South Africa Defence Force
Northern Transvaal Command Signal Unit 1975 - 1994
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0029]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0030]
Beret Command Button Badge
The button badge has the Northern Transvaal Command Signal Unit insignia with red petals on a light blue/grey background.
The lineage and designations: The Northern Transvaal Command goes back to 1902. When the Royal Engineers built a house referred to as the “White House” at 17 Lancaster Road, Voortrekkerhoogte later becoming 17 Ben Viljoen Road. The White House was for many years the Northern Command Signal Unit HQ.
On 1st October 1963 The Northern Transvaal Command Signal Squadron was established at Voortrekkerhoogte. With effect from 1st September 1971 the unit was re-designated 106 Signal Squadron until it was the re-designated on 1st August 1975 Northern Transvaal Signal Unit.
During 1984 the Signal Unit were responsible for communications during the signing of the Nkomati Accord with 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.
On the 1st April 1997 the Northern Transvaal Command amalgamated with Witwatersrand Command and they were designated Gauteng Command.
These are an example pair of Northern Transvaal Command Signal Unit flashes approved in May 1984. They are a metal based badge faced in coloured epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins.
Note: Many formations have left and right handed badges and some have the colour sequence also handed.
The Northern Transvaal Command Signal Unit insignia is the Barberton Daisy which the emblem of the Northern Transvaal, on a shield of the Signal Corps colours of Green, light Blue and Dark Blue.
Pocket or Breast badge
Breast or Pocket badge (right) is a 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 0171]