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Border protection tasking sees soldiers confiscate contraband, return livestock and nab...

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Border patrols by South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers are yielding significant results, with recent reports highlighting the persistence of the illegal cigarette...

Op Corona patrols net 600 plus illegals in November

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A month’s work of patrolling mostly inhospitable terrain along South Africa’s land borders saw thinly spread SA Army regular and reserve soldiers net 607...

Troop rotation at two Op Corona border protection sites

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There have been personnel changes on at least two of South Africa’s landward borders with new deployments of regular and reserve force soldiers replacing...

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...

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

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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...

Soldiers stop six thousand plus illegal immigrants in December

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The presence of soldiers to, amongst others, deter and prevent illegal immigration on South Africa’s landward borders, appears to be working when taking latest...

Another busy month for SANDF soldiers on border protection duty

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Regular and Reserve Force soldiers by and large continue working to the best of their ability with limited support to stop the continued inflow...

Cross-border vehicle theft syndicates a headache for soldiers

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One of the multiple tasks soldiers deployed on border protection have is preventing stolen vehicles leaving the country – a multi-million Rand criminal industry...

Dagga, drugs, counterfeit goods and a firearm in Op Corona December...

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Dagga is not, according to soldiers posted on the South Africa/Zimbabwe border, an often transported illegal commodity. This was shown up by a R1,5...

Additional border safeguarding initiatives detailed by Joint Operations

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The Joint Operations Division of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been allocated additional funding for border safeguarding initiatives, and this includes...

Soldiers intercept two thousand plus illegal immigrants in October

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Contraband and drugs with a value in excess of R8 million were confiscated by soldiers protecting South Africa’s territorial integrity as per the Operation...

Soldiers stop illegal immigrants; confiscate contraband, dagga and stolen vehicles

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In the 2020/21 financial year soldiers on border protection duty apprehended more than 21 000 illegal immigrants averaging out at 1 775 a month – around...

Most used illegal border crossings to SA are with three countries

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The “most popular” countries when it comes to illegal entry or smuggling contraband into South Africa are Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Residents from these countries...

Illegal immigrants, livestock, narcotics, stolen vehicles – all in an Op...

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“Ops normal” is probably the best way to sum up the national defence force’s ongoing border protection tasking which in the three months ending...

Border protection prevents drugs worth millions reaching South Africa

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People seeking a better life than what is on offer in their own countries continue illegal pilgrimages to South Africa as evidenced by the...

Op Corona stops contraband, recovers stolen vehicles and nabs illegals

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Recovery of stolen livestock and vehicles, confiscation of contraband and apprehension of “undocumented persons” remain the major components of the work done by soldiers...

Soldiers recover three vehicles worth R900 000

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Two incidents of soldiers preventing stolen high-end off-road vehicles leaving South Africa give insight into another area of work apart from apprehending undocumented persons...

Stolen copper recovered during border ops

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Copper is the latest addition to the growing list of goods confiscated by soldiers protecting “South Africa’s territorial integrity” as part of the Operation...

eSwatini, Mozambique border ops net narcotics and vehicles

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Stolen vehicle recovery and confiscating narcotics top the list of recent successes for an SA Army infantry unit doing duty as part of Operation...

Soldiers on border protection recover livestock worth R800 000

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Official border protection statistics collected, collated and released by the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) show cross-border livestock theft...

Parliamentarians see border protection ops “in the flesh”

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In what one called “an eye opener” a contingent of Parliamentarians saw for themselves what is – and isn’t - happening on South Africa’s...

Op Corona confiscations continue

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Cigarettes, vehicles and wool are included in the latest contraband seizures by soldiers deployed on the border protection tasking Operation Corona. Fifty-two bags of wool...

R50 million set aside for Jersey barrier border protection in KZN

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Patrol and intelligence gathering work on at least one section of South Africa’s land border is being made easier by installation of concrete Jersey...

“Undocumented persons” entering South Africa on the rise

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As South Africa moved into a “lighter” lockdown level in September, soldiers on border protection had to contend with increased levels of smuggling and...

Border protection remains thin due lack of funds

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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, trotted out the by-now hackneyed excuse of “budgetary constraints” when answering a Parliamentary question about...

Cigarettes, dagga confiscated, vehicles recovered by border protection patrols

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Cigarettes make up the majority of recent confiscations by soldiers on border protection duty, with dagga and illegal immigrants adding to the recent success...

Soldiers confiscate R1.4 million worth of cigarettes on SA borders

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Two separate cigarette “interceptions” by soldiers in the last week again show the ease with which smugglers breach thinly protected borders and just how...

Op Corona border patrols net contraband worth R13 million

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Further proof of the porosity of South Africa’s borders, particularly those on land, comes from the Joint Operations Division of the national defence force...

Border safeguarding is a Department of Defence priority

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In its strategic plan for the five year period ending 2025, the Department of Defence (DoD) focuses on a number of issues it sees...

Border safeguarding is a Department of Defence priority

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In its strategic plan for the five year period ending 2025, the Department of Defence (DoD) focuses on a number of issues it sees...

Call for heightened land border protection in the face of COVID-19

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South Africa’s ports of entry are covered by Department of Health representatives supported by military medics checking for coronavirus but what about the thousands...

Border protection needs high tech equipment to up performance

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The national border protection tasking Operation Corona is widely acknowledged as one powered more by people than any high-tech equipment and questions...

Contraband netted, livestock recovered – all in a day’s work for...

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In line with current defence planning, Operation Corona is as of June staffed by 15 newly deployed companies from both the full-time...

The SA Army specialist infantry capability – an integral part of...

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The SA Army Specialist Infantry Capability, better known by its acronym SAASIC, provides the Infantry Formation with more mobility via the use...

Soldiers do their best to plug South Africa’s porous borders

While not soldiering in the true sense of the word, the deployment of more than 2 700 soldiers on "border duty" has...

All change for Op Corona deployment

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The thinly stretched camouflage line ensuring at least some territorial integrity along South Africa's land borders is rotating with 15 new companies...

South Africa’s border protection is in the hands of 2 700...

The border protection tasking assigned to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) by Cabinet currently sees just over two thousand seven hundred...

Op Corona nets contraband and dagga worth just on R7 million...

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South African soldiers confiscated dagga worth more than R5 million during border protection patrols in June and July and seized contraband valued...

Op Corona nets contraband and dagga worth just on R7 million...

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South African soldiers confiscated dagga worth more than R5 million during border protection patrols in June and July and seized contraband valued...

Feature: Protecting South Africa’s borders

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Protecting a nation's borders was among the first tasks to fall to armies. Similarly, protecting a nation's waters and its seaborne trade...

Contraband, dagga and illegals all grabbed in Op Corona net

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It's been business as usual in the first seven weeks of the year for soldiers deployed on border protection, with contraband valued...

Op Corona sees dagga and other contraband worth more than R77...

The porosity of South Africa's land borders along with a lack of resources to properly patrol them continues to make the country...

Large quantities of T-shirts and running shoes confiscated in Op Corona...

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SA Army soldiers seized contraband valued at over R1.4 million in a busy weekend for the SA National Defence Force's (SANDF) border...

New “mobility packages” will up the Army’s border protection capability

What SA National Defence Force chief, General Solly Shoke, calls "mobility packages" are replacements for the modified 4x4 bakkies used as the...

Busy month on the SA/Mozambique border for Op Corona soldiers

Operation Corona, the SA National Defence Force's (SANDF) ongoing border protection tasking, saw soldiers deployed on the Mozambique border with KwaZulu-Natal and...

SA State Security minister worried about terrorism, border security

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State Security Minister David Mahlobo touched on a range of issues he maintains are affecting national security in South Africa during his...

Mozambique border shooting incident resolved without charges being laid

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The July shooting incident involving soldiers, police and employees of a car tracking company on the Mozambique/South African border in KwaZulu-Natal in...

Op Corona soldiers on border protection seize R2.2 million worth of...

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Hours of footslogging in difficult terrain for soldiers deployed on border protection in Limpopo last month was rewarded with a haul of...

More money for border protection will see savings – and more...

The why of justifying which government department gets how much of the national budget to do its work was highlighted during a...

Soldiers say no to cigarette smugglers’ bribes

Seven soldiers will be officially commended for their actions in not only turning down bribes but also reporting the attempted bribery which...