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Wester's 4 man SAS Squad, Rhodesian Bush, 1978

Johannes Wester is a by Ex-Rhodesian SAS officer and CEO of Kraaivuur International, which he founded after the fall of Rhodesia. He Currently Lives in Cape Town, on Kraaisenes (Raven's Nest), a old oil rig off of Cape Town Bay.


  • 1956
    • 15 August

Wester born in Sailsbury, Zimbabwe, then the Crown Colony of Southern Rhodesia

  • 1965
    • 11 November

Rhodesian Unilateral Declaration of Independence

  • 1966
    • 28 April
      • Rhodesian Security Forces engaged militants in Sinoia, fist major conflict of the Rhodesian Bush War
  • 1975

Wester joins the 1st Rhodesian SAS (Then known as "C" Squadron (Rhodesian) Special Air Service), becoming their youngest member.

  • 1978

C Squadron Becomes the 1st Rhodesian SAS

  • 1979
    • Fall of Rhodesia.
    • Johannes Wester moves to Cape Town.
  • 1980
    • Wester hired by the South African Government to train the SADF Recces in the tactics used by the Rhodesian SAS during the Bush Wars against ZANLA and ZIPRA, so the Recces can use them in the ongoing South African Border War against SWAPO
  • 1982
    • March
      • Wester's Contract with the Government Ended, settles down and buys a Cape Town Oil rig cheaply due to oil well drying up.
  • 1983
    • October
      • Founds Kraaivuur Security
  • 1983-1990
    • Kraaivuur Security is hired by rich white Apartheids living in Cape Town to Police their suburbs.
  • 1990-1993
    • 11 February 1990
      • Nelson Mandela Released from prison.
    • Apartheid was dismantled in a series of negotiations.
  • 1994
    • 26–27 April
      • At midnight the old apartheid flag was lowered.
      • After the election held on 27 April 1994, Nelson Mandela is sworn in.
    • 65% of White Neighborhoods in Johannesburg, 87% in Cape Town are policed by Kraaivuur Security amongst fears of Whites being evicted from homes.
    • The SADF superseded by the South African National Defence Force.
    • Rise of Applications to join Kraaivuur Security.
  • 1995
    • Sidneyvale Massacre, 12 Kraaivuur Contractors open fire on 125 Black protesers in the Sidneyvale Suburb of Cape Town, killing 24 and injuring many others; investigation mysteriously dropped.
  • 1996
    • Johannes Wester starts buying up villages around Cape Town.
  • 2000
    • Kraaivuur Amalgamates small British PMC Lakehead, now calls itself Kraaivuur International. Gets a influx of British trained operators.
  • 2000-2011
    • 7 October 2001
      • Afganistan War Declared
    • 20 March 2003
      • Iraq War declared
    • 13 August 2003
      • Kraaivuur International enters Iraq
    • 6 February 2004
      • Kraaivuur International enters Afganistan
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Johannes Wester, GQ Cover July 2016

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