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Father of SA Special Forces dies

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Retired SA Army colonel Jan Breytenbach, the founding father of Special Forces in the South African military, died in the George Mediclinic on Sunday...

6 SAI Op Vikela deployment done and dusted

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The specialist airborne assault infantry battalion of the SA Army is back in South Africa following deployment to Mozambique as part of the now...

SANDF to remain in austere mode until funding flow improves

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After three ministers of defence and military veterans, the 2012 South African Defence review, renamed in 2015 and approved by the National Assembly (NA),...

Army Technical Service Corps boosted by 47 qualified artisans

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The largest SA National Defence Force (SANDF) service – the SA Army – can now call on the skills of an extra 47 qualified...

Modise receives remains of latest soldier killed in the DRC

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise on Monday officially received the mortal remains of a specialist military medic who lost his life during...

SANDF “crucial” to disaster management nationally and regionally

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That the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is committed to doing whatever its resources allow when disaster strikes was underlined last month by way...

Lobese reaches out to Chinese Navy

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China, in the form of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), last month became the latest country to be ticked off by SA Navy...

SANDF deployment ensured safe and secure elections

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With South Africa’s national and provincial elections for a seventh democratic administration over and declared free and fair, the military component of NatJOINTS (National...

High Court orders redacted Battle of Bangui BOI records released

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A legal attempt to access SA National Defence Force (SANDF) records of the March 2013 Battle of Bangui by South African author and journalist...

SA Army wants new cutlery and dixies

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Proof yet again that armies march on their stomachs* comes in the form of an Armscor tender to “procure” dixies and cutlery as well...

SANDF’s DRC deployment an unfair imposition on the military – expert

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The deaths of four South African soldiers at the hands of M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this year have raised...

Immediate past DMV Director General resigned, not dismissed

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In March last year, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) heard that Department of Military Veterans (DMV) Director General Irene Mpolweni...

Happy (belated) birthday to the SANDF

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On 19 May, Minister of Defence Thandi Modise released a statement, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). She...

2 828 SANDF members deployed for the elections

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A total of 2 828 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members are being deployed for the maintenance and preservation of law and order...

Mashatile presides over veterans’ headstone memorialisation

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Deputy President Paul Mashatile used a Thursday military veterans’ memorialisation event across five Gauteng cemeteries to “recognise the injustices of our past, honour those...

SANDF’s anti-illegal mining and national key point protection deployments extended

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Commander-in-Chief President Cyril Ramaphosa has deemed it fit to extend the deployment of just over three thousand military personnel...

SANDF should withdraw from foreign peace missions to focus on security at home, DA...

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is underfunded and cannot afford to take part in international peacekeeping or peace enforcement missions and should...

SANDF-led youth initiative launched

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been tasked with leading the new South African National Service Institute (SANSI), which aims to encourage...

SANDF underfunded, overstretched, and in need of clear direction

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South Africa’s foreign policy is confused, with no clear plan on the deployment of an underfunded, overstretched and old South African National Defence Force...

No money from DoD for Mapisa-Nqakula legal battles

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Current defence and military veterans minister Thandi Modise put paid to any possibility of Department of Defence (DoD) funding for her predecessor who faces...

SANDF at 30: Modise highlights the SA military’s role in national and international security

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In a wide-ranging media briefing on Sunday 19 May, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise, outlined the state of defence in the...

DMV has its fourth acting DG as legal action looms

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The perennially under-performing Department of Military Veterans (DMV) has another acting Director-General at the helm – the fourth interim appointment since 2017 - with...

Weak SANDF tarnishes national image and compromises SA’s ability to protect its sovereignty

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If the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is perceived to be weak, or in fact is, this tarnishes South Africa’s national image and...

Immediate attention for non-Pharmacy Council compliant SAMHS facilities

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A non-compliance red light warning for SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) pharmacies is receiving immediate attention. The issue was raised this week in a letter...

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...