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Another big cigarette bust for Bambatha Rifles

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South African National Defence force (SANDF) Reserve Force unit, Bambatha Rifles, is making a name for itself as a smuggler stopper on its current...

Flow of illegal immigrants to South Africa continues, soldiers intercept over...

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January 2024 was much the same as the previous month for soldiers deployed on the border protection tasking Operation Corona with the notable addition...

Bambatha Rifles net cigarettes worth millions in three border busts

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The South Africa/Zimbabwe border appears to be the main entry point of illicit cigarettes into South Africa, as evidenced by several massive busts by...

Border patrol work pays off for Bambatha Rifles

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Another day, another bust could well be the thinking of part-time SA National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers currently on border protection duty with Bambatha...

Op Corona tasking will see navy patrol eastern SA coastline

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The SA Navy (SAN) is going to sea in March with an offshore patrol deployment planned for the Kosi Bay/Mozambique coastline. The tasking was made...

Lesotho/SA migration “model” to be researched amid high levels of illegal...

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Basotho without the necessary travel documentation regularly feature in the top three of people from countries neighbouring South Africa who are stopped by soldiers...

Troop rotation at two Op Corona border protection sites

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There have been personnel changes on at least two of South Africa’s landward borders with new deployments of regular and reserve force soldiers replacing...

Mpumalanga/Moz border busiest for Op Corona in September

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While not South Africa’s longest with a neighbouring country, the 491 km land border with Mozambique is the leakiest, if the latest border protection...

SA Army soldiers seize contraband, recover vehicles and detain illegal immigrants

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The best efforts of a thinly spread deployment of soldiers, while making some headway, does not appear to have significantly slowed the flow of...

Bambatha Rifles “save” a bakkie, net illicit cigarettes

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Bringing in donkeys to help move a stolen high-end bakkie across the Limpopo River did not help smugglers as South African infantry soldiers swooped...

Troop pack replacements on the way as Armscor seeks new APCs

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Lightly modified Toyota Land Cruisers have served as the primary transport for South African Army soldiers on the border protection tasking Operation Corona for...

Durban Light Infantry making its mark in Corona operations

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South Africa’s land border with Botswana is nowhere near as busy as those of Mozambique and Zimbabwe when it comes to stopping illegal immigration...

Op Corona patrols net contraband worth millions in July

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SA Army soldiers tasked with ensuring South Africa’s land borders are as user-unfriendly as possible to illegal immigrants, smugglers and vehicle thieves had a...

Reserve Force soldier turns down bribe

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A Reserve Force soldier showed true mettle and honesty when initiating a takedown from an apparently unscrupulous supplier. Bambatha Regiment Warrant Officer Class 2 Happy...

R85 million worth of technology didn’t reach SANDF soldiers on the...

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The Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) had the wool well and truly pulled over its eyes by the officer...

Op Corona patrol nets detonators

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Reserve Force soldiers on a routine border protection patrol put a spanner in the works of the criminal fraternity who use explosives in the...

Parabats prove themselves as smuggler stoppers

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On the face of it, deploying specialist airborne soldiers for border protection might seem over the top. It is definitely not and is part...

Soldiers confiscate R3 million plus worth of drugs in May border...

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Drug smuggling and livestock theft were major focus points for South African soldiers posted on the country’s land borders in May with over R4...

R2 million plus dagga crop won’t make it to market

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The border protection tasking assigned to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) often sees soldiers working with police to put the brakes on criminal...

Part-time soldiers recover earthmover in Limpopo

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Johannesburg Reserve Force regiment Bambatha Rifles notched a notable first during its current Operation Corona border protection deployment recovering a single earthmoving machine worth...

SANDF stops R5 million plus worth of drugs hitting SA streets

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Last month (March) saw soldiers, assisted by police, confiscate over R5 million worth of dagga from cross-border smugglers intent on selling their illegal drugs...

Illegal immigrants stopped, contraband seized on SA land borders in February

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The number of Zimbabweans illegally entering South Africa regularly tops the list of “undocumented persons” intercepted by soldiers with February no exception when the...

Soldiers net stolen vehicles, contraband and illegal immigrants in January

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Vehicle theft and export to neighbouring countries is seemingly a “growth sector” if recoveries by soldiers and police is any measure. Official SA National Defence...

Soldiers stop six thousand plus illegal immigrants in December

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The presence of soldiers to, amongst others, deter and prevent illegal immigration on South Africa’s landward borders, appears to be working when taking latest...

Another busy month for SANDF soldiers on border protection duty

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Regular and Reserve Force soldiers by and large continue working to the best of their ability with limited support to stop the continued inflow...

Goodwill parcel deliveries underway

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Goodwill Parcels project sponsors have, according to SA National Defence Force (SANDF) social media, made two stops to date delivering welcome parcels and bringing...

Illegal immigrants, smugglers are all Op Corona targets

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) border protection tasking executed under Operation Corona in October continued to impact smuggling all manner of goods, including...

Border patrols prevent illegal export of 24 vehicles

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Soldiers patrolling South Africa’s land borders confiscated drugs, mostly dagga, and other contraband with a total value of over R9 million from smugglers aiming...

Five SANDF soldiers die in single vehicle border crash

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Five soldiers from Cape Town-based 9 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion died in a single vehicle crash in Mpumalanga, close to a major border protection...

Illegal immigrants, contraband, drugs and stolen vehicles all SOP for Op...

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The efforts of organisations such as Operation Dudula, which bills itself as an anti-migration vigilante but operates only in urban areas, does not appear...

15 SAI ready for busy Op Corona deployment

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Limpopo-based 15 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion is good to go and will take up border protection duties next month (September) in what will likely...

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...

Op Corona hits Overstrand – again

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Ahead of another Operation Corona maritime tasking in the Gansbaai area of Western Cape, the Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) of the SA Navy (SAN)...

Soldiers kept busy stopping illegal immigrants

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Soldiers stopped over 800 Basuto from illegally entering South Africa via landlocked Lesotho’s borders with Free State and Eastern Cape in July – the...

Gunners on border duty net R1.4 million plus of smuggled goods

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Further proof the thin line of soldiers deployed on border protection do as much as is humanly possible comes from the Mapungubwe tri-border area...

Cross-border vehicle theft syndicates a headache for soldiers

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One of the multiple tasks soldiers deployed on border protection have is preventing stolen vehicles leaving the country – a multi-million Rand criminal industry...

Gunners turned border guards net pharmaceuticals

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Livestock rustlers and medication smugglers were given short shrift by gunners turned border guards deployed on the South Africa/Zimbabwe border in the Beit Bridge...

No winter slowdown in illegal immigrant flow

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Winter weather seemingly has no impact on illegal immigrants wanting access to South Africa with Batswanas and Namibians now also appearing on the list...

Soldiers prevent illegal livestock export

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Ongoing and often hazardous foot and mounted patrols along with stop and searches as well as observation posts paid off for two SA Army...

More than three thousand illegal immigrants stopped by soldiers in April

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April saw an escalation in xenophobia in South Africa with at least one death – that of a Zimbabwean at the hands of an...

Anti-air gunners nab illegals, confiscate illicit tobacco products

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Gunners from 10 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment are just as adept at border protection as they are operating “their” weapons to keep ground forces safe...

Gunners stop illegal immigrants; confiscate a boat, brandy and cigarettes

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An attempt by Zimbabwean cigarette smugglers to beat South Africa’s eyes and ears on the country’s borders by using a covered eight ton truck...

Soldiers save vehicles from illegal export

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The illegal export of top of the range utility vehicles to Mozambique was – at least – temporarily nipped in the bud last week...

Soldiers prevent thousands of illegals entering South Africa

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One of the main reasons for first the military, then the police and now again the military, being deployed on South Africa’s borders is...

Humint leads to massive illicit cigarette bust

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The importance of good civil/military relations in remote parts of South Africa, such as those entrusted to soldiers to maintain territorial integrity and at...

Soldiers reach out to those in need

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In keeping with the goodwill to all message practiced by many over the Christmas period, soldiers on border duty took time to assist communities...

Op Corona patrols on song with seizures over festive season

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There was a brief, welcome interlude from the daily duty of border patrols for Operation Corona deployed soldiers to receive hampers and gifts during...

Own transport now in service for Op Corona rotations

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Working with what one has is an oft-used term in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) with at least one component going as far...

Dagga, drugs, counterfeit goods and a firearm in Op Corona December...

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Dagga is not, according to soldiers posted on the South Africa/Zimbabwe border, an often transported illegal commodity. This was shown up by a R1,5...

Skin lightener smugglers stopped by soldiers

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One would imagine after 10 years of border patrols, soldiers have seen it all as far as contraband goes. But no, the newest addition...

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