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SANDF to remain in austere mode until funding flow improves

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After three ministers of defence and military veterans, the 2012 South African Defence review, renamed in 2015 and approved by the National Assembly (NA),...

Army Technical Service Corps boosted by 47 qualified artisans

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The largest SA National Defence Force (SANDF) service – the SA Army – can now call on the skills of an extra 47 qualified...

SVI reveals new rapid-response hot hatch

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The scourge of cash-in-transit and other violent criminal attacks have prompted SVI Engineering to develop an armoured rapid-response vehicle for South Africa. This innovative solution,...

As SADC Mission in Mozambique winds down, terrorism resurges

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As the Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique winds down its activities in the Cabo Delgado region, terrorists have begun to surge again...

SANDF “crucial” to disaster management nationally and regionally

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That the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is committed to doing whatever its resources allow when disaster strikes was underlined last month by way...

Organisers determined to host a bigger and better AAD

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The organisers of the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition are determined to bounce back from the post-Covid-19 slump and make AAD 2024 the...

African Standby Force turns 20: has it helped keep the peace? The pros and...

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It’s been 20 years since the African Standby Force was established by the African Union (AU). The standby force is mandated to implement the...

Improved security coming for SAAF Memorial

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) is “investigating security options” for the Bays Hill memorial it has joint ownership of with the SAAF Association (SAAFA). The...

Harnessing artificial intelligence for enhanced maritime domain awareness

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Cape Town recently hosted the Ocean Economy Conference, where Cobus Valentine (Chief Commercial Officer of Global Command and Control Technologies – GC2T) delivered an...

Modise and Cele not returning to JCPS cluster

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With a GNU (Government of National Unity) on the horizon for democratic South Africa’s seventh administration, new faces are expected among public arena representatives,...

Lobese reaches out to Chinese Navy

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China, in the form of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), last month became the latest country to be ticked off by SA Navy...

7 Med Brigade ops medic named as latest SANDF fatality in the DRC

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The Department of Defence (DoD) by way of its head of communication yesterday (Thursday, 6 June) told South Africa the country lost a specialist...

SANDF deployment ensured safe and secure elections

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With South Africa’s national and provincial elections for a seventh democratic administration over and declared free and fair, the military component of NatJOINTS (National...

Mapisa-Nqakula to face corruption charges alone

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Former National Assembly (NA) Speaker and one-time minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, heard she will face charges of corruption by herself...

Milkor announces new partnership for maritime version of the Milkor 380 UAV

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Milkor has established a strategic partnership with Germany’s Aerodata AG to develop a new specialised platform for maritime surveillance, the AeroForce 380, based on...

Soldiers confiscate R6 million plus worth of contraband from Zimbabwean smugglers

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Zimbabweans seemingly rule the roost when it comes to moving illegal goods, be it drugs or contraband, into South Africa. Evidence of this comes from...

High Court orders redacted Battle of Bangui BOI records released

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A legal attempt to access SA National Defence Force (SANDF) records of the March 2013 Battle of Bangui by South African author and journalist...

SA Army wants new cutlery and dixies

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Proof yet again that armies march on their stomachs* comes in the form of an Armscor tender to “procure” dixies and cutlery as well...

SANDF’s DRC deployment an unfair imposition on the military – expert

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The deaths of four South African soldiers at the hands of M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this year have raised...

No SAAF Ex Winter Solstice this year

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The airborne service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will not stage its annual force preparation exercise – Winter Solstice – this year...

SANDF on alert post elections

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) remains on alert in the wake of the national elections, with vehicles being made ready for an...

Kenya and European Union hold first joint naval exercise

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The longstanding European Union (EU) Naval Force in the Indian Ocean – Operation Atalanta – marked up a first this month when it successfully...

SA Navy Admiral highlights need for funding and collaboration

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Rear Admiral David Mkhonto, Chief Director of Maritime Strategy for the South African Navy, addressed the Oceans Economy Conference and Expo in Cape Town...

SANDF casualties in latest battle against M23 rebels in the DRC

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers serving with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (SAMIDRC) have...

SAMIM withdrawal from Cabo Delgado: uncomfortable truths

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Why is the region turning away from an international terrorist organisation on its doorstep that is growing in influence? On 16 May, Islamic State (IS)...

Happy (belated) birthday to the SANDF

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On 19 May, Minister of Defence Thandi Modise released a statement, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). She...

Soldiers and police put the lid on Eastern Cape violence ahead of Election Day

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Mthatha-headquartered 14 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion was mobilised ahead of Election Day to assist police stopping violence and rioting in the Eastern Cape town. The...

Comprehensive plan for the SANDF in EFF manifesto

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Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) elections manifesto runs to a lengthy 260 pages with plans of action for, among others, land; jobs; energy,...

Democratic Alliance elections manifesto focuses on crime rather than defence

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The Democratic Alliance (DA), as the official opposition in the just ended sixth administration, has had a lot to say about the state of...

Slim focus on defence and security in ANC’s elections manifesto

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The ruling African National Congress (ANC) elections manifesto runs to 58 pages, but there is little mention of defence and security. The only mentions of...

Modise foresees global engagement for South Africa’s defence industry at AAD 2024

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise maintains a thriving and technologically enhanced South African defence industry (SADI) is an important component of the...

Normal policing – including Vala Umgodi – continues during election period

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Those operating outside the law in South Africa should not be emboldened by the police and security focus this week on national and provincial...

Ten new pilots for the SAAF

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) is 10 pilots and a flight attendant better off personnel-wise in the wake of a wings parade at Air...

CSIR and ATNS expand passive radar testing

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) company will trial innovative passive radar technology...

Mashatile presides over veterans’ headstone memorialisation

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Deputy President Paul Mashatile used a Thursday military veterans’ memorialisation event across five Gauteng cemeteries to “recognise the injustices of our past, honour those...

Fallen SA airman to be honoured posthumously with UN medal

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A South African airman is among the more than 60 peacekeepers to be posthumously honoured with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal at United Nations (UN)...

SANDF’s anti-illegal mining and national key point protection deployments extended

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Commander-in-Chief President Cyril Ramaphosa has deemed it fit to extend the deployment of just over three thousand military personnel...

African military spending up 22% in 2023 with DRC leading the push

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African military spending rose by 22% between 2022 and 2023, according to a new report, with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeing the...

Minister Modise commits SANDF to disaster assistance

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A memorandum of collaboration (MoC) entered into this week will, according to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Thembi Nkadimeng, strengthen South Africa’s...

SANDF should withdraw from foreign peace missions to focus on security at home, DA...

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is underfunded and cannot afford to take part in international peacekeeping or peace enforcement missions and should...

SA Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel delayed again

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The South African Navy (SA Navy) will have to wait a while longer to receive its much-anticipated new hydrographic survey vessel that is being...

SANDF-led youth initiative launched

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been tasked with leading the new South African National Service Institute (SANSI), which aims to encourage...

High piracy risk in Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and adjoining waters – maritime...

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The current world maritime hotspot around the Red Sea, northern Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and East Africa saw six incidents at sea reported...

SANDF underfunded, overstretched, and in need of clear direction

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South Africa’s foreign policy is confused, with no clear plan on the deployment of an underfunded, overstretched and old South African National Defence Force...

China and South Africa agree to strengthen military ties amid fresh visits

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South Africa and China enjoy close military ties, and will continue to strengthen bilateral defence relations, with South Africa’s naval chief currently visiting Beijing,...

Soldiers will support police to maintain law and order in election run-up

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF), as with previous Operation Prosper deployments, will again support the SA Police Service (SAPS) in the lead-up to...

No money from DoD for Mapisa-Nqakula legal battles

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Current defence and military veterans minister Thandi Modise put paid to any possibility of Department of Defence (DoD) funding for her predecessor who faces...

SANDF at 30: Modise highlights the SA military’s role in national and international security

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In a wide-ranging media briefing on Sunday 19 May, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise, outlined the state of defence in the...

SAPS rotorcraft and UAV acquisitions in Armscor supply chain queue

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When it comes to feet on the ground, Minister Bheki Cele’s SA Police Service (SAPS) can successfully point to recruiting thousands, while he and...

DMV has its fourth acting DG as legal action looms

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The perennially under-performing Department of Military Veterans (DMV) has another acting Director-General at the helm – the fourth interim appointment since 2017 - with...