7SAI was established on October 1, 1973 at Bourke’s Luck under command of then Commandant (Lt Colonel) Eddie Webb. The RSM was WO1 V Coleman. The battalion received its first NSM intake in 1974.
The unit moved to Phalaborwa in 1981. In 1988 the unit became part of Group 13 and re-roled from a training unit to an operational rear-area protection unit along with the co-located 113Bn. The unit became part of trhe Rapid Deployment Force in November 1994. It regained self accountable status in 1996.
In 1998, 7SAI contributed forces to Operation Boleas, the often-criticised intervention in Lesotho to restore order in the face of a mutiny by part of the Lesotho Army. 7SAI deployed to Burundi in 2002 in support of peace efforts there (Operation Fibre). The unit emblem is a Rooikat (caracal) superimposed on a Maltese cross. The Rooikat is common in the area and is known for its aggressiveness, shrewdness, alertness, boldness and preparedness, attributes befitting the infantry and promoted at 7SAI. The cross is in memory of two gold crosses commissioned by ZAR President TF Burger and presented to two Bourke’s Luck ladies for their help in caring for and nursing wounded Boer commandos during the Sekhukhune War. The grosses were made in Germany from gold mined at Bourke’s Luck.
Current role: Motorised Infantry
Current base: Phalaborwa, Limpopo
Motto: Tenacuter (Perseverance)