SA, Botswana meet on defence, security


A South Africa-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS) is holding its 10th session at the pricey Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg.

The 9th session of the RSA-Botswana JPCDS was held in Botswana last year.

The Department of Defence says the meeting began yesterday and wraps up tomorrow.
“The agreement between Governments of South Africa and Botswana on the establishment of the RSA/Botswana JPCDS was signed in 2000 with the aim to among other things, identify areas of cooperation and establish channels for exchange of information in the fields of Defence and Security.

Starting from [yesterday] the JCPDS will review progress made in the implementation of decisions made at the session held in Botswana in the areas which include military to military co-operation, training and technical cooperation as well joint border operations. They will also look at challenges in the implementation of some decisions.

The Department of Defence is the lead department in the JPCDS. Other departments which form part of the JPCDS include Home Affairs, Police and State Security.