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Business as usual in December for Op Corona soldiers

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December 2023 was no different from other months for soldiers deployed on the standing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) border protection tasking – Operation...

Op Corona patrols net 600 plus illegals in November

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A month’s work of patrolling mostly inhospitable terrain along South Africa’s land borders saw thinly spread SA Army regular and reserve soldiers net 607...

SANDF recovers millions of Rands worth of stolen vehicles, drugs and...

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border patrol have in one week recovered millions of Rands worth of stolen vehicles...

Funding shortfall hampers border protection and safeguarding

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In auditing the Department of Defence (DoD) annual report for 2022/23, Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke’s budgetary review and recommendations report (BRRR) specifies funding as the...

Seven companies vying for Armscor APC tender

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The South African Army’s search for new armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to replace its current border patrol vehicles is seeing seven South African defence...

SANDF soldiers recover hijacked vehicle, illicit cigarettes

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border protection duty in Limpopo have recovered a hijacked vehicle and seized two cars smuggling illicit...

Another big cigarette bust for SANDF soldiers

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border patrol have seized over R1 million worth of illicit cigarettes from smugglers in Limpopo, days...

SANDF soldiers recover water tanker on Lesotho border

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By far the most intriguing “item” recovered by South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on the border protection tasking Operation Corona last month...

Procurement failures mean force multiplier tech for border security has not...

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Procurement challenges have contributed to the fact that the Department of Defence (DoD) has not spent resources allocated for the procurement of technology that...

Small drop in number of illegal immigrants nabbed by soldiers in...

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April saw a drop of 273 illegal immigrants stopped by soldiers on South Africa’s land borders compared to March when 1 443 were handed to...

More stolen vehicles recovered by SANDF soldiers on border patrol

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Vehicle smugglers failed in their attempts to smuggle nearly half a dozen vehicles out of South Africa after South African National Defence Force (SANDF)...

Technology needed as border protection force multiplier

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Technological innovation is needed if the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) border protection tasking is to “enhance” work executed under the Operation Corona mandate. Parliament’s...

Operation Corona deterring poachers in the Overstrand

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) maintains its Operation Corona border safeguarding deployment in the Western Cape is successfully deterring illegal fishing activities. For...

More border patrol successes for SANDF

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Stolen vehicles, drugs, illegal immigrants and home appliances have recently been in the crosshairs of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation...

SANDF recovers four stolen vehicles in one night; suspect killed in...

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers from 9 South African Infantry Battalion (9 SAI) have recovered five stolen vehicles in two days, including...

Drugs, guns, and stolen vehicles once again targeted by soldiers on...

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border protection duty had another busy month in May, with millions of rands worth...

Soldiers on border patrol confiscate illicit cigarettes worth R1 million

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border patrol have over the past week recovered a million rands’ worth of illicit cigarettes and...

Reserve Force unit Lenong Regiment on border protection tour of duty

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Alpha Company of West Rand headquartered Reserve Force unit Lenong Regiment are the new keepers of South Africa’s territorial integrity on the Botswana border. On...

SANDF deploys to Western Cape to fight poaching

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has deployed to the Overstand region of the Western Cape to combat the poaching of abalone and...

Illegal immigrant flow from Mozambique and Zimbabwe continues unabated

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The largest sources of illegal immigrants to South Africa are its eastern and northern neighbours – Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The February Operation Corona statistics compiled...

SANDF continues to counter cross-border crimes

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) continues to record successes in combating cross-border crimes under Operation Corona, including the seizure of drugs and...

Explosives, illicit cigarettes confiscated by SANDF during border patrols

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In addition to the usual haul of illicit cigarettes and other contraband, members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have confiscated explosives...

New border fencing and improved military facilities in the pipeline

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The newest addition to South Africa’s list of agencies, authorities and other government sanctioned organisations – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – is set...

Additional border safeguarding initiatives detailed by Joint Operations

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The Joint Operations Division of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been allocated additional funding for border safeguarding initiatives, and this includes...

Defence Force Service Commission makes Op Corona recommendations after critical findings

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers deployed on the borders under Operation Corona have no authority to intercept vehicles, have poor communications equipment,...

SANDF recovers another stolen vehicle

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers have recovered another stolen vehicle whilst on Operation Corona border patrol duties. Soldiers from 1 Special Services Battalion...

Millions of Rands worth of illicit cigarettes, stolen vehicles recovered by...

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border protection duty have recovered illicit cigarettes worth nearly R2 million and several vehicles...

More border security successes for SANDF soldiers

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members deployed along South Africa’s borders on Operation Corona duty have recovered another stolen vehicle and contraband. Soldiers patrolling the...

Huge cigarette bust for Op Corona soldiers

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers, along with members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), have seized more than R5 million worth...

Livestock, drugs and vehicles recovered by soldiers on Op Corona duty

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South African soldiers on Operation Corona border protection duty have recorded more successes, recovering several stolen vehicles, drugs and livestock. Unusually for Operation Corona...

Soldiers on border patrol help recover stolen vehicle, illegal firearm

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Another example of soldiers “doing good” as it were while on Operation Corona border protection duty came last week with the recovery of a...

Wildlife, bribery and cigarettes part of latest Op Corona successes

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Confronting bribery, illicit cigarettes and illegally hunted wildlife was all in a day’s work for South African soldiers deployed on Operation Corona border protection...

SANDF recovers more stolen vehicles on SA’s borders

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South African Army soldiers have recovered another two stolen vehicles along South Africa’s borders as part of Operation Corona border patrols. In the early hours...

More big successes for Operation Corona soldiers

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border patrol duties have once again recorded big successes in securing South Africa’s borders,...

SANDF fighting abalone poaching in the Overstrand

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has deployed to the Overstrand region of the Western Cape to combat poaching and related crime in...

MPs’ oversight visit provides first-hand information on Op Corona

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Parliamentarians with first-hand knowledge of at least some aspects of the national border protection tasking want more resources, both in terms of equipment and...

More border patrol successes for SA soldiers

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Soldiers on border protection duty have recorded more successes against criminals and illegal immigrants, apprehending hundreds of people and confiscating millions of rands worth...

Soldiers help prevent livestock theft along SA’s borders

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Soldiers deployed on border protection duties in Free State last month (October) reported 232 head of livestock recovered in line with reported rises in...

Border protection remains thin due lack of funds

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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, trotted out the by-now hackneyed excuse of “budgetary constraints” when answering a Parliamentary question about...

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...

“Alarming issues” uncovered on border fact-finding mission

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A four week-long fact-finding mission looking into South Africa's land borders by the Democratic Alliance (DA) has, according to the political party,...

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