On Wednesday 23 October the Chief of the SA Army, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, had a courtesy visit from the British Field Army delegation headed by Deputy Commander Major General William O`Leary.
The United Kingdom’s Field Army is the equivalent of the South African Army’s Reserves.
The purpose of the diplomatic visit was to strengthen the bilateral relations between two countries and focus on the army diplomacy, and to form interactions and benchmarking between South Africa and the United Kingdom. The heads of the delegation will also serve as the UK senior companions to their country’s reserve force members who are currently participating in an Annual Military skills competition currently taking place in Potchefstroom in the North West Province.
Included in the Field Army delegation was the President of the Confederation International Officers Reserves (CIOR), Colonel (ret) Chris Argent, and Major General (Ret) Keith Mokoape.
During the August 2018 Confederation International Officers Reserves Summer Congress in Quebec City (Canada), a meeting was held between the South African Reserve Force Council (SARFC) and the United Kingdom Reserve Force Association (UKRFA) and it was mutually agreed that a diplomacy visit between two organizations of both countries would be organised during the annual Military Skills Competition in Potchefstroom.
The South African Army delegation included Chief Army, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, Deputy Chief SA Army, Major General Mannetjies De Goede and Chief Director Army Corporate Services, Major General Thembelani Xundu, Chief Army Reserves and Director Project Koba-Tlala, Brigadier General Gerhard Kamffer and Army Foreign Relations, Lieutenant Colonel Hlengiwe Mkhize.