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SANDF to remain in austere mode until funding flow improves

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After three ministers of defence and military veterans, the 2012 South African Defence review, renamed in 2015 and approved by the National Assembly (NA),...

Minister Modise commits SANDF to disaster assistance

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A memorandum of collaboration (MoC) entered into this week will, according to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Thembi Nkadimeng, strengthen South Africa’s...

DoD performance plan emphasises prime mission equipment and operating systems maintenance

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One of six priorities set by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise in the 2024 Department of Defence (DoD) Annual Performance Plan (APP)...

Works Formation artisans hold skills “Olympics”

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Aiming to properly execute its mandate of, among others, construction, maintenance and repair, a Department of Defence (DoD) Works Formation prestige week is currently...

Auditor General comes down hard on Modise’s Department of Defence

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Two weeks after her Department of Defence (DoD) was hauled over the coals by its internal audit committee, Minister Thandi Modise’s portfolio was given...

Mapisa-Nqakula bribery allegations further evidence of SANDF “destruction” – Groenewald

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Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald “hopes” the latest brouhaha in the Department of Defence (DoD)/SA National Defence Force (SANDF) axis will be...

Ammunition accidents and defects under the training microscope

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The profession of arms has long been known as a proud and dangerous one where close proximity to own and opposing forces' ammunition can...

DoD intern programme extended to 24 months

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The contribution by the Department of Defence (DoD) to government’s National Development Plan (NDP) continues and expands with its intern programme extended to two...

SANDF gets specialist truck transport for Military Police motorcycles

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The Military Police Division of the Department of Defence (DoD) now has a specialist transport capability to move its high-powered and specially equipped BMW...

PCDMV calls for urgency on new SANDF strategic direction

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The budgetary review and recommendations report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) has nine recommendations for improving the well-being...

DoD fraud cases topping a billion Rand under investigation

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Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) heard from outgoing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Provost Marshal General, Rear Admiral (JG) Mokgadi Maphoto, there...

Lack of funds pauses DoD military exit mechanism

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise finds herself and those under her responsible for human capital caught between the proverbial rock and a...

Auditor-General critical of Project Thusano

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The ongoing relationship between the South African defence fraternity, in the form of the Department of Defence (DoD) and the SA National Defence Force...

Department of Defence performance declining, annual report reveals

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Mainly due to funding constraints, South Africa’s Department of Defence (DoD) is missing more of its performance targets. In a presentation to the Portfolio Committee...

Minister Modise says SA defence “needs sustained funding”

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In six months’ time, South Africa should have an indication of what revised levels of “defence ambition” and “defence strategic trajectory” the country’s securocrats...

Modise to be questioned on defence performance agreements

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Performance agreements in government’s wider South African defence sector, notably the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Department of Defence (DoD), take the...

Answers sought on apparent SA defence cyber attack

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In the same week South Africa’s senior soldier warned of “increasingly sophisticated threats” against military information and communication technology (ICT), both the SA National...

Base clean-up and DoD gender seminar at Mobile Deployment Wing

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) Mobile Deployment Wing (MDW), formerly Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop, has been a hive of activity with a base-wide...

31 March 2024 is deadline for Ministerial SANDF analysis and review

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has set 31 March next year as the deadline for a review and analysis of South Africa’s...

Is South Africa’s defence force up for new thinking?

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Among a flurry of references to ambitions and planning processes, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thandi Modise’s recent budget speech offers glimmers of...

SA DoD delegation on US mission

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The third South African government group to visit the United States (US) in a short space of time touches down on Wednesday (7 June),...

Consequence management not a DoD priority, PCDMV claims after Hawks investigations

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) believes investigations into financial malfeasance to the tune of R170 million in the Department of...

Hawks investigating fraud and corruption in the Department of Defence involving...

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) are investigating four cases of fraud and corruption in the Department of Defence (DoD) involving almost...

National Treasury fails “abysmally” on defence

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One not impressed by suggestions that the Department of Defence (DoD) and National Treasury (NT) “engage” on budgetary constraints, irregular expenditure and the South...

JSCD hears Armscor and DoD reach “synergy” on parts

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Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) heard the way forward for spares availability as well as maintenance and repair contracts for SA National...

DoD continues to carry out defence research and development in spite...

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The South African Department of Defence (DoD) continues to invest in research and development projects for the national defence force, ranging from radar to...

DoD helps interns through voluntary programme

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Minister Thandi Modise’s Department of Defence (DoD) has linked with national Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA) in a voluntary intern...

Electricity crisis hurting Armscor and DoD

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South Africa’s electricity crisis is hitting the heart of the national defence establishment with power cuts affecting productivity in the Armscor building and a...

Defence shortcomings under the oversight committee microscope

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The Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) – one of two Parliamentary defence oversight committees has set itself tough targets for the...

All-round thanks for selfless service by soldiers from Modise and top...

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The trio at the top of government’s defence structure – Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise; SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General...

DoD “procurement irregularity” investigations underway

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Work is underway on acquisition and procurement “reforms” in the Department of Defence (DoD), a Parliamentary questioner was told. Cyril Xaba, co-chair of both the...

DoD, SANDF December pay packets will be fatter

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The seventy thousand plus Department of Defence (DoD) and SA National Defence Force (SANDF) uniformed personnel and their civilian colleagues have a better than...

National defence force divorcing Public Works and Infrastructure

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South Africa’s military facilities are the grounds for divorce proceedings currently underway between the Department of Defence (DoD) and Minister Patricia de Lille’s Department...

Rations planning essential for best use of funds, JSCD hears

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Finance, more accurately the lack of it, is a mountain the national defence force faces from the highest level down to units and is...

SANDF struggling to source fuel

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In broad terms food (rations), fuel and transport are essential to the functioning of any military force, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) included...

Tension between DPWI and DoD over military infrastructure maintenance

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The Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) dissatisfaction with the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) over military facilities maintenance has seen the DoD prohibit...

DoD acknowledges succession planning not up to scratch

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“Challenges”, “grievances” and “shortcomings” were among three often used words in a presentation to Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) on succession planning...

DoD slams De Lille’s Public Works and Infrastructure

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Parliamentarians heard a Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) R2 million plus quote for roof repairs at 3 Military Hospital was rejected with...

Workshop hears human resources is SANDF “engine”

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Reducing personnel numbers in the national defence force to 73 000 was a dominant theme of a Department of Defence (DoD) Human Resource Division...

Defence budget will continue shrinking

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National Treasury allocations to the Department of Defence (DoD) for the national defence force, military veterans, Armscor and the Castle of Good Hope among...

Defence minister admits Badger IFV unlikely to happen

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The SA Army is unlikely to see any Badger infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) supposed to be procured under the more than a decade old...

R2 billion plus of DoD fraud, corruption and irregular expenditure under...

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Ample proof the South African military is not exempt from the fraud and corruption permeating many government departments and entities comes from SA National...

Parliamentary committee hears of billions spent irregularly by DoD

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) heard two of six irregular expenditure cases at the Department of Defence (DoD) involve over...

DoD in the hotseat over R1.1 billion in on-going corruption and...

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A Department of Defence (DoD) presentation has revealed over 90 ongoing cases of corruption and fraud amounting to roughly R1.19 billion across all divisions...

DoD seeking clarification on Kudjoe allegations

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The Department of Defence (DoD) is seeking clarity regarding ‘serious and disturbing allegations’ that Secretary for Defence Gladys Sonto Kudjoe was involved in R112...

Dept of Military Veterans suspends senior officials as it cleans house

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The Department of Military Veterans is investigating irregular expenditure amounting to R119 million and has since placed four senior officials on precautionary suspension pending...

Parliamentary committee warns DoD wage bill is a problem

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Salary spend by Minister Thandi Modise’s Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DoDMV) with the bulk going to the national defence force remains a...

DoD owed millions

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Five national departments, including the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) and two provincial health departments owe the Department of Defence (DoD) close to R131...

Difficult for citizens to become interested in defence as it is...

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Defence is not a vote-winning portfolio and because of this, there is very little to no party politics around defence, a webinar on the...

DoD working at upping financial controls to cut corruption and fraud

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Ongoing qualified audit reports for Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s Department of Defence (DoD) saw one of Parliament’s defence oversight committees hear what is being done...