SA Defence

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...

SANDF projects: past, present & future

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Known South African National Defence force (SANDF) projects, past, present and future, presented alphabetically per Service/Division. The information below was compiled from...

Cape terror-buster appointed fight organised crime

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Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has appointed Western Cape deputy provincial commissioner Anwar Dramat (pictured) the head of the new Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation...

Soccer World Cup security disorganised: G4S

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G4S, the world's biggest security firm, will not operate at next summer's soccer World Cup in South Africa because of concerns over...

SA Army to return to crime fighting?

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Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa wants the military to return to the streets to assist the police in fighting crime, several Independent Group newspapers reported...

SA Army lance corporal in family shooting

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A married South African Army lance corporal deserted his post yesterday and murdered his wife, before firing on military police and omitting...

South African military ready for swine flu

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The South African Military Health Service says it is part of the National Department of Health's Outbreak Response Team to assist with the possible...

SANDF to shortly finalise new HIV policy

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The South African National Defence Force should within weeks finalise its new policy regarding the deployment of personnel who have tested positive...

Police, Scorpions in cyber crime limbo

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The Directorate of Special Operations' (DSO's) cyber crimes investigators are yet to be incorporated in the South African Police Service (SAPS) cyber...

Thales Australia talks network centric warfare

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Thales Australia has opened a laboratory at Garden Island in Sydney to further develop tools for netcentric warfare.A company release says the...

Cabinet returns troops to border, approves military strategy

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The outgoing administration of President Kgalema Motlanthe has approved a new military strategy and force structure for the South African National Defence...

Security forces ready for elections

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Police minister Nathi Mthetwa says the South African security forces are ready and in place to ensure a peaceful election this week. South...

Police, military, spooks ready for IPL

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The South African security forces comprising the South African Police Service, South African National Defence Force and the National Intelligence Agency say...

US visits South African Special Forces

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Soldiers from US Army Africa and the US Army Ranger Training Brigade got a taste of South African Special Forces (SASF) training...

SANDF to recruit 11 000 next year

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The South African National Defence Force is to recruit 11 000 new soldiers, airmen, sailors and medics next year, taking advantage of...

SANDF Warrant Officers meet US counterparts

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Senior warrant officers of the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) earlier this month hosted their US counterparts in Pretoria for a...

Defence committee throws gauntlet down for next government

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South Africa's next government must decide the future of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF). That`s the view of the view of the...

Police, SANDF ready for soccer cups

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The police and 13 supporting government departments are ready for every safety and security-related eventuality – from terrorist attack to ambush marketing...

Police, SANDF to take “no chances” with election

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Minister of Safety & Security Nathi Mthetwa says the police "are not taking chances" with political violence before, during or after next...

SANDF still has no Confederations Cup, World Cup budget

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) must still be allocated a budget for supporting this June's Confederations Cup and next June's...

SA, Tanzanian Reserve Force leaders meet

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The Chief of the Reserve Force of the Tanzania People Defence Force (TPDF) is this week visiting his South African counterpart to...

Fact file: SANDF operations February 2009

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Below is a list of current SANDF & SAPS deployments as provided by the Joint Operations Division of the SANDF. Internal Operations...

Ex Shield 3 next week

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The South African Police Service (SAPS), the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and other government departments will next week conduct "Exercise Shield...

Guinea Bissau asks SA help

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Guinea Bissau's interim President Raimundo Pereira (pictured) has asked South Africa to assist the country with security sector reform. That according to a...

SANDF winding up internal operations

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The South African National Defence Force is winding up its long-running Operation Intexo, in terms of which it was responsible for borderline...

First SA conference on strategic theory planned

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The University of Stellenbosch's School for Security and Africa Studies in the Faculty of Military Science and the Faculty for Strategic and...

Ban asks for more SA peacekeeping support

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended South Africa for its role in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa – and has...

5000 soldiers headed for SA

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About 5000 Southern African Development Community (SADC) solders, sailors and airmen are headed for South Africa to take part in the inaugural...

SA to celebrate 10 years of peacekeeping

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South Africa will this year celebrate 10 years of participation in African Union and United Nations peacekeeping, Lt General Themba Matanzima, the...

Special Forces on strength

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South Africa's two Special Forces (SF) Regiments are again at full strength, says the General Officer Commanding the SF Brigade, Brigadier General...

SANDF in Burundi a while yet

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) seems destined to spend a bit more time in Burundi. The SANDF currently has 973...

Joint Operations briefs media

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The South African National Defence Force's Joint Operations (J Ops) this morning comprehensively briefed the media on its current activities.The four hour...

SA key to building an effective ASF

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The European Union's special advisor for African peacekeeping says the South African military is ideally placed to help train the African Union's...