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In a time when national and international security is threatened by autocratic influence, creating imbalance in environments through human rights violations and blatant disregard...

Opinion: Changing Battlefields: SANDF is Prepared – Government not so much

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The South African Army’s Exercise Vuk’uhlome at the Combat Training Centre in the Northern Cape has just concluded. The exercise showcased what can be...

Rector’s award for SAN military science student

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Stellenbosch University’s Military Science Faculty has one representative on the 73 person rector’s awards for excellent achievement this academic year. He is Khodani Tshivhi, a...

National Defense University-Kenya a ‘game changer’ for military education

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When officials inaugurated the National Defence University-Kenya (NDU-K) in August, it was more than just the opening of a new school. For those present...

Opinion: The SA defence industry and the public private partnership model

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Recent news about the SA Air Force’s C-130BZ Hercules fleet upgrade shows that the custodians of South Africa’s defence capability do not yet understand...

Analysis: A friend in need – A call for rejuvenating US-South African defence relations

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With its emerging emphasis on strategic competition, the United States must focus on renewing its engagement with potential allies on the African continent. The rise...

The Warthog and the senator: The politics of retiring a warplane

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The US Air Force is desperate to get rid of some of its fleet of expensive, slow and outdated A-10 Warthog airplanes, but politicians...

Opinion: SA Defence Solutions Centre – An Alternative SADI Future

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There have been a few documents presented in the last few years that are aiming to address the decline of the South African defence...

Opinion: Glimmers of hope!

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In the last few months it seems as though there is some momentum growing in the discussions around South African Defence capability. The positive...

Opinion: Is a new beginning possible, or will Defence march on inexorably towards a...

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Towards the end of 2006 South African Department of Defence (DD) top management attended a week-long Defence Management Seminar at Mount Grace, Magaliesberg. The...

Opinion: Dear Minister of Defence and Military Veterans – The Aerospace & Defence Industry...

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As Minister of Defence and Military Veterans you have stated in the budget debate that you would like to spread the net wider for...

Analysis: SANDF appointments

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The new South African National Defence Force (SANDF) senior appointments announced by President Ramaphosa this week merit comment, not on the persons but on...

Opinion: The South African defence industry and the God of Opportunity

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defenceWeb recently published an article indicating that aerospace, maritime and defence industry association AMD, and I assume the whole member grouping, is looking to...

Opinion: SA Defence Review – good to great defence capability?

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A question on a lot of lips is have we managed to achieve the goal of Arresting the Decline of critical defence capabilities as...

SANDF’s emblems explained

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has released a detailed explanation of the meaning behind the emblems of the SANDF and its branches...

Time for a long, hard look at the SANDF

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The latest defence budget can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, according to African Defence Review director Darren Olivier, who maintains the...

“Mad Mike” Hoare dies

Michael “Mad Mike” Hoare, one of the most famous foreign mercenaries in Africa’s violent transition from colonial rule, died aged 100. Born in British-occupied...

Border War commemorative service and veteran military fair coming to Benoni

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The MOTH Reveille Shellhole in Benoni will be the place to be on Sunday 18 August if you are a military collector or enthusiast...

Too many generals in the SANDF?

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In addition to the view that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is over-strength, there is an argument that it is badly over-ranked,...

South Africa at WW1 centenary commemoration

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is attending the centenary commemoration of Armistice Day in Paris, France. She is representing South Africa...

War Graves Society fundraiser at Edenvale MOTH Shellhole

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The SA War Graves Society (SAWG) on Saturday hosts another of its regular fundraising efforts with Edenvale's Dickie Fritz MOTH Shellhole the...

Feature: A pathway to professionalism

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For African countries, improving the security outlook does not require better weapons or larger defense budgets. Instead, the precarious balance of national...

Veterans’ militaria fair at Warrior Shellhole

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The SA War Graves Society (SAWGS) will this Sunday stage another in its series of veterans' militaria fairs to raise much-needed funds...

SA defence industry at a crossroads – Mapisa-Nqakula

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The South African defence industry is at a critical crossroads due to challenges including the reduced defence budget and fewer acquisition programmes,...

SA defence technology highlighted at AAD despite low defence budget

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With the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition kicking off in Tshwane on 19 September, South Africa's defence industry is on display...

SA War Graves Society raising funds to maintain and restore military history

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The SA War Graves Society (SAWGS) exists solely to restore and maintain war graves and memorials and has an ongoing need for...

Veterans Military Fair

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Edenvale in Gauteng is the place to be on Saturday, July 21, if you are a collector of military memorabilia in any...

Navy looks backwards for future acquisitions

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With the SA Navy facing budget and other challenges, it is looking back at past acquisition strategies to see what lessons can...

Helicopter displays, military re-enactments at Voortrekker Monument military fair

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The May public holiday has become synonymous with what is Gauteng's biggest military and history fair and this year is no different. Tuesday,...

The African Peace and Security Architecture – a system for the past or adapting...

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The African Standby Force (ASF) has been declared to have reached full operational capability (FOC), in four out the five African regions....

Soldiers to the rescue

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For years, when countries needed their armed forces' help during natural disasters, the philosophy was "last in, first out" — don't use...

Feature: Cyber and electronic warfare an increasing global challenge

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Cyber and electronic attacks are increasingly factors in warfare, such as the sabotaging of Iran's nuclear facilities and the attack on the...

Feature: Botswana’s Gripen plan highlights need for a defence white paper

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Gaborone's proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of Swedish-built Gripen multi-role jet fighters has drawn sharp criticisms from security analysts, foreign press and domestic...

Armscor centre offers unique insights into defective munitions

Sited in Pretoria's secluded Salvokop and close to the headquarters of the SA Army, is a collection of ammunition and associated equipment...

Feature: Protecting South Africa’s vital external interests

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South Africa has external interests that are important or vital to the economy, some vulnerable to disruption and requiring protection commensurate with...

Feature: Protecting South Africa’s critical infrastructure

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‘National key points' have raised negative comment on several occasions, but the reality is that any state has infrastructure that is critical...

Feature: Protecting South Africa’s borders

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Protecting a nation's borders was among the first tasks to fall to armies. Similarly, protecting a nation's waters and its seaborne trade...

Feature: South Africa’s defence priorities

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Another year, another defence budget, and once again the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is left short-changed and under-funded, as it...

SS Mendi bell recovered after 100 years

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The ship's bell of the ill-fated SS Mendi has been recovered after decades of uncertainty about its whereabouts. The bell was left...

Commonwealth War Graves Commission preparing for centenary events

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is holding its main centenary commemoration at a service in London on Tuesday 23 May. The...

A centenary of caring for Commonwealth war graves

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The Imperial War Graves was established by the signing of the Royal Charter on May 21, 1917 establishing the Imperial War Graves...

Armour Formation back at Voortrekker Monument military fair

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Monday, May 1, will see the seventh staging of the annual Voortrekker Monument Military and History Fair which this year will have...

Castle of Good Hope will be home to military veterans’ skills transfer and training...

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2016 marks the 350th anniversary of what is widely accepted as the oldest building in South Africa – the Castle of Good...

Better soldier selection thanks to behavioural science

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People are at the centre of military efforts says Adelai van Heerden, head of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's)...

Military outsourcing offers savings, expertise

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The core responsibilities of militaries all over the world include protecting civilians, rescue work during natural disasters and securing borders. But these...

Simulations enhance military training

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Consider the typical tank used in combat. Tanks are a key component of modern ground warfare, but their use comes at a...

May 2 is Voortrekker Monument military fair day

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Already "a must" on the diaries of many military history enthusiasts, this year's Voortrekker Monument military and history fair on May 2...

The Class of 2016 starts work at the SA Military Academy

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The class of 2016 at the SA Military Academy, officially designated MA18, were told as part of their welcoming at the Saldanha...

Professionalism in peacekeeping

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Military professionalism has three main characteristics: responsibility, corporate unity and expertise, according to Samuel Huntington in his book, The Soldier and the...

Feature: Maritime defence an essential part of Operation Phakisa

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Economic growth through development of the ocean economy as part of Operation Phakisa requires effective maritime surveillance and defence, with nearly 4...