The two Mascots of CGA
During the 1960’s Skaap Sieberhagen (OC during the 1970’s and 1980’s) was serving at the Army College in Pretoria. The College had a pony with the name of “Moonlight” as a Mascot. When Skaap became Officer Commanding of Cape Garrison Artillery he introduced our own Mascot. Skaap’s wife, Lynette, designed and made the official uniform. The original uniform is in safekeeping at the Castle of Good Hope museum. Two replicas were donated to the unit by Maj Vidius Archer. The original Bdr Moonlight died in an unfortunate fire accident. The tradition faded after Skaap’s term of office ended, but was resuscitated by the Regiment in the 2000’s.
Because of the availability of the ponies, the Regiment, in true Reserves tradition, has two mascots that can stand in if one has to serve in their civilian capacity. The current Bdr Moonlight has been discovered by Maj Archer at Cape Gate Garden Centre, Joostenberg Vlakte. Bdr Moonlight serves in his civilian capacity as a professional entertainer for the younger population of our nation at the nursery and his professional stage name is Kalua.
LBdr Moonlight has resigned during February 2009 due to a transfer to Gauteng.
A new LBdr Moonlight, Midget, has been appointed on 05 June 2009. Midget is on early retirement and now lives on a farm in Joostenberg Vlakte, after being rescued by the SPCA from abuse on the Cape Flats.