Troops arriving for Exercise Golfinho


The Department of Defence is warning the public that the number of military vehicles and troops on some of the country’s roads will dramatically increase in coming days as Southern African Development Community (SADC) militaries taking part in a regional brigade peace support exercise arrive.



South African National Defence force spokesman Colonel Petrus Motlhabane says there will be an increase in vehicle traffic to Lohatlha in the Northern Cape from Upington Airport as well as border posts at Ramatlabama, Beit Bridge, Ariamsvlei, Lebombo, Maseru and Mahamba as troops from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia enter SA to travel to the SA Army Combat Training Centre where Exercise Golfinho is now underway.

The troops will return home along the same routes at month`s end following the exercise.

Naval activities will also this month take place off Walvis Bay, Namibia, as part of the exercise.  

“The exercise is a Peace Support Operation conducted by SADC member states. Its aim is to ensure the force`s operational readiness in accordance with the AU Standby Force`s roadmap,” says Motlhabane. “South Africa is hosting the field-training component of the exercise in the Northern Cape Province at the SA Army Combat Training Centre.

“The exercise is a demonstration of South Africa`s commitment to participation in regional peace support training and hopes to achieve improved regional co-operation in the field of Peace Support Operations.”

Forces flying to Upington include Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

Pic: SANDF- g6- fire in Lohalta Training Combat Centre