Rhodesia - Intaf

Callsign - Lighthouse

DCs Station Mrewa

Mrewa District stretched from the east of Domboshawa to the Nyadiri River which formed the natural boundary between Mtoko and Mrewa. The District was an important one on the main road from Salisbury towards the Mozambique border.  Zanla used the area to infiltrate from Mozambique in the north.   In 1975 Mrewa was under considerable terrorist pressure.  This was compounded by the political decision to deprive Rhodesia of the support of South African forces which were deployed in support.  As a result, DCs from the less troubled districts were asked to volunteer to assist DC Dave Mirams at Mrewa, in his administration.  DC Lewis Walter was, as a result, posted to Nyakasoro from the 10th to 24th March 1975.  This deployment involved moral support to Intaf staff and carrying out such normal Intaf functions as were still possible.  Establishing the patrol base at Nyakasoro.  South African Police forces were still at Nyakasoro, but were restricted to their base.  This was much against their will and they watched with respect as the Intaf men set out each day with insufficient backup and inadequate vehicles.  For DC Lewis Walter it was an opportunity to work with DC Dave Mirams once again.  They had known each other since the day that Dave Mirams had joined Intaf.


Known members of staff over the years.

Dave Mirams.  District Commissioner.  (Wife Pam & three children). Killed in landmine Wednesday January 3 1979. His home and garden were exceptional. He kept peacocks which could be heard from anywhere in the village. The village generator providing light at night, was housed on his property.

Mervin Fox.  ADC.  

Barry Enslin.  (Husband and wife team. Debbie - nee Allen -)

Debbie Enslin.  ADC's was the eldest sister of Jane Allen, daughter of Dr Hamish Allen, Marandellas. Barry and Debbie moved to Welkom SA to work in the mining industry.

 Hugh Curtis.  SDO.  Wife Penny subject of much village gossip.

Field Assistant J Watson lived in the Curtis home. Hugh was not a strong character.

 Nick Baalbergen DO

Audi Medhurst.  Cadet/DO.  Had Mediterranean features. ARU Troop Commander. Recipient of MSM.

Arthur Jelliman.  Cadet/DO.  At Marandellas High with him. He went into computers at the Standard Bank.

Ian MacDonald.  Cadet/DO.  Based at Pfungwe.

Martin Perreira.  Cadet.

Neville Buffee.  Cadet.  

Gavin Venter.  NS Cadet.  North Pfungwe. Nyazhou PV

Dave Scott.  NS Cadet.  Son of Hilda Scott - DCs Office Umtali.

Vic Perreira.  NS Cadet.  Mechanic. Also at Mudzi.

Brian Salmon.  NS Cadet. 

Phil Wilson.  NS Cadet.

Graham Baier.  AO.  Ran fish hatchery and gum seedling nursery near the village. Later he transferred to Chiredzi.

 Jack Getty.  PDO.  

Pete Botha.  FA/PDO

John Watson.  FA.

 Ian Maclean.  Accounts Clerk.  (Husband and wife team).

Hilda Maclean

Graham Wright.  Clerk.  Ex Army. 

Pat Maiser.  Sometimes worked at the DCs Office, the wife of the Austrian Guard Force OC.

Tiny Bowen.  Lands Inspector.  Wife worked at the DCs office.
Arthur Green.  Lands Inspector.

Gerald Hawkesworth.  Vedette.  Captured in Darwin District when he was a Lands Inspector. Marched by ZANU captors to Tanzania, where he was held in a prison,until British MP Harold Soref negotiated his release and return to Rhodesia. Married to Pat Bashfords daughter.

Jose Rodrigues.  Vedette.  Was an important part of the workshop team.  Did his call-ups as a excellent mechanic. Did vehicle maintenance. 

John Da Silva Bento.  Vedette.  

George Rautenbach.  Vedette.  Call-up mechanic in the workshops.

Nick Nicodemi.  Vedette.  Call-up mechanic in the workshops. 

John Scrutton.  Vedette

Graham Main.  Vedette

Graham Huggins.  Vedette

Mike Cox.  Vedette 

Richard Stannard - Cadet - and Charlie Nicolle - DO (The son of Hostes Nicolle, Sec Intaf), were stationed at Mrewa at the time of the 14th Bindura course.

DC's station from the air

DC's offices

1:50 000 scale map of Mrewa
Mrewa DA.  Note the crossed rifles marksman's badge worn on the upper left sleeve.  Photo from John Kinnear.
Mrewa Vedettes.  Photo from Piet Henning.

DC Dave Mirams Land Rover.  He did not survive the blast.

Newspaper article covering the death of DC Dave Mirams
Gerald Hawkesworth at the ADF workshops at Mrewa.  Photo from Nick Baalbergen.
Medal parade at Mrewa.  Photo from Nick Baalbergen.

Mrewa WO Marufu.  Note World War Two medal ribbons indicating service in Burma against the Japanese. Photo from John Kinnear.

Mrewa - Audie Medhurst - John Kinnear - uk - Errol Brownhill.  Photo from John Kinnear

DC Mrewa Reaction Unit

Pre deployment battle camp

DC Mrewa predeployment battle camp