Ext70, can you scan/photograph a higher resolution version of the article? I would like to read what they have to say.
I'm a techno-idiot. Higher resolution goes PDF, so can't post that through photobucket.
Send me a PM with your e-mail address and I will mail it to you. Even easier. Was front page of SAKE24 of Die Burger dated 18 May 2007. Volksblad, Beeld and Burger uses same business section, so should be able to get it there as well. Did however not see in on News24 website. Strange!
Could be a Recce?? Taking the chance what happened with the Recces??
Could be anyone. Recce. 32. Or any other Bn for that matter. May also be Rhodesian or any person anywhere in the bush. Picture does not give enough detail. Not even AR in background places the pic. Units like 32 and Recces were however more ****e to wear non-regulation battlejacket like the one the guy in the pic is wearing and some of the "battlejacket" predecessors/prototypes looked similar to what is shown in the pic, but it could be anything, anywhere. (32's stuff was however mostly in a commo pattern). Most deployed and actively "fighting" units used "better" non-regulation systems prior to the "battlejacket" replacing the old canvas style webbing. Soldiers do that everywhere, and probably have been doing it since people started fighting. Recces still wear what they like.
The Recce unit/s have changed name so often I have lost track. Much smaller today but still quite active in Africa. Not in position to make any further comments in this regard.
The Recces are now the South African Special Forces Brigade, consisting of 4 Special Forces Regiment in Langebaan and 5 Special Forces Regiment in Phalaborwa. 4 SFR is primarily a maritime unit, while 5 SFR is mostly an overland unit, though skills cross-training is encouraged and all members have advanced parachute training.
Rather interestingly, the SF Brigade is not part of the Army, but is actually an independent unit under the Joint Operations Division. This means they have their own budget of R200 million and get to buy whatever kit they want without the Army's bureaucrats interfering. In the last few years, 5 SFR bought 25 Hornet rapid-response vehicles (called the Wasp by Land Systems OMC) while 4 SFR has procured an unknown number of high-speed boats. The budget is set to increase to R250 million by 2010.
The Brigade is, as exT70 pointed out, much smaller than it was at the height of the Border War, though that is to be expected. More worryingly though the Brigade has not been immune to the golden lure of private sector work, with many operators quitting to become private security contractors. This is not unique to SA, the SAS recently had to up salaries by 50% to try stem losses to the private sector. The unit still is fairly active, mostly supporting our peacekeeping forces in their African missions. Details of deployments usually aren't made public though.