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Monday, August 27, 2007

Shooting for Points

On the shooting range. On this specific day the afternoon turned into a disaster when we were caught in a raging dust storm. The morning was so quiet I would never have expected it to turn out the way it did.

Another Braai

South Africans always braai. This has become part of our Friday routine over here. In the DRC we will probably braai just as much if the situation allows.

Friday Nights

It has become usual for us to entertain ourselves on Friday afternoons after work. We braai and organise entertainment such as these guys from Bravo Company who performed the South African version of the Haka. It was good!


"Juba" Joubert is the logistics officer of 1 SAI Bn. He was kind enough to invite me to his house in Upington this past weekend so I would like to use this opportunity to thank him and his girlfriend Annemie.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Crowd Control Training

Here at De Brug we are undergoing crowd control training as well before our deployment to the DRC.

The Ratel

The Ratel (badger) is as tough as its name suggests and has been the infantry combat vehicle of choice of the SANDF for many decades. It is in the process of being replaced by a new vehicle being developed. The new vehicle is a state of the art war fighting machine, which according to reports, is the best the world has ever seen.

Our Home

This photo illustrates the conditions we stay in while we are here at De Brug.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

De Brug

Delta Company, 1 SAI Bn, which consists mostly out of troops from 6 SAI Bn is currently at De Brug Mobilisation Area near Bloemfontein. I took this photo as the sun was setting a few days ago. I will be posting more photos when I have access to the internet again.

Settling In

Our first day at De Brug Mobilisation Area. Here the company received their camp beds to sleep on. The first few days were unpleasant due to the cold and other minor irritations, but we are almost fully settled in by now.

Pleasant Surprise

On our way to Bloemfontein we were pleasantly surprised when at Colesberg Mr Holtshauzer of the bus company Big Sky, who were transporting us, showed up to buy all of us burgers, fries and sodas. Thank you, sir.