Transkei National Defence Force Signal Corps
Cap Badge 1976 to 1994
[Colin Hodgkins collection TRA 0002]
This is an example of the Tanskei National Defence Force Signal Corps cap badge. It is an anodized metal badge with two screwed post (bolt) fixings with knurled round nut fixings.
P. W. Botha announced in 1974 some of the homeland governments and leaders wished to play a greater role in the fight against terrorism in their part of South Africa. Volunteers from the Transkei homeland were selected to undergo infantry training at Cape Corps base at Eesrsterivier. They were transferred to 21 Battalion at Lenz. By the time of independence in October 1976 the Transkei Battalion had been established and numbered some 250 men under the command of SADF Officers.
The Battalion moved to a new base near the capital Umtata and came under the control of the Transkei administration and became the TDF (Transkei Defence Force). The Force had grown to some 4000 men by 1994 with 1 Signal Regt. consisting of approximately 80 men at Umtata.
In 1994 the TDF then became incorporated into the Eastern Province of South Africa and the cap badge above became obsolete.