10 South African Infantry Battalion

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10 South African Infantry Battalion
SADF 10 SAI emblem.jpg
10 SAI emblem
Active 1 January 1994 to present
Country  South Africa
Branch  South African Army
Type Motorised infantry
Part of South African Army Infantry Formation
Garrison/HQ Mafikeng, North-West Province
Motto(s) Respice Finem!
Equipment Mamba APC
Company level insignia SA Army Company Insignia.png
Bophuthatswana Defence Force Beret Bar pre 1992 Bophutsthatswana Defence Force Beret Bar
SANDF type 2 Infantry Beret bar 1992 - 2003 SANDF era type 2 Infantry Beret bar

10 South African Infantry Battalion[1] is a motorised infantry unit of the South African Army.


10 SAI[2] was established on January 1, 1994, at Mafikeng, Northwest Province as a result of the amalgamation of infantry elements of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force into the SANDF.

SANDF's Motorised Infantry[edit]

SANDF’s Motorised Infantry is transported mostly by Samil trucks, Mamba APC’s or other un-protected motor vehicles. Samil 20,50 and 100 trucks transport soldiers, towing guns, and carrying equipment and supplies. Samil trucks are all-wheel drive, in order to have vehicles that function reliably in extremes of weather and terrain. Motorised infantry have an advantage in mobility allowing them to move to critical sectors of the battlefield faster, allowing better response to enemy movements, as well as the ability to outmaneuver the enemy.



From Honorary Colonel To
From Officer Commanding To
2015 Lt Col Charles Xapa c. nd
From Regimental Sergeants Major To


Previous Dress Insignia[edit]

SANDF early era 10 SAI insignia

Current Dress Insignia[edit]

SANDF era Infantry Formation insignia



  1. ^ http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6918:fact-file-10-sa-infantry-battalion&catid=79:fact-files&Itemid=159
  2. ^ Grundy, K.W. Soldiers without politics, Blacks in the South African Armed Forces, Perspectives on Southern Africa, 33, University of California Press, Berkley. ISBN 0-520-04710-9 AACR2