Makwetla in Ethiopia


Deputy defence minister Thabang Makwetla is in Ethiopia today on a two-day visit to attend the 3rd Ordinary Meeting of Ministers of Defence and Safety and Security at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa.

“The purpose of the meeting Ministers of Defence and Safety and Security is to consider the progress made in the operationalisation of the African Standby Force, and consider proposals for further implementation, the Ministry of Defence says in a statement.

The meeting will also be attended by African chiefs of defence and heads of security.

The African Standby Force was established by the African Union to support and keep peace in Africa.

To this end, the AU has recommended the development of a common security policy and, by next year as well as the establishment of an African Standby Force capable of rapid deployment to keep, or enforce, the peace.

Once fully operational, the African Standby Force will comprise of standby brigades in each of the five regions, and incorporate a police and civilian expert capacity.

Southern Africa will exercise its brigade this September at the SA Army Combat Training Centre at Lohatlha as well as off Walvis Bay, Namibia as part of Exercise Golfinho. West Africa held a field exercise for its brigade last year.