SOLDIERING ON

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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.

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