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The National Ceremonial Guard (NCG) is a honor guard battalion of the South African National Defence Force serving during ceremonies involving the President of South Africa, Deputy President of South Africa, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans and the Chief of the South African National Defence Force.

National Ceremonial Guard
Nasionale Seremoniële Wag
The National Ceremonial Guard at the opening of 17th World Festival of Youth and Students.
Country South Africa
BranchSouth African National Defence Force
TypeHonor Guard
RoleCeremonial guard
Size293 personnel
Garrison/HQSebokeng Military Complex, Pretoria



The unit was originally founded in May 1967 as the State Presidents Guard when Charles Robberts Swart was the State President of South Africa. It was dissolved in 1990 ahead of the first democratic elections in 1994. The unit was rebranded in September 1996 as the National Ceremonial Guard. The NCG's old uniform of dark green tunic with black pants was reinstated after it was reestablished. In April 2008, the NCG moved into the Sebokeng Military Complex by order of the president.[1][2]


The NCG takes part official state functions such as the opening of Parliament, and the welcoming ceremonies of visits by international leaders and statesmen to South Africa. It also provides guards of honour at inaugurations of Presidents, state funerals and certain national monuments.

It is composed of a Guard of Honour, a VIP protection company, a drill team, and a military band. Both the NCG and its military band have been sent to different countries to perform in military tattoos and other international events.



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  2. ^ "It was revived by president Mandela in the late 1990s, in its present form as the "National Ceremonial Guard"". 15 March 2018.