Heidelberg to the South African Army Signal Formation and 4 Electronic Workshop (now known as 4 Signal Regiment), relocated from the Cape to Pretoria.

In the late 1990s, as part of the Department of Defence’s transformation process, the Department of Defence decided to group various environments together, elements, which it felt belonged together such as the environments of telecommunication, information technology (IT), registries, documentation services, libraries and electronic warfare, in other words, all forms of communication. This in turn led to the establishment of the Command and Management Information Systems Division (CMIS Division) on 1 April 1999, its task being to deliver the products and services required by a modern defence force.

For more recent history, see South African Army Signal Formation on Wikipedia

 
Some Signal Units of the SADF
 
SACS Links
 
Members of the South African Corps of Signals on the Roll Of Honour
YearForce NumberRankNameDate Of DeathUnit
1963T61173SmnTaylor I.L.1963/03/241 Signal Regiment
1963AT29217SmnMulder U.A.1963/03/242 Signal Regiment
1963AV12626SmnHelberg J.J.1963/03/248 Signal Group
1963AS16972SmnBotha A.L.1963/03/248 Signal Group
197270225503NSmnDevenish V.1972/08/041 Signals Regiment
197370409073N Smn Pienaar P.J. 1973/10/262 Signal Regiment
197572406564NPteMaré J.J.1975/04/282 Signal Regiment
197775351940BCSmnBosch M.D.1977/10/03South African Signal Corps
197772454275BT Smn Bothma J.J. 1977/12/0684 Signals Unit
197775010074PESgtMinnaar P.A.1977/12/063 Electronic Workshop
197875293472BGSmnLewin A.C.1978/11/19South African Corps of Signals
197976204841BGSmnSenekal G.J.J.1979/04/11Grootfontein Headquarters Signal Unit; attached to 52 Battalion
198075351973BTSmnDu Toit T.A.1980/12/24Orange Free State Command Signal Unit; University of the Orange Free State Commando
198177372753BGSmnGriffen W.J.1981/02/172 Signal Regiment
198176285188BGSmnVan Hamersveld R.C.1981/05/042 Signal Regiment
198175563106BTSmnVenter D.J.1981/06/2584 Signals Unit
198168343748LLSmnNortje A.J.1981/12/14SALNET
198376470889BGSmnBresler G.1983/12/11South African Corps of Signals
198481307423BGSmnKlue D.H.1984/05/28South African Corps of Signals
198885241289BGSmnDe Lange J.1988/02/21South African Corps of Signals; 5 Signal Regiment
198879553640PESgtMaritz G.M.1988/02/21South African Corps of Signals; 5 Signal Regiment
198985337756BGSmnRousseau A.1989/08/252 Signal Regiment
198985450765BGSmnKriel J.G.1989/11/192 Signal Regiment
199084247196BG Smn Campbell A.V. 1990/05/272 Signal Regiment
199086216512BGSmnWheeler R.L.1990/06/22Group 10 Headquarters
1993. Smn Masha M.J. 1993/01/01 
199490397605PKSmnVerwey D.D.M.1994/01/07Natal Command Signal Unit.

Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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