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How to Obtain a Personnel Record:
The approximately 3 million personnel records in the Department of Defence Archives are indexed
according to a specific convention. You are therefore requested to provide the Documentation
Centre with as much detail as possible regarding the person you are seeking information on.
The following are guidelines:
Records of all South African servicemen in the Army, Navy and Air Force are held in the SANDF archives. Copies of service records can be acquired if application is made in writing.
Records cannot be sent electronically and therefore a fax number or postal address must be included in the request.
SANDF Documentation Service Directorate
The Senior Staff Officer
Private Bag X289
Telephone: +27 12 339 4600
Fax: +27 12 339 4631
Send copy of passport/identity document and postal address.
Private Research Consultants
The following professional military researchers may be able to assist with obtaining service records, certificates and information from the SANDF Archives. Please contact them directly for details of services offered and fees:
Graham Du Toit
Cell phone: 083 628 3014
Fax: +27 (12) 662 3596
Cell phone: 072 895 6900
Fax: +27 (86) 604 5270
For more information, contact the
South African Air Force:
Official SAAF Website
SAAF Corporate Communication
SA Air Force Headquarters
Private Bag X199
Telephone: +27 (0)12 355 6321 / 6372
Fax: +27 (0)12 355 6398
The Chief of Defence Corporate Communication
Private Bag X161