The Unitas Medal was instituted by the President of the Republic of South Africa on 4 November 1994. It was awarded to all ranks who were on the active strength of all seven constituent military forces from 27 April 1994 to 10 May 1994, to commemorate their amalgamation into the South African National Defence Force. It was also awarded to personnel of the British Military Advisory and Training Team which served in South Africa at the time.
The seven constituent military forces were:
The South African Defence Force (SADF).
The Transkei Defence Force (TDF) of the Republic of Transkei.
The Bophuthatswana Defence Force (BDF) of the Republic of Bophuthatswana.
The Venda Defence Force (VDF) of the Republic of Venda.
The Ciskei Defence Force (CDF) of the Republic of Ciskei.
Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress.
The Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA), the military wing of the Pan Africanist Congress.