9 South African Infantry Battalion

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9 South African Infantry Battalion
SANDF 9 SAI emblem.jpg
9 SAI emblem
Country South Africa
Branch South African Army
TypeMotorised infantry (seaborne)
Part ofSouth African Infantry Formation
Garrison/HQCape Town, Western Cape
Motto(s)
  • Fortiter et fideliter (Boldly and faithfully)
  • Ebenhaeser (Thus far the Lord has led us)
Battle honours
  • Cape of Good Hope[a]
  • Kilimanjaro[b][c]
  • Behobeho
  • Nvangao
  • East Africa 1916-7
  • East Africa 1917-8
  • Megiddo
  • Nablus
  • Palestine 1918
Insignia
Company level InsigniaSA Army Company Insignia.png
SA Motorised Infantry beret bar circa 1992SA motorised infantary beret bar.jpg
SA Motorised Infantry beret bar

9 South African Infantry Battalion is a motorised infantry unit of the South African Army, designated seaborne.

History[edit]

What was previously known as the South African Cape Corps (SACC) (Afrikaans: Suid-Afrika Kaapse Korps (SAKK)) was renamed the 9 South African Infantry Battalion (9 SAI) in 1992.

On March 31, 1992, all SACC units were disbanded. The next day 9 SAI was established in their place. No reason for the name change was ever given. It was also during this time that the Special Forces were renamed, a decision later reversed by President Nelson Mandela and Defence Minister Joe Modise, who saw nothing wrong with the nomenclature.[1]

Deployments[edit]

9 SAI was deployed in Burundi in early 2006. Companies were deployed in different provinces and started projects such as upgrading hospitals, repainting school buildings, repairing the roofs, donating sports equipment to schools, sharing food with the local population and participating in different sports with the local population, the national police and the Burundi Defence Force.[2]

Role[edit]

Amphibious motorised infantry.

Home base[edit]

Eerste River, Western Cape

Battle honours[b][edit]

  • Cape of Good Hope[a]
  • Kilimanjaro[c]
  • Behobeho
  • Nvangao
  • East Africa 1916-7
  • East Africa 1917-8
  • Megiddo
  • Nablus
  • Palestine 1918

Leadership[edit]

Leadership
From Honorary Colonel To
From Officer Commanding To
2014 Lt Col M. Feni c. nd
From Regimental Sergeants Major To

Insignia[edit]

Previous Dress Insignia[edit]

SADF era SA Corps Battalions and 9 SAI insignia

Current Dress Insignia[edit]

SANDF era Infantry Formation insignia

Motto[edit]

  • Fortiter et fideliter (Boldly and faithfully)
  • Ebenhaeser (Thus far the Lord has led us)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Awarded in 1841 for service during the 4th, 5th and 6th Frontier Wars. Not inherited by subsequent incarnations.
  2. ^ a b Inherited from the SA Cape Corps
  3. ^ a b All awarded in 1926 and inherited by the SACC Service Bn in 1978

References[edit]

  1. ^ Englebrecht, Leon. "Fact File: 9 South African Infantry Battalion". DefenceWeb.co.za. DefenceWeb. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  2. ^ "9 South African Infantry Battalion (9 SAI Bn)". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 18 November 2014.