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Border security issues highlighted in Free State and North West

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A public hearing and an oversight visit in two provinces has brought home concerns about poor border security. A public hearing in North West province’s...

Supreme Court of Appeal rules no profits for Beitbridge “washing line” fence contractors

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Attempts to hold onto profits from an unfit for purpose stretch of border fence, erected as part of the then national anti-COVID-19 effort in...

BMA prevents almost 300 000 illegal entries to SA in first year of operations

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The newest addition to the South African government’s security architecture – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – marked its first anniversary on 1 April...

BMA tackling corruption via SIU forum

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A stated aim of Michael Masiapato, Border Management Authority (BMA) Chief Executive and Commissioner, is “a zero tolerance approach on corrupt tendencies among officials”...

Border protection tasking sees soldiers confiscate contraband, return livestock and nab illegals

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Border patrols by South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers are yielding significant results, with recent reports highlighting the persistence of the illegal cigarette...

Home country conflict big contributor to migrant deaths – IOM

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One in three migrant deaths can be attributed to people fleeing conflict, an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) report has it, adding two of...

400 more border guards to be deployed ahead of Easter period

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The Border Management Authority (BMA) will deploy 400 additional junior border guards at the busiest ports of entry in anticipation of an increase in...

Plea for faster erection of Jersey barriers by KZN Premier

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Border protection along a roughly 20 km section of the KwaZulu-Natal province’s international border with Mozambique was identified as a hijacked vehicle exit hotspot...

Armscor to acquire speedboats for Border Management Authority

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The newly established Border Management Authority (BMA) has tasked state defence materiel agency Armscor with acquiring speedboats so its Coastal Guards can patrol South...

Construction underway of concrete border wall between SA and Mozambique

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The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government has resumed construction of a concrete barrier wall along the South Africa/Mozambique border to curb the theft of motor vehicles...

Soldiers find, confiscate precious metals during border protection ops

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Confiscation of what the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) terms “precious materials” worth R3 300 by soldiers on the...

Police seize homemade river crossing equipment

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Police have prevented suspected smugglers from using makeshift equipment to cross the Limpopo River. A statement issued by the SA Police Service (SAPS) Provincial Commissioner’s...

KZN overtakes Kruger as rhino poaching destination of choice

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What is now KwaZulu-Natal, previously Natal where the southern white rhino was brought back from the brink of extinction some 70 years ago, recorded...

SANDF recovers vehicle after smugglers get it stuck in Limpopo River

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South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border patrol have recovered a staff bus from the Limpopo River, after it got stuck there...

Beware scammers using BMA identification

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Not six months after it was launched, the latest addition to South Africa’s security architecture – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – finds itself...

Another big cigarette bust for Bambatha Rifles

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South African National Defence force (SANDF) Reserve Force unit, Bambatha Rifles, is making a name for itself as a smuggler stopper on its current...

Flow of illegal immigrants to South Africa continues, soldiers intercept over three thousand

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January 2024 was much the same as the previous month for soldiers deployed on the border protection tasking Operation Corona with the notable addition...

Bambatha Rifles net cigarettes worth millions in three border busts

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The South Africa/Zimbabwe border appears to be the main entry point of illicit cigarettes into South Africa, as evidenced by several massive busts by...

BMA deported 27 000 people in December/January

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The newest component of South Africa’s security architecture – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – has it “about 15 924 individuals attempting to enter...

Public Service Minister visits Lebombo port of entry

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Public Service and Administration Minister Noxolo Kiviet is on record as complimenting the Border Management Authority (BMA) for its work with “limited resources”. She and...

Drugs seized at OR Tambo airport

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Customs officers of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) have seized 23 kg of narcotics disguised as moulded artwork with an estimated street value...

Business as usual in December for Op Corona soldiers

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December 2023 was no different from other months for soldiers deployed on the standing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) border protection tasking – Operation...

Court denies Beitbridge fence contractors’ profit

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That then Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille’s well-intentioned plan to provide an extra buffer against COVID-19 in the vicinity of the...

Border patrol work pays off for Bambatha Rifles

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Another day, another bust could well be the thinking of part-time SA National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers currently on border protection duty with Bambatha...

SA police make R150 million cocaine bust at Durban Harbour

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KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has commended the successful operation by a multi-disciplinary team of police intelligence and border agents at the Port of Durban...

Op Corona patrols net 600 plus illegals in November

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A month’s work of patrolling mostly inhospitable terrain along South Africa’s land borders saw thinly spread SA Army regular and reserve soldiers net 607...

Misconduct and dismissals at fledgling BMA

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South Africa’s Border Management Authority (BMA) was officially launched in October and was at least semi-operational since mid-2022. In that time it notched up...

Border Management Authority reports big successes ahead of festive season

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The newly established Border Management Authority (BMA) has intercepted nearly 44 000 people trying to illegally enter South Africa, arrested over 2 000 for...

Scrap metal ban is not working and should not be extended – SEIFSA

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The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has noted with concern submissions to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the...

Congestion-easing pilot system coming to Lebombo port of entry

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South Africa’s Border Management Authority (BMA) is, in conjunction with the SA Revenue Service (SARS), working on ways and means of easing traffic congestion...

SANDF soldiers recover stolen vehicles and millions of rands worth of cigarettes

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers busy with border protection patrols under Operation Corona have had a busy three weeks, recovering multiple stolen...

BMA apprehends more suspects at SA’s ports of entry

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The newly established Border Management Authority (BMA) has recorded multiple arrests at various ports of entry of suspects attempting to cross borders with illicit...

Five suspects arrested for drug trafficking, including ACSA employees

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Five suspects have been arrested for drug trafficking, contravention of the Civil Aviation Act and contravention of the Customs and Excise Act in a...

BMA border guards apprehend men smuggling state property into Mozambique

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Border guards from the newly established Border Management Authority (BMA) have arrested two people and charged them with the possession of stolen goods, including...

Lesotho/SA migration “model” to be researched amid high levels of illegal migration

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Basotho without the necessary travel documentation regularly feature in the top three of people from countries neighbouring South Africa who are stopped by soldiers...

Other government departments provide bulk of BMA funding and personnel

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Commissioner and Chief Executive Michael Masiapato’s Border Management Authority (BMA) is being primarily funded not directly from National Treasury but four national government departments. Between...

Banditry on the border needs joint Nigeria-Niger efforts

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Bandits have terrorised north-west Nigerians for about a decade, and attacks are rising. Rape and other sexual violence, abductions and killings are just some...

SANDF recovers millions of Rands worth of stolen vehicles, drugs and cigarettes

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border patrol have in one week recovered millions of Rands worth of stolen vehicles...

Funding shortfall hampers border protection and safeguarding

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In auditing the Department of Defence (DoD) annual report for 2022/23, Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke’s budgetary review and recommendations report (BRRR) specifies funding as the...

SAPS records another massive cocaine bust in Durban

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has seized cocaine with a street value of R80 million following another intelligence-driven operation at the Dube Trade...

SAPS makes massive R70 million drug bust at Durban Harbour

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An intelligence driven operation led by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Durban Harbour and members of the Directorate for Priority Crime...

BMA guard personnel numbers set to increase

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The Border Management Authority (BMA) is expanding its border guard numbers, adding 400 to the 200 put into service 15 months ago. BMA Chief Executive...

Troop rotation at two Op Corona border protection sites

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There have been personnel changes on at least two of South Africa’s landward borders with new deployments of regular and reserve force soldiers replacing...

BMA will be part of stopping illegal mining

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South Africa’s Border Management Authority (BMA), dubbed the country’s third armed service by President Cyril Ramaphosa, will be part of countering illegal mining in...

Thirty years jail for Kruger rhino poacher

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A convicted poacher will spend the next 30 years behind bars, the regional court in Skukuza has ruled. Sidney Sibuyi was, according to a SANParks...

SA’s new Border Management Authority to boost security, development – Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the establishment of the Border Management Authority (BMA) – officially launched last week - is a significant step...

SA President launches country’s newest armed service in Musina

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The newest component of the South African government’s security sector – the Border Management Authority (BMA) - was launched in Musina yesterday (Thursday, 5...

Mpumalanga/Moz border busiest for Op Corona in September

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While not South Africa’s longest with a neighbouring country, the 491 km land border with Mozambique is the leakiest, if the latest border protection...

Twelve months before BMA makes “a difference” to border security

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The man at the helm of the newest addition to South Africa’s security architecture – Border Management Authority (BMA) Chief Executive Michael Masiapato –...

SANDF assists SAPS with borderline hostage rescue

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), working with the South African Police Service (SAPS), have rescued seven kidnapped family members before...