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SANDF expeditionary logistics and lessons from Russia

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Whilst at first glance the logistics on display in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war compared to the expeditionary logistics required in typical Southern Africa operations...

Parliamentary defence oversight in SA – Looking back on the 6th...

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Parliamentary oversight is an important practice in democracies as it prevents dominance by the executive branch of government and ensures accountability. Oversight of the...

SAAF officer ranks grow by 28

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Being honoured with two trophies at the recent SA Air Force (SAAF) new officer commissioning parade was “a shock” according to newly minted candidate...

Malawians learn motorcycle handling at SA Military Police School

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South African military police seeking proficiency in handling an essential tool of their work – the motorcycle – were joined by colleagues from Malawi...

Ramaphosa inauguration looks to be a day to remember for aircraft...

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When Cyril Ramaphosa is inaugurated as President of South Africa for his second term of office tomorrow (Wednesday, 19 June) it will happen at...

Father of SA Special Forces dies

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Retired SA Army colonel Jan Breytenbach, the founding father of Special Forces in the South African military, died in the George Mediclinic on Sunday...

When is SAS Drakensberg going to Cuba and South America?

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SA Navy (SAN) Chief Vice Admiral Monde Lobese has set ambitious targets for the maritime component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), and...

SANDF to remain in austere mode until funding flow improves

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After three ministers of defence and military veterans, the 2012 South African Defence review, renamed in 2015 and approved by the National Assembly (NA),...

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...

SANDF “crucial” to disaster management nationally and regionally

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That the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is committed to doing whatever its resources allow when disaster strikes was underlined last month by way...

Lobese reaches out to Chinese Navy

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China, in the form of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), last month became the latest country to be ticked off by SA Navy...

SANDF deployment ensured safe and secure elections

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With South Africa’s national and provincial elections for a seventh democratic administration over and declared free and fair, the military component of NatJOINTS (National...

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...

High Court orders redacted Battle of Bangui BOI records released

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A legal attempt to access SA National Defence Force (SANDF) records of the March 2013 Battle of Bangui by South African author and journalist...

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...

No SAAF Ex Winter Solstice this year

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The airborne service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will not stage its annual force preparation exercise – Winter Solstice – this year...

M23 rebels claim to have damaged another SANDF vehicle in the...

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Shortly after killing one South African soldier and injuring over a dozen on Thursday, M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) claim...

SANDF on alert post elections

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) remains on alert in the wake of the national elections, with vehicles being made ready for an...

Happy (belated) birthday to the SANDF

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On 19 May, Minister of Defence Thandi Modise released a statement, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). She...

Soldiers and police put the lid on Eastern Cape violence ahead...

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Mthatha-headquartered 14 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion was mobilised ahead of Election Day to assist police stopping violence and rioting in the Eastern Cape town. The...

2 828 SANDF members deployed for the elections

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A total of 2 828 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members are being deployed for the maintenance and preservation of law and order...

ActionSA wants an SANDF that can respond to any threat to...

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Herman Mashaba’s ActionSA party claims that it will, if elected, establish a well-equipped, well-resourced, and professional South African National Defence Force (SANDF) that is...

Freedom Front Plus wants to restore safety and security and rebuild...

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Pieter Groenewald’s Freedom Front Plus (FF+) elections manifesto, under the sub-heading “rebuild the defence force”, starts by noting the effectiveness of a defence force...

Comprehensive plan for the SANDF in EFF manifesto

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Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) elections manifesto runs to a lengthy 260 pages with plans of action for, among others, land; jobs; energy,...

Slim focus on defence and security in ANC’s elections manifesto

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The ruling African National Congress (ANC) elections manifesto runs to 58 pages, but there is little mention of defence and security. The only mentions of...

Normal policing – including Vala Umgodi – continues during election period

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Those operating outside the law in South Africa should not be emboldened by the police and security focus this week on national and provincial...

Ten new pilots for the SAAF

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) is 10 pilots and a flight attendant better off personnel-wise in the wake of a wings parade at Air...

Fallen SA airman to be honoured posthumously with UN medal

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A South African airman is among the more than 60 peacekeepers to be posthumously honoured with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal at United Nations (UN)...

SANDF’s anti-illegal mining and national key point protection deployments extended

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Commander-in-Chief President Cyril Ramaphosa has deemed it fit to extend the deployment of just over three thousand military personnel...

Minister Modise commits SANDF to disaster assistance

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A memorandum of collaboration (MoC) entered into this week will, according to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Thembi Nkadimeng, strengthen South Africa’s...

SANDF should withdraw from foreign peace missions to focus on security...

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is underfunded and cannot afford to take part in international peacekeeping or peace enforcement missions and should...

SANDF-led youth initiative launched

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been tasked with leading the new South African National Service Institute (SANSI), which aims to encourage...

SANDF underfunded, overstretched, and in need of clear direction

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South Africa’s foreign policy is confused, with no clear plan on the deployment of an underfunded, overstretched and old South African National Defence Force...

China and South Africa agree to strengthen military ties amid fresh...

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South Africa and China enjoy close military ties, and will continue to strengthen bilateral defence relations, with South Africa’s naval chief currently visiting Beijing,...

Soldiers will support police to maintain law and order in election...

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF), as with previous Operation Prosper deployments, will again support the SA Police Service (SAPS) in the lead-up to...

SANDF at 30: Modise highlights the SA military’s role in national...

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In a wide-ranging media briefing on Sunday 19 May, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise, outlined the state of defence in the...

SAPS rotorcraft and UAV acquisitions in Armscor supply chain queue

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When it comes to feet on the ground, Minister Bheki Cele’s SA Police Service (SAPS) can successfully point to recruiting thousands, while he and...

Weak SANDF tarnishes national image and compromises SA’s ability to protect...

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If the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is perceived to be weak, or in fact is, this tarnishes South Africa’s national image and...

SAMIDRC Force Commander calls on deployed troops

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The South African two-star general commanding the Southern African Development Community (SADC) force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) uses operational visits to...

Immediate attention for non-Pharmacy Council compliant SAMHS facilities

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A non-compliance red light warning for SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) pharmacies is receiving immediate attention. The issue was raised this week in a letter...

SANDF would have enough money if it wasn’t for theft and...

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There is much discussion about the declining South African National Defence Force (SANDF) budget, which is unlikely to increase, but the military would have...

SANDF’s 22-year journey to modernise combat net radios

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It’s taken 22 years for an upgrade of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) combat net radio (CNR) systems, with SA Army brigade, division...

Inaugural National Security and Safety Townhall to debate the future of...

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As South Africa gears up for the national elections on 29 May, the South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD) is shining...

Manifesto analysis: Assessing political parties’ stance on defence and national security

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defenceWeb recently took time to look at the MK Party manifesto in terms of defence and security. I was wondering how the rest of...

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...

‘They are attacking my base’

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“We need reinforcement, urgently. They’re coming to our base. We can hear the gunshots. They are here at the base.” These were the panicked words...

SANDF soldiers survive ambush in Mozambique

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers still serving with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) were ambushed by insurgents...

The SANDF needs government support – Rise Mzansi

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“Effective defence for a democratic South Africa.” This is the vision defined for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the Strategic Plan...

Anti-illegal mining ops net over four thousand suspects

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The four-month period from December to March saw police assisted by, among others, soldiers from the SA Army Light Modern Brigade (LMB), arrest 4...

End of an era as SAAF Dakota retirement looms

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After 81 years of military service in South Africa, the C-47 Dakota is finally being withdrawn from the South African Air Force (SAAF). Air Force...