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Defence force training scammers labelled “unpatriotic”

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South African Department of Defence (DoD) Head of Communication (HoC) Siphiwe Dlamini maintains those behind the latest military training scam are “unpatriotic, faceless criminals”. He...

Manthatisi and Vuk’uhlome BOIs still “in process”

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Military boards of inquiry (BOIs) into causes of deaths during two incidents last year are now in the hands of service commanders and military...

Engineer School stands accused of ill-treating SANDF “biological assets”

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In the last year of her tenure as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise received no less than five...

Army Technical Service Corps boosted by 47 qualified artisans

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The largest SA National Defence Force (SANDF) service – the SA Army – can now call on the skills of an extra 47 qualified...

Soldiers confiscate R6 million plus worth of contraband from Zimbabwean smugglers

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Zimbabweans seemingly rule the roost when it comes to moving illegal goods, be it drugs or contraband, into South Africa. Evidence of this comes from...

SA Army wants new cutlery and dixies

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Proof yet again that armies march on their stomachs* comes in the form of an Armscor tender to “procure” dixies and cutlery as well...

SA Army first off the mark with MSD selection

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With Military Skills Development (MSD) applications for the 2025 intake closed, the SA Army is first off the mark to select suitable recruits. This saw...

Drugs worth over R6 million seized during April Operation Corona patrols

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SA Army soldiers posted on KwaZulu-Natal’s borders with Eswatini and Mozambique prevented over R5.5 million worth of illegal drugs from reaching South African users...

Progress, but no delivery date for Badger yet

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The 2012 delivery date originally set down for the SA Army to receive its new infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), christened the Badger and given...

Call for soldiers to be part of emergency water supply in...

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With electioneering hotting up ahead of the 29 May national and provincial election, the Democratic Alliance (DA) potentially stole a march on the majority...

Schools in three provinces benefit from Army input on military skills...

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Ahead of the 15 March closing date for Military Skills Development (MSD) applications for the 2025 intake, SA Army recruitment officers visited schools in...

2023/24 PMTC training wraps up

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With the current financial year-end (31 March) looming ever larger on the horizon, the South African military’s peace mission training centre (PMTC) wrapped up...

Zama zama equipment worth millions confiscated by SANDF soldiers

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SA Army personnel currently serving with the Light Modern Brigade (LMB) as part of a national initiative to curb illegal mining activity are proving...

Soldiers find, confiscate precious metals during border protection ops

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Confiscation of what the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) terms “precious materials” worth R3 300 by soldiers on the...

More SA Army fatalities in DRC

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Two South African soldiers died in what appears to be a murder/suicide incident on Thursday (29 February) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They were...

Anti-illegal mining ops net 140 plus suspects, excavators and tipper trucks

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The close to three thousand seven hundred SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel detached to assist police curbing illicit and illegal mining activities are...

Limpopo zama zamas targeted by police and soldiers

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Limpopo provincial capital Polokwane and surrounds yielded mining equipment, illicit cigarettes and drugs as well as arrests for offences including assault, extortion and kidnapping...

Flow of illegal immigrants to South Africa continues, soldiers intercept over...

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January 2024 was much the same as the previous month for soldiers deployed on the border protection tasking Operation Corona with the notable addition...

MSD recruits – “future defenders of the nation”

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The SA Army military skills development (MSD) class of 2024 were commended for choosing a career in the military ahead of basic military training...

Infantry School welcomes 2024 MSD recruits

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The landward force component of this year’s military skills development (MSD) intake arrived at the SA Army Infantry School this week where, in addition...

Equipment worth R120 million plus seized from illegal miners in Limpopo

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF), in the form of SA Army Light Modern Brigade (LMB) elements, is one of at least six contributors...

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...

SA Army seeking heavy-duty camping stretchers

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The SA Army plans to acquire “oversized camping stretchers”. An Armscor tender, ELWS/2023/93, now closed and seemingly removed from the defence and security acquisition agency’s...

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...

SA Army awards presented at CTC following Ex Vuk’uhlome 2023

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In addition to declaring forces combat ready after a successful end to Exercise Vuk’uhlome last week, SA Army Chief Lieutenant General Lawrence Mbatha honoured...

Exercise Vuk’uhlome 2023 reaches climax during Distinguished Visitors Day

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Months of hard work, training and tragedy reached a head on Wednesday 22 November when the South African Army hosted its Distinguished Visitors’ Day...

VIPs at CTC for ex Vuk’uhlome finale

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With the SA Army division level exercise Vuk’uhlome reaching its climax in the semi-desert Northern Cape this week, a gathering of senior military officers...

First Light Modern Brigade deployment will tackle zama zamas

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Stirring words from the officer at the helm of the SA Army during a first light parade at the Combat Training Centre (CTC) set...

Financial and technical issues delay new SANDF equipment

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The latest Armscor annual report has revealed formidable hurdles faced by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in upgrading its equipment due to...

Lesotho/SA migration “model” to be researched amid high levels of illegal...

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Basotho without the necessary travel documentation regularly feature in the top three of people from countries neighbouring South Africa who are stopped by soldiers...

Lohatlha fire could have legal repercussions

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Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) raised the possibility of a legal claim against the owners of the land where the...

Engineer Formation remains part of rural bridge project

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF), specifically by way of the SA Army Engineer Formation, continues to be a vital cog in national government’s...

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...

Army Foundation steps into the breach post CTC fire

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In the wake of a runaway fire earlier this month at the SA Army Combat Training Centre (CTC) in the Northern Cape Province the...

Lohatla fire dead named as Gift of the Givers assists

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All six soldiers who died in a devastating veld fire at the SA Army Combat Training Centre (CTC) were non-commissioned officers (NCOs). These “departed warriors”,...

Mpumalanga/Moz border busiest for Op Corona in September

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While not South Africa’s longest with a neighbouring country, the 491 km land border with Mozambique is the leakiest, if the latest border protection...

NARYSEC helps unlock youth potential, recruits hear

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The officer currently responsible for SA Army force structure told new arrivals at 1 Construction Regiment the involvement of the SA National Defence Force...

SA Army mechanics put best foot forward for Ex Vuk’uhlome

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Judicious application of in-house skills boosted the number of vehicles as well as other essential equipment available for use in the upcoming SA Army...

Rail will be major transport mode for Ex Vuk’uhlome

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A successful move back to long distance rail transport by the SA Army last year will be repeated next month (September) ahead of Exercise...

Troop pack replacements on the way as Armscor seeks new APCs

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Lightly modified Toyota Land Cruisers have served as the primary transport for South African Army soldiers on the border protection tasking Operation Corona for...

SA Army hosts women’s indaba

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August is Women’s Month in South Africa and the national defence force is part and parcel of it with the SA Army hosting what...

Op Corona patrols net contraband worth millions in July

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SA Army soldiers tasked with ensuring South Africa’s land borders are as user-unfriendly as possible to illegal immigrants, smugglers and vehicle thieves had a...

SA defence industry at SA Army CTC ahead of Ex Vuk’uhlome

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Army Month in South Africa – November – is just over four months away with the landward force in full operational mode to ensure...

MSD recruits shown the ropes ahead of reporting for duty

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Recruitment for next year’s SA National Defence Force (SANDF) military skills development intake closed six months ago with follow-up evaluation and interviews to ensure...

Ex Vuk’uhlome II preparations underway

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The five additions to the capabilities of the SA Army were under the microscope at a modern brigade progress meeting outside Free State capital...

Mbatha shows the way for commanders

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Lieutenant General Lawrence Mbatha heads up the largest sharp end component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and holds regular “communication periods” with...

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...

Ex Vuk’uhlome II set for November – Army Month in SA

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The SA Army’s flagship exercise and the only one at division level was held last year for the first time and planning for the...

Funding shortage puts the brakes on new army work dress

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As with much else in the overall SA National Defence Force (SANDF), its largest combat component suffers a funding shortage and this is affecting...

First SA Army Command Cadre conference of 2023

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Assets – human and equipment – were among issues discussed at the just ended first SA Army Extended Command Cadre Conference in Thaba Tshwane. The...