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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...

Will SecDef Kudjoe be the driver of change?

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Much has been said and papers with various levels of importance generated, including a Defence Review, with no discernible change in the structure of...

Forty percent of illegally acquired Cuban COVID-19 drug reportedly unusable

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The senior command structure of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) responded – after a reminder – to the Public Protector for information on...

Defence spending cuts will affect operational ability – DA

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Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentarian and eagle-eyed watcher of Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DoDMV) Kobus Marais is adamant inappropriate and...

Denel decay to be taken up in Parliament

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The decay at Denel has reached the stage where it is affecting combat readiness of especially the SA Air Force (SAAF) with a call...

Power cuts at SANDF bases and facilities not an option

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Last week’s black-out at the Dunnottar military base - the second in six months – is not an unusual occurrence at SA National Defence...

Defence Minister’s Zimbabwe flight questioned again as extra costs revealed

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula lost three month’s pay and the ruling party paid what it was told to for unauthorised use...

Call for SADC military intervention in Mozambique

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Last month’s escalation in violence in northern Mozambique appears to have sparked the sub-continent’s regional bloc into action with no less than six Southern...

Defence Intelligence effectiveness questioned

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The lack or withholding of intelligence from the wider defence sector resulted in at least seven “disasters or embarrassments” for Defence and Military Veterans...

Parliamentarian asks was Interferon acquisition necessary?

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A question Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s Heberon task team has to ask is how many COVID-19 infections and deaths are there in the SA National...

“Defenceless” SONA an indicator of low priority rating for the SANDF

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Defence, as has become the norm when the Commander-in-Chief in his Presidential guise gives South Africans some insight of what to expect from government...

AFB Waterkloof management working hard under difficult circumstances – Marais

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Air Force Base Waterkloof, once known as the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) centre of transport excellence is a title the current base boss is...

Minister warned to right size SANDF rather than seek more funding

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Cyril Ramaphosa’s defence minister has been warned to desist from asking National Treasury for further funding for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as...

Khosa death still under investigation, but not by SANDF

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The death of Collins Khosa is, as far as can currently be established, being investigated only by the Military Ombud and police. This after Defence...

Theft of military weapons first made public by shadow defence minister

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The public spiritedness of a Democratic Alliance (DA) MP in revealing the theft of assault rifles from a Lyttelton, Centurion, military base was almost...

Shadow defence minister positive ahead of Parliament opening

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Re-appointed Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow defence and military veterans minister Kobus Marais is cautiously optimistic the start of the sixth parliament could herald positive...

SANDF personnel strength – by the numbers

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel strength las year was 73 844 with 219 generals and admirals heading up the country's military. The senior...

More questions coming about Armscor salary increases

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula maintains there is nothing untoward in salary and other personnel cost increases at Armscor. She was reported as...

Navy deteriorating, Parliamentary Committee hears

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Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) has heard there is "a steady deterioration" of capability in the maritime service...

Project Hoefyster “severely affected” – Gulube

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Major delays in delivery of the SA Army's new infantry combat vehicle are affecting overall modernisation of the SA National Defence Force...

If Rooivalk leaves the DRC, FIB morale and confidence will suffer...

"Should the Rooivalk be withdrawn, the Force Intervention Brigade's (FIB) morale and confidence will be negatively impacted on," is one aspect of...

Parliamentarians go hands-on with peacekeepers in DRC

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Two parliamentary committees last month went on an oversight visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – the first time parliamentarians have...

Slow progress with DoD financial misconduct disciplinary proceedings

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Indications are it's not only the legal services division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) that's battling to meet its commitments...

DA to report SANDF officer to Human Rights Commission for hate...

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A SA National Defence Force (SANDF) officer who used social media to launch a hate speech attack has apparently been given a...

Defence budget makes no provision for Defence Review funding – DA

The allocation of R47.9 billion for the 2018/18 financial year to defence by former finance minister Malusi Gigaba during his sole national...

No maintenance contracts for several SAAF aircraft types

Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow defence and military veterans minister, Kobus Marais, received unexpected extra insight into the number of serviceable...

Defence committee hears top personnel “removed” for not following drills

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Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) late last year heard two top personnel were "removed" from an infantry unit for apparently...

21 Squadron VVIP transport budget “blown” by millions

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Another Parliamentary question put to Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has shown the SA Air Force (SAAF) "blew its budget" for VVIP and VIP...

Minister Mapisa-Nqakula to be quizzed on Molefe’s military status

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A lengthy explanation by the Department of Defence (DoD) on what position – or positions – Brian Molefe holds in the SA...

More money from National Treasury for SANDF wages and salaries in...

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Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow defence and military veterans minister Kobus Marais says he is both discomforted and concerned about the revised mid-term...

Millions spent on civil and military flights to and from Cuba

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The July C-130BZ flight to and from the Caribbean island republic of Cuba was part of SA Air Force (SAAF) force preparation,...

Parliamentary question asked about C-130BZ Cuba flight as SANDF still silent

With still no word from the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) on the recent C-130BZ Hercules flight to Cuba and back, an...

New Milkor shareholder application pending at NCACC

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The answer to a parliamentary question reveals a new application was lodged by South African defence industry company Milkor to include two...

Tough decisions ahead for the DoD in implementing Defence Review milestones

Military observers, including the shadow defence and military veterans minister in the Democratic Alliance (DA) benches of the National Assembly, agree tough...

Questions still being asked around SAAF 2012 Drakensberg crash

It's more than four years since a South African Air Force (SAAF) C-47TP crashed in the Drakensberg, killing all 11 aboard. The...

New VVIP aircraft still on the table – Mapisa-Nqakula

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Armscor might have cancelled the last tender to lease a VVIP aircraft for the SA Air Force's 21 Squadron but Minister Nosiviwe...

Questions about SAAF VVIP aircraft posed during oversight visit

SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief, Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang, is proud of the reliability of the Presidential Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) Inkwazi...

Parliament defence committee meeting canned at the last moment

A meeting of Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) set for today (Friday) where important reports were due to be tabled...

Inkwazi maintenance and servicing records now being sought from ExecuJet

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Not happy with the slow pace of response from Parliamentary authorities regarding its Promotion of Access to Information (PAIA) request for maintenance...

DA not impressed with Rheinmetall Denel involvement in Saudi armaments factory

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The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party wants to know why a South African company has been an integral part of setting up...

DoD annual report shows up SANDF shortcomings – DA

An in-depth look at the latest Department of Defence annual report brings to light the fact that the military's budget is insufficient...

Soldiers roped in to assist in stopping prison escapes and catching...

This week saw the Department of Correctional Services launch its annual campaign to ensure the country's prison population remain behind bars for...

KwaZulu-Natal border oversight visit concentrated on corruption and crime

A week-long oversight visit to KwaZulu-Natal ports of entry has revealed "challenges" ranging from dysfunctional CCTV through to staff shortages and a...

Five Parliamentary committees on border oversight visit

Representatives of five Parliamentary committees making up the Cabinet security cluster are this week in KwaZulu-Natal on an extended oversight visit to...