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Air Force Association SAAF 100 book project progressing

Earlier this year the SA Air Force Association (SAAFA) launched its SAAF 100 book project to “reflect on milestones and highlights in the development...

Stamps mark SAAF centenary

Last year’s SA Air Force (SAAF) centenary celebrations were severely curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic and in one instance saw only a handover of...

UK sorry for ‘pervasive racism’ over commemoration of Black and Asian war dead

Britain apologised on Thursday for failures that meant "pervasive racism" may have denied a proper commemoration to as many as 350 000 Black and...

Cuban Embassy delegation visits SAAF Museum

A delegation from the Cuban Embassy together with a representative of the Cuban Co-operation Brigades in South Africa has paid a visit to the...

Cuito Cuanavale commemoration

What has become popularly known as the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale was commemorated this week at Freedom Park, the first heritage project to rise...

SAAF Museum re-establishes ties with McGregor Museum

The SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum, the keeper of and responsible for South Africa’s military aviation heritage, renewed ties with the McGregor Museum outside...

SAAF looks back on de Bod’s Boputhatswana and SA Air Force service

As part of remembering its heritage, the South African Air Force has shone a spotlight on the contributions of retired Brigadier General Ettienne de...

Mendi sinking will be remembered in Soweto and elsewhere

The pivotal event on which Armed Forces Day is based on will be marked by President Cyril Ramaphosa laying a wreath at the Mendi...

Joint publication planned to commemorate SAAF 100 and SAAFA 75

The underwhelming efforts of the SA Air Force (SAAF) to mark its centenary appropriately last year – aided and abetted to a large extent...

Ngema looks back on SAAF time

Retired SA Air Force (SAAF) two-star general Nhlanhla Lucky Job Ngema was, according to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), the first black South...


Joint Standing Committee on Defence shows short memory span

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) publicly acknowledged the “exceptional leadership” of outgoing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General Solly Shoke last...