South Africa Defence Force
8 Signal Group 1975 - 1998
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0056]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0068]
The lineage, designations and history of 8 Signal Group is relatively short as it was a young formation, beginning on 1st August 1975. 8 Signal Group was formed from the former Regimental Headquarters 6 Signal Regiment which ceased being on the same date. The unit was attached to 8 Armoured Division HQ in Pretoria.
On 1st April 1992 8 Signal Group moved from being a Citizen Force (CF) to a Permanent Force (PF) by decision of the Minister of Defence on 25th May. The unit provided telecommunications for SA Army Battle School and Radio Direction Finding. It provided signal training to PF and CF and second line repair and maintenance of electronic communications and power equipment. South Africa National Defence Force Order CPP/1/98 saw the disbandment of 8 Division in 1998. From 1st April 1999 the Command Management Information (CMI) Service Centre Lothatha came into being ending the 8 Signal Group.
These are two examples of the 8 Signal Group flashes. They are a metal based badge faced in coloured epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins.
Witwatersrand Command Signal Unit insignia is a Gold Stamp on a shield of vertical Signal Corps colours of Green, light Blue and Dark Blue.