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Beware – Reserve Force recruitment scam

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In the wake of another military recruiting scam being uncovered, the senior communication and media liaison officer in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF)...

Forward movement reported on Mzansi Home Guard

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Progress on activation and implementation of the Mzansi Home Guard, first proposed three years ago, was reported to a November meeting of Parliament’s Joint...

Parliament wants to know what’s happening with Chief Defence Reserves

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The non-appearance of Major General Stephen Marumo, the last permanent Chief Defence Reserves, at last week’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) meeting raised...

SANDF holds second Defence Reserves Indaba

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The reserve component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) met this month (October) for its second indaba with a ministerial plea for “serious...

Reserve Force integral and essential for SANDF – Ramantswana

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief of Corporate Staff (CoS) Lieutenant General Michael Ramantswana maintains the country’s part-time soldiers are “a backbone to the...

SANDF faces paralysis if recruitment not addressed – JSCD

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That South Africa needs a defence force is not in question. However, what is worrying to Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) is...

Declining Reserve Force man days undermining SANDF

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The declining use of Reserve Force man days in line with budget cuts is affecting the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Parliament’s Joint...

Umzimvubu Regiment call-up inquiry reviewed

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The sorry saga of the Umzimvubu Regiment call-up and deployment in July 2021 under Operation Prosper has seen a review called for of findings...

Cut in manday allocations will impact Reserve Force

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The part-time component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) – the Reserves – will, along with the regular force, “feel” a 25% cut...

CSANDF has “immense pride” in the Reserves

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South Africa’s most senior soldier, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Rudzani Maphwanya, is a staunch supporter of the Reserve Force judging by...

Parliament hears part-time soldiers cost effective but ageing

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Parliamentarians, specifically members of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD), were given a timely reminder of the cost effectiveness of the reserve component...

Slow progress on Reserve Force insignia and regimental colours change

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Two Reserve Force units are expected to complete new unit insignia, badge, flag and regimental colours changes in line with a renaming process to...

Bad move to cut Reserve Force mandays, defence committee hears

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Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) heard the already under pressure Army Reserves face additional calls for utilisation, with a reduction in allocated...

Reserve Force set to be border guards

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The fledgling Border Management Authority (BMA) is, according to a Parliamentary presentation, set to start operations in the coming festive season with Reserve Force...

SANDF Reserves leaderless

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Two top posts in the Reserve Force, one the most senior - that of Chief - remain vacant months after previous incumbents either retired...

Rank reduction for drunk soldier caught on social media

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The “disgraceful behaviour” of an inebriated soldier, widely shared and ridiculed on social media, has brought repercussions from the SA National Defence Force (SANDF). His...

Cape Town city fathers anti “their” Reserve Force regiments changing names

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There’s been at least one objection to the Reserve Force regiments/units name changes. It was made by the City of Cape Town and has...

Work on new heraldry and insignia for renamed Reserve Force units...

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The end of year two to implement heraldic and other insignia changes for the renamed 52 SA Army Reserve Force units/regiments is fast approaching...

The Past Week in Defence #56 (31 May – 6 May...

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In this week’s edition, the Algerian Air Force will receive C-130J Super Hercules transports, Egypt is getting truck tankers and recovery vehicles, a crew...

Reserve Force currently sans Chief, same at Army Reserves

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The “one force” concept and doctrine does not appear to have filtered up to the top echelons of SA National Defence Force (SANDF) management...

Andersen stands down as Chief Defence Reserves

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The most senior officer in the Reserve Force component of the national defence force, two-star general Roy Andersen’s standing down was marked in true...

Reserve Force loses a dedicated and professional officer

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The death this week of Colonel Monica Muller leaves a void in the Office of Chief Defence Reserves. She was a pioneer for women throughout...

CArmy wants Reserves restored to “rightful glory”

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SA Army Chief Lieutenant General Lawrence Mbatha believes the contribution of part-time soldiers to the overall activities, operations and taskings of the landward force...

Firearm law training for Reserve Force regiment

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The majority of military deployments inside South Africa’s borders are classed as operations other than war (OOTW) and this has brought about change as...

Defence Reserves a recruiting pool for Correctional Services

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The Reserve Force is assisting the Department of Correctional Services providing personnel who will find full-time employment in the ranks of those charged with,...

New Reserve Force model explained to DFSC

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South Africa’s Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC) was given top level insight into a proposal to overhaul, rather than rejuvenate, the country’s Reserve Force. Retired...

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...

Input sought for new SA Reserve Force

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South Africa’s part-time soldiers are an essential component of the South African military machine and, as such, to the country’s overall security including, among...

Molefe still a Reserve Force “specialist”

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Brian Molefe is no longer an honorary colonel but remains a Reserve Force “specialist”. Molefe’s term as honorary colonel of Johannesburg-headquartered Andrew Mlangeni Regiment (formerly...

MRT in Western Cape

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Soldiers from four Reserve Force units underwent mission readiness training (MRT) ahead of Op Notlela deployment at Cape Town’s Fort Ikapa and 9 SA...

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...

Reserves contributing to Corona and Notlela

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The contribution of South Africa’s part-time soldiers to the one force concept is well illustrated by current deployments with 13 000 Reserve Force personnel...

New junior officers for the Reserve Force

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The Reserve Force welcomed 135 new junior officers to its ranks with by far the majority coming through its University Reserve Training Programme (URTP). A...

“South Africanising” the Reserve Force

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The part-time or Reserve Force component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is being “South Africanised” to cater for four defined capabilities. These...

Chief Defence Reserve hosts British Field Army delegation

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The Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Reserve, Major General Roy Andersen, has hosted the Deputy Commander of the British Field...

Six of SA’s oldest Reserve Force units have new names

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Four of the ten oldest Reserve Force units in the country retain their original names. They are Umvoti Mounted Rifles, established in 1864, Durban...

New Reserve Force unit names

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The names of 52 SA Army Reserve Force units have been consigned to the history books with new ones to reflect “the military traditions...

Reserve Force adding value to one force concept in mandays

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South Africa’s part-time soldiers contributed more than 2,5 million mandays to the collective national defence effort in the year ending March 31. This was over...

Who is paying for Vaal River military clean-up?

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) wants to know where funding is coming from for the national defence force’s “emergency work” in Emfuleni.   The civil...

Project Koba-Tlala delivering skills training

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In its original guise the intent of Project Koba-Tlala was to provide fresh produce to military messes and work for Reserves not on active...

Vaal River tasking can profitably utilise reskilled Reserve Force members

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The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans called for "regular interaction" with communities affected by sewage and other pollution of the Vaal...

Reserves to be “classified” for better utilisation

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The revamp of the Reserve Force service system will see changes for South Africa's part-time soldiers with among others, a classification system...

Agri-business a core component of Project Koba-Tlala

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's ambitious initiative to involve local communities in among others the fresh produce supply chain to...

Reserve Force revamp coming

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A major revamp of the South African National Defence Force's (SANDF's) Reserve Force system is complete and awaiting signature before implementation starts....

Fraudulent Reserve Force call-ups board of inquiry report completed

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A report set to have far-reaching consequences on the Reserve Force call-up system is currently undergoing legal review and scrutiny ahead of...

Fraudulent Reserve Force call-ups under the microscope

The days of fraudulent call-ups in the Reserve Force are numbered, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief Reserves, Major General Roy Andersen,...

End of an era for Col van Rooyen

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An officer who left a legacy of service from the days of the Commandos through to the Reserve Force retired earlier this...

Pool of Specialists in the Army Reserve

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The utilisation of scarce skills in the service of the South African military can be seen in the Pool of Specialists (PoS)...

Pool of Specialists in the Army Reserve

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The utilisation of scarce skills in the service of the South African military can be seen in the Pool of Specialists (PoS)...

Reserve Force service system changes approved, now need to be financed

Changes to the Reserve Force service system have been approved by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Military Command Council, but, as...