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Person of the year

Recipients of the Jack Bester Shield 

Regimental Association "ODJ" Award

The Brigadier Jack Bester “Person of the year” Shield. (Formerly the "Man of the Year Shield". The change in the name of this award was made in 2007 when WO1. Lynette Geldenhuys became the first female recipient of this award.)

This shield is awarded annually, since 1988, to the member of Witwatersrand Rifles who has more than any other member, rendered exceptional service in support of the Regiment and its objectives.

Recipients of the Jack Bester Shield:

  • 1988 – Cmdt. A.E. Dixon-Seager
  • 1989 – WO1. E.A. van den Berg
  • 1990 – WO2 J.C. Oosthuizen
  • 1991 – Pipe Major R. Bellingan
  • 1992 – Maj. T.P.A. O’Halloran
  • 1993 – WO1. S. Noonan
  • 1994 – WO1. D. Townsend
  • 1995 – Lt Col. J.L Job
  • 1996 – Maj. E.L. Carton-Barber
  • 1997 – WO1. D.J. Vosloo
  • 1998 – Maj. C.E. Casey
  • 1999 – S/Sgt. P.A. Raman
  • 2000 – Maj. L.M. van Niekerk
  • 2001 – WO1. V.E. Coetzee
  • 2002 – S/Sgt. W. Partridge & Sgt. W.B. Dliwayo
  • 2003 – Capt. J.A. Rudolph
  • 2004 – Capt. J. Cleobury
  • 2005 – WO1. D. Williams
  • 2006 – S/Sgt. J.V. Mpondwana
  • 2007 – WO1. L. Geldenhuys
  • 2008 – 2Lt. N.I. Nkosi
  • 2009 – WO1. G. Lourens
  • 2010 – Sgt. J. Nkuzo
  • 2011 – Rfn. N.L. Mazibuko
  • 2012 – Cpl. R.J. Venter
  • 2013 – Cpl. D. Kirsten
  • 2014 – Mrs. M. Fritz
  • 2015 – No Award Given
  • 2016 – No Award Given
  • 2017 – No Award Given

Regimental Association "ODJ" award

In keeping with the Regimental tradition of annually honouring an individual who has more than any other member, rendered exceptional service in support of the Regiment and the Association, the Regimental Association has instituted its own "Person of the Year" award.

The Following members are recipients of this award:

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  • 1996 - Sgt. R.J. Brown (Ret.)
  • 1997 - Sgt. R.J. Brown (Ret.)
  • 1998 - Sgt. R.J. Brown (Ret.)
  • 1999 - WO. 1 N.M.S. Korff, JCD (Ret.)
  • 2000 - Maj. T.P.A. O'Halloran, MMM, JCD (Ret.)
  • 2001 - Sgt. R.J. Brown (Ret.)
  • 2002 - Sgt. R.J. Brown (Ret.)
  • 2003 - Maj. T.P.A. O'Halloran, MMM, JCD (Ret.)
  • 2004 - Maj. T.P.A. O'Halloran, MMM, JCD (Ret.)
  • 2005 - WO 1. N.M.S. Korff, JCD (Ret.)
  • 2006 - Lt Col. K.J. Townsend, SM, MMM, JCD (Ret.)
  • 2007 - Lt Col. K.J. Townsend, SM, MMM, JCD (Ret.)
  • 2008 - Lt Col. K.J. Townsend, SM, MMM, JCD (Ret.)
  • 2009 - No Award given
  • 2010 - No Award given
  • 2011 - No Award Given
  • 2012 - No Award given
  • 2013 - No Award Given
  • 2014 - No Award Given
  • 2015 - No Award Given
  • 2016 - No Award Given
  • 2017 - No Award Given

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