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Junior Border Guards drive successes at ports of entry

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The employment of Junior Border Guards at South Africa’s ports of entry is already yielding results and bolstering national security, while providing employment opportunities...

Four hundred more border guards enter service

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As of today (Thursday, 16 May) Border Management Authority (BMA) Commissioner and Chief Executive Michael Masiapato has another 400 trained personnel to deploy in...

Drugs worth over R6 million seized during April Operation Corona patrols

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SA Army soldiers posted on KwaZulu-Natal’s borders with Eswatini and Mozambique prevented over R5.5 million worth of illegal drugs from reaching South African users...

Border security issues highlighted in Free State and North West

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A public hearing and an oversight visit in two provinces has brought home concerns about poor border security. A public hearing in North West province’s...

BMA prevents almost 300 000 illegal entries to SA in first...

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The newest addition to the South African government’s security architecture – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – marked its first anniversary on 1 April...

Armscor to acquire speedboats for Border Management Authority

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The newly established Border Management Authority (BMA) has tasked state defence materiel agency Armscor with acquiring speedboats so its Coastal Guards can patrol South...

Construction underway of concrete border wall between SA and Mozambique

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The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government has resumed construction of a concrete barrier wall along the South Africa/Mozambique border to curb the theft of motor vehicles...

SANDF recovers vehicle after smugglers get it stuck in Limpopo River

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South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border patrol have recovered a staff bus from the Limpopo River, after it got stuck there...

SANDF acquires MAX 3 armoured vehicles, surveillance equipment for border patrols

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has acquired half a dozen SVI MAX 3 armoured vehicles as well as surveillance equipment to help...

Border Management Authority reports big successes ahead of festive season

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The newly established Border Management Authority (BMA) has intercepted nearly 44 000 people trying to illegally enter South Africa, arrested over 2 000 for...

SANDF soldiers recover stolen vehicles and millions of rands worth of...

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers busy with border protection patrols under Operation Corona have had a busy three weeks, recovering multiple stolen...

BMA apprehends more suspects at SA’s ports of entry

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The newly established Border Management Authority (BMA) has recorded multiple arrests at various ports of entry of suspects attempting to cross borders with illicit...

Other government departments provide bulk of BMA funding and personnel

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Commissioner and Chief Executive Michael Masiapato’s Border Management Authority (BMA) is being primarily funded not directly from National Treasury but four national government departments. Between...

Banditry on the border needs joint Nigeria-Niger efforts

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Bandits have terrorised north-west Nigerians for about a decade, and attacks are rising. Rape and other sexual violence, abductions and killings are just some...

SANDF recovers millions of Rands worth of stolen vehicles, drugs and...

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border patrol have in one week recovered millions of Rands worth of stolen vehicles...

SA’s new Border Management Authority to boost security, development – Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the establishment of the Border Management Authority (BMA) – officially launched last week - is a significant step...

Seven companies vying for Armscor APC tender

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The South African Army’s search for new armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to replace its current border patrol vehicles is seeing seven South African defence...

SANDF soldiers recover hijacked vehicle, illicit cigarettes

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border protection duty in Limpopo have recovered a hijacked vehicle and seized two cars smuggling illicit...

ISS: Fortress South Africa – open to the highest bidder

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Securing borders against irregular migration has come to dominate global immigration policymaking and spending – driven largely by inaccurate politicised narratives that economic migration...

Another big cigarette bust for SANDF soldiers

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border patrol have seized over R1 million worth of illicit cigarettes from smugglers in Limpopo, days...

SANDF soldiers recover water tanker on Lesotho border

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By far the most intriguing “item” recovered by South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on the border protection tasking Operation Corona last month...

SANDF attends border security symposium

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A senior South African National Defence Force (SANDF) delegation was among 200 attendees at last week’s Border Security Week event in Cape Town. The border...

BMA effectivity questioned

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The newest addition to South Africa’ security architecture – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – came under fire for not putting the brakes on...

Procurement failures mean force multiplier tech for border security has not...

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Procurement challenges have contributed to the fact that the Department of Defence (DoD) has not spent resources allocated for the procurement of technology that...

Government says it is bolstering border security

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The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is undertaking several initiatives to improve South Africa’s border security, including the construction of a new...

Minister says border guards trained to stop illegals entering SA

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Concerns about South Africa’s soaring murder rate and ways to bring it down prompted an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) parliamentarian to ask if it...

KZN to resume concrete border wall construction between SA and Mozambique

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The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government had made a decision to resume construction of a concrete wall long the South Africa/Mozambique border to curb the theft...

R2 million dagga bust by SANDF soldiers

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers have recovered nearly R2 million worth of dagga during a patrol along the border with Eswatini. On 2...

SANDF getting more money for border security; will buy vehicles and...

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National Treasury is giving a boost to the South African National Defence Force's (SANDF's) border security capabilities in the form of a R700 million...

Drugs and stolen vehicles seized by SANDF soldiers on border patrol

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have recovered multiple stolen vehicles and hundreds of kilograms of drugs on the borders of...

Ilemi Triangle spat: how resources fuel East Africa’s border conflicts

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For decades, African states have grappled with numerous interstate border disputes, especially in resource-rich regions. In east Africa, most of these conflicts are as...

SANDF soldiers recover more stolen vehicles

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border protection duty have recovered more stolen vehicles that thieves were attempting to smuggle...

SANDF soldiers recover more stolen vehicles

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have recovered another three stolen vehicles that criminals were intent on taking out of the...

Ugandan troops doing good work – land force commander

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The commander of the land force of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) told a passing-out parade of Gombolola internal security officers (GISOs) at...

SANDF soldiers recover multiple stolen vehicles

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Criminals continue to smuggle stolen vehicles out of South Africa, but South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers yet again thwarted some of these...

ISS: Instability fuels North Africa’s illegal tobacco trade

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The trafficking of tobacco is a multibillion-dollar business worldwide. One of the major global smuggling routes flows through the Balkans in Eastern Europe to...

Nigeria enlists drones for border security and crime fighting

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Tethered drones are making life easier for Nigerian law enforcement authorities responsible for border and homeland security as well as anti-crime and anti-terrorism operations. The...

Big cigarette bust for SANDF border patrol soldiers

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on border protection duty have seized two vehicles loaded with illicit cigarettes after receiving a...

Explosives smuggler handed 15-year sentence

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI/Hawks) in Limpopo has welcomed the 15-year prison sentence handed to explosives smuggler, Alois Kamwaza. The Musina Magistrate’s Court...

Massive R223 million bust for SANDF border protection soldiers

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers have seized a massive R223 million haul of erectile dysfunction tablets being smuggled into South Africa from...

Porous Lesotho/SA border a concern

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A porous land border between the Free State and Lesotho is not only an illegal immigration and smuggling problem, but it also raises concerns...

Funding and technology necessary to “plug” borders

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Safe and secure borders – air, land and sea – are critical for any country’s sovereignty and at the same time assure investors the...

Army/police co-operation for better border protection and cost saving

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Both the national defence force and police service are integral components of the South African government’s security forces and often work in tandem at...

SANDF recovers four stolen vehicles in one night; suspect killed in...

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers from 9 South African Infantry Battalion (9 SAI) have recovered five stolen vehicles in two days, including...

‘Hectic’ week for SA soldiers on border patrol

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border patrol duty have had a ‘hectic weekend’, confiscating over R4 million worth of...

Drugs, guns, and stolen vehicles once again targeted by soldiers on...

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border protection duty had another busy month in May, with millions of rands worth...

Soldiers on border patrol confiscate illicit cigarettes worth R1 million

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border patrol have over the past week recovered a million rands’ worth of illicit cigarettes and...

More than three thousand illegal immigrants stopped by soldiers in April

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April saw an escalation in xenophobia in South Africa with at least one death – that of a Zimbabwean at the hands of an...

SANDF recovers stolen vehicle, illicit cigarettes on SA borders

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has recovered more than R700 000 worth of illicit cigarettes and a stolen Toyota during operations on the...

One dead in SANDF recovery of stolen vehicles

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One suspect has been killed after South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers from 7 South African Infantry Battalion (7 SAI) stopped and recovered...