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More boots on the ground to maintain stability in KZN

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More than three hundred additional Public Order Police officers have been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal to maintain stability in the province following the 2024 National...

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...

SANDF’s DRC deployment an unfair imposition on the military – expert

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The deaths of four South African soldiers at the hands of M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this year have raised...

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...

Chemical weapons analytical course underway at Protechnik

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Starting today (Monday, 3 June) Armscor’s Protechnik Laboratories is hosting an analytical chemistry course on behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical...

Private Security Industry proves strong force multiplier in E2, says Masemola

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The partnership between the South African Police Service and private security companies has been applauded for ensuring a safe election. Ahead of the election,...

Immediate past DMV Director General resigned, not dismissed

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In March last year, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) heard that Department of Military Veterans (DMV) Director General Irene Mpolweni...

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...

SA Navy Admiral highlights need for funding and collaboration

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Rear Admiral David Mkhonto, Chief Director of Maritime Strategy for the South African Navy, addressed the Oceans Economy Conference and Expo in Cape Town...

Operation Vala Umgodi continues to record successes against illegal miners

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The South African Police Service (SAPS), supported by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Department of Home Affairs, continue to record...

SANDF casualties in latest battle against M23 rebels in the DRC

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers serving with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (SAMIDRC) have...

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...

National security, including border security, high priority for PAC

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The Pan African Congress of Azania (PAC), under the leadership of Mzwanele Nyhontso, gives voters more information on border and national security in its...

Defence a big focus for UDM

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On defence, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa states in the party manifesto “it is unlikely that we will see conventional war that...

IFP wants to double defence budget – manifesto

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The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), in its elections manifesto, recognises the importance of defence and would like to more than double the defence budget...

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...

Conscription and illegal immigration at the core of Patriotic Alliance defence...

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Gayton McKenzie’s Patriotic Alliance (PA) takes a tough stance on illegal immigration, the death penalty, and conscription in its party manifesto. The 14 000 plus...

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,...

Democratic Alliance elections manifesto focuses on crime rather than defence

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The Democratic Alliance (DA), as the official opposition in the just ended sixth administration, has had a lot to say about the state of...

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...

Public warned against sharing videos inciting violence as protests bring Mthatha...

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Eastern Cape Transport and Community Safety MEC Xolile Nqatha has warned the public that the State will deal decisively with any fear mongers responsible...

DSCT highlights contributions to maritime security and job creation

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Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) is delivering three new Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs) to the South African Navy (SAN) under Project Biro, and...

Modise foresees global engagement for South Africa’s defence industry at AAD...

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise maintains a thriving and technologically enhanced South African defence industry (SADI) is an important component of the...

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...

CSIR and ATNS expand passive radar testing

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) company will trial innovative passive radar technology...

Mashatile presides over veterans’ headstone memorialisation

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Deputy President Paul Mashatile used a Thursday military veterans’ memorialisation event across five Gauteng cemeteries to “recognise the injustices of our past, honour those...

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)...

One political hit every two weeks since start of 2024, new...

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In the first four months of 2024 alone, 10 politically motivated assassinations were recorded in SA. In its latest report, titled The Politics of Murder,...

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...

SA Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel delayed again

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The South African Navy (SA Navy) will have to wait a while longer to receive its much-anticipated new hydrographic survey vessel that is being...

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...

AfriForum seeks “equal treatment” for farm attacks and murders

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While nowhere near the over 85 murders a day in South Africa, the country’s agricultural population reports a murder a week with civil rights...

Thank Eskom private intel project for decrease in power blackouts says...

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This time last year then Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter and former South African Police chief General George Fivaz were embroiled in a hostile...

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,...

SAAF Memorial service held despite vandalism

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The annual South African Air Force Memorial service has been held at the Bays Hill memorial, north of the Air Force Mobile Deployment Wing,...

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...

No money from DoD for Mapisa-Nqakula legal battles

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Current defence and military veterans minister Thandi Modise put paid to any possibility of Department of Defence (DoD) funding for her predecessor who faces...

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...

PLAN Type 054A frigate visiting Cape Town

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On 16 May a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warship, the Type 054A Frigate Chinese Navy Ship (CNS) CNS Xuchang (FFG536), arrived in Cape...

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...

DMV has its fourth acting DG as legal action looms

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The perennially under-performing Department of Military Veterans (DMV) has another acting Director-General at the helm – the fourth interim appointment since 2017 - with...

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...