South Africa Defence Force
Sector 20 Signal Unit 1973 - 1992
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0346]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0372]
History: South Africa Police (SAP) provided border security in Northern SWA. Counter Insurgency (COIN) units of the SAP were carrying out operations against cross border insurgents from Angola in Northern SWA through the 60’s and 70's.
SADF operational involvement began in 1968 when the SAAF established No.1 Air Component at Rundu to provide the SAP COIN units with supply, transport and observation fix-wing as well as helicopter support.
The SADF Army established No.1 Military Area on 22nd July 1969 with HQ at Rundu and took over SWA border area security from the SAP on 1st April 1974.
1 Military Area was then divided into four sub areas covering Kaokoland, Owambo,Kavango and Caprivi. A fifth sub area was added in August 1975 to protect the hydroelectric scheme at Ruacana & Calueque.
When SA became involved in the Angolan Civil War a further two Military Areas were created to control operations in support of The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and The National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA). In 1979 the Operational Area was divided into seven Sectors. Sectors 10, 20 and 70 under SADF command and 30, 40, 50 & 60 under SWAFT command.
Sector 20 Signal Unit had HQ at Rundu until it was disbanded by President FW de Klerk 14th July 1992
This is an example of a Sector 20 HQ flash which is not striktly a Signals badge. As Sector 20 Signal Unit had no flash of its own it is believed they likely worn this Sector 20 HQ flash.
It's a metal based badge faced in coloured epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins.