Wynand du Toit – Oktober/ October 2017

Wynand du Toit het Samvoa [Perth] besoek en vir baie lede was dit ‘n besonderse geleentheid om ‘n die legendariese oud-Recce te ontmoet het by 2 geleenthede.  Hy was vergesel deur sy vrou op die besoek. Wynand du Toit and his wife visited Samvoa [Perth] – and for many members this was a memorable occasion to have met  the legendary old-Recce.



Boshoed Dag 2017

Boshoed day is on the 26th August

This day in 1966 – 51 years ago, was the recognised start of the South African Border War, which lasted 23 years, 6 months, 3 weeks and 2 days.
Please remember the 2,280 members of the SADF that gave their lives in service of their country during this period. Of these 776 were killed in action.

Wear something SADF related on the day.
Can be anything from your boshoed, beret, SAMVOINT badge, Balkie, etc.
Take a selfie and share/post photos on either Facebook or email to SAMVOA to share on the SAMVOA/SAMVOINT website.

Create awareness of our veterans and especially to honour those who made the supreme sacrifice.
Lest we Forget

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Newsletter Issue 8 August 2017


The first exchange of prisoners of the Border War with Angola took place on September 7 1987, in Maputo, Mozambique. The event involved the release of Wynand du Toit, a high-profile South African officer. Although not breaking news internationally, in South Africa, the drama played out on foreign soil over a long day to a national audience.

Captain Wynand du Toit, a Recce 4 Commando who had been captured in Angola in 1985, arrived on the Angolan presidential jet. In the exchange, 133 FAPLA soldiers who earlier had been transported from ‘somewhere on the border’
and two Europeans- French-communist Pierre-André Albertini and Dutch human rights activist Klaus de Jonge – gained their freedom.
It had taken more than seven months of difficult and often dangerous talks between five nations (more commonly seen at loggerheads than in successful negotiation) and a South African ‘independent’ homeland, to negotiate this complex swap. Those present were unaware of the threshold that had been reached – or of their unheralded and even unwitting contribution to the peaceful transformation that was to unfold. Some observers later remarked it was a key moment in the events and peace talks leading up to the release of Nelson Mandela and the dissolution of apartheid.
Author, public and motivational speaker, farmer (South Africa, Namibia, Congo), and much more. We look forward to welcoming Wynand and Frances du Toit to our Mess Dinner, Saturday 14th October.

There is an open invitation to meet Wynand on Friday 13th October – please see details on following page. NO RSVP REQUIRED


26th August, annually

North West Region Chairman of SAMVOUSA, Veteran Philip Nel, suggested that members wear an item of clothing or similar, as a sign of respect, solidarity and remembrance of those who paid the supreme sacrifice through the Border War. The 26th August (the day in 1966 the Border War officially started), was considered the most appropriate day. As the boshoed (bush hat) was the most obvious item, the day was named Boshoed Dag.

The Border War ended with the signing of the Tripartite Accord on 22nd December 1989. Two thousand, two hundred and eighty members of the SADF gave their lives in the service of their country during this period – of these 776 were killed in action.

Boshoed Dag has gained momentum in a short couple of years, and it is listed on the CMVO calendar. I would like to encourage SAMVOAns to wear their boshoed, bush-jacket, shirt, beret, SAMVOA badge, balkie, dog tags, or any similar item, and join with fellow veterans all over the world in remembering those who served and survived and those who gave their lives in the service of their country during the Border War years.

Submitted by Veteran Tony Macquet, MMM
SAMVOA National Chairman

Welcome to –

Etienne Theart, Denholme Chapman, Chris Hodder, Schalk Meyer and Michael Schoeman. We look forward to seeing you at meetings and SAMVOA activities in the coming months.


Mornington Field & Game Australia Balnarring Picnic Racing Club Coolart Rd, Balnarring VIC 3926
Date: 28th October 2017
Shoot: 1pm to 4.30pm
BBQ 3.15pm – 3.35pm Costs: $50 ground fee includes 3 boxes shells Shells: $15 / box
OR, $50 ground fees – BYO shells (no limit)
Please note – Saturday 28th October is a club competition day and experienced shotists are welcome to participate.
Inexperienced shooters will be in a separate area under guidance and supervision.
Shotguns available for the day.
Facilities: Toilets; Tea & coffee (no canteen)


Wed. 9th September 7.30pm
Presentation: Cuito Cuanavale by Veteran Adam Hattingh, Ratel 20 Section Leader 61 Mech. Advise Patrick Honeyborne if attending: patrick@honeyborne.com.au ‘wors rolls from 6.30

SKOUER SKUUR met Wynand duToit

FRIDAY 13th October
Glen Waverley RSL 7pm for 7.30pm
161 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley

Veterans, families and friends are welcome to join with SAMVOA members to meet Wynand du Toit on Friday 13th October in the Sunset Room, Glen Waverley RSL.
$20/head entry CASH BAR
There is the possibility that Wynand’s books may be available for purchase but due to importing issues and other factors outside SAMVOA’s control, this may not be possible. If you have books written by Wynand and would like him to sign them, please bring them with you.
The Warramunga Restaurant will be open from 6pm if you would like an excellent meal before joining fellow veterans upstairs. Please make your own bookings.


On the 27th August, 1896, the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate fought the 38-minute Anglo- Zanzibar War, the shortest war in history. The conflict marked the end of a sovereign Zanzibar Sultanate.
The war was triggered two days prior, when the pro- British Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini died on 25 August. Though British authorities wanted another British-friendly leader, Hamud bin Muhammad, it was instead Thuwaini’s nephew, Sultan Khalid bin Barghash, who seized power in a coup d’etat and successfully took the throne.
Displeased, British authorities cited a treaty signed in 1886 stating the British consul had to grant permission to any accession to the sultanate, a requirement bin Barghash had not fulfilled. The British considered this a casus belli, or justification for war, and delivered an ultimatum to bin Barghash. The ultimatum was ignored and bin Barghash barricaded himself inside the palace with his ‘army’ – 2,800 men, including the palace guard, but mainly civilians, servants and slaves.
The sultan’s artillery, which consisted of several Maxim machine guns, a Gatling gun, a 17th-century bronze cannon and two 12-pounder field guns, was aimed at the British ships in the harbour. The sultan’s troops also took possession of the Zanzibari Navy – one wooden sloop, the HHS Glasgow, built as a royal yacht for the sultan in 1878 and four artillery pieces to defend his sultanate.
The British had gathered three cruisers, two gunships, 150 marines and sailors, and 900 Zanzibari soldiers in the harbour. The ultimatum expired on 27 August 1896 at 9:00am.
A bombardment opened at 09:02 setting the palace on fire and disabling the defending artillery. A small naval action took place, with the British sinking the HHS Glasgow and two smaller vessels, and some shots were fired ineffectually at the pro-British Zanzibari troops as they approached the palace. The flag at the palace was shot down and fire ceased at 09:40.
After the 38 or 40 minutes of warfare, some 500 Zanzibaris had died and only one British sailor was injured. Bin Barghash fled the palace and received asylum in the German consulate before escaping to German East Africa (in present-day Tanzania). The British installed their favoured man, Sultan Hamud. The 40-minute war marked the end of a sovereign Zanzibari sultanate and the beginning of puppet rule in Zanzibar via the United Kingdom.

This Veteran Organisation dedicates itself, in grateful recognition and memory of our countrymen,
the Immortal Dead of South Africa who, at the call of duty, made the supreme sacrifice
on the battlefields of Africa, Europe and Asia, on land, at sea and in the air.
Their ideal is our legacy – Their sacrifice our inspiration
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them

Please send all your suggestions and news items and photos to Maggie Luke at mluke@samvoa.org
Note: Imagery may be subject to copyright so please ensure that you have permission to use any images you send if they are not your own.
This newsletter is intended for SAMVOA Veterans and members and all content is subject to copyright

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115 Year Boer War Service held in Kings Park, Perth

115 Year Boer War Service held in Kings Park, Perth

Today the Boer War Memorial Society of Western Australia held the Boer War Service in Kings Park, Perth. It signifies 115 years since the signing of the Vereeniging Peace Treaty in 1902. Once again, we were blessed with a beautiful warm and sunny day. It is always a very special Service, not only because it is part of our South African Heritage, but special effort is made by all to dress in period costume.

The Boer War Memorial Association had the guard of Honour dressed in traditional uniforms, and a wreath was laid by a cavalryman with his horse. Our own Ron Fouche was dressed in traditional Boer outfit, along with his Mauser and bandolier.

Dr Charl Crous (APM) gave the Commemorative Address. Veteran Ian Higley laid the wreath on behalf of Samvoa.

Veteran Garth Pienaar gave the Reconciliation Speech, specifically about the efforts of Emily Hobhouse. The singing of Sarie Marais ended what was a moving Service.

Anzac Day – 25-4-2017, Perth


SAMVOA Remembrance and Thanksgiving Service – 28th May 2017, Perth

A beautiful sunny Autumn day in Perth was welcomed for our inaugural Service.

The Service was held, firstly to remember our fallen soldiers from the many wars that South Africa has been involved in but more specifically from the Border War (1966 to 1989). And secondly, to pay homage to Australia, our new home where we have been accepted with open arms.

Today is the Sunday closest to the ‘old Republic Day’ traditionally celebrated on the 31st May and felt that we needed to balance the spiritual aspects as well. I have vivid memories of my time in the SADF where every day was started with a bible reading and a prayer. I have also been privileged to be invited to the British Airborne Forces Service for the last few years, to commemorate the Battle of Arnhem, and had the opportunity to introduce some aspects of their Service.

We reached out to the Trinity Uniting Church where an Afrikaans service is held on the last Sunday of each month, which some of our members attend. Trinity, built in 1865, is a beautiful traditional brick church right in the heart of the City. Reverend Dr Herman Nienaber is South African and this afforded us the opportunity to build a bridge to his congregation. We are also lucky to have our own Reverend John Maddocks (ex-44 Parachute Brigade), who is a recently ordained priest in the Anglican Church.

We planned the Service to be bilingual and have both of them share, in what turned out to be quite a moving ‘military-themed’ service. We also invited our friends from the Rhodesian Services Association to attend.

Veterans dressed in their Samvoa No 1’s did not disappoint with all of them looking extremely ‘paraat’. Standing outside the church at 10:25, one could hear the strains of the bagpipes being played from inside the church by Captain Doug Gillespie and his son, Cadet L/Corporal Jack Gillespie dressed in their full Scottish regalia. Doug is a Scotsman and did his service in the British Parachute Regiment.

The Samvoa and Rhodesian standard bearers (Ian Higley and Doug Riddle respectively) carried the standards at a slow march while the pipers played Amazing Grace. Rev John Maddocks did the dedication of the Standards.

It turned out to be a moving Service, with a personal story conveyed by Rev Nienaber about the effects of the Second World War on a member of his own family, as well as the impact of Mkonto We Sizwe’s Amanzimtoti bombing in 1985.

The key message is that “one day there will be No More War”, but although the effects of war are terrible, what would the world look like today if there was no resistance, for example the German onslaught in 1939 or the Soviets during the cold war. We needed soldiers that were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice so that people could sleep peacefully at night.

The main reading was from The Gospel of St John, chapter 15:13 – “Greater love has no-one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”.

The readings from the scripture were done by Veterans Garth Pienaar and Ben Opperman.

Veteran Dave Stevenson recited The Ode followed by Cadet L/Corporal Jack Gillespie playing The Last Post on the bugle, and a minute’s silence and then the playing of The Reveille.

The standard bearers then collected the banners from Rev John Maddocks before marching out of the church, again to the strains of the bagpipes.

The formal Service ended with a stirring solo by “Keep the Home Fires Burning”.

The veterans then formed up outside the Church, standing to attention to pay respects to the victims of the recent Manchester Bombing, and the victims of the Coptic Church massacre in Egypt (April 2017) – followed by The Last Post.

The event was concluded by the bagpipes and followed by an informal get together in the Church Hall for refreshments laid on by the team of volunteers from the Church.

Reverend Nienaber has asked us to make this an annual event, and we will take him up on the offer!

Thank you to all that made this such a successful event.

Eendracht Maakt Magt (Unity is Strength)

ANZAC 2017 – Perth, Western Australia

The ANZAC 2017 march was well attended by members of Samvoa-WA, and the weather played along when the march took place in St.Georges Terrace, the mainstreet of Perth. Die 2017 Anzac mars deur St. Georges Terrace, die hoofstraat van Perth, was goed bygewoon deur lede van Samvoa-WA


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Chairman’s Christmas Message

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Unscrupulous and Illegal Veteran Bodies

With the ever increasing number of ‘informal’ so-called Veterans bodies, comes the risk of opportunistic chancers seeking to benefit by taking unscrupulous and illegal advantage of Veterans.
The below two gents have also tried and lost.
Please be warned and advise others to only deal with legitimate CMVO aligned bodies.

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SAMVOA Western Australia’s 5th Annual Mess Dinner

SMVOA Western Australia’s 5th Annual Mess Dinner
Saturday, 15 October 2016
RSL Club Belmont, Perth

 Tickets to this year’s Formal mess Dinner sold out in record time, reflecting the high regard for this years Guests of Honour, former SADF Sergeant Major of the Army,

WO1 Koos Moorcroft and his wife Isobelle, affectionately known as “Issie.”

 This was SAMVOA WA’s 5th Formal Mess Dinner and by all accounts, our most successful.

We thank those veterans who travelled from the Eastern States to be with us and the WA Veterans and their wives for attending.

Former S/Major Moorcroft provided us with a most interesting and enlightening speech covering some instances of his illustrious military career and current day anti-poaching efforts in Namibia.

 We thank all those involved in making this evening a most memorable occasion and look forward to next year’s Formal Mess Dinner. We wish S/Major Moorcroft and Issie a safe trip back to South Africa and thank them for making the effort to visit us here in Perth.

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