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SANDF’s 22-year journey to modernise combat net radios

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It’s taken 22 years for an upgrade of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) combat net radio (CNR) systems, with SA Army brigade, division...

1 Military Hospital hosts a change of command parade in Thaba Tshwane

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The South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) witnessed a leadership transition at 1 Military Hospital last week as Major General (Dr) Nsizwa Skosana handed...

Inaugural National Security and Safety Townhall to debate the future of South Africa’s national...

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As South Africa gears up for the national elections on 29 May, the South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD) is shining...

Manifesto analysis: Assessing political parties’ stance on defence and national security

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defenceWeb recently took time to look at the MK Party manifesto in terms of defence and security. I was wondering how the rest of...

SA Army first off the mark with MSD selection

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With Military Skills Development (MSD) applications for the 2025 intake closed, the SA Army is first off the mark to select suitable recruits. This saw...

‘They are attacking my base’

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“We need reinforcement, urgently. They’re coming to our base. We can hear the gunshots. They are here at the base.” These were the panicked words...

SANDF soldiers survive ambush in Mozambique

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers still serving with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) were ambushed by insurgents...

The SANDF needs government support – Rise Mzansi

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“Effective defence for a democratic South Africa.” This is the vision defined for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the Strategic Plan...

DoD performance plan emphasises prime mission equipment and operating systems maintenance

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One of six priorities set by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise in the 2024 Department of Defence (DoD) Annual Performance Plan (APP)...

SANDF “deployable” soldier age up two years since 2019

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Sixty-five percent of soldiers eligible for deployment in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) are younger than 45, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi...

Empowering peacekeepers: Inside South Africa’s peace mission training centre

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Democratic South Africa’s involvement in continental peacekeeping and peace support operations started in 1999. Nine years later the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) set...

Saldanha to host ex Ibsamar come October

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Saldanha is seemingly the SA Navy (SAN) venue of choice for naval exercises this year with Ibsamar set down for October in the wake...

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...

SANDF officials arrested as more corruption allegations surface

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Following the arrest of former Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is once again in the...

SANDF will be part of “broader” government Freedom Day celebrations

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Saturday (27 April) marks 30 years of democracy in South Africa and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) - while not mounting an event...

Recruiting underway for SA Special Forces operators and Navy divers

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It is widely accepted that soldiering, in the broadest sense of the word, is not an easy profession and there are certain musterings taking...

SANDF Legal Service chief in hot water after Mapisa-Nqakula’s request for representation

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The Head of Legal Service of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Major General Eric Mnisi, is facing a probe after former defence...

Mashatile highlights military veterans’ “plight” amid slow pension payouts

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South African Deputy President Paul Mashatile, reporting on the military veterans’ Presidential Task Team (PTT) he heads, this week voiced concern at the slow...

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,...

Works Formation artisans hold skills “Olympics”

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Aiming to properly execute its mandate of, among others, construction, maintenance and repair, a Department of Defence (DoD) Works Formation prestige week is currently...

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...

SANDF unity on show in new addition to Military Academy campus

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A new addition to the SA Military Academy campus is a permanent reminder of the amalgamation of various armed forces into the SA National...

Ninety-six percent of DoD/SANDF buildings need maintenance

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The malaise running through Minister Thandi Modise’s Department of Defence (DoD) and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) stretches from prime mission equipment through...

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...

Reports of SANDF troops captured in the DRC dismissed as fake news

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The South African Departments of Defence and International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) have dismissed reports that several South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers...

Auditor General comes down hard on Modise’s Department of Defence

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Two weeks after her Department of Defence (DoD) was hauled over the coals by its internal audit committee, Minister Thandi Modise’s portfolio was given...

SANDF hoping to replace Samils by 2030

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is hoping to replace its ageing Samil truck fleet with new vehicles by 2030, but the R13...

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...

2015 Defence Review action plan envisaged by October

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Nine years since the most recent SA Defence Review saw the light of day, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise wants, as “a...

Military Academy holds passing out parade while class of 2024 takes up positions

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The end of the 2023 academic year at the Military Academy in Saldanha was, as is the case with tertiary military education internationally, marked...

SANDF to be out in force at Rand Show

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has pledged to take Rand Show revellers by storm this year, with comprehensive static displays, but there...

Outgoing DoD HR boss makes final call on the Military Academy

Vice Admiral Asiel Kubu, Department of Defence (DoD) Director Human Resources, bid the Stellenbosch University Military Academy farewell ahead of taking off uniform for...

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...

Call for soldiers to be part of emergency water supply in two provinces

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With electioneering hotting up ahead of the 29 May national and provincial election, the Democratic Alliance (DA) potentially stole a march on the majority...

Schools in three provinces benefit from Army input on military skills development

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Ahead of the 15 March closing date for Military Skills Development (MSD) applications for the 2025 intake, SA Army recruitment officers visited schools in...

2023/24 PMTC training wraps up

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With the current financial year-end (31 March) looming ever larger on the horizon, the South African military’s peace mission training centre (PMTC) wrapped up...

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...

DMV DG now suspended for a year

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A year after the suspension of Director General Irene Mpolweni, the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) still has an interim, in the form of...

SA Army Olifant main battle tank flips over during Lohathla demo

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An Olifant Mk 1A main battle tank (MBT) has flipped onto its back during an accident at the SA Army’s Lohatlha Combat Training Centre...

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...

Procurement issues hamper Military Ombud

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South Africa’s Military Ombud is seemingly hampered in finding “workable solutions” to spending its goods and services budget as these have to be procured...

Lobese to address poor morale in the SA Navy

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Speaking during a South African Navy 20 year long service medal parade in Simons Town on the last day of February, SA Navy Chief,...

More questions on SA’s DR Congo deployment amid further deaths

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Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald maintains the deaths of four South African soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a...

Ex-Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula accused of bribery

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Former Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been accused of soliciting more than R2 million in cash bribes from Nombasa Ndhlovu, who...

More SA Army fatalities in DRC

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Two South African soldiers died in what appears to be a murder/suicide incident on Thursday (29 February) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They were...

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...

SANDF to spend R23 million on Umzimvubu Regiment callup remuneration

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More than 800 volunteers who responded to a callup during the July 2021 unrest will finally be paid, three years and two Boards of...

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...

SAAF shuts down HQ building due to ventilation problems

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Due to unsafe and unhealthy working conditions caused by malfunctioning ventilation systems, the South African Air Force (SAAF) is temporarily closing its headquarters building...

Home Affairs investigating SA Military Health Service general who ‘lied’ about his age

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The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is investigating a general who appears to have become four years “younger” while he was in the defence...