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SANDF to cut over 3 000 uniformed personnel, impacting defence capabilities

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The current and upcoming financial years will see the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) lose more than three thousand uniformed personnel prompting the Minister...

Thabang Makwetla Speech | Exercise Ukuthula 2021 Visitor’s Day | Lohatla,...

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Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thabang Makwetla addresses soldiers and invited guests at Exercise Ukuthula 2021 Visitor’s Day in Lohatle, Northern Cape...

Raw deal for defence in SONA

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Last week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Cyril Ramaphosa, also Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), sadly did...

More than a thousand South African soldiers deployed with MONUSCO

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South Africa is one of 125 countries contributing to United Nations peace missions worldwide. Its contribution is currently limited only to the Democratic...

Defence committee hears top personnel “removed” for not following drills

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Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) late last year heard two top personnel were "removed" from an infantry unit for apparently...

No military environment awards this year

Instead of this year marking 40 years of environmental awareness in the South African military, there will not be any Department of...

Defence Minister wants rethink on soldiers supporting police policies

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has seemingly joined the list of politicians asking for soldiers to be deployed as part...

Shoke’s 40 year service medal explained

That current SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke, will be presented with a medal to mark 40 years of...

Better soldier selection thanks to behavioural science

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People are at the centre of military efforts says Adelai van Heerden, head of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's)...

Parliamentary Defence Committee fact-finding visit to SANDF facilities and bases

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A senior SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Special Forces officer told members of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans that...

SuperSport Park honours the SANDF on first day of SA/NZ test

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Centurion's SuperSport Park, where the second test between South Africa and New Zealand is currently underway, on Saturday honoured the SA National...

Defence Minister applauds women for their achievements in the military

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As Women's Month draws to a close, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula points out women have achieved much in the...

More than two thousand soldiers deployed for election – Zuma

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As Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), President Jacob Zuma has authorised the deployment of more than two thousand soldiers...

SA soldiers coming home from Sudan later this month

April 23, 25 and 27 are red letter days for South African soldiers whose deployment in Sudan is over. Those three days...

South Africa not sending soldiers – or Special Forces – to...

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No South African military assistance, including Special Forces, will be sent to Nigeria to assist in fighting Boko Haram. This assurance comes from...

South Africa to withdraw from UNAMID at the end of March

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A day after a Cabinet briefing this week had expressed its satisfaction with the SA National Defence Force's (SANDF) continental peace support...

Yet another integration scam

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It comes around regularly in the first two months of every year – scammers "promising" young people positions in the military on...

SANDF rural development pilot project kicks off on April 1

April 1 has been set down as the starting date for the SA Army's official commitment to rural development in North West. Lieutenant...

Analysis: Sliding rand has serious implications for SANDF

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The steady slide in the value of the Rand since 2011 holds serious implications for the Defence Force, with the dramatic slide...

Six SA Navy vessels will be in Port Elizabeth for Armed...

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Armed Forces Day this year will be in Port Elizabeth, the first time the annual celebration of South Africa's military and its...

Progress on new generation tactical communication for the SANDF

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Development of a new generation tactical communication system for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has reached an advanced stage according to...

Landward force makes up over half of SANDF strength

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The SA Army is by far the largest arm of service in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), providing more than forty...

SANDF ammunition and weapons stolen and lost

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) had just on 33,000 rounds of ammunition lost or stolen in the financial years 2013/14 and...

SANDF gearing up for 2016 Armed Forces Day

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The SA National Defence Force is going all out to live up to the exhortation of its Commander-in-Chief, President Jacob Zuma, when...

SANDF warns against recruitment scam in Free State

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The SANDF has warned young men and women in particularly the Ficksburg area of Free State not to be taken in by...

South African peacekeepers return home after allegedly going AWOL

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About 50 South African soldiers have been sent home from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where they were part of the...

Tempe guards’ assault rifles stolen while on duty

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Two soldiers on guard duty at Bloemfontein's Tempe military base have been robbed of their R5 assault rifles and tied up with...

The Department of Defence must be proactive if the Border Management...

With the deadline for public comment and input on the Border Management Agency (BMA) draft bill fast approaching one has to hope...

South Africa is one of world’s top five markets for illicit...

South African soldiers being offered bribes of up to R20,000 to look the other way by cigarette smugglers is an indication of...

Department of Defence keeping quiet on Nkandla sickbay

Its own enquiry into military aspects of the Presidential homestead in KwaZulu-Natal was completed a year ago but the SA National Defence...

No soldiers in latest Operation Fiela actions

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Operation Fiela, launched in May initially as an anti-xenophobic initiative but later expanded into an overall anti-crime drive, is still running but...

More Mandela medal parades coming

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The SA National Defence Force's well-intentioned plan to honour the memory of former president Nelson Mandela with a series of medal parades...

Allegations of vehicle maintenance corruption in the SANDF

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The tentacles of corruption appear to have spread into at least some higher levels of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) with...

Operation Fiela extension raises questions

Since the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) was authorised to assist police in initially preventing violent xenophobic attacks just over three months...

Minister welcomes Defence Review approval

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The Defence Review's approval by Parliament has been welcomed by Defence and Military Veterans' Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula who called it "a major...

The South African military machine needs more money – MPs

Both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) have made it clear South Africa's military needs to be properly...

Youth leadership development programme underway at 3 SA Infantry Battalion

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Over 600 young South Africans are currently at 3 SA Infantry Battalion in Kimberley as part of the youth leadership development programme...

Airlift bureaucratic hiccup leaves SA soldiers stranded in DRC

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South African soldiers, believed to members of 121 SA Infantry Battalion, found themselves stranded last week instead of flying home after a...

Third Mandela medal parade held in Pretoria

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has held its third Mandela medal parade with another 177 of the special commemorative medals presented...

Two more companies will do Op Corona duty this financial year

South Africa's border protection tasking Operation Corona will be boosted by two more companies in the current financial year. This means Defence and...

MP asks what happened to South Africa’s professional and disciplined military

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"What happened to the professional and disciplined defence force the ANC inherited when it came to power in 1994?" was the question...

Mapisa-Nqakula wishes for a defence budget that is two percent of...

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has told Parliament she wishes for a defence budget that is two percent of Gross...

Close to 4,000 arrests to date in Operation Fiela

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Minister Jeff Radebe has told South Africa the situation post the eruption of violence in April has stabilised and the country's security...

Sandu not happy about soldiers finding and arresting foreigners

The SA National Defence Union (Sandu) this week "rejected" soldiers working alongside police in the Western Cape, where they are finding and...

Defence budget vote address is opportunity not to be squandered by...

When Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula stands up in the National Assembly on May 19 to speak in support of...

Soldiers assist with close to 900 arrests in Operation Fiela

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Government's Operation Fiela, aimed at cracking down on crime and restoring order in areas hit by xenophobic violence, has to date seen...

Soldiers to remain part of Operation Fiela

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Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe is "satisfied" the country's law enforcement agencies, aided by soldiers, have brought peace and calm to...

SANDF anti-xenophobia deployment to cost more than R4 million

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President Jacob Zuma, Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), has authorised the deployment of 338 soldiers at a cost of...

Successful simulation exercise at CTC

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The single largest military training area in South Africa was aptly home to what is believed to be the single largest training...

Pay problems for trainee military paramedics

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About 20 trainee paramedics in the SA Military Health Services (SAMHS) maintain they are not being cared for by the SA National...

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