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"
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
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to Postmasburg with a secondary road over Arbeidsvreugd to Danielskuil is no longer
maintained by the Roads Administration.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
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
Range Outer Boundaries and Sectors. See 1:50 000 Reduced Map
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.
Movement exercises which do not include the firing of
Sectors and Ranges
Ga-Thlose Trust Area
The area is allocated as a gesture of goodwill by the
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
Manoeuvring and movement can be practised but no weapons can
be fired and no damage to the fences is permitted.