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6 South African Infantry Battalion

6 South African Infantry Battalion is an air assault infantry unit of the South African Army.

6 South African Infantry Battalion
SADF 6 SAI emblem.jpg
SANDF 6 SAI emblem
Active 1 January 1962
Country  South Africa
Type Air assault infantry
Size Battalion
Part of

South African Army Infantry Formation

Garrison/HQ Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
Motto(s) Aliis Melius
South African Border War
Part of South African Army
Part of United Nations Force Intervention Brigade
Commanders Lt Col Altin John Gysman
  • Kibati
  • Triple Towers
  • Niyabiyondo
Lt Col Altin John Gysman
Company level insignia SA Army Company Insignia.png
SA Motorised Infantry beret bar circa 1992
SA Motorised Infantry beret bar



6 SAI was established on January 1, 1962, at Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.[1]

Bush War/ NamibiaEdit

The battalion became operational in 1970.[1] 6 SAI took part in Operation Protea and Operation Daisy in Angola.[1]

SADF 6 SAI Commemorative letter

Post 1994Edit

The battalion has since become an air assault infantry unit specifically trained to deploy via helicopters.[1] The battalion was deployed again in April 2013 to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the United Nations Force Intervention Brigade.[2][3][4][5][6][7] On the 28 August 2014, after their return from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the battalion was honoured with a Freedom of the City parade through Grahamstown.[8]

List of CommandersEdit

6 SA Infantry Battalion Leadership
From Commanding Officers To
n.d. Lt Col Altin J Gysman Present
From Regimental Sergeants Major To
n.d. MWO "Cassie" Coetzee Present


Previous Dress InsigniaEdit

SADF era 6 SAI insignia

Current Dress InsigniaEdit

SANDF Infantry wide cloth beret badge 
SANDF Infantry wide shoulder flash 
Air Assault badge 


Air Assault Infantry SANDF with Oryx 
6 SAI deploying from Oryx by fast-roping 

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Engelbrecht, Leon (2 March 2010). "Fact file: 6 SA Infantry Battalion". DefenceWeb. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "5 South African Infantry Battalion Deploys to DRC". African Defence. African Defence. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Olivier, Darren (29 August 2013). "The FIB Goes To War". African Defence Review. African Defence Review. Retrieved 25 September 2014. At 07h50 yesterday morning, the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) of the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) fired the opening shots of the first ever direct attack on rebel forces in UN peacekeeping history. 
  4. ^ Stupart, Richard. "The Last Days of M23". Retrieved 25 September 2014. It was an assault that few DRC cynics thought possible. Last week, with the assistance of the United Nations’s newly established Force Intervention Brigade, troops from the FARDC drove the M23 rebel faction to the Ugandan border and forced what has been effectively their total and unconditional surrender. 
  5. ^ Olivier, Darren (30 October 2013). "How M23 was rolled back". African Defence Review. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Olivier, Darren (1 May 2014). "Casualties in APCLS attack on MONUSCO/FARDC positions". African Defence Review. Retrieved 24 September 2014. The SANDF soldiers … stood their ground and defended their position with great courage and determination. 
  7. ^ Hofstatter, Stephan; Oatway, James (22 August 2014). "South Africa at war in the DRC - The inside story". Times Live. Sunday Times. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "6SAI honoured in Grahamstown parade". Daily Dispatch. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.