Today, 1 January, we salute and honour the following men & woman who sacrificed their lives whilst standing in the defence of what they held dear at the time and against evil and tyranny.


01 Jan 1977: Rifleman Joao Joaquim from 32 Battalion was Killed in Action in a landmine explosion during operations against enemy forces in Southern Angola. He was 31.

01 Jan 1977: 69360642PE Lance Corporal Geoffrey Allan Lawrie from 1 Reconnaissance Regiment was Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces north of Beacon 28, near Omunduangilo. He was 24.

01 Jan 1977: Two members from 101 Battalion were Killed in Action during a contact with PLAN insurgents. They were:

  • Rifleman Thomas Amalati. He was 26.
  • Rifleman Joao Mathais. He was 25.

01 Jan 1984: 79352985BG Airman Johannes Hendrik Kok from Air Logistics Command was killed in a military vehicle accident at Ondangwa. He was 20.

01 Jan 1988: 68214261BG Lieutenant (Doctor) Herman Jan Roelof Gerding from the South African Medical Corps was killed while travelling as a passenger in a military ambulance. The ambulance collided with the rear of a broken down truck standing next to the road while their vehicle was travelling from Rundu Town to the Military Base. He was flung out of the vehicle and the ambulance landed on top of him. He died on the scene. He was 35.

01 Jan 1994: 93660173PK Rifleman Bernard Maditsi Lekalakala from 115 Battalion was shot dead by persons unknown while he was manning a road block at Vosloorus. He was 20.


1977 – DSA James MPALA, Kp Prtn, Intaf, was killed in action at Wankie, Op Tangent.

1978 – Pte Wilfred MAIGURIRA, RDR, died on active service.

1978 – Pte M. MAKORE, 3 MU, RhASC, died on active service.

1979 – Tpr Andrew Lindsey "Chunky" MCIVER, Spt Cdo, 1st Bn, RLI, died in a vehicle accident in the Ft Victoria area, Op Repulse. The car was being driven by his RLI friend Bruce Long, who tragically took his own life in 1993, another Bush War casualty.

[NB: The actual day in January 1979 for all the following is not known, so they default to the 1st]
1979 – DSAs E. CHEMAMBO, Jairos NYAMAZANA and Mugove TAVENGEGWEYI, all of Kp Prtn, Intaf, died on active service

1979 – Gd Stephen CHAMUNYONGA, PV Prtn Group, GF, was murdered by CTs.

1979 – Gd Godfrey SANDI, PV Prtn Group, was killed in action.

1979 – Gds M. GARIKAYI, M. MFITSHANE, C. NDEKE and S. TACHIONA, all of PV Prtn Group, GF, died on active service.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • January 01, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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