84 Motorised Brigade (South Africa)

84 Motorised Brigade was a formation of 8 South African Armoured Division, a combined arms force consisting of infantry, armour and artillery.

84 Motorised Brigade
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84 Motorised Brigade emblem
Country South Africa
Allegiance South Africa
Branch South African Army
TypeMotorised Brigade
Part ofSouth African Composite Brigade
Nickname(s)84 Mot
Motto(s)Ubukhali besizenze (The sharp end of the axe)
EngagementsSouth African Border War
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The brigade was formed on August 1, 1974 in Durban as part of the 8 South African Armoured Division. The Brigade was located at Lords Grounds, which has a military history since 1842.

Initial StructureEdit

Under this reorganisation, the following units were transferred from Natal Command to the new command:

Structure SADF 84 Motorised Brigade
SADF era Brigade level Sergeant Major insignia

Brigade Training and ExercisesEdit

As a Citizen Force formation, 84 Motorised Brigade would make use of call-up orders for its personnel to generally report for 3 months service. Headquarters staff would then leave for Lohatla, where a transfer camp would be established to process troops en route to the operational area in northern South West Africa. Processing of units would include personal documentation, a medical examination, inoculation and the issuing of equipment and weapons. Each unit on completion of the necessary processing, would entrain to the Olienhoutplaat Station for a six-day journey to Grootfontein, the railhead near the Operational Area. All 84 Brigades units had at one time or another served in the Operational Area and at the end of the Republic Festival celebrations in 1981 elements of 84 Motorised Brigade were airlifted from Durban for border duties.[1]


SADF era 84 Motorized Brigade insignia


84 Motorised Brigade Leadership
From Officers Commanding To
1974 Brigadier G.J. Wolmarans 26 March 2023
26 March 2023 Colonel H.F.P. Riekert 26 March 2023
26 March 2023 Colonel F.J.van Tonder 26 March 2023
26 March 2023 Colonel P.J.W. Hall 1982 [a] 26 March 2023


  1. ^ Former OC of Bushmen Battalion at Omega in the Caprivi


  1. ^ The Natal Mercury Supplement Thursday March 9, 1982