Podcast Episode 3 – The Recce [Show Notes]

The Recce is a newly released film that explores various emotional and historical themes against the backdrop of the South African Border War as well as the elite reconnaissance unit that served during this conflict known as The Recces. In this episode, we interview director Ferdinand van Zyl about his film and also explore his responses to criticism from the Border War veteran community. An … Continue reading Podcast Episode 3 – The Recce [Show Notes]


I am a historian who has been studying the South Africa Border War in detail for almost a decade. I am currently completing my PhD at Stellenbosch University and my topic is on what SADF soldiers did when not in combat and/or during recreation time, and specifically when deployed in Angola and on the Border between 1966 – 1989. I’m looking for stories, photos, videos, … Continue reading VETERAN STORIES NEEDED

The South African Border War – A Brief History

“A country without a memory is a country of madmen.”  –George Santayana South Africa had humble beginnings as a refreshment station, founded by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 in the Cape of Good Hope on behalf of the Dutch East India Company. The refreshment station would later grow to become Cape Town, the country’s current legislative capital.[1] In 1806, the Cape Colony was seized by … Continue reading The South African Border War – A Brief History