Decorated soldier Koos Moorcroft, with 40 years service in the South African National Defence Force, turned 78 this year, yet he is still more agile, active and sharp-minded than many men half his age. Nowadays, he keeps active by sharing his years of invaluable expertise serving in elite reconnaissance units with game rangers to help equip them to take the fight to poachers. He was one of the founding members of the country’s first special forces unit: 1 Reconnaissance Commando, in the ’70s. In 1978, he joined 5 Recce as regimental sergeant major (RSM), a post he filled until 1991. Two years later he was appointed sergeant major of the SA Defence Force and served on the General Staff until his retirement from the force in 2001. He is a real-life man of steel. An icon, and a hero.