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Aerial component of Op Corona border safeguarding totally neglected

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The South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) Joint Operations division has stated that safeguarding South Africa’s air borders has been totally neglected due to...

Soldiers confiscate illegal alcohol and cigarettes worth millions on SA borders

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Cigarettes and alcohol conservatively valued at over R2 million was confiscated by soldiers doing border protection in April, an additional indicator the South African...

Major dagga seizure during Op Corona patrols

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Illegal importers of dagga found themselves short of almost 500 kg of the psychoactive drug following two separate seizures by soldiers deployed on border...

Operation Corona border security seizures and successes

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Improved control mechanisms at South Africa’s 57 official points of entry were recently under discussion in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) but the...

Hot pursuit in the pipeline for border protection

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In its annual performance plan for the current year, the Department of Defence (DoD) notes “offensive operations within applicable international legal frameworks” may become...

Border protection tasking set to stagnate at 15 companies

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The single largest internal deployment of the national defence force will, for the foreseeable future, continue to be the border protection tasking under the...

Soldiers confiscate contraband worth over R27 million

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A severely stretched and thin cordon of soldiers protecting South Africa’s porous borders continue to confiscate contraband destined for informal traders, spaza shops and...

Fuses and a blasting cap among Operation Corona seizures

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The thoroughness exhibited by soldiers during searches for contraband during Operation Corona border protection duties was again shown with the recent discovery of small,...

SANDF confiscates contraband near Mozambique border

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South African Army soldiers have confiscated over R1 million worth of contraband from a house near the Mozambique border as part of border protection...

Makhanda on maritime resource protection tasking

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SAS Makhanda (P1569), one of the South African Navy’s three serving offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), is currently deployed on a maritime fisheries protection tasking...

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Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...