Border Security

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...

SANDF soldiers recover hijacked vehicle, illicit cigarettes

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border protection duty in Limpopo have recovered a hijacked vehicle and seized two cars smuggling illicit...

Environmental disaster and climate change refugees should be recognised as such

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As our planet warms, we’re experiencing more frequent and severe weather events, rising sea levels, prolonged droughts and altered ecosystems. These environmental shifts directly...

ISS: Fortress South Africa – open to the highest bidder

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Securing borders against irregular migration has come to dominate global immigration policymaking and spending – driven largely by inaccurate politicised narratives that economic migration...

SA ports of entry upgrade on the way

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South Africa’s six busiest ports of entry – all land-based – are in line for an upgrade to make them more people and trade...

SA Army soldiers seize contraband, recover vehicles and detain illegal immigrants

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The best efforts of a thinly spread deployment of soldiers, while making some headway, does not appear to have significantly slowed the flow of...

Bambatha Rifles “save” a bakkie, net illicit cigarettes

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Bringing in donkeys to help move a stolen high-end bakkie across the Limpopo River did not help smugglers as South African infantry soldiers swooped...

Durban Light Infantry making its mark in Corona operations

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South Africa’s land border with Botswana is nowhere near as busy as those of Mozambique and Zimbabwe when it comes to stopping illegal immigration...

Another big cigarette bust for SANDF soldiers

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border patrol have seized over R1 million worth of illicit cigarettes from smugglers in Limpopo, days...

Cross-border crime in northern KZN a problem for locals

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The far northern reaches of KwaZulu-Natal, bordering Mozambique, are administered by the largely rural uMkhanyakude district municipality where cross-border crime has locals “living in...

SANDF soldiers confiscate R6 million worth of illicit cigarettes

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border protection duty have in one weekend recovered over R6 million worth of illicit cigarettes and...

Op Corona patrols net contraband worth millions in July

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SA Army soldiers tasked with ensuring South Africa’s land borders are as user-unfriendly as possible to illegal immigrants, smugglers and vehicle thieves had a...

Rhino poachers target KZN as Kruger killings decline

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KwaZulu-Natal is seemingly now the venue of choice for rhino poachers in South Africa, with the province losing 143 of the Big Five species...

Reserve Force soldier turns down bribe

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A Reserve Force soldier showed true mettle and honesty when initiating a takedown from an apparently unscrupulous supplier. Bambatha Regiment Warrant Officer Class 2 Happy...

R85 million worth of technology didn’t reach SANDF soldiers on the border

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The Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) had the wool well and truly pulled over its eyes by the officer...

Kruger rhino poacher jailed three months after arrest

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Proof the South African criminal justice system can work speedily comes from Skukuza in the Kruger National Park (KNP) where a poacher was jailed...

Op Corona patrol nets detonators

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Reserve Force soldiers on a routine border protection patrol put a spanner in the works of the criminal fraternity who use explosives in the...

SANDF soldiers recover water tanker on Lesotho border

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By far the most intriguing “item” recovered by South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on the border protection tasking Operation Corona last month...

Parabats prove themselves as smuggler stoppers

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On the face of it, deploying specialist airborne soldiers for border protection might seem over the top. It is definitely not and is part...

SADC needs more inter-agency co-operation to effectively fight TOC

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Southern African regional police chiefs heard transnational crime poses “a serious menace” to democracy and peace in the region as well as the “loss...

Rhino horn stolen from NW Parks head office

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Would-be poachers in the North West appear to have changed track into wildlife product thieves, evidenced by the illegal removal of over 50 rhino...

Addo to boost anti-poaching unit as E Cape poachers handed jail time

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Eastern Cape is home to Addo Elephant National Park which, while not in the same league as Kruger when it comes to poaching, has...

SANDF attends border security symposium

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A senior South African National Defence Force (SANDF) delegation was among 200 attendees at last week’s Border Security Week event in Cape Town. The border...

R43 million up in smoke

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The sky in the immediate vicinity of the Beitbridge port of entry in Limpopo is this week a haze of tobacco smoke as R43...

Specialist bush first aid gear for Kruger rangers

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Rangers in South Africa’s premier game reserve – the Kruger National Park – are now better equipped to handle injuries while on anti-poaching duty. In...

Soldiers confiscate R3 million plus worth of drugs in May border ops

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Drug smuggling and livestock theft were major focus points for South African soldiers posted on the country’s land borders in May with over R4...

R2 million plus dagga crop won’t make it to market

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The border protection tasking assigned to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) often sees soldiers working with police to put the brakes on criminal...

BMA effectivity questioned

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The newest addition to South Africa’ security architecture – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – came under fire for not putting the brakes on...

Part-time soldiers recover earthmover in Limpopo

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Johannesburg Reserve Force regiment Bambatha Rifles notched a notable first during its current Operation Corona border protection deployment recovering a single earthmoving machine worth...

Work underway to fight wildlife crime – Creecy

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Government is working around the clock to fight wildlife crime and corruption, especially in the Kruger National Park, said Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment...

Cameroon sends troops to CAR and Nigeria borders to stop attacks

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Cameroon is deploying troops to its borders in response to a resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in the country’s Far North region. In April, the...

Multiple big drug seizures recorded in the Arabian Sea

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A Royal Navy frigate in the Arabian Sea has seized $6 million worth of hashish while a US Coast Guard cutter has seized $80...

SANDF soldiers help nab vehicle smugglers

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Several suspected vehicle smugglers have been apprehended by the South African Police Service (SAPS) with assistance from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF)...

Small drop in number of illegal immigrants nabbed by soldiers in April

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April saw a drop of 273 illegal immigrants stopped by soldiers on South Africa’s land borders compared to March when 1 443 were handed to...

Government says it is bolstering border security

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The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is undertaking several initiatives to improve South Africa’s border security, including the construction of a new...

Minister says border guards trained to stop illegals entering SA

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Concerns about South Africa’s soaring murder rate and ways to bring it down prompted an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) parliamentarian to ask if it...

KZN to resume concrete border wall construction between SA and Mozambique

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The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government had made a decision to resume construction of a concrete wall long the South Africa/Mozambique border to curb the theft...

Ranger shortage poses danger for rhino conservation

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While official rhino poaching numbers are down, a lack of conservation personnel – specifically rangers – could see the small gains in numbers disappear. Warning...

Battlefield losses may result In Al-Shabaab cross-border attacks

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In 2022, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud ordered a major offensive against the al-Shabaab terror group. With the help of African Union forces, those...

R2 million dagga bust by SANDF soldiers

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers have recovered nearly R2 million worth of dagga during a patrol along the border with Eswatini. On 2...

New Public Works Minister says Beitbridge fence was “a disaster” – report

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The failed Beitbridge fence project led by former Public Works and Infrastructure minister Patricia de Lille was “a total disaster” her successor said. Sihle Zikalala,...

Cigarette smuggler arrested at Groblersbrug border

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) Commissioner in Limpopo, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe, has applauded members of the Groblersbrug Border Post for their alertness and...

SANDF stops R5 million plus worth of drugs hitting SA streets

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Last month (March) saw soldiers, assisted by police, confiscate over R5 million worth of dagga from cross-border smugglers intent on selling their illegal drugs...

Beitbridge fence saga not over with De Lille’s exit from Public Works

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Patricia de Lille is no longer President Cyril Ramaphosa’s point person for public works, but that doesn’t mean that at least one part of...

Drugs and stolen vehicles seized by SANDF soldiers on border patrol

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have recovered multiple stolen vehicles and hundreds of kilograms of drugs on the borders of...

Lesotho and SA hold summit to clamp down on cross-border crime

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South African police minister Bheki Cele is widely seen as one of the most public members of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet being present at...