Marievale military base on Gauteng’s East Rand will not become a second base for the SA Army Specialised Infantry Capability (SAASIC).
The base, plagued by squatters whose cause was taken as far as the North Gauteng High Court by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), remains an SA Army base according to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Directorate: Corporate Communication (DCC).
It will, on an as yet unspecified date, add equestrian training to its range of military functions, currently limited to infantry. This is in the form of the Bambatha Rifles Regiment, the former Witwatersrand Rifles Reserve Force regiment, elements of the Infantry Formation and guard details from 21 SA Infantry Battalion, headquartered at Doornkop, south of Johannesburg.
The Far East Rand base was recently visited by a delegation headed by Major General Patrick Dube, Infantry Formation GOC (General Officer Commanding). While there he inspected stabling prepared for SAASIC’s equestrian component. The specialist unit is based at Potchefstroom in North West and is regularly deployed on border protection as its mounted and canine components are force multipliers in the territorial integrity tasking.
Stabling at Marievale, the SANDF said, is part of systematic improvement of the SAASIC equestrian wing training facility”, in line with specifications of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).