South Africa Defence Force
Eastern Transvaal Command Signal 1984 - 1994
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0021]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0022]
The Far North Command Signal Unit insignia is a group of three Aloe flowers, on a shield of the Signal Corps colours of Green, light Blue and Dark Blue
Beret Command Button Badge
The button badge is an oval shape with a prone lion on a light blue background. The badge has a stick pin fixing.
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0325]
The Eastern Transvaal Command Signal Unit was established 16th January 1984 and came about when the Far North Command and the Eastern Transvaal Command split off from the Northern Transvaal Command. The Unit was not operational until 1985, spending its first year establishing as the new Command.
During 1984 the Signal Unit provided communications infrastructure during the signing of the Nkomati Accord with assistance from 2 Signal Regiment. The Nkomati Accord was signed on 16th March 1984 at Komatipoort South Africa. The Nkomati Accord was a non-aggression pact between the communist government of the People's Republic of Mozambique and the apartheid government of the Republic of South Africa.
In November 1984 The Unit was tasked with setting up a new Command HQ at Nelspruit. The Unit provided the new HQ building with telephones, intercom systems, DTN computer network and Radio comms.
In 1992 on the 1st April 72 Signal Unit was incorporated in to the Command Signal Unit. In 1994 the Unit provided comms while under the new constitution the General Elections took place. And in October 1994 from 24th to 26th the unit provided telecom’s support for the elections in Mozambique.
The Unit was formed in to two CMI Service Centres, one at Nelspruit and one at Hoedspruit on 1st April 1999. The CMI Formations were consolidated in to a single Regional Service Centre designated CMIS RSC Mpumalanga on 1st April 2003. On 1st April 2008 all Army Signals migrated back to the SA Army Signal Formation and the CMIS RSC Mpumalanga was re-designated Mpumalanga Signal Unit from 1st April 2009.
The main functions of the Unit was to provide signals support to the Northern Transvaal Command.
These are an example pair of Far North Signal Unit flashes approved in May 1984. They are a metal based badge faced in coloured epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins. The design is due to the Eastern Transvaal province Kruger Park Game Reserve which is one of the few places left where lions still roams free.
Note: Many formations have left and right handed badges and some have the colour sequence also handed.
Pocket or Breast badge
Breast or Pocket badge (right) is a size reduced shield of the same construction and design as the larger shoulder flash. It is secured by two stick pins to a leather or vinyl fob and is buttoned on to the breast pocket.
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0000]