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“No turning back” for SADC DRC mission – Heitman

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Respected South African defence analyst Helmoed Heitman maintains that early setbacks aside for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Democratic Republic of...

Call for soldiers to be part of emergency water supply in...

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With electioneering hotting up ahead of the 29 May national and provincial election, the Democratic Alliance (DA) potentially stole a march on the majority...

SA DR Congo deployment slammed

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South African soldiers and support personnel selected for deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the Southern African Development Community...

No need to re-invent the wheel for SA defence industry strategy...

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The foundation for what the South African defence industry (SADI) should look like and be doing was laid over six years ago but, as...

SANDF going the same route as Eskom, SAA and Transnet –...

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Days after SA Army Chief, Lieutenant General Lawrence Mbatha, informed SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Rudzani Maphwanya, the landward force was combat...

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...

Military disaster response unit good logic, but defence expert has reservations

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One not entirely supportive of SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General Rudzani Maphwanya’s envisaged dedicated disaster response unit is respected defence analyst Helmoed...

New MMIPV in exercise points to possible non-availability of other platforms

The deployment of a new platform busy with operational testing and evaluation (OTE) for a naval exercise, while unusual should not raise eyebrows, is...

Modise’s first year in office evaluated

August marks a year in office for Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise with a respected South African defence analyst observing she’s “a...

SA Army’s modern brigade is by and large rational

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Respected defence analyst Helmoed Heitman welcomes – with reservations – the landward force’s new addition, at this time going under the “modern brigade” title. Some...

Feature: What to do with Denel?

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Government’s actions, or perhaps better inaction, have made it quite clear that it has no interest in maintaining an effective defence force; nor any...

Call for SANDF to be part of professionalising the public service

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Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for a professional public service in his latest Presidential Newsletter has drawn wide response, including from a respected defence analyst who...

Electronic warfare evolving rapidly in the hands of irregular forces

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Electronic warfare is advancing rapidly and is increasingly being used by irregular forces, defence expert Helmoed Romer Heitman has cautioned, and urged governments and...

SA defence industry needs to sell itself

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The South African defence industry needs to sell itself, otherwise it risks becoming a dead duck, defence expert Helmoed Romer Heitman has cautioned. Speaking to...

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...

Armscor maintains SAAF cockpit upgrades are on track

What top South African military analyst Helmoed Heitman has called "political correctness gone insane" is proceeding according to plan. Heitman's comment came in...

Feature: Cyber and electronic warfare an increasing global challenge

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Cyber and electronic attacks are increasingly factors in warfare, such as the sabotaging of Iran's nuclear facilities and the attack on the...

Feature: Protecting South Africa’s vital external interests

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South Africa has external interests that are important or vital to the economy, some vulnerable to disruption and requiring protection commensurate with...

SA Army under strength; personnel cuts needed elsewhere in SANDF –...

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The top structure of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is bloated and positions need to be cut in favour of...

South Africa’s proposed marine protected areas need proper patrolling

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa's plans to add 22 marine protected areas (MPAs) and bring South Africa's ocean protection in its exclusive...

Guard duty at SANDF headquarters should be done by soldiers

The Department of Defence apparently outsources guarding services at its headquarters in the Armscor building to the tune of R11.14 million for...

Who has airpower superiority in southern Africa?

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South Africa's reputation as top gun when it comes to air power in the southern African region could be shot down by...

SA soldiers on peacekeeping deployments allegedly involved in sexual abuse

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The SA National Defence Force's (SANDF) reaction to a UN report on the sexual shenanigans of peacekeepers, which alleges South African soldiers...

SA Navy needs more than three offshore and three inshore patrol...

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Although a welcome boost to the South African Navy and local shipbuilding industry, the six new inshore and offshore patrol vessels being...

SAAF probably looking at C-130 or KC-390 for medium airlift

While not cast in stone, it appears the airborne arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has its eyes on two...

Military installations not classified as National Key Points

Now that National Key Points are in the public domain the total lack of any military facilities or installations on the list...

SANDF faces funding crisis

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is facing a "catastrophic" multi-billion-Rand financial crisis that could force mass retrenchments and the indefinite postponement...

SANDF investigating Oudtshoorn incident

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Calls for the suspension of an Army general following his apparent personal involvement in attempting to have arrested soldiers released from police...

Defence Review 2014 – The Defence Industry

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An important element of the Defence Review is its consideration of the defence industry which is needed to define the capability actually...

Defence Review 2014 – The Focus

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The Defence Review serves a triple purpose: it closes the gap between the 1998 Review and the strategic situation of today; it...

Operation Copper’s time almost up

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South Africa's current three year anti-piracy commitment in the Mozambique Channel, Operation Copper, is due to end in six weeks' time with...

Acquisition of additional VIP aircraft now a SCAMP project

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The acquisition of additional VIP aircraft by the SA Air Force (SAAF) has gone from a review of requirements and available budget...

Proper planning and full implementation of the African Standby Force is...

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How much longer will the African Standby Force (ASF) simply continue to ‘stand by' while France and others deal with Africa's crises?...

Mali, DRC and CAR: Some Lessons

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The recent events in Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic have produced some interesting lessons that Africa's...

Feature: South Africa’s Strategic Options

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South Africa faces a number of defence and security challenge and consequently needs to develop forces that provide a useful degree of...

Fact file: Ranking African Navies

The ranking of navies is highly controversial. Retired Rear Admiral (and now consultant) Rolf Hauter says he is "rather sceptical of ranking...