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Defence Minister needs a hearts and mind campaign and a retrenchment plan that works

When she delivered her budget vote address in Parliament last month, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula certainly drew a line...

Is the Defence Review dead?

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The South African Defence Review appears to be dead and buried, with the latest information from the Department of Defence indicating the...

Real action needed or the SANDF might just as well shut up shop

"The over-riding impression I have of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is that it's marking time," was the comment of an...

Defence allocation from National Treasury again down on previous year

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The budget unveiled by former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba showed again defence is a poor relation in the government family. In real...

What is happening to SANDF public events and community relations?

The decision to scrap the annual Navy Festival for this year seems strange given the SA National Defence Force's (SANDF) oft-stated commitment...

Still no confirmation on future management of the Simon’s Town dockyard

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It's been a year since the announcement that new Denel division – Denel ISM (Integrated Systems and Maritime) – will be the...

It’s time SANDF management acts on personnel spending

While the dictum of 40:30:30 spending regarding personnel, operating costs and capital renewal is not cast in stone, the SA National Defence...

SANDF personnel numbers – time for action!

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Last week's parade in Simon's Town, where close on 200 medals were presented for long service in the national defence force, is...

Defence budget allocation – will the DoD/National Treasury task team make a difference?

Over the past few years a number of SA National Defence Force (SANDF) service chiefs have pointedly warned of the dangers to...

DoD and SANDF must educate to get Parliament thinking defence

When delivering her budget vote in the National Assembly late last month, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula asked for Parliament's...

SA defence industry’s poor relation status must change

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More proof – if needed – that the South African defence industry is the poor relation in the national industrial sector comes from the...