From SAMVOINT Chairman Veteran Tony Macquet MMM
It gives me great pleasure to announce the following positions and I trust you will join me in congratulating these members and wish them every success in the execution of their duties.
International Vice Chairman
Veteran Steve Porter:
I am pleased to announce that Steve Porter will be supporting me in my role as Chairman of SAMVOINT by filling the International Vice Chairman position within the global SAMVO concept.
Steve did his basic training in the Armoured Corps of the South African Army in 1979 and 1980 and he completed his National Service camp / operations commitment with 1SSB.
He and his wife Charmaine immigrated to California in the United States of America where he became aware of the concept of SAMVOA and he felt that this was something that should also be available to South African Veterans living in the United States. He then founded SAMVOUSA in April 2013, which mirrored SAMVOA by adopting the same dress and a similar constitution and very soon growth saw SAMVOUSA receiving applicants from around the USA and Canada.
As National Chairman, Steve’s current focus in SAMVOUSA is to create a greater awareness of the organization amongst veterans living in North and South America and to build on the growth of SAMVOUSA. In the United States his Executive Team is working towards veterans participating in the Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC, which is held in May of each year. This will provide the opportunity for SAMVOUSA members to honour and recognize our fallen countrymen as well as those of their adopted country.
As a current CIO (Chief Information Officer) of a global software company, with personal experience of over 30 years in IT and executive level management, Steve brings much to SAMVOINT and we wish him every success in his objective to support the aims and objectives of the organisation and to grow both SAMVOINT and SAMVOUSA.
International Master-at Arms
Veteran Richard Southey MMM:
I am pleased to announce that Veteran Richard Southey, who is the National Master-at-Arms for SAMVOA, has agreed to extend this responsibility to taking on the international role. In 2015 Richard commenced working on various documents updating SAMVOA policies and procedures. These included Guidelines for the Conducting of Military Veterans’ Funerals, Guidelines for the Formal Dinner and the SAMVOA Dress regulations.
In 2015 he was appointed Chairman of the National Formal Mess Dinner and he was presented with his last outstanding service medal, The Southern Africa Medal. He was also awarded The SAMVOA Distinguished Service Award (a plaque) as well as The SAMVOA Bugle for “SAMVOA Member of the Year”.
Richard was conscripted in 1978 to do his National Service with 4 SAI when he proceeded to work his way up the non-commissioned ranks by completing his Section Commanders course, Platoon Commanders/Sergeants Course and then his Company Sergeants Major Course at the Danie Thereon Combat School in 1983, where he was positioned first and voted best student in class. Later that year he was promoted to WO2.
Richard was serving as CSM with Randburg Commando when he was approached and subsequently appointed as RSM of Johannesburg South Regiment where he served until January 1991, when he stepped aside for WO2 Bill Russel (†) to take over as RSM.
Richard was a regular attendee on the Monday evening admin nights at the Unit HQ, he looked after his troops doing “Township duties” and he was a keen member of the JSR shooting team and he was also chosen to represent the Group 18 shooting team.
Richard married Linda in April 1987 at the Germiston Racecourse by their Regimental Chaplain in true military style. In 2004 Richard and his family immigrated to Australia.
Richard joined SAMVOA in July 2014 and I soon approached him to serve as the SAMVOA National Master-at-Arms.
International Public Relations and Liaison Director
Veteran Heidi Fourie MMM:
I am delighted to announce that Veteran Heidi Fourie will be joining the SAMVOINT Team in the role of International Public Relations and Liaison Director.
Veteran Heidi Fourie comes from a military background where she specialised in electronic warfare, radar systems, foreign language translations and image interpretation. She later became involved in airborne surveillance operations (forward air control, helicopter SAR and UAV systems). She pursued a career in UAV Systems and became the South African Air Force’s leading authority on UAV and helicopter-borne surveillance and targeting operations. For the best part of 15 years (1985 – 2000), she was deployed operationally in support of helicopter-borne and unmanned systems surveillance missions. She became the squadron commander of 10 Squadron (Seeker UAV System) in 1999 until it was shut down in 2001 due to Defence budget cuts.
Heidi subsequently resigned as a Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) from the South African Air Force in 2001 to manage the technology retention program between the South African Defence Industry (Denel) and the Air Force until 2003. She then joined BAE Systems Australia in 2003 in Melbourne and held various portfolios throughout a range of projects and programs within the company, which included a PR role.
Heidi joined SAMVOA in 2004 as part of the founding group in Melbourne. She remained with the organisation as the PR and Liaison Officer for a few years until she was transferred to New South Wales. Although not as involved after leaving Victoria because of where she was located in NSW, she remained focused on the aims and objectives of the organisation and she has retained contact with her veteran friends.
Veteran Roland de Vries, SD, SM, MMM:
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Veteran Roland de Vries, SD, SM, MMM, as SAMVOINT’s International Ambassador-at-Large.
Roland de Vries joined the South African Army in 1963 and he qualified as an officer in January 1964. He completed the Senior Command and Staff Course (Army) in 1980 and the Joint Staff Course in 1985.
Roland served in many training and operational positions in the South African Defence Force (SADF) as well as the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). He led the Transformation Team in 1997 in developing a new integrated Leadership, Command and Management Concept for the Department of Defence. In 1997 he was appointed Chief of Joint Training and in 1998 as Deputy Chief of the SA Army. This role entailed developing a new Military Strategy for the SA Army as well as planning and managing the army’s transformation process.
Roland has published a book on “Mobile Warfare for Southern Africa” and written many articles on warfare, leadership and command themes. He has also consulted to Denel (South African Defence Industry) on Ground Based Air Defence Systems and Command and Control, to the United Arab Emirates Land Forces on the capability enhancement of its Land Forces and a variety of African countries on defence transformation.
Roland retired as Major General and he is married to Henriette and they have four children Roland (Jnr), Elmarie, Melanie and Pieter.
Roland and Henriette currently reside in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa and he serves as an independent Strategic Security, Defence and Leadership Development Consultant. He remains engaged in advisory support for corporate security services and the transformation initiatives of defence forces in developing countries.
Roland joined SAMVOA in March 2015 and has proved to be a great asset to veterans living abroad and to SAMVOA in particular.
Please join me in wishing Roland every success with this appointment and to assure him of our full support as International Ambassador-at-Large – SAMVOINT.
International Peer Support Director
This position is under negotiation and I will update everyone once this is finalised.
Director Digital Media (Title is still to be finalised)
Charmaine started her working career as a graphic designer in South Africa where she developed and lectured graphic design courses for Damelin College.
She moved into designing and developing websites in the late 90’s and she provided technical support and assistance to Yahoo’s public website community.
She has built and maintained numerous company websites, including the setup of social media and interaction between the social media platforms and websites. She has advised on data privacy and security controls.
Charmaine joined SAMVOUSA under the Special Skills Membership category in 2006 on the founding of SAMVOUSA, where she is the Administrator for SAMVOUSA and responsible for the day to day operation of the organization. She constantly liaises with SAMVOUSA members and is generally their first point of contact.
She has developed and maintained the SAMVOUSA website and setup social media for the organisation and is responsible for all website and social media updates.
Charmaine has taken over the SAMVOA website and placed this on a more modern platform than it was on previously. She has also developed the SAMVOZA website as well as the SAMVOINT one.