South African Defence Force
South African Defence Force 1997 - 1999
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0207]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0334]
Beret Button badge
The beret button badge badge (right) has the same white eagle on a bright yellow background.
The lineage, history and designations of Gauteng Command Signal Unit is a young and short one. On 1st April 1997 the Unit was formed with the amalgamation of Northern Transvaal Command and Witwatersrand Command and designated Gauteng Command with HQ at Pretoria.
The Signal Units from the two previous Commands were merged forming a Pretoria Signal Troop at Zwartkoppark, Pretoria and Gauteng Command Signal Unit HQ at the Military Base Lenz, Johannesburg. Gauteng Command Signal Unit provided communications support north to Rust De Winter, south to the Vaal Dam, east to Bronkhorstspruit and west to Carltonville.
The Unit was re-designated in April 1999 into several CMI SC’s (Central Management Information-Service Centres) one CMI SC at Johannesburg area and five CMI SC’s at Pretoria area.
This is an example of a Gauteng Command Signal Unit flash and a handed faced pair. They are a metal based badge faced in Lucite, secured by three stick pins.
Gauteng Command Signal Unit insignia is a white eagle with wings down swept, on a shield of the vertical Signal Corps colours of Green, light Blue and Dark Blue.
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0500]