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Medals and Decorations of the South African Armed Forces

 


Medals and Decorations of the South African Defence Force (SADF)


 


HONORIS CRUX - Second Type (HC) (1975)
(1975-2003) Awarded for bravery in danger; from 1993 awards were restricted to military operations.
 
Non-Military Decorations
 
SADF Medal & Decoration Enquiries
You can direct all SADF Medal and Decoration related enquiries to:

Mrs. Engelbrecht
Email: sadfmedals@gmail.com
Tel: 012 392 3087 (ask for Mrs Engelbrecht)


1. PROSEDURE OM AANSOEK TE DOEN VIR JOU MEDALJES

As jy aansoek wil doen vir medaljes waarvoor jy gekwalifiseer het tydens jou militere diens, maar wat nooit aan jou toegeken is nie of wat intussen verlore geraak het, moet jy ‘n brief stuur in die formaat soos hieronder uiteengesit.

Daar is 3 medaljes waarvoor jy in beginsel in aanmerking kan kom, naamlik die Pro Patria medalje vir grensdiens, Suider Afrika medalje vir oorgrensoperasies en die Algemene Diensmedalje vir diens gelewer na 1 Januarie 1983

2. WATTER MEDALJES MAG JY MOONTLIK VOOR KWALIFISEER?

Pro Patria Medal (1974) — For service in preventing or suppressing terrorism or, from 1977, in defence of South Africa, during the Border War between 26 August 1966 and 21 March 1990. Qualifying service was 55 (originally 60) days in an operational area, or being involved in combat or a skirmish, or being wounded or killed in action.
('Terrorism' meant the People's Liberation Army of Namibia's campaign to end South African rule in South West Africa, and 'defence of South Africa' meant operations in neighbouring states, e.g. Angola.)
Insignia: A gold-coloured octagonal bronze medal, displaying a golden aloe flower on a blue roundel (obverse). A clasp inscribed 'Cunene' was issued for the 1975-76 Angola campaign.
Southern Africa Medal (1989) — For participation in military operations outside South Africa and South West Africa, between 1 April 1976 and 21 March 1990, including the 1987-88 Angola campaign. Awarded in addition to the Pro Patria Medal.
Insignia: An octagonal nickel medal, made from metal from a Soviet tank captured in Angola, depicting a leopard crouching beneath a thorn tree (obverse).
General Service Medal (1989) — For operational service inside South Africa, in the prevention or suppression of terrorism or internal disorder, or the preservation of life, health or property, or the maintenance of essential services and law and order, or crime prevention, after 1 January 1983. In effect, it was the SADF medal for the 1985-90 State of Emergency operations against the liberation armies (uMkhonto weSizwe and the Azanian People's Liberation Army).
Insignia: A circular silver medal displaying the SADF emblem in a laurel wreath (obverse).

3. KONSEPBRIEF WAT MET DIE NODIGE WYSIGINGS AFGESTUUR MOET WORD OM AANSOEK TE DOEN VIR JOU MEDALJES (JY KAN DIE BRIEF COPY AND PASTE EN WYSIG SOOS VIR JOU BEHOEFTES)

AO1 Noelene Anderson
Ceremonial and Military Music (Honours and Rewards)
Department of Defence
Poynton Building
185 Bosman street
PRETORIA

BY FAX: 012-392 3091

Dear Sir,

APPLICATION FOR THE AWARD OF THE PRO PATRIA, THE SOUTHERN AFRICA AND THE GENERAL SERVICE MEDALS

1. My full names are ________________________, my force number is _________________________ and my rank at the time of qualification for the different medals was ________________ for the Pro Patria medal, __________________ for the Southern Africa medal and _____________for the General Service medal.
2. My contact number is ___________________________, and my postal address is_______________ _______________________________.
3. I will come and collect my medals./Please post my medals to my postal address.
4. My initial military service started in______________________(month) __________( year) at _______ ______________________(military unit) and ended in ______________( month) __________(year) at ______________________(military unit).
5. I then did camp duty for ____ years,
at _______________ for ___ months with _____________(military unit),
at _______________ for ___ months with _____________(military unit),
at _______________ for ___ months with _____________(military unit),
at _______________ for ___ months with _____________(military unit),
at _______________ for ___ months with _____________(military unit),
at _______________ for ___ months with _____________(military unit),
at _______________ for ___ months with _____________(military unit),
at _______________ for ___ months with _____________(military unit) and
at _______________ for ___ months with _____________(military unit).
6. I also attended the following training and promotion courses as part of my camp duties, namely _______________ at ________________(military unit) during ____________(time period), namely _______________ at ________________(military unit) during ____________(time period, namely _______________ at ________________(military unit) during ____________(time period, namely _______________ at ________________(military unit) during ____________(time period) namely _______________ at ________________(military unit) during ____________(time period)
7. I served in the former South West Africa with ___________________________(military unit) from __88___________ until _____89__________ where I was deployed as a _______________( your position). My direct commander was ______________________( rank, name and position) and the commander of ________________(military unit) was ______________________( rank and name).
8. I took part in the following operations while I served in the former South West Africa, namely _____________(name of operation) during ____________(month and year), namely _____________(name of operation) during ____________(month and year), namely _____________(name of operation) during ____________(month and year) and namely _____________(name of operation) during ____________(month and year).
9. I am already in possession of the following medal(s), namely the ____________ medal and the ____________medal.
10. I have not yet received the ___________medal, __________medal and the __________medal.
11. I hereby make application for the granting of the __________medal, the _____________medal
and the _____ medal to me.

Yours faithfully

_________________________

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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