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Posted:10/6/2013 10:34:41 PM
The South African Defence Force Association (SADFA) was founded in February 2009. The association aspires to the upholding of the pride of the former SA Defence Force, for what we have done and achieved, and the safeguarding of our history for our descendants. The National Executive Council (NEC) manages the association and is elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Posted:4/9/2014 3:25:49 PM
1.The South African Defence Force Association (SADFA) was founded in February 2009. Irrespective of the existence of several military veterans organisations and associations, the former National Servicemen, Citizen Force and Commando members were not at home in these organisations, and several calls were made to General Jannie Geldenhuys by these members who complained that their state of affairs is not attended to. This situation brought about the founding of the SADFA.
2.During September 2008 General Geldenhuys convened a session with a number of former SA Defence Force members to investigate the problem and determine how to address the situation of former members that in terms of military association are homeless and locked out.
3.A Group of Interest was assembled and after several meetings and planning sessions is was determined that existing military veterans organisations do not succeed in addressing and solving the dilemma of members mentioned in paragraph 1; and that a military veterans organisation must be inclusive in order to accommodate all former members of the Union Defence Force and the SA Defence Force irrespective of arm of the service, corps, mustering, race, gender and religion.
4.This conclusion resulted in the founding of the SA Defence Force Association.

5.During the meeting is was recommended that a constitution be compiled. This constitution can be viewed at the link “Grondwet/Constitution” and is available in English and Afrikaans.
6.The meeting further decided:
6.1 That an emblem must be designed to be inserted on letter-heads, association tie, and blazer badge. The approved emblem is also displayed on the home page as well as at the top of this review.
6.2 That the association approve the slogan “Servivimus” that stands for “We served”, in Afrikaans “Ons het gedien”. This slogan also appears on the emblem.
6.3 That an association dress be designed, consisting of a blazer badge, headdress, and tie for formal gatherings and that for informal gatherings a badge for a shirt must be designed. A lapel badge with the bush hat forms part of association dress. At the time of writing this review the association had its own affiliation dress (association dress).

7.Membership of the association is explained below. In order to satisfy the aim of the association, especially to accommodate the thousands that do not belong to any military veterans organisation, all categories of the former SA Defence Force is included:
7.1 All Permanent Force members, Civilians in service of the SADF, Auxiliary Service, Citizen Force, Commando’s and National Servicemen who served in the SADF up to 11 May 1994.
7.2 Members in the abovementioned categories that became members of the SA National Defence Force after 11 May 1994 are included.
7.3 All members of the former SA Police, Prison Service and Railway Police; and as in paragraph 7.2, also includes those members that after 11 May 1994, became members of the SA Police Service and Correctional Service.
7.4 Next-of-kin, including wives and children of abovementioned categories.
7.5 National Servicemen that was called up but dit not complete their service, of only served for a lesser period.
7.6 Application forms are available at the link “Lidmaatskap/Membership”.

8.Membership fees are kept as low as possible and only adjusted with approval of an Annual General Meeting. Currently the financial commitments are as follows:
8.1 A once-off joining fee of R50,00 per person.
8.2 An annual fee of R100,00 payable before 1 March each year.
8.3 Should a member join after 1 November in a specific year, the R100,00 serves as payment for the next financial year, which is from 1 March up to 28 February.
8.4 See paragraph 10.4 for the financial benefits of a Bunker that recruited a member.

9.NEC. The National Executive Council (NEC) manages the association and provides guidelines to the lower echelons of the association. The NEC is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
10.Bunker. The Bunker is the nucleus of the association where members are recruited, communication with members is conducted and comradeship is promoted. A Bunker is established by local members of a town or suburb with 5 up to a 100 members.
10.1 The elected chairperson of a Bunker is called the Bunker Bill.
10.2 Should numbers increase to a level that makes the effective administrative management difficult, the Bunker can apply to the NEC to separate the Bunker into 2 Bunkers.
10.3 The members of a Bunker should preferably be territorially confined in order to promote administration and liaison.
10.4 The Bunker is entitled to 40% of the membership fee of the first year for each new member recruited. At this stage this amounts to R40,00.
10.5 The name of a Bunker will not be associated with the town or area.
11.Base. A Base consists of two or more bunkers and is established with NEC approval. The Base facilitates administrative control in that it receives feedback from Bunkers. At the time of writing of this review no Base has yet been established.
12.Sector. A Sector consists of two or more Bases in an area and is established with NEC approval. Should the membership of the SADFA increase where a Sector, or more than one Sector must be established, it will facilitate the administration of the association. At the time of writing this review, no Sector has yet been established.

13.NEC. The NEC is overall responsible for the efficient management of the association. This includes financial management, as well as effective communication with all lower echelons and members. The NEC, under the guidance of the National Chairperson, appoints portfolio managers to manage the following functions:
13.1 Finance. The financial year of the SADFA: 28 February t 1 March.
13.2 Administration
13.3 Information
13.4 Strategy
13.5 Logistics
13.6 Media Liaison
13.7 Support Services
14.Bunker. The management of a Bunker is determined by the requirement in terms of members and area, but should at least consist of a Bunker Bill, Adjudant, Treasurer and Secretary.
14.1 A Bunker must create a bank account or Post Office savings account, and the account number is provided to the NEC exclusive.
14.2 A Bunker must submit the income and expense records annually before 31 March to the financial official of the NEC. These records must be signed by at least 2 members of the Bunker management.
14.3 The Bunker is furthermore responsible to collect the membership fees for the next financial year before 31 March and to deposit it into the bank account of the SADFA and a name list must be submitted to the NEC endorsing the collected fees. Deposit after 31 March will result in forfeiture of the 40% annual fee of members.

15.Several benefits is negotiated for SADFA members, which includes for example medical insurance, “Crisis on Call”, burial benefits, and solar heating at lower prices. Further benefits are continuously investigated and members kept up to date.
16.More information will be provided on request.

17.Several projects have been launched by Bunkers. The following projects have been completed successfully:
17.1 A visit to the battle fields of the Anglo Boer War (Vaal Bunker).
17.2 Arranging briefings in cooperation with the NEC on the Border War (Vaal Bunker).
17.3 Upgrading of the Irene Die opgradering van die Irene Krygsgevangene begraafplaas (Waterpunt Bunker).
17.4 Over-and-above the abovementioned informal gatherings in conjunction with meetings are held frequently. No formal meetings take place, but inputs of general interest are submitted to the NEC for placement on the website and in newsletters; this includes the weal and woe of members, death notices and informing all of serious illness of members that require support.
17.5 Some Bunkers combine meetings and gatherings with a barbeque on Sundays after church. This saves the spouse a cooking task.

18.The SADFA aspires to the preservation of the pride of the former SADF, what we did and achieved and the preservation of our history for our descendants.

19.Our membership currently stands at 450 members and is growing slowly but surely.
20.The SADFA is not restricted in terms of race, gender, religion, arm of the service or corps.
21.The association resists any action of a militant nature.
22.The association is thus A-political and does not concern itself with party politics; but out of necessity involved in the National political situation. The NEC is responsible for this policy, although inputs from Bunkers are important.

Posted:9/22/2014 6:41:07 PM

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