SA Defence

Analysts welcome defence budget boost

Defence analysts have welomed the R9 billion medium term increase in the defence budget, saying it shows Treasury has realised the South African National...

Defence budget up R9bn

Finance minister Pravin Gordhan has trimmed this year's defence budget R700 million, but has pencilled in increases for the next three years that will...

Fact file: Contact numbers for Defence and Military Veterans

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Below follows contact numbers for Ministry and Department of Defence and Military Veterans.  Also below are contactnumbers for the South African National...

SA DoD watching climate change

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Defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the Department of Defence has yet to commission a specific study on the effect of climate change on regional...

Kruger Park wants Army help culling poachers

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The Kruger National Park (KNP) wants to use military patrols to step up the fight against poaching which has seen 94 rhinos killed across...

Zuma, DoD marks ten years of peacekeeping

The Department of Defence (DOD) today marked ten years of peacekeeping with a parade in Bloemfontein. Taking the salute was President Jacob Zuma in...

SA urged to act on DRC war crimes

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The South African government has been urged to re-engage in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to help stop an increasing epidemic...

DoD warns about MSDS scam

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The Department of Defence and Military Veterans is warning the public about a scam that has surfaced in Mpumalanga province involving candidates who have...

Service Commission calls for help

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The National Defence Force Service Commission (NDFSC) is calling on the interested public to assist it with its task of advising defence minister Lindiwe...

SANDF Reserves make a comeback

After years of atrophy, the South African National Defence Force's reserves are making a comeback.  "The bottom line is the Reserve is...

Sisulu appoints service commission

The National Defence Force Service Commission has commenced work. Defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu appointed an interim 10-person commission yesterday, adding that they would start...

Personnel budget squeezes SANDF

As defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu contemplates her R2.5 million Service Commission and military personnel allied to the South African National defence Union demand a...

MoD lawyers filing papers to oppose SANDU

Ministry of Defence lawyers were this morning filing papers in the North Gauteng High Court in answer to an application lodged on...

SANDU in High Court over dismissals

The South African National Defence Union (SANDU) is in the North Gauteng High Court this afternoon to challenge the provisional dismissal of 1420 soldiers,...

Sisulu to address Defence Reserves conference

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu will deliver a keynote address at the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Reserve...

SANDF facilities needs attention: Parliament

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A report by the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCODMV) to the National Assembly says the conditions of military facilities are a...

Unions do not create grievances: analysts

Unions do not create grievances. That's the view of two defence analysts writing in the ISS today about last month's mutinous riot at...

Army chiefs seeks to assure SA on soldiers

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The Chief of the South African Army, Lt General Solly Shoke this morning sought to reassure South Africans that they have nothing to fear...

Military police raid Doornkop

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Military police are this morning conducting an operation at the Doornkop military base south of Johannesburg to arrest individuals who have been charged by...

DoD plans to sack 1000-2000 personnel

The Department of Defence (DoD) plans to sack between 1000 and 2000 personnel for involvement in what has been labelled a mutinous riot that...

SANDF provisionally sack soldiers

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More than a thousand of the soldiers who ran amok at the Union Buildings in Pretoria during an illegal wage march last...

Now SASFU joins the fray

The South African Security Forces' Union (SASFU) has joined the fray around soldiers' pay and warns that a failure to addresses grievances will result in...

Sisulu kidnap plot denied

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The South African Security Forces Union (SASFU) has rubbished a claim by the acting chief of the army that soldiers were plotting to kidnap...

Matanzima apologises to Zuma over SANDU conduct

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Acting chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Lieutenant-General Themba Matanzima has apologised to President Jacob Zuma for the misconduct...

SANDU to protest “salary gap”

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The SA National Defence Union says the country's under-paid soldiers are suffering in the current economic downturn and urgently need there salaries adjusted. To...

Whereto next for Burundi peacekeepers?

Government has seemingly not yet decided what to do with the battalion of peacekeepers still deployed in Burundi as part of Operation...

SA Army arrests 10 000 on Zim border

The South African Army has this year so far arrested over 10 000 illegal border crossers on the Zimbabwe frontier. This has emerged from...

SA leading way on women in military in Africa: ISS

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The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says South Africa is a leader in Africa on the inclusion of women in its armed forces. The...

Peacekeeping = Stressful: Research

The Department of Defence says peacekeeping is stressful and can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but add it is not a cause...

Opposition, academic, cautions DoD on revenue raising plans

The Democratic Alliance and at least one academic is cautioning the defence department on plans to aggressively sell itself as a service provider to...

Thales and Oshkosh team for Australian fleet-upgrade

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Thales has joined with Oshkosh Defence to submit seven vehicles to the Australian Army for Comparative Evaluation Testing as part of Australia's Land 121...

GD awarded $55M to reset Strykers

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General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a contract by the US Army Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) to reset 330 Stryker infantry combat vehicles....

Zimbabwe border fence in disrepair

The Zimbabwe border fence has fallen into disrepair and two Democratic Alliance (DA) Members of Parliament who visited the borderline yesterday say the South...

“The SA/Lesotho border fence has been stolen…”

The borderline fence between Lesotho and South Africa has fallen into such disrepair as not to exist in many parts. Two Democratic Alliance...

Shambolic justice system bleeds SANDF of R25 million

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Delays in the criminal justice system has cost the South African National defence Force at least R25 million in the last two years. The...

Borderline control requires at least 20 companies

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Properly patrolling South Africa's land borders will require at least 20 infantry companies. That's the view of defence force sources that cannot be named...

SA defence portfolio committee discusses transparency

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The Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans has decided to hear a Department of Defence briefing on the combat readiness of the South...

Peace missions extended

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Parliament has received a series of letters from the Presidency extending the duration of a number of South African deployments in support of the...

SANDF stressed

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The logistical stresses that increased with the participation of the Army in internal law enforcement duties, was emphasised by SA National Defense...

DA questions SANDF’s readiness

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The Democratic Alliance is questioning the South African National Defence Force's state of readiness. It says it is being asked to support the military`s...

Let’s not waste a good crisis”: Sisulu

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Defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the impact the present economic situation facing South Africa and the world is daunting but also presents opportunity. She...

Sisulu identifies her priorities

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Lindiwe Sisulu, the defence minister, has identified her priorities for her ministry in her maiden defence budget vote on Friday. "We have been responsible for...

Defence budget vote set for Friday

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The National Assembly will Friday debate Vote 19 – Defence and Military Veterans. The debate was scheduled for last Friday but was postponed at...

Much work still to be done in Africa: SANDF

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There is scope for more international involvement in many of Africa's ongoing conflicts, says Rear Admiral Philip Schoultz, the chief director of operations for...

SCOPA to look at “arms deal”

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The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) of the Fourth Parliament has held its first meeting and will be looking at the still-controversial 1999...

SA must ratify cluster bomb treaty: Ceasefire Campaign

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The Ceasefire Campaign is calling on government to ratify a treaty banning cluster bombs. "We will hold them to their promise," he...

Soldiers threaten industrial action: report

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The SA Security Forces Union (Sasfu) has threatened to "mobilise" if the salaries of health and other professionals serving in the SA National Defence...

SANDF can play role in saving textile industry

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Business leaders say the South African National Defence force can play a role in saving the country's ailing clothing and textile industry.Cheap...

SANDF selections underway in three provinces

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is this week screening "hundreds" of potential recruits at venues in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and...

SANDF cleared for borderline control

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been authorised to continue borderline control in support of the police. President Kgalema Motlanthe approved the...