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Restrictions on the Entry to the SA Army Combat Training Centre Training Area. An excerpt from Government Gazette no 7597 dd 29 May 1981 Schedule no 1173 in which the area is promulgated is repeated hereunder:

"By virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 89(1) of the Defence Act, 1957 (Act 44 of 1957), I, Joe Modise, Minister of Defence, restricts the entry of all persons to the area described in the attached schedule, which is used for military or defence purposes or is under the control of the South African National Defence Force, unless such persons are so authorised subject to the provisions laid down by the competent military authority"

BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

The Ga-Thlose Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1890 and was managed as its domain by Agricultural Credit. Ownership by the local population was denied through proclamation in 1976 and the Reserve was proclaimed a restricted military area. The local population living in the area were to be relocated in the passage of time. In the meantime it was agreed that the specific group of the local community could graze their cattle in the designated grazing areas. The movement to Ga-Thlose from the Sishen Gate was also permitted.

The purchase of farms east and south of the above-mentioned area was completed in 1981 and the area, as a whole, was proclaimed as a restricted military area. (See par 4). The infrastructure taken over from the farmers was in a good condition.

Surface Area. The total area covers 156 500 hectares. It is 35 km at its widest point and is 59 km in length from north to south.

Two Eskom high tension lines, which are maintained regularly by Eskom personnel, cross the area.

A secondary gravel road from Kuruman through Billinghurstmine to Postmasburg with a secondary road over Arbeidsvreugd to Danielskuil is no longer maintained by the Roads Administration. Various farm roads branch off from these roads and crisscross the southern (new) area.

Rainfall in the area is considered to be good in the Griqualand West region.

Because of the size of the area, the presence of the local inhabitants and cattle farmers in the Ga-Thlose area the infrastructure must be kept intact and the problem of blinds and safety control has determined that high-explosive impact areas must be restricted to specified objectives. For better control and optimal use the range has been subdivided into sectors, each sector with its own restrictions and potential.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Range Outer Boundaries and Sectors. See 1:50 000 Reduced Map

USE

General. Within the limits of the prescribed regulations the range may be used for the following purposes:

  • As target areas for all high-explosive weapons.

  • As a target area for anti-tank and armour weapons.

  • As a target area for all SAAF weapons.

  • As a fire area for all anti-aircraft weapons.

  • As a target area for fire and manoeuvring training.

  • As a target area for small-calibre weapons.

  • Exercises with and without troops.

  • Demolition work.

  • Bivouacs.

  • Movement exercises which do not include the firing of weapons.

Sectors and Ranges

  • Sector A/A Range

    • As target areas for all high-explosive weapons.

    • As a target area for anti-tank and armour weapons.

    • As a target area for all SAAF weapons.

    • As a fire area for all antiaircraft weapons.

    • As a target area for fire and manoeuvring training.

    • As a target area for small-calibre weapons.

    • Exercises with and without troops.

    • Demolition work.

    • Grid square 1829 Ga-Motudi can be used as a jettisoning area for SAAF weapons.

    • The area is developed with regard to objectives and is the most suitable for fire and manoeuvring training from the south, east and north.

  • Sector B / B Range

    • As target areas for all high-explosive weapons.

    • As a target area for anti-tank and armour weapons.

    • As a target area for all SAAF weapons.

    • As a fire area for all antiaircraft weapons.

    • As a target area for fire and manoeuvring training.

    • As a target area for small-calibre weapons.

    • Exercises with and without troops.

    • Demolition work.

    • The area is the most suitable area for armour training when no other independent manoeuvring can take place.

    • It is traditionally an artillery training area.

  • Sector C / C Range

    • As target areas for all high-explosive weapons.

    • As a target area for anti-tank and armour weapons.

    • As a target area for all SAAF weapons.

    • As a fire area for all antiaircraft weapons.

    • As a target area for fire and manoeuvring training.

    • As a target area for small-calibre weapons.

    • Exercises with and without troops.

    • Demolition work.

    • Is suitable for armour training and manoeuvring.

    • Because of the sector's proximity to SA Army CTC it is earmarked as a target area for static firing demonstrations.

  • Sector D

    • As target areas for all high-explosive weapons.

    • As a target area for anti-tank and armour weapons.

    • As a target area for all SAAF weapons.

    • As a fire area for all antiaircraft weapons.

    • As a target area for fire and manoeuvring training.

    • As a target area for small-calibre weapons.

    • Exercises with and without troops.

    • Demolition work.

    • Unless Sectors B and D are combined, this sector is unsafe for the use of direct-aimed high muzzle velocity high-explosive weapons, in particular those of tanks.

  • Sector E / E Range

    • Only used for movement and manoeuvring training.

    • Can be used by artillery and mortars as a deployment area to fire into Sectors B, D and F.

    • Suitable for bivouacs.

  • Sector F / F Range

    • As target areas for all high explosive weapons.

    • As a target area for anti-tank and armour weapons.

    • As a target area for all SAAF weapons.

    • As a fire area for all anti-aircraft weapons.

    • As a target area for fire and manoeuvring training.

    • As a target area for small calibre weapons.

    • Exercises with and without troops.

    • Demolition work.

    • Unsuitable for direct aim high muzzle velocity weapons.

    • Very suitable for artillery and mortar sharp-end training.

    • Must be combined with Sectors E, G or D if it is to be used by the artillery.

  • Sector G / G Range

    • As target areas for all high-explosive weapons.

    • As a target area for anti-tank and armour weapons.

    • As a target area for all SAAF weapons.

    • As a fire area for all antiaircraft weapons.

    • As a target area for fire and manoeuvring training.

    • As a target area for small-calibre weapons.

    • Exercises with and without troops.

    • Demolition work.

    • Bivouacs.

    • Movement exercises which do not include the firing of weapons.

    • Very suitable as a bivouac area.

    • Suitable for the deployment of indirect weapons to fire into Sectors F, D and B provided that no overhead fire over Grid  3103 is carried out.

  • Section H / H Range

    • Suitable for the deployment of engineer squadrons / troops.

    • Field classification shoots can be conducted.

    • Demolition work training can be carried out.

  • Section I / I Range

    • This sector is allocated to the Infantry Branch.

    • Suitable for bivouacs.

    • Field classification shoots and small calibre weapon training can be conducted.

    • Medium range anti-tank weapons, 60 and 81mm mortars, grenade weapons and pyrotechnics can be fired in the high explosive impact area.

    • As target areas for all high explosive weapons.

    • As a target area for anti-tank and armour weapons.

    • As a target area for all SAAF weapons.

    • As a fire area for all anti-aircraft weapons.

    • As a target area for fire and manoeuvring training.

    • As a target area for small calibre weapons.

    • Exercises with and without troops.

    • Demolition work.

    • Bivouacs.

    • Movement exercises which do not include the firing of weapons.

  • Section J / J Range (Integrated Assault Range):

    • Comprises the following ranges:

      • Range E.

      • Range F.

      • Range G.

      • Range H.

      • Portion of Range I.

    • The range is large enough to carry out integrated training with a force of combat team size and is also suitable for the following:

      • Fire and manoeuvring training from the south and west.

      • Combat team quick attacks.

      • Assault bridge crossings.

      • Artillery and mortar deployment areas.

      • Armour training and maneuvering.

      • Artillery and mortar sharp-end training.

      • Demolition work training can be carried out.

    • Uses. Within the limits of the prescribed regulations the range can be used for the following purposes:

      • Target areas for all high explosive weapons.

      • Target area for all anti-tank and armour weapons.

      • Target area for all SAAF weapons.

      • Fire area for all anti-aircraft weapons.

      • Target area for fire and manoeuvring training.

      • Target area for small calibre weapons.

      • Exercises with or without troops.

      • Demolition works.

      • Bivouacs.

      • Movement exercises which do not include the firing of weapons.

      • Planned (deliberate) attacks.

Ga-Thlose Trust Area

  • The area is allocated as a gesture of goodwill by the GOC SA Army Battle School, as the Combat Training Centre was previously known, to the Khosi residents of Ga-Thlose. The specific group of Khosis may only reside in the sector. The Khosis community are allowed to remain purely as a gesture of goodwill by the SANDF.

  • Manoeuvring and movement can be practised but no weapons can be fired and no damage to the fences is permitted.