SAMVOA is an ex-servicemen organisation comprised of Military and Police Veterans who were called up or volunteered to serve their country, South Africa, in the SADF/SANDF, SAP/SAPS, or the South Africa Correctional Services, who completed their commitment and who now reside in Australia or New Zealand, or in countries peripheral to this region.

Even though the majority of SAMVOA members reside in Australia and New Zealand, South African Veterans residing in other countries are welcome to join. There is an active and growing membership in the USA – so click on the SAMVOUSA link under the “Our Organisation” section to visit the SAMVOUSA site. We also have a SAMVO representative residing in South Africa, so Veterans living in the Republic are welcome to join us.

We will carry forward the memory of an amazing time in our lives, when we did our duty for our country and faced off against the world’s most aggressive and formidable forces at the time. There can be no doubt that we proudly served in the best defence force that Africa has ever seen.

This Veteran Organisation dedicates itself, in grateful recognition and memory of their countrymen, the Immortal Dead of South Africa, who, at the call of Duty, made the supreme Sacrifice on the battlefields of Africa, Asia and Europe, in the air and on the sea.

Their ideal is our legacy – Their sacrifice our inspiration
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

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SAMVOA veterans proudly participate in a number of prestigious and celebrated events throughout the year. These include the ANZAC Day Parade, the Remembrance Day Service, and the Boer War Memorial Service.
Why not join us at the next event?
There can be no doubt that SAMVOA Members are proud of their legacy as South African Defence Force Veterans. Our pride is measured by the manner in which we dress and conduct ourselves during public parades and services across Australia and New Zealand. Are you a former SADF/SANDF, SAP/SAPS or South African Correctional Services member now living in Australia, New Zealand or Asia?
National Serviceman and Permanent Force all qualify!
Then why not join us?
Click here for the gallery. Click here for dress regulations. Click here for membership.

Our Brothers Our Friends Our Organisation

61 Mechanised Infantry Battalion
– 61 Mech –

Returned and Services League
South African Military Veterans Organisation of South Africa

32 Battalion
– The Buffalo Soldiers –

The South African Legion
– SA Legion-

South African Military Veterans Organisation of the USA

South African Special Forces
– The Recces –

Memorable Order of Tin Hats
– The Moths –

South African Military Veterans Organisation International

South African Air Force Association

Boer War Memorial Association of Australia

SADF and SAP Criteria for the more common medals available to the rank and file National Servicemen and women.
Many South African Veterans are not aware that they qualify for medals, please see Medal Qualification Information
South African Veterans who would like to apply for medals owed to them, or replace missing or lost medals can Apply Online via SAMVOA.