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Massive personnel losses at Denel

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In the five-year period from the 2019/20 to 2023/24 financial terms, State-owned defence and technology conglomerate Denel saw staff numbers drop by just on...

Ramaphosa extends SANDF deployment to Mozambique even as withdrawal begins

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Commander-in-Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has added seven months to the deployment of the SANDF to the Southern African Development...

Cash-strapped SANDF should withdraw from international missions and focus on domestic security

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Without sufficient funding, South Africa should withdraw its soldiers from foreign deployments and focus on protecting its own air, land and maritime borders. This is...

Ramaphosa extends SANDF deployments

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President and Commander-in-Chief Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised extensions of the employment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the Democratic Republic of...

Is the South African National Defence Force up to the challenge?

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) plays a vital role in safeguarding the nation's security, both domestically and abroad. Enshrined in the Constitution,...

Armormax Defence introduces new TAC-6 6×6 vehicle for security, military users

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Johannesburg-based Armormax Defence is officially launching its new 6x6 TAC-6 multi-purpose vehicle, originally developed for the French Special Forces but now aimed at filling...

Analysis: South Africa’s national security priorities in question amidst troop deployment, naval visits

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With the planned deployment of up to 2 900 troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the planned visit of a frigate...

Opposition parties lambast SANDF deployment to the DRC

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South Africa’s political opposition has come out swinging against the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployment with the SADC Mission in the Democratic...

Department of Defence faces critical audit findings; urgent reform needed

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The Department of Defence (DoD) received stark warnings from its audit committee chair during a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military...

New border patrol APCs to be ordered in April

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After some delay, Armscor will next month place an order for new armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for the South African Army for use in...

Rise in SA defence exports ‘miraculous’ – AMD

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South African defence exports for 2023 are set to greatly exceed those of the previous year – something the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries...

The South African National Defence Force at 30: Balancing political aspirations with budgetary realities

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As the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) approaches its 30th anniversary in April 2024, it is pertinent to reflect on its journey as...

AAD exhibition space already half taken

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With just over six months before the AAD (Africa Aerospace and Defence) 2024 exhibition opens its doors for business at Air Force Base (AFB)...

New vessels needed for the SA Navy more than ever

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With Houthi rebels attacking ships off the Horn of Africa and Red Sea and consequently diverting shipping around the Cape, SA Navy (SAN) Chief...

Innovative funding key to saving SANDF – AMD

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is so overstretched that it cannot meet its commitments, meaning that a new funding model for the...

SA Navy blesses third inshore patrol vessel amid CNavy warning on ship capacity

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Ahead of official launch and naming, the South African Navy (SAN) blessed its third and latest addition to its Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel (MMIPV)...

SA Dept of Defence responds to DR Congo deployment criticism

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South African Department of Defence Head of Communication (HoC) Siphiwe Dlamini notes in an opinion piece that the deployment of a SA National Defence...

SA Navy will hit the high seas this year with ship visits to Russia...

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The South African Navy will this year send the frigate SAS Amatola to Russia for a parade and the logistics vessel SAS Drakensberg to...

SA Navy prepared to divorce itself from the Armscor Dockyard – Lobese

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The Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, is tired of the inefficiency and poor performance of the Armscor Dockyard, which...

Modise confident National Treasury will fund SAMIDRC deployment

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has confirmed that the current budget does not provide funding for the South African National Defence Force...

Progress at Denel can be rewarded by access to National Treasury funding – Godongwana

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The new man at the helm of the State-owned defence and technology conglomerate Denel - Tsepo Monaheng - knows there will be no additional...

Experts unpack the SANDF’s options in the DRC

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed up to 2 900 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers to the SADC Mission in the Democratic Republic...

Real term decline in ‘disastrous’ SA defence budget

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South Africa’s 2024 budget allocation has been revealed to Parliament this afternoon, and it does not bode well for the Department of Defence and...

Two SANDF soldiers killed while deployed with SAMIDRC mission

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has suffered its first casualties as part of the Southern African Development Community Mission in the Democratic...

SA DR Congo deployment slammed

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South African soldiers and support personnel selected for deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the Southern African Development Community...

South Africa commits 2 900 SANDF personnel to SAMIDRC

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South Africa’s commitment to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was yesterday (Monday, 12 February) confirmed...

Lack of top cover could be behind DR Congo helicopter attack

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In the aftermath of Friday’s small arms attack on a SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter attached to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission...

SAAF resilience needed amid global conflicts and humanitarian crises – Mbambo

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Ongoing conflicts and natural disasters are increasing demand for South African Air Force (SAAF) assets, but a lack of funding is hampering operations and...

Indian Navy rescues another pirated vessel off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has foiled two hijackings by Somali pirates within days, rescuing 19 crew in the latest incident off the Horn of Africa. The...

New top management at AMD

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The South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD) has new top management, with a new acting chairperson in place until mid-year. Nombasa Ndhlovu,...

Defence committees provide recommendations to SA defence sector after German study tour

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Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) and Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) recently conducted a study tour to Germany, and...

New Denel CEO expected in office next month

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Come mid-February, the chief executive’s office at the Denel campus in Irene, Centurion, will have a permanent occupant for the first time in over...

Germany, South Africa kick-off Exercise Good Hope VIII next week

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After a six-year hiatus compounded by the global challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa and Germany are set to reignite their maritime...

Aviation holds huge potential for the South African defence industry

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The aviation sector is one of four potential clusters in the South African Aerospace & Defence (A&D) industry that can be used to revive...

IMB concerned about first ship hijacking off Somalia in six years

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The just released 2023 International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy report notes a slight increase in incidents and expresses concern over the first successful hijacking...

Missing and stolen SAPS firearms show shortcomings – DA and FF+

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Police Minister Bheki Cele and his SA Police Service (SAPS) National Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, stand accused of losing “yet another war on crime”...

Armscor reports significant progress on G5 and G6 upgrades

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State defence material agency Armscor has reported significant progress made on the upgrade of the SA Army’s G5 and G6 155 mm howitzers under...

Nearly R1 billion worth of defence exports in third quarter of 2023

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The South African defence industry exported R900 million worth of military equipment, including dual-use items, in the third quarter of 2023, up slightly from...

SANDF Chief says SA will put “more effort” into DR Congo

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General Rudzani Maphwanya, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, used this year’s thanksgiving service to alert those he commands there will be a further...

SAAF rotorcraft shortfall sees firefighting take preference over Presidential duties

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That an Oryx medium transport helicopter tasked “For the President” had to be re-tasked for firefighting duty before Christmas is a further example of...

South Africa hosts China-South Africa Defence Committee

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South Africa has hosted the ninth meeting of the China-South Africa Defence Committee, which marks a continuation of the close defence ties between the...

RDM demos refurbished ammo at Exercise Vuk’uhlome

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At the South African Army's largest annual exercise this year, Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) demonstrated its ammunition upgrade capabilities by firing 30-year-old refurbished mortar...

SANDF Chief denies allegations of a secret rogue unit but questions remain

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Following media allegations of a secret SANDF “death squad” allegedly involved in kidnapping, torture and murder, the Chief of the SANDF, General Rudzani Maphwanya,...

SA Navy to host Sea Power for Africa Symposium and send a ship to...

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In pursuit of international partnerships and collaboration, the South African Navy will next year host the Sea Power for Africa Symposium, and send a...

Lobese pleads for the underfunding of the SA Navy to stop

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Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, has begged government to stop underfunding the service as its ability to protect South Africa’s...

DA urges release of SANDF criminal activity report amid ongoing allegations

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The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has submitted a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF)...

Progress being made in fixing SA Navy – Lobese

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Submarine and frigate refits, new inshore patrol vessels and a new hydrographic survey vessel are some of the markers of progress the SA Navy...

Hensoldt South Africa and BAE Systems collaborate on Striker II helmet

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Hensoldt South Africa is collaborating with BAE Systems on the development of the Striker II helmet-mounted display for the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon fleet. In...

KC-390 at Waterkloof for SAAF demonstration

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A Brazilian Air Force Embraer KC-390 Millenium tanker/transport aircraft landed at Air Force Base Waterkloof on Friday morning for demonstrations to the South African...

SA defence industry out in force at Exercise Vuk’uhlome 2023

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The South African defence industry showed its mettle at the Army's Exercise Vuk’uhlome Distinguished Visitors Day on 22 November, not only exhibiting its solutions...