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Army bakeries cost R700 000 each, but it’s not taxpayer money...

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The burgeoning number of bakeries operated by the SA Army has not used taxpayer money, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise informed Parliament. She...

Armscor issues tender for military vehicle maintenance and repair

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Eyebrows were raised in some quarters when an Armscor tender for maintenance and repair of “various military vehicles” was published last week. One who saw...

Former defence minister and past SANDF chief named in Heberon affidavit

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While the Heberon affair – for want of a better word – appears to remain unattended in in-trays at Defence headquarters and the Ministry...

Heberon charges on hold – not shelved

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The importance of ensuring sufficient and correct information when asking for a police investigation is why a Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentarian has not yet...

Defence Minister taken to task for “broken” SANDF

“Disaster”, “weak political leadership”, “broken entity” and “embarrassing” were some of the words used by the Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow defence and military veterans...

Operation Thusano shenanigans sees ultimatum for Defence Minister

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Matters Cuban, especially as regards the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), appear to be reaching breaking point with an ultimatum delivered to the Minister...

Upgrading the SAAF’s ageing C-130BZ Hercules fleet would cost R1.6 billion

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The Department of Defence (DoD) is exploring upgrading the SA Air Force (SAAF) C-130BZ Hercules fleet at a cost of R1.6 billion. According to a...

No light at the end of the SANDF funding tunnel

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That the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) does not receive sufficient funding is widely known and at least two Parliamentarians have asked Defence Minister...

Call for Ramaphosa to intervene in SANDF prime mission equipment debacle

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Revelations of just how badly off the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is as regards much of its prime mission equipment prompted a call...

Defence and security neglected by Ramaphosa in his SONA

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Probably the most committed defence watcher in the National Assembly (NA) maintains President Cyril Ramaphosa did not do the wider South African defence sector...

Heberon acquisition wasted R260 million

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The Department of Defence’s acquisition of R260 million worth of Heberon from Cuba to treat COVID-19 patients was for nought as the drug is...

Army bakeries are “bizarre”

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A decision, seemingly taken by the command of the SA Army Support Formation, to set up on-base bakeries is “bizarre”. This was how Democratic Alliance...

Soldiers reportedly taking bribes at Beitbridge port of entry

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Not content with illegally entering South Africa, smugglers, undocumented persons and vehicle thieves have apparently added bribery to their list of criminal offences according...

Time for rethink on SANDF structure and operations

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is by and large a force based on conventional warfare with added experience of urban, rural and border...

Repurposing of SANDF needed to tackle terrorism and border insecurity –...

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The insurgency by Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ) in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado has provided an opportunity for Southern African Development Community (SADC) member...

Shadow defence minister highlights importance of South Africa’s role in Cabo...

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South Africa has an economic and regional interest in securing Cabo Delgado from the insurgency led by Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ), according to...

Defence Minister’s intermediary force suggestion draws flak

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An apparent need for a “special intermediary force” to handle violence and unrest inside South Africa suggested by new Defence and Military Veterans Minister...

New Defence Minister offered assistance to revitalise SANDF

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A firm offer of assistance to ensure best possible utilisation of South Africa’s military in the widest interests of all the country’s citizens, its...

Pietermaritzburg “provocation” incident raises ire and questions

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Two senior parliamentarians weighed in on the apparent “accosting” of an on duty soldier by a civilian, maintaining it appears to be “extreme provocation”...

Parliamentarians question intelligence during Durban oversight visit

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A major impression, apart from police and soldiers doing their best to keep a lid on possible further looting and violence in KwaZulu-Natal, is...

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