04 Jan 1976: Four members of the SADF were killed during Ops Savannah when an Aérospatiale SA 330C Puma Helicopter, Serial No. 122 from 19 Squadron that was flying Staff Officers between Mussende & Carriango in Central Angola, was mistaken for a hostile enemy helicopter and shot down by friendly 20mm anti-aircraft gun fire. The Anti-Aircraft Gun was protecting Battle Group Orange and had not been informed of the flight. When the helicopter approached the Anti-Aircraft Gun position directly from their 12 o'clock, the helicopter was misidentified as “hostile” and as there was no "gun's safe" or "gun's tight" order issued, the 20mm anti-aircraft gun immediately opened fire and raked the entire length of the helicopter, scoring 21 hits, causing it to crash in flames. The Aircraft Commander was not killed in the initial crash but rescuers were unable to free him from the wreckage before the helicopter burnt out. A badly burnt and wounded passenger, Commandant Martin Verster, was the only survivor and he was immediately evacuated out of the area. The casualties in this unfortunate incident were:
04 Jan 1976: 73503294BA Rifleman Pieter Willem Marais Snyman from 5 SAI was Killed in Action during Ops Savannah. During an enemy attack on his position near Dondo in Central Angola, an enemy hand grenade was thrown into his defensive trench and exploded, killing him instantly. He was 18.
04 Jan 1978: Two members from 1 and 5 Reconnaissance Regiment were Killed in Action during counter-insurgency operations in Mocambique while attached to "D" Squadron, Rhodesian Special Air Service. They were:
04 Jan 1984: Eight Members from 4 SAI were Killed in action when their Ratel 20, Callsign 13C was knocked out near Cuvelai by a Soviet T-54 tank shell during Ops Askari. A high explosive Soviet tank shell penetrated the right hand door of the Ratel and exploded inside, causing the Ratel ammunition to explode as well. The Ratel immediately erupted into a fireball and burnt out, incinerating all the occupants in the process. The casualties were:
1977 – NSPO Erwin Bester LOMBARD, Uniform, BSAP, died in a vehicle accident, aged 19 years.
1977 – Rfn Robin Shield WILSON, 8th Bn, RR, was killed in a shooting accident in the 1 (Indep) Coy Barracks in Wankie, Op Tangent. Robin had been handed an uncleared rifle to clean, and in the process the weapon discharged, resulting in his death.
1978 – Pte Mohamed ALIBABA and Pte Enold BAIN, both of 1st Bn, RDR, were murdered by CTs in the Op Grapple (Midlands) area.
1978 – FR George CHIPANGO, PR, BSAP, was killed on active service.
1978 – D/Cst Collen NDLOVU, SB, BSAP, was killed in a CT action in the Beitbridge area, Op Tangent.
1978 – Pte Chawatama SIMBURASHE, Reg, Army, died on active service.
1978 – Act Sgt John Frederick Smuts, Army, died of wounds received from a landmine blast.
1979 – Pte Baron GUMBO, B Coy, 4th Bn, RR, was killed in a contact, aged 20. He was a regular.