118 Battalion emblem
|Branch||South Africa Army|
|Part of||South African Army Infantry Corps|
|Garrison/HQ||Ellisras, Northern Transvaal now Lephalale, Limpopo Province|
|Equipment||Buffel APC, Samil 20|
|Company level Inisgnia|
|SA Motorised Infantry beret bar circa 1992|
Origin of the black battalions
By the late 1970s the South African government had abandoned its opposition to arming black soldiers within the SADF.
By early 1979, the government approved a plan to form a number of regional African battalions, each with a particular ethnic identity, which would serve in their homeland or under regional SADF commands. 
Development of the Lebowa Defence Force
Two addition Northern Sotho Battalions were established, the 117 and the 118. Troops for 118 SA Battalion were recruited from the self-governing territory of Lebowa.
118 Battalion resorted under the command of Group 14 from Potgietersrus.
118 Battalion was utilised to patrol the Botswana border but was also stationed at Mtubatuba in Kwa Zulu Natal for border patrols in that region.
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