08 Jan 1966: Two members from 17 Squadron together with a Portuguese Army Sergeant and two Corporal’s were killed when their Alouette III, Serial No.56 crashed 2 miles east of Boane, near Lourenco Marques (Maputo), Mocambique while carrying out rescue operations at the Umbeluzi Pumping Station. They were lifting inflatable rubber boats used in rescue work when one of the loads began swinging wildly and struck the tail rotor. The pilot lost control and the helicopter crashed. The South African Air Force Crew Members were:
08 Jan 1975: 72469885N Rifleman Adriaan Albertus Le Grange from 5 SAI drowned at Bagani while travelling as a passenger in a military vehicle that accidentally drove off the edge of the pont ferry and overturned into the river. His body was never recovered and he has no known grave. He was 18.
08 Jan 1983: 72241417KT Rifleman Peter Uzzel from the Goudveld Commando attached to Group 34, Died of Wounds in 1 Military Hospital after being critically wounded in a landmine explosion near the Okangwati Military Base on 06 Jan 1983. He was 26.
08 Jan 1987: Eleven members from 101 Battalion, the 101 Battalion Romeo Mike Teams and attached personnel were Killed in Action and 65 wounded during a contact with a numerically superior enemy force near Vinticet in Southern Angola. During the contact, some of the Romeo Mike Casspir vehicles were knocked out and burnt out after coming under concentrated fire from Soviet RPG-7 Anti-Tank Rockets and Yugoslavian M60 HEAT STRIM and M60P Pencil STRIM rifle grenades. Those Killed in Action were:
1974 – Cst Tinawo NGONYA, Uniform, BSAP, was murdered by terrorists, Brunswick Farm, Gatooma/Hartley Road at the age of 34.
1977 – FR Basil Leonard CALDER (39) and FR Raymond GOUGH (49), both PR, BSAP, were killed in a landmine explosion.
Special thanks to Malcolm Gough, son of Raymond Gough, and Steve Calder, Basil Calder's son, for sharing the information about the incident as well as about their fathers’ lives in education.
The two field reservists had been sent to protect the farm homestead on ‘Bar G’ Ranch on the Bubi River, near Rutenga and the Lion and Elephant Motel, Op Repulse. On the night of 07 January, they successfully beat off a terrorist attack on the homestead. The following morning, the vehicle they were travelling in near the farm struck a landmine, killing both men. The farmer, Stephen Grobler, who was driving the vehicle at the time, survived the blast but lost both his legs. At the time Basil was headmaster of Houghton Park School in Salisbury, where he had an outstanding reputation as a hard-working educationist who built up strong and friendly relationships with parents and pupils alike as he continuously strived to make improvements at the school. Raymond was one of Rhodesia's two Chief Education Officers, but in spite of his position, had volunteered to do his bit as he felt increasingly uneasy about others shouldering the burden. He was a dedicated educationist who contributed much to education in Rhodesia.
1977 – Section Leader Basil Carl HAPELT, PATU, BSAP, died in a shooting accident, at the age of 31.
1978 – DSA Masunga TSAURAYI, Kp Prtn, Intaf, was murdered by CTs in Buhera, Op Repulse.
1979 – Cst Bongani Dumisani MKWANANZI, Uniform, BSAP, was killed in a contact in a Bulawayo township, at the age of 21.
1980 – Pte Rams MOYO, 10th Bn, RR, died from a gunshot wound, aged 31 years.