Potjie day

Good morning Ladies/Gentlemen

As you might know, there is a potjie day taking place at the Golden Horse/Scottsville Race course inner field on the 11 December 2011.

The purpose of this potjie day is to raise funds for the Emma Barter old age home. (Hopefully we can book our spot at the home while we at it) .

When: 11 December 2011 Where: Inner field look for a marquee with Carbineers Banners. Time: We can set up from 08H00. Unfortunatly we can only use gas. No fires are aloud. Price: R70 per plate. The plate includes a raffle ticket. R20 for children under 16 years of age. The Carbineers will be supplying a cash bar.

We are trying to get as many pots as possible. There will be more information available at First Monday on the 05 December 2011.


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Natal Combat Rifle 2012 Calander


January        21                           Natal Carbineers                                 Merrivale
February     17&18                     Gauteng North                                     Piet Joubert
                    25                            NCRA                                                Wagonhill
March         1, 2, 3                      Gold Cup                                            Gen de Wet
                   23& 24                    Gauteng South                                    Heidelberg
                   31                             NMR                                                  Merrivale
April           21                            SANDF                                               Gen de Wet
                   23 – 28                     Nationals                                             Gen de Wet
May            26                            Natal Closed & AGM                         Wagonhill
June            15 & 16                   Mpumalanga                                       Barberton
                   23                            Carbs North                                         Estcourt
July             20 & 21                   Free State                                            Gen de Wet
                    28                            Wes Natal                                           Wagonhill
August        18                            SAP                                                     Merrivale
                   24 & 25                    Griquas                                               Kimberley
September  14 & 15                   North West                                          Potch
                    22                           5 SAI                                                   Wagonhill
October       19 & 20                  Natal Champs                                      Wagonhill
November   24                           Christmas Shoot                                  Merrivale
December   8                            Gold Cup, Emma Thresh Royston      Merrivale
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“When you go home, tell them of us and say –‘For their tomorrows, we gave our todays.”

Today is Armistice Day and this coming Sunday will be Remembrance Sunday. Sadly, when a country is not at war, the people forget those who fought for and bought their freedom, often paying the supreme sacrifice. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Please stop, and pause a while and think of all those men and women, on any side, in any conflict, who sacrificed for your future. Below are two poems that say it like it is. Please read and share them and then go out and carry the message that, when we stop remembering the horrors of war, that will be the day when we find ourselves lost in conflict again.

He was getting old and paunchy

And his hair was falling fast,

And he sat around the Legion,

Telling stories of the past. …

… Of a war that he once fought in

And the deeds that he had done,

In his exploits with his buddies;

They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbours

His tales became a joke

All his buddies listened quietly

For they knew whereof he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,

For old Tom has passed away,

And the world’s a little poorer

For a Soldier died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,

Just his children and his wife.

For he lived an ordinary,

Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,

Going quietly on his way;

And the world won’t note his passing,

‘Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,

Their bodies lie in state,

While thousands note their passing,

And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories

From the time that they were young

But the passing of a Soldier

Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution

To the welfare of our land,

Someone who breaks his promise

And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow

Who in times of war and strife,

Goes off to serve his country

And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend

And the style in which he lives,

Are often disproportionate,

To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,

Who offered up his all,

Is paid off with a medal

And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians

With their compromise and ploys,

Who won for us the freedom

That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,

With your enemies at hand,

Would you really want some cop- out,

With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier–

His home, his country, his kin,

Just a common Soldier,

Who would fight until the end?

He was just a common Soldier,

And his ranks are growing thin,

But his presence should remind us

We may need his like again.

Auther; Unknown

I do not know your name…

I do not know your name, but I know you died

I do not know from where you came, but I know you died

Your uniform, branch of service, it matters not to me

Whether Volunteer or Conscript, or how it came to be

That politicians’ failures, or some power-mad ambition

Brought you too soon to your death, in the name of any nation

You saw, you felt, you knew full well, as friend and foe were taken

By bloody death, that your life too, was forfeit and forsaken

Yet on you went and fought and died, in your close and private hell

For Mate or Pal or Regiment and memories never to tell

It was for each other, through shot and shell, the madness you endured

Side by side, through wound and pain, and comradeship assured

No family ties, or bloodline link, could match that bond of friend

Who shared the horror and kept on going, at last until the end

We cannot know, we were not there, it’s beyond our comprehension

To know the toll that battle brings, of resolute intention

To carry on, day by day, for all you loved and hoped for

To live in peace a happy life, away from bloody war

For far too many, no long life ahead, free of struggle and pain and the gun

And we must remember the price that was paid, by each and every one

Regardless of views, opinions aside, no matter how each of us sees it

They were there and I cannot forget, even though I did not live it

I do not know your name, but I know you died

I do not know from where you came,but I know you died.

Kenny Martin

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Thank you letter from Acacia F.C.

To: South African National Defense Force in Pietermaritzburg     20/10/2011

Att: W/O Ben Tarr

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the management for the base in Pietermaritsburg for accommodating Akasia Football Club from 1st October till 3rd October 2011.

Our stay was very fruitful and we bonded as a club. The players and the parents had a lot of fun. The environment was refreshing and safe because we didn’t worry about the children playing on the field at night.

Nothing has been broken as far as we know and we’re happy to have been part of this amazing experience.

Our management is pleased to have worked with you and the community will know that our SANDF cares about the immediate civilians and their general well-being.


Yours in sports

Ms Ofentse Tshukudu

Junior’s Manager

Contacts: 083 359 1566/ 076 893 8957 ovttshukudu@gmail.com


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Songs from the past

Some songs written by Mike Dooner, now in Aus. They are worth a listen.
Whenever Mike went to the bush (NS with 2SAI, camps with Regt Noord Natal or Durban Regt at up to 2×3 months per annum when with RNN) he took his guitar with him. Madimbo and Dick’s Boogie are two results and obviously influenced by Soweto.
For the rest? It explains some things with Redundancy Blues striking a sad chord. What if he had stayed in SA? Part of the 31 years that he worked for UNISYS was in SA in Sandton, he was transferred to Aus.

Redundancy Blues                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTeC84KxESU

Sitting Here Waiting                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1TLNv56fCc

Soweto Street Blues                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVGpnRDMtjI

Dick’s Boogie                                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAL0CZkxtdQ

Madimbo                                       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFRmY459LJ0

Since You Went Away                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyJJ483HR4U


St James Infirmary Blues [Cover]   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsS2tRBAfTo

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Military Odyssey

Fellow Carbineer, Andy Williams, now residing in the UK, kindly sent us this in re the recent Military Odyssey.

“The Military Odyssey is one of the largest Multiperiod re-enactment events in the UK. All the characters are, obviously, re-enactors and my good friend Vince Burzio is the Carbineer in question (he ‘joined’ the Regiment on my prompting and even wore the uniform at the Isandhlwana commemorations a couple of years ago). Vince’s uniform and equipment are those worn in 1879; he even has a Webley RIC pistol and a Swinburne-Henry carbine, exactly as used by the Carbs.”

The redcoats are a group called the Die Hards and Vince was working with them over the weekend. It was decided to have an inspection parade where Queen Victoria would inspect the troops.

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Who qualifies to join the Moths?

For those of you that have been wanting to join the Moths but have been unsure if you qualify or not, here’s the latest…

Anyone who served…

  • As security force members –
    • who served in an operational area, namely South West Africa, Angola,Mozambiqueor the South African Borders.
    • who have been directly engaged in operations anywhere inSouth Africa from 01st December 1983 until 02nd February 1990.
    • as Security Force members actively engaged in urban and rural operations after 02nd February 1990 and up to and including 27th April 1994.
  • members of the SANDF who since 1994 have received a campaign medal or clasp issued by the Joint Chiefs, Operations Support for any military operations. These to include peace keeping forces and operations in:Lesotho,Democratic Republic of the Congo,Burundi,MozambiqueandSudan. These Campaigns will be updated from time to time at GHQ meetings
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