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Op Notlela Military Ombud complaints number less than 100

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With thousands of soldiers deployed across the length and breadth of South Africa for most of last year it appears, as always with exceptions,...

Notlela deployment showed SA Army readiness

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At the height of South Africa’s COVID-19 induced lockdown, the landward force showed its mettle by deploying no less than 33, mostly infantry, companies...

SAMHS integral to Op Notlela

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With the first anniversary of South Africa’s COVID-19-induced national state of disaster looming, it should be remembered the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), in...

SAMHS Op Notlela numbers revealed

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The coronavirus pandemic saw the single largest deployment of military personnel in democratic South Africa’s existence to date. By far the majority of those deployed,...

SANDF highlights contribution to national state of disaster response

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An indication of what soldiers did during the national lockdown comes from the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), which...

Operation Notlela over

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As of last Wednesday, Operation Notlela, the national defence force’s commitment to the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa, ended, with 30 September the final...

Reserve Force utilisation in Op Notlela praised by top SANDF human...

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The importance of the part-time soldier in South Africa’s national military machine is aptly illustrated in the One Force concept used to up the...

National state of disaster tasking continues for soldiers and military medics

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From a high of more than 80 000 military personnel “employed” at the height of the national state of disaster called to “save” South...

Soldier shoots, wounds civilian in Limpopo

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Soldiers on Op Notlela patrol duty in Limpopo were involved in a shooting incident that saw a civilian hit in the leg. Indications are the...

Portfolio committee hears SANDF received only operational expense funding for Op...

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Operation Notlela, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) contribution to combatting the spread of coronavirus as part of the national state of disaster, was...

Chefs helping keep boots on the ground in Op Notlela

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There have been – and still will be – many advances in the militaries of the 21st century but the old adage of an...

Soldiers and police enforce lockdown in Cape Town

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Soldiers last week joined safety and security cluster colleagues, the police, to defuse tensions in Cape Town’s Joe Slovo Park after protests which saw...

DoD Op Notlela budget request slashed by R1.5 billion

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Those tasked with overseeing finances at the Department of Defence (DoD) to ensure the national defence force effectively contributes to the National State of...

Defence Minister reports four soldier misconduct incidents during Op Notlela

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Parliament has heard four cases of soldier misconduct involving civilians were reported to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) since the national state of...

Three Reserves die on Op Notlela duty

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Operation Notlela, the military contribution to the National State of Disaster, has claimed the lives of three Reserve Force soldiers to date. Two were killed...

Civilian volunteers step up for Op Notlela

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With the end of the first “employment” term of South Africa’s military in the form of the Regular and Reserve forces along with the...

Chaplain General praises soldier behaviour during Op Notlela

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The man entrusted with the spiritual health of South Africa’s men and women in uniform, Chaplain General Monwabisi Jamangile, is reported as saying soldiers...

Should armed soldiers enforce a national state of disaster?

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While alarmist cries of “tanks in the townships” at commencement of the coronavirus lockdown never materialised, questions have and are still asked about armed...

Soldiers employing voice in the fight against coronavirus

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It’s not all assault rifles and threats in the coronavirus mitigation campaign the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is currently deployed on with loudhailers...

Retired major general calls for Operation Notlela review

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It is welcome to hear President Cyril Ramaphosa encouraging the public to air critical views helpful in shaping the state of the nation during...

Reserves on standby for Op Notlela

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South Africa’s senior part-time soldier asks Reserve Force soldiers not already in uniform for Operation Notlela to stand by, await instructions and if not...

Op Notlela claims its first military fatalities

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The military component of the national campaign to combat coronavirus this week reported the first deaths since the deployment started late last month. Two soldiers...