My H4-2020 message
This has been an amazing year to this point and little did we know at the start that many of the events we took for granted like ANZAC Day, Boer War Day, Reserve Forces Day, and maybe even Remembrance Day would not be the same. SAMVOA Members have always enjoyed our SAMVOA National Business Planning and Formal Mess, but these have also been casualties.
Fortunately, not all parts of Australia have been so affected, as SAMVOA Queensland had a most successful Formal Mess, which almost didn’t happen due to Covid-19. However after missing the regular time slot of June, SAMVOA Queensland managed to have its annual Formal Dinner on the 19th September.
No matter where you are, we trust that you and your families are COVID-19 free and making your way through this pandemic.
A very interesting fact is that YTD, SAMVOINT has grown by 218 new Members. So far, SAMVOA has 84, SAMVOZA has 100, SAMVOEU has 23 and SAMVOUSA has 11. The four SAMVOINT Entities around the world continue to facilitate opportunities for our members to meet, network and, where able, to attend Remembrance Services in our host countries.
A very interesting outcome of COVID-19 has been the highly successful Zoom presentations, managed out of SAMVOA Victoria. Attendance has been from most parts of the world. As a SAMVOINT Member, you should consider joining our “Virtual Presentations” on Zoom and these take place monthly on the first Thursday of every month. This is coordinated from Australia by Veteran Joe Keyter, who has arranged some excellent speakers, all experts on their subject. Feel free to contact Joe for more information and / or an invitation to join the group.
· Zone 1 – SAMVOA – Australia, New Zealand and Asia – 1930H.
· Zone 2A – SAMVOZA – South Africa and Rest of Africa – 1030H
· Zone 2B – SAMVOEU – Europe, United Kingdom and Ireland – 0930H for UK& Ireland.
· Zone 3 – SAMVOUSA – North and South America – 0330H (Houston USA)
SAMVOINT is the umbrella of the SAMVO group and we are always in need of capable volunteers. If there is anyone who has experience in managing Websites as a Webmaster and would like to participate on the SAMVOINT Website, please contact me to discuss this further. Please note that SAMVOINT is run entirely by volunteers, who give of their time, in service to our Veterans.
My message for this fourth quarter is about us emerging on the other side of this pandemic with our health and economic futures intact. May this be the case and the SAMVOINT Executive joins me in wishing each of you all the very best over this difficult period.
The South African Military Veterans Organisation International (SAMVOINT) is an ex-servicemen / women's organisation comprising Military and Police Veterans who were called up or who volunteered to serve their country, South Africa, in the SADF / SANDF, SAP / SAPS, or the South African Correctional Services, and who now reside in and outside of South Africa.
There can be no doubt that we proudly served in the best defence force that Africa has ever seen.
This Veteran Organisation dedicates itself, in grateful recognition and memory of their countrymen, the Immortal Dead of South Africa, who, at the call of Duty, made the supreme Sacrifice on the battlefields of Africa, Asia and Europe, on land, at sea and in the air.
The Border War
The South African Border War, commonly referred to as the Angolan Bush War in South Africa, was a conflict that took place from 1966 to 1989 in South-West Africa (now Namibia) and Angola between South Africa and its allied forces (mainly UNITA) on the one side and the Angolan Armed Forces (FAPLA), South-West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO), and their allies – mainly Cuba – on the other. It was closely intertwined with the Angolan Civil War and the Namibian War of Independence.