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Lest we forget – SS Mendi 21 February 1917

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SS Mendi was a British 4,230 GRT passenger steamship that was built in 1905 and, as a troopship, sank after collision with great loss...

Armed Forces Day 2024 unlikely to happen

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It does not appear that South Africans will see their national defence force up close and personal this week as Armed Forces Day (AFD)...

No word yet on Armed Forces Day 2024 venue

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A month ahead of annual SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Armed Forces Day, its corporate communicators couldn’t or weren’t allowed to make known the...

Eighteen medals awarded during Armed Forces Day 2023

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Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Cyril Ramaphosa, awarded a total of 18 medals to SANDF members and their families during...

C-in-C Ramaphosa lauds SANDF on Armed Forces Day

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President Cyril Ramaphosa used the platform provided by Armed Forces Day (AFD) on 21 February to remind South Africans the national defence force was...

SANDF in “tatters” FF+ claims

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Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald maintains the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is in “tatters” following a weekend report of soldiers accommodated...

Thousands of people benefitting from SANDF’s Project Owethu health drive

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As part of Armed Forces Day 2023 events, the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) has launched Project Owethu that is bringing free healthcare...

Bad weather puts paid to Armed Forces Day capability demo

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The ongoing La Niña weather phenomenon across much of South Africa has put paid to an expected highlight of Armed Forces Day (AFD): a...

Armed Forces Day 2023 to be the biggest yet – SANDF

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is aiming to make this year’s Armed Forces Day commemorations, in Richard’s Bay, the largest and most...

Badger set for public debut at Armed Forces Day

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An upbeat Mike Kgobe, interim Denel chief executive, has let personnel at the State-owned defence and technology conglomerate know seven Badgers – “our very...

Project Owethu pioneering SAMHS work in “deep rural areas”

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South Africa’s senior military medical officer is “excited” about the Project Owethu initiative currently underway in KwaZulu-Natal’s uMhlathuze municipality as part of this year’s...

Armed Forces Day taking healthcare to those in need

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Included in this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) events is a tasking that will see SA Military Health Services (SAMHS) personnel using specific healthcare...

Two SANDF soldiers critically injured in fatal truck accident

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Two South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers have been critically injured in a collision with a civilian vehicle whilst delivering equipment to Richards...

“Conflating” Armed Forces Day with Exercise Mosi is wrong – Senior...

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Siphiwe Dlamini, Head of Communication (HOC) in the Department of Defence (DoD), is concerned about what he terms “media attempts to conflate” next month’s...

Armed Forces Day 2023 events revealed

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The uMhlathuze local municipality, in the form of its maritime component Richards Bay, will next month be the first city host in the second...

SANDF confirms Ex Mosi going ahead with Russia, China

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Mosi, the second tri-nation naval exercise to be held in South African waters with Chinese and Russian participation, is going ahead in five weeks'...

Ex Mosi II to coincide with Armed Forces Day 2023

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Armed Forces Day (AFD) next year will have a distinctly naval flavour with the event set down for northern KwaZulu-Natal port city Richards Bay...

Richards Bay to host Armed Forces Day 2023

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The first rotation of Armed Forces Day across South Africa’s nine provinces is complete with KwaZulu-Natal, in the form of Richards Bay, named to...

Gallery: Armed Forces Day 21 February 2022

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Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Armed Forces Day 21 Feb...

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Thandi Modise, Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Mr Thabang Makwetla, Secretary for Defence, Ambassador Sonto Kudjoe, Chief of...

Ramaphosa highlights SANDF achievements in Armed Forces Day address

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President Cyril Ramaphosa used the platform provided by Armed Forces Day to bring home to South Africans at least nine occasions when the SA...

Rail transport for Ratels – first time in 20 years

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Armed Forces Day this year is of necessity, due to the financial crunch the national defence force is in and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,...

Mpumalanga to host Armed Forces Day 2022

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Next week, Mpumalanga will become the last province in the current round to host an Armed Forces Day commemoration, with events planned for Barberton...

No confirmation – yet – of Armed Forces Day 2022

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February 21 - the central date for the national defence force’s annual showcase Armed Forces Day event – is fast approaching and as yet...

Speech: Ramaphosa on Armed Forces Day

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Message by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Commander-In-Chief of the South African National Defence Force, on the occasion of Armed Forces Day 21 February 2021. Minister of Defence...

Commander-in-Chief lauds soldiers for COVID-19 “confrontation”

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President Cyril Ramaphosa used a downscaled Armed Forces Day parade at the Castle of Good Hope on 21 February to stress the important contribution...

COVID-19 puts paid to Armed Forces Day 2021

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There will be no Armed Forces Day/Week event this year. The event is the single largest internal SA National Defence Force (SANDF) one annually and...

National State of Disaster will determine Armed Forces Day 2021 fate

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Next year marks the end of the first provincial cycle of Armed Forces Day events with Mpumalanga set to host the February event –...

AFD Parade 2020

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) held a parade in Polokwane on 21 February to celebrate Armed Forces Day (AFD). The parade included all...

Mapisa-Nqakula hands over old age home following SANDF renovations

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on 20 February handed over an old age home in Limpopo after it was renovated by the...

Rooikat crashes into fence during SANDF Armed Forces Day Capability Demo...

A South African Army Rooikat armoured car damaged a fence in a minor vehicle mishap at the Roodewal weapons range outside Polokwane on 17...

Armed Forces Day celebrations start with a bang

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The activities leading up to Armed Forces Day on 21 February started with a bang on Friday the 14th when the South African National...

Project Palama alive and well

At the Armed Forces 2020 media launch on 29 January, Acting Chief of the SA Army, Major General "Mannetjies" de Goede, spoke to defenceWeb...

SA Army looking forward to Armed Forces Day

At the Armed Forces Day (AFD) Media Launch, defenceWeb sat down with Acting Chief of the SA Army, Major General De Goede, to discuss...

SANDF warns of extra military vehicles on the roads ahead of...

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has notified the public that there will be convoys of military vehicles travelling across the country to...

SA National Defence Force gearing up for huge display in Polokwane

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is preparing to host the ninth annual Armed Forces Day (AFD) in Polokwane, Limpopo, with activities to...

Polokwane to host Armed Forces Day 2020

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Armed Forces Day, or to be more exact Week, will be marked in landlocked Limpopo province next year. Provincial capital Polokwane will be host...

Western Cape special skills school is 2019 Armed Forces Day legacy...

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A Gugulethu school was the recipient of much South African Navy sweat equity last month ahead of Armed Forces Day in Cape Town. The Siviwe...

Armed Forces Day criticism unfounded – SANDF

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The national defence force in the form of its Director: Corporate Communication has come out with guns blazing against those who criticised aspects of...

Gallery: Armed Forces Day 2019

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Ramaphosa highlights the importance of the SANDF at Armed Forces Day

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised the importance of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and its roles in disaster relief, peacekeeping and border...

Armed Forces Day “a vanity project” – IFP

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Armed Forces Day and its satellite events currently underway in Cape Town have been labelled “a vanity project” and an “abuse of South Africa’s...

Airspace restrictions over greater Cape Town this week for Armed Forces...

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The powers-that-be at the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) are taking no chances this week when Armed Forces Day will be commemorated in Cape...

All systems go for Armed Forces Day

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The mobilisation phase of Armed Forces Day 2019 is well underway and final on-the-ground preparations in and around Cape Town are nearing completion ahead...

Defence Force reaps benefits of Armed Forces Day activities

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The South African Navy, hosts of the 2019 iteration of Armed Forces Day, is planning a huge spectacle in and around Cape Town. Armed Forces...

SANDF to make a mark in Cape Town in February

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Cape Town will next month host two major events on the South African national calendar with the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) prominent in...

Armed Forces Day 2019 will be in Cape Town, not Polokwane

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The Western Cape and not Limpopo will host 2019's Armed Forces Day events during the week of 21 February after the venue...

Thanks for hosting us, Kimberley – SANDF Chief

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South Africa's top soldier, General Solly Shoke, this week said thank you to the people of the Northern Cape, particularly those in...

Gallery: SANDF capability demonstration

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Ahead of Armed Forces Day 2018 in Kimberly, the South African National Defence Force hosted an explosive capability demonstration at the De...

Gallery: Armed Forces Day parade

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The South African National Defence Force held its annual Armed Forces Day parade in Kimberley on 21 February. Dozens of aircraft, hundreds...