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SANDF should withdraw from foreign peace missions to focus on security...

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is underfunded and cannot afford to take part in international peacekeeping or peace enforcement missions and should...

Cash-strapped SANDF should withdraw from international missions and focus on domestic...

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Without sufficient funding, South Africa should withdraw its soldiers from foreign deployments and focus on protecting its own air, land and maritime borders. This is...

Ninety-six percent of DoD/SANDF buildings need maintenance

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The malaise running through Minister Thandi Modise’s Department of Defence (DoD) and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) stretches from prime mission equipment through...

Department of Defence faces critical audit findings; urgent reform needed

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The Department of Defence (DoD) received stark warnings from its audit committee chair during a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military...

South African deaths in DR Congo laid at Ramaphosa’s door

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The first deaths and injuries – all SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel - in the Southern African Development Community’s efforts to rein in...

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...

Defence Reserves without a number one

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The Reserve Force component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has been without a chief for just on five months. This was disclosed by...

SANDF tight-lipped on illegal mining deployment

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is keeping its cards close to its chest as far as what and where its personnel are...

Ramaphosa slammed for SADC DR Congo deployment

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Going to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), even as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission, is “reckless” and a “politically...

Minister Modise reveals SAAF aircrew numbers

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) musters just short of 400 aircrew, with the majority of pilots in command (PICs) flying rotorcraft according to Defence...

Call for Denel to appoint permanent CEO

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Two senior Democratic Alliance (DA) public representatives, whose shadow portfolios include troubled State-owned defence and technology group Denel, maintain priority number one should be...

IP for SAAF C-130BZ avionics held by UK company

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With work – including addressing “immediate and urgent obsolescence issues” underway on SA Air Force (SAAF) C-130BZ Hercules (409) in England – the reply...

Revised military veterans’ pension regulations published

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A last minute rush saw a Government Gazette published yesterday (Friday 6 October) with details of revised pension regulations for military veterans. The Department of...

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...

Another call for release of full Lady R report

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Non-profit organisation (NPO) Open Secrets has added its voice to the chorus of those calling for the full Lady R judicial commission of inquiry...

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...

SAAF aircraft unavailability to be questioned in Parliament

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Armscor’s seeming inability to “conclude” maintenance contracts for equipment in SA National Defence Force (SANDF) service, especially aircraft, has reached an untenable point, with...

Modise adamant Lady R took on no cargo in Simon’s Town

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise stands by her earlier statements that “nothing was loaded onto the Lady R” while the sanctioned Russian...

Plea not to keep Lady R report secret

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With time seemingly up for retired judge Phineas Mojapelo’s inquiry into what and what didn’t the Lady R do in the Simon’s Town naval...

Modise maintains “no further details” on Heberon

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise appears to have put issues around acquisition and payment for a Cuban COVID-19 prophylactic to bed, telling...

Umzimvubu Regiment call-up saga now with SANDF legal beagles

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Longevity-wise, the 2021 Umzimvubu Regiment call-up saga is a far cry from the ‘Stalingrad tactics’ of Jacob Zuma’s legal team but the most recent...

Battle of Bangui was not about business interests – Modise

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It’s taken more than 10 years for South Africa to be officially told the soldiers killed in what has become known as the Battle...

Gloomy picture of SANDF prime mission equipment readiness

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Expanding on his belief that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is in “intensive care”, Kobus Marais provided National Assembly (NA) parliamentarians with highly...

SANDF in ICU, shadow defence minister claims

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A National Treasury (NT) presentation to one of Parliament’s defence oversight committees exposes “a shocking picture of the sad state of affairs in the...

“Tell us what was loaded on the Lady R” – OUTA

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The war of words around Lady R and her supposed South African arms/weapons cargo generated comment and response from academics, civil society, politicians and...

DA goes PAIA route for answers on Russian ship and aircraft...

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Last week’s arrival of a Russian Il-76 transport aircraft at Air Force Base (AFB) Waterkloof was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back...

Military Veterans Department tops DoD debtors’ list

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The lack of pertinent information in presentations to Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) saw questions posed to the acting Secretary for Defence...

AFB Waterkloof Il-76 arrival criticised

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Last week’s arrival of a Russian Il-76 transport at Air Force Base (AFB) Waterkloof is, according to two opposition political parties, not good for...

Four SANDF general staff officers among 16 suspended

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Sixteen uniformed SA National Defence Force (SANDF) officers are suspended and earning full salaries along with two civilian Department of Defence (DoD) employees. Twelve of...

L’Affaire Heberon still ongoing via Parliamentary questions

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According to Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise there was “no misrepresentation of facts” around the acquisition of Heberon to prevent military personnel...

Exercise Mosi II a cause for concern

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Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow defence and military veteran minister Kobus Marais is diplomatic in his choice of words to describe the upcoming...

New military veterans’ pension regulations are not constitutional – claim

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United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa maintains Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise should give urgent attention to, among others, “major problems...

Did Lady R offload ammunition in Simon’s Town?

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The Russian cargo vessel Lady R is long gone – currently at anchor off Beira in Mozambique - with unanswered questions about her docking...

Modise still mum on Lady R

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The “deafening silence” around Lady R and her seemingly secret stop in Naval Base (NB) Simon’s Town’s harbour serves only to raise suspicions Democratic...

Parliamentary oversight visit to DLS not encouraging for Hoefyster

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Probably the most poignant comments to date on what is increasingly looking like a dead duck – Project Hoefyster – include “a sad sight”,...

Illegal Heberon acquisition again raised in the National Assembly

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The Heberon affair is not going to go quietly into the night if a Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentarian has any say into the multi-million...

DoD leaves disastrous 1 Mil upgrade to the Hawks

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No disciplinary action has to date been taken against anyone apparently involved in the disaster that is the 1 Military Hospital repair and maintenance...

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...

Minister Modise should account for lack of disciplinary action on corruption

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The business of Parliament resumes this month (August) with one parliamentarian itching to put the defence and military veterans minister and her accounting officer...

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...