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RSA battalion undergoes jungle warfare training ahead of DRC rotation

ByJanice K. Merrill

Jul 13, 2022

The Mafikeng-based 10th SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) is undergoing jungle warfare training at Entabeni ahead of the next RSABATT (RSA Battalion) rotation to the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) Brigade. intervention of the MONUSCO force (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The SA Army exercises Matha and Phirima serve as final preparation for the rotation around October/November and are conducted and supervised by the 43rd SA Brigade. Exercise Phirima took place at the Ben Viljoen training area in Phalaborwa and in June covered elements such as foot and vehicle patrols, ambush drills, engagement team operations, base protection, escort duties, casualty evacuation, and day and night navigation.

Exercise Matha moves to Entabeni in Limpopo. The area resembles the rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with its dense canopy of trees and humid climatic conditions throughout the year.

43rd SA Brigade Headquarters reported this week that South African forces “are undergoing intensive jungle warfare training which focuses on special tactics, techniques and procedures that enable a soldier to survive and to operate in the jungle. Members will learn how to orient themselves in the jungle, they will carry out navigation and survival exercises (life in the jungle); river crossing operations with combat equipment and in addition they will conduct training on jungle patrol and live fire in the jungle. The soldier’s physical fitness and combat readiness, combined with appropriate tactical appreciation, will be put to the test.

Jungle warfare training will take up to four weeks before members are officially handed over to joint operations for mission readiness training at De Brug, Bloemfontein ahead of their departure to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The RSABATT group responsible for the deployment in the DRC comprises 10 ISCs as its main component with the support of other services and divisions in the form of medical and tactical intelligence. Another South African contribution is a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) drawn from the 1 Parachute Battalion.

The 21st South African Infantry Battalion is currently the South African component of the UN Force Intervention Brigade in the DRC, tasked with protecting Congolese civilians from attacks and intimidation by the many rebel groups active in that area. central African countries.