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South African soldiers wounded in Sudan ambush

by defenceWeb, 31 Oct, 10:01 AM

Two soldiers from 4 SA Infantry Battalion at Middelburg, Mpumalanga, were wounded during an ambush on a hybrid AU/UN peacekeeping force near Kutum in the northern Darfur region of Sudan earlier this week.
SANDF contributed to making South Africa a better place - Minister In addition to anti-piracy, border protection and continental peace support and peacekeeping, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) also performed firefighting duties and search and rescue operations internally in the 2013/14 financial year.
Gabon orders two patrol vessels

by defenceWeb, 31 Oct, 09:52 AM

Gabon has ordered two patrol vessels from French shipbuilder Piriou at the Euronaval 2014 exhibition. The latest acquisition came the same day as Gabon’s military ordered 12 Aravis armoured vehicles from France’s Nexter.
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Alkantpan – a diamond in the South African defence industry crown

Twenty-seven years ago a decision taken by the then Armscor management saw an all-purpose test range come into existence is the dry and dusty Northern Cape.

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Peacekeeping and border security to drive SA defence procurement – report

by defenceWeb, 24 Oct, 11:13 AM

Peacekeeping commitments, border security challenges and homeland security requirements will drive South Africa’s defence procurement over the next five years, according to a new report, which says that South Africa will see the acquisition of items such as naval...

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Germany approves export of military vehicles, small arms to Algeria

by Oscar Nkala, 24 Oct, 10:34 AM

The German Security Council (GSC) has approved the sale of 88 sports utility vehicles with 'military capabilities', 1 027 machineguns and 47 machine pistols to Algeria as part of wider exports to countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Solving Somali piracy requires effective state governance – UN

by UN, 31 Oct, 08:47 AM

While noting the progress made to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, the United Nations political chief has said that a sustained long-term solution must include the presence of effective Government and State institutions that provide basic services and alternative...

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Pirate gangs in multiple attacks, abductions in Nigeria's oil delta

by Reuters, 27 Oct, 01:21 PM

Pirates have launched a spate of attacks in the creeks of Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region since last Thursday, killing three policemen and abducting at least nine people, security officials said.

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China, Tanzania carrying out month long joint naval drills

by Oscar Nkala/defenceWeb, 24 Oct, 10:13 AM

The Chinese People Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the naval wing of the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDFA) are carrying out a month-long joint naval training exercise off the Indian Ocean coast as the two countries extend their long-standing defence and military...

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Fama K209 debuts in South Africa

by Guy Martin, 7 Oct, 08:29 AM

Fama Helicopters Africa has debuted the Kiss 209 twin-seat turbine helicopter in South Africa, with three more examples on their way from Italy.

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Delmon Aviation receives first DA 42 MPP GeoSTAR in South Africa

by defenceWeb, 6 Oct, 09:12 AM

South African company Delmon Aviation has taken delivery of the first Diamond DA 42 MPP NG aircraft in South Africa and will use it for aerial surveying work.

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Gallery: AAD 2014

by Guy Martin, 1 Oct, 01:05 PM

300 companies and 13 national pavilions at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 drew in an estimated 45 000 trade visitors from across the world who came to see aircraft, vehicles, vessels, weapons and equipment at AFB Waterkloof between September 17 and 19. Click...

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First Nigerian AW101 flies; Mi-35Ms and Mi-171Shs on order

by Reuters, 1 Oct, 10:04 AM

The first of two AgustaWestland AW101 VIP helicopters for the Nigerian Air Force has performed its maiden flight. Once delivered, it will join Nigeria’s helicopter fleet, which is set to expand following a recent order for an estimated 40 Mi-35M and Mi-171Sh...

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More eyes in the sky for Kruger anti-poaching operations

by defenceWeb, 26 Sep, 10:18 AM

About R38 million of the massive R225 million made available for anti- and counter-poaching operations in South African national parks has gone to acquisition of a new Airbus helicopter.

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Kenyan police to lease five helicopters

by Oscar Nkala, 1 Aug, 11:04 AM

The Kenyan government has invited bids for the provision of five helicopters for the Kenya Police on a lease basis as it battles increasing violence in the coastal areas around the city of Mombasa.

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New gallery: AHRLAC

by Guy Martin, 29 Oct, 10:20 AM

The Paramount Group Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC), South Africa’s first new manned military aircraft in decades, first flew on July 26, 2014, from Wonderboom Airport and is undergoing flight testing. A second prototype will...

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New leader for the Silver Falcons

by Dean Wingrin, 28 Oct, 10:39 AM

The official aerobatic display team of the South African Air Force (SAAF) has a new team leader.

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Aerodyne unveils new round military parachute

by Guy Martin, 28 Oct, 10:11 AM

Parachute manufacturer Aerodyne Research Manufacturing has high hopes for its new MC1-1X static line military parachute which it claims is far more stable than the traditional round military troop parachutes and descends more slowly.

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SANDF contributed to making South Africa a better place - Minister

In addition to anti-piracy, border protection and continental peace support and peacekeeping, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) also performed firefighting duties and search and rescue operations internally in the 2013/14 financial year.

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Defence Amendment Bill rejected by Parliament

by defenceWeb, 29 Oct, 10:12 AM

The rejection of a Private Members Bill by the Portfolio Committee on Defence was this week, inevitably, followed by Parliamentary rejection and signals a complete breakdown of scrutiny and oversight of defence acquisition.

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Army Reserves are Operation Corona backbone

The ongoing border protection tasking assigned to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) by Cabinet would be nowhere near as successful as it is if the contribution made by the Reserve Force component of the SA Army is taken away.

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Gabon orders two patrol vessels

by defenceWeb, 31 Oct, 09:52 AM

Gabon has ordered two patrol vessels from French shipbuilder Piriou at the Euronaval 2014 exhibition. The latest acquisition came the same day as Gabon’s military ordered 12 Aravis armoured vehicles from France’s Nexter.

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SAS Rand foundation stone to move to Military History Museum

The pride, care and support the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) maintains it gives to its military heritage sites and museums appears not to extend as far as decommissioned units and the facilities they used to occupy.

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NATO maritime law enforcement training for Somali police

by defenceWeb, 29 Oct, 10:22 AM

Task Force 508 of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield conducted Maritime Law Enforcement training of port policemen from Somalia off the coast of the town of Bosaaso last week.

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Protesters in Burkina Faso call for Compaore to step down

by Reuters, 31 Oct, 10:51 AM

Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital of Burkina Faso on Friday demanding that President Blaise Compaore step down, a day after the military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government in the face of violent mass protests.

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Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament

by Reuters, 30 Oct, 03:05 PM

Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices on Thursday, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule.

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Libyan PM ready for talks with rival gov't, Benghazi toll hits 190

by Reuters, 30 Oct, 02:58 PM

Libya's internationally-recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said on Wednesday he was ready for peace talks with rivals controlling Tripoli as fresh fighting in Benghazi killed 20 people.

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Thousands flee as Boko Haram seizes northeast Nigerian town

by Reuters, 31 Oct, 11:03 AM

Islamist Boko Haram militants have seized control of the northeast Nigerian town of Mubi, killing dozens of people and forcing thousands to flee, witnesses said.

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Thousands flee as Boko Haram seizes northeast Nigerian town

by Reuters, 31 Oct, 11:03 AM

Islamist Boko Haram militants have seized control of the northeast Nigerian town of Mubi, killing dozens of people and forcing thousands to flee, witnesses said.

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ISS: Is military intervention in Libya the answer?

by ISS Africa, 29 Oct, 12:26 PM

Three years after the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, Libya is far from the democratic state many had envisioned and hoped for. Instead the country finds itself fragmented into an alarming number of armed groups, raising fears of a full-scale civil war....

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Fighting likely to surge in South Sudan as rainy season ends

by Reuters, 31 Oct, 11:00 AM

The end of the rainy season is imminent and warring parties in South Sudan's civil war are preparing for major offensives likely to cause fresh displacement and hunger, the think-tank International Crisis Group said in a report.

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Niger says insurgents kill nine members of security forces

by Reuters, 31 Oct, 10:56 AM

At least nine members of Niger's security forces were killed in attacks by unidentified insurgents on Thursday in the western Tillabéry region near the border with Mali, the government said.

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Islamists attack northeast Nigerian town, several killed

by Reuters, 30 Oct, 02:55 PM

Suspected Islamist Boko Haram insurgents stormed the northeast Nigerian town of Mubi on Wednesday, killing several people, burning houses and triggering a gunbattle with security forces, witnesses said.

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China to send elite army unit to help fight Ebola in Liberia

by Reuters, 31 Oct, 11:01 AM

China will dispatch an elite unit from the People's Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa.

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Libya's armed factions may have committed war crimes

by Reuters, 30 Oct, 03:01 PM

Human rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday it had satellite pictures indicating that rival factions in Libya had committed war crimes by shelling densely populated residential areas in the west of the oil-producing country.

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Nigeria kidnappers free German Julius Berger staff

by Reuters, 30 Oct, 02:50 PM

Nigerian gunmen have freed a German citizen working for construction firm Julius Berger less than a week after they kidnapped him and killed another German citizen in a raid on their vehicles, the company said in a statement.

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Egypt clears Gaza border area to create security buffer

by Reuters, 30 Oct, 03:26 PM

Egypt began clearing residents from its border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to create a buffer zone following some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

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Mali to keep Guinea border open despite Ebola death

by Reuters, 27 Oct, 12:00 PM

Mali will not close its border with neighbouring Guinea after a two-year-old girl infected with Ebola was brought across the frontier by her grandmother and died in Mali this week, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on Saturday.

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UN authorizes ship inspections near Somalia for arms, charcoal

by Reuters, 27 Oct, 11:47 AM

The United Nations Security Council authorized the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia on Friday, though Russia and Jordan abstained from the vote over concerns about the move.

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South African soldiers wounded in Sudan ambush

by defenceWeb, 31 Oct, 10:01 AM

Two soldiers from 4 SA Infantry Battalion at Middelburg, Mpumalanga, were wounded during an ambush on a hybrid AU/UN peacekeeping force near Kutum in the northern Darfur region of Sudan earlier this week.

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France to re-deploy counter terrorism force to northern Mali after UN delays

by Oscar Nkala, 30 Oct, 10:29 AM

French defence minister Yves Le Drian says his country will re-deploy combat troops to northern Mali to counter resurgent terrorist groups in the area following the delayed deployment of the United Nations peacekeeping force which was supposed to secure the area...

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New UN facility in Addis Ababa is world body’s third largest

by defenceWeb/UN, 29 Oct, 10:18 AM

The United Nations is “better placed to deliver better results,” declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, when a new office facility was inaugurated at the UN Economic Commission for Africa compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, earlier this week.

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Gabon buys Aravis armoured vehicles from Nexter

by defenceWeb, 30 Oct, 10:02 AM

Gabon’s military has bought 12 Aravis armoured vehicles from French company Nexter, which will be used to support Gabon’s battalion with the United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

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Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik unveils new Mk III armoured vehicle

by Guy Martin, 27 Oct, 10:46 AM

Namibian company Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik (WMF) has unveiled its new Mk III mine-protected armoured personnel carrier, which will enter production in January next year.

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Truvelo working on new rifles; to launch new company

by Guy Martin, 27 Oct, 09:58 AM

Specialist rifle company Truvelo Armoury is busy working on two new rifles, is upgrading its existing range and will launch a new marketing and sales company.

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Moroccan living in Connecticut sentenced to 2 years in drone plot case

by Reuters, 30 Oct, 02:47 PM

A Moroccan national, accused of plotting to attack Harvard University and a federal building with bombs attached to a drone, was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday by a federal judge in Connecticut.

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Saab finalizes $5.4 billion Brazil order for 36 fighter jets

by Reuters/Saab, 28 Oct, 12:21 PM

Swedish aerospace and defence firm Saab has finalised a $5.4 billion order to sell 36 fighter jets to Brazil, one of the most valuable defense contracts up for grabs in an emerging market.

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Embraer rolls out KC-390 military airlifter

by defenceWeb, 22 Oct, 12:27 PM

Embraer yesterday rolled out the first prototype of its KC-390 military transport at its Gaviao Peixoto facility in Brazil.

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Business jet sales to keep rising but some purchases delayed

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:56 AM

Business jet buyers are expected to take delivery of as many as 675 new aircraft worth about $20.5 billion this year, a slight rise over deliveries worth $20 billion 2013, according to a forecast by Honeywell International Inc.

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Air Cote d'Ivoire in talks with Airbus, Bombardier

by Reuters, 15 Oct, 12:30 PM

Ivory Coast's national carrier Air Cote d'Ivoire is in discussions with Airbus and Canada's Bombardier Inc to renew its existing fleet and provide new aircraft for a planned expansion, the company's chief executive said.

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Regional aircraft market worth 3 800 aircraft over next decade - report

by Forecast International, 8 Oct, 01:41 PM

Manufacturers are estimated to produce 3 867 regional jet and turboprop airliners worth $127.9 billion over the next ten years, according to a new report.

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Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

by Reuters, 30 Oct, 03:23 PM

A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.

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Sweden recognises Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process

by Reuters, 30 Oct, 03:14 PM

The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine on Thursday, the first Western European country to do so, reflecting growing international exasperation over the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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Islamic State fights Syrian army for gas field, kills 30 - monitor

by Reuters, 29 Oct, 12:31 PM

Islamic State militants in Syria killed at least 30 pro-government fighters in an assault on a gas field that has witnessed some of the bloodiest confrontations between the two sides, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

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Freedom Park and Voortrekker Monument combine to remember soldiers

by Staff Writer, 23 May, 11:49 AM

Another step on the reconciliation road takes place on Sunday with a joint memorial service at Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.

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Defence Review 2014 – The Defence Industry

by Helmoed Heitman, 2 Apr, 09:34 AM

An important element of the Defence Review is its consideration of the defence industry which is needed to define the capability actually required and how best to support that capability, to provide a policy as the basis for a defence industry strategy that can...

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Defence Review 2014 – The Focus

by Helmoed Heitman, 31 Mar, 10:02 AM

The Defence Review serves a triple purpose: it closes the gap between the 1998 Review and the strategic situation of today; it moves away from the business management inspired organisation and processes that have demonstrably failed; and it provides the basis for...

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Boeing and Chinese partner to make jet fuel from 'gutter oil'

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 01:05 PM

Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel.

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Airbus supports SA research into hydrogen fuel cells

by Dean Wingrin, 3 Sep, 11:05 AM

A signing ceremony was held on Tuesday to launch a joint research project to investigate the performance properties of hydrogen fuel cells on future Airbus commercial jetliners.

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Engineers develop smart aircraft skins which can detect injury

by defenceWeb, 27 Aug, 01:02 PM

Work is underway at BAE Systems to give aircraft human-like ‘skin’, enabling the detection of injury or damage and the ability to ‘feel’ the world around them.

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Defence minister’s 6th annual women’s parade address

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 12:59 PM

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula addressed over a thousand female South African National Defence Force personnel during the 2014 Women’s Parade at Air Force Base Swartkop on 29 August.

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Police mysteriously go missing (on paper)

by defenceWeb, 20 Aug, 10:05 AM

In a bizarre reply to a DA parliamentary question the new Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, claims there are only 115 692 operational South African Police Service (SAPS) members. Yet in the current annual report the figure – which the DA has used extensively...

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Police detective numbers questioned

by defenceWeb, 1 Aug, 09:24 AM

A reply to a DA parliamentary question posed by Dianne Kohler Barnard has revealed there are 23 682 trained detectives in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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US navy contracts two companies to expand, renovate Camp Lemonnier

by Oscar Nkala, 21 Oct, 11:25 AM

The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command has contracted B.L. Harbert International to build 65 new housing units worth $18 million at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

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Kentucky Air Guard unit establishes cargo hub in Senegal for Ebola Response

by US Africom, 8 Oct, 01:36 PM

More than 80 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group stood up a cargo hub that will funnel humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight...

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Germany, France to start joint airlift to Ebola-affected countries

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 08:15 PM

Germany and France agreed on Friday to launch a joint airlift to send aid supplies to western African states hit by Ebola, a spokesman for the German defence ministry said, adding the operation might start within 48 hours.

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  • SANDF Medals and Decorations The medals and decorations list of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) currently numbers 66, of which 52 are for acts of bravery, valour and other meritorious deeds performed before April 2003. The remaining...
  • Fact file: SANDF regular force levels by race & gender: April 30, 2011 The uniformed services of the South African National Defence Force mustered 64 431 personnel in April this year, of whom 77.3% (49 831) were male, 72.3% (46 590) were black, 11.6% were Coloured, 744 (1.2%)...
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