Pretoria Regiment Change of Command Parade, 2 June 2017

Article by and Photographs by Captain K.M. Mosia, Liaison Officer, SA Army Pretoria Regiment

The start of 2017 saw change in command of the Pretoria Regiment. The unit started the process of handing and taking over of the unit from Lieutenant Colonel Cliff van der Westhuizen to Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Chabalala. On 7 March 2017, the new Officer Commanding held his first meeting as commander outlining his plans for the year ahead. This was followed by a number of activities in the unit of which most important was the change of command parade held on 2nd June 2017.
 
The Regiment hosted an indoor parade at the South African Army College on 2nd June at 14:00. A number of Generals, Officers and invited guests were invited and attended the parade. 
 
At the start of the parade, Pretoria Regiment and Pretoria Highlanders colours were marched in by Warrant Officer 1 Francois Louw, Regimental Sergeant Major of the Pretoria Regiment. The flame of the Armour was lit as per SA Army Armour tradition.
 
Pretoria Regiment and Pretoria Highlanders members were invited to the Laying Up of Pretoria Highlanders Colours at the Christ Church the Sunday following the parade, 4 June 2017.
 
In conclusion, it was a momentous occasion, one to be remembered.
 
The Flame of the Armour Burns Forever!!!
 

 

Guests attending Pretoria Regiment Change of Command Parade at the SA Army College in Thaba-Tshwane 

The new Officer Commanding of Pretoria Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Chabalala

Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Chabalala (left) the incoming Officer Commanding Pretoria Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Cliff Van der Westhuizen (right) the outgoing Officer Commanding Pretoria Regiment

 

Pretoria Regiment Colour Party uncasing the Colours

 

The new Officer Commanding of Pretoria Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Chabalala

 

Lieutenant Colonel  Cliff Van der Westhuizen (left), the outgoing Officer Commanding Pretoria Regiment presents a sword to Lieutenant Colonel  Johnny Chabalala the incoming Officer Commanding Pretoria Regiment