Brig. Don presenting a souvenir to Col. Dlamini, the Commandant of South African Special Forces School. PPU Photo.
By Capt Denis Omara
The Commander of Special Forces Command (CSFC), Brig. Don Nabasa, has returned from a working visit to South African Special Forces’ School, Makhado Air Force Base, South Africa.
“The purpose of the visit was to benchmark on South Africa’s Special Forces’ selection procedures for qualification training, and to secure training opportunities for Uganda’s Special Forces.” Brig. Don said.
Col. Mashego (right), the Director Force preparation, South African Special Forces receives a book; The Mustard seed from Brig. Don Nabasa, Commander SFC at Makhado Air Force Base, South Africa. PPU Photo.
He said that the visit offered them an opportunity to carry out comparative analysis of how other countries conduct selection of their operators and with a view of initiating student exchange programmes in the near future.
The CSFC , Brig. Nabasa, presenting Uganda’s Special Forces plaque to Brig. Maroma, the GOC South African Special Forces, at Uwaminifu Officers’ Club in Entebbe. PPU Photo
He was accompanied to South Africa by the Director of Strategic Planning SFC, Col. Grant Mugabi and the Commandant of Special Forces Command Training School Kaweweta, Maj Paul Miki Lokut
His visit to South Africa followed an earlier invitation by Brig. Maroma, General Officer Commanding (GOC) South African Special Forces, when he paid a courtesy call to SFC HQs, Entebbe in July, 2017.
Uganda and South Africa have over the years pursued strengthening bilateral defence relations hinging on Pan Africanist grounds. In 1992, the African National Congress (ANC) sent their fighters to train in Uganda; Kaweweta, Bombo, Kabamba and Jinja during the Anti-apartheid struggle marking the beginning of strategic relationship.
CSFC Brig. Nabasa presenting a book on Uganda’s Cultural Heritage to Da Costa, the South African Special Forces’ Sergeant Major at Makhado Air Force Base, South Africa. PPU Photo.
Special Forces Command is an important force multiplier of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces that must be utilized within the security community. Therefore, the need for strategic partnership especially in training is the clear-cut answer.