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SA “integration programme” for Cuban-trained military doctors questioned

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Thirteen SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) personnel are back in South Africa following six years of “military medicine” training in Cuba and find themselves...

Cubans and “Tiffies” thanked for refurbishing SA Army prime mission equipment

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Last year the SA Army, specifically its Technical Service Corps (TSC) and Project Thusano, “amalgamated” to form a Forward Workshop Detachment (FWD) committed to...

Auditor-General critical of Project Thusano

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The ongoing relationship between the South African defence fraternity, in the form of the Department of Defence (DoD) and the SA National Defence Force...

More SAMIL combat driving simulators – with Cuban input – in...

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The Cuban connection in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) continues to make its presence felt, with more driving simulators handed over to the...

Project Thusano raises FF leader’s ire

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Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald will pose further questions to Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise on the Cuban connection with...

Project Thusano will be reviewed – Minister Modise

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It appears Cuban expertise will again be utilised by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) at some time in the future. This inference is drawn...

Navy intends to expand utilisation of Cuban repair teams

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Recently retired Chief of the SA Navy (SAN) Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane says the maritime service intends expanding utilisation of the “Project Thusano” Cuban...

Top Cuban general in SA

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The association between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) continues with the Caribbean island state’s deputy defence...

Look to operational efficiency, not Cuban contracts – FF+ MP

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Freedom Front Plus (FF+) parliamentarian Fanie du Toit maintains a possible review of Cuban defence contracts is essential with an eye to improving operational...

Project Thusano to cost SA close to R3 billion

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When the Cuban/South African defence and military co-operation agreement and its Project Thusano contracts end in three years, the South African taxpayer will have...

More Mambas on the move

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Almost a month after the first batch of refurbished Mamba armoured personnel carriers (APCs) left De Brug for Wallmannsthal, they are today (Friday, 12...

SAAF officers back from Cuban training

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A batch of SA Air Force (SAAF) officers are the latest beneficiaries of Cuban military expertise and training thanks to what is known in...

Refurbished Mambas en route to light modern brigade

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A shining example of the inherent abilities and capabilities of particularly the SA Army Technical Service Corps (TSC) applying the by-now standard injunction of...

Armscor issues tender for military vehicle maintenance and repair

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Eyebrows were raised in some quarters when an Armscor tender for maintenance and repair of “various military vehicles” was published last week. One who saw...

Cubans put 11 000 plus SA military vehicles back on the...

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What started as an initiative to refurbish military vehicles, particularly Samil trucks, morphed into an almost SA National Defence Force (SANDF) wide maintenance and...

Cuban mechanics refurbishing Olifant tanks

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Eyebrows were raised in some defence and military circles following an Operation Thusano presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV). Piquing...

Project Thusano aired at Parliamentary Portfolio Committee

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A national defence force presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) justifies the ongoing Cuba/South Africa connection as being essential...

Cuban involvement – and cost – in SA military questioned

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Cuba, in the form of the Caribbean island nation’s military mechanics and technical personnel, earned over a billion Rand in the seven years Project...

SA vehicle simulators sent to Cuba for training purposes

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The bilateral defence co-operation agreement between Cuba and South Africa now extends as far as sending heavy vehicle training simulators to the...

Project Thusano giving back the SANDF a technical edge

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Project Thusano has seen Cuban military mechanics provide essential maintenance to make SA Army vehicles operational since 2015 and is set to...

Cuban mechanics now also working on refurbishing combat vehicles

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The use of Cuban mechanics to refurbish particularly Samil trucks in Project Thusano has apparently been extended to include the Ratel infantry...