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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...

Modise receives remains of latest soldier killed in the DRC

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise on Monday officially received the mortal remains of a specialist military medic who lost his life during...

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...

7 Med Brigade ops medic named as latest SANDF fatality in...

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The Department of Defence (DoD) by way of its head of communication yesterday (Thursday, 6 June) told South Africa the country lost a specialist...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

DoD performance plan emphasises prime mission equipment and operating systems maintenance

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One of six priorities set by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise in the 2024 Department of Defence (DoD) Annual Performance Plan (APP)...

SANDF “deployable” soldier age up two years since 2019

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Sixty-five percent of soldiers eligible for deployment in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) are younger than 45, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi...

Empowering peacekeepers: Inside South Africa’s peace mission training centre

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Democratic South Africa’s involvement in continental peacekeeping and peace support operations started in 1999. Nine years later the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) set...

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...

Armscor issues 6×6 Land Cruiser tender for Special Forces

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Armscor has issued a tender for the development of modified 6x6 Land Cruiser vehicles for the South African Special Forces to enhance their firepower...

Saldanha to host ex Ibsamar come October

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Saldanha is seemingly the SA Navy (SAN) venue of choice for naval exercises this year with Ibsamar set down for October in the wake...

SA investment in advanced defence technology can safeguard soldiers’ lives –...

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The South African defence industry faces tough decisions amid continuous reductions in government funding for product acquisition and development, coupled with limited support for...

South Africa’s security forces once brutally entrenched apartheid. It’s been a...

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One of the important tasks that faced South Africa’s democratic government after 1994 was to reform the apartheid-era security apparatus. The African National Congress (ANC),...

Cash-strapped SANDF should withdraw from international missions and focus on domestic...

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Without sufficient funding, South Africa should withdraw its soldiers from foreign deployments and focus on protecting its own air, land and maritime borders. This is...

SANDF officials arrested as more corruption allegations surface

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Following the arrest of former Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is once again in the...

SANDF will be part of “broader” government Freedom Day celebrations

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Saturday (27 April) marks 30 years of democracy in South Africa and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) - while not mounting an event...

Recruiting underway for SA Special Forces operators and Navy divers

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It is widely accepted that soldiering, in the broadest sense of the word, is not an easy profession and there are certain musterings taking...

SANDF helps nab more illegal miners

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers working together with their colleagues from the South African Police Service (SAPS) have apprehended over a dozen...

Ramaphosa extends SANDF deployments

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President and Commander-in-Chief Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised extensions of the employment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the Democratic Republic of...

More dagga busts for SANDF soldiers on border patrol

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers, from 1 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion, continue to put pressure on smugglers operating along the Mozambican and...

Is the South African National Defence Force up to the challenge?

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) plays a vital role in safeguarding the nation's security, both domestically and abroad. Enshrined in the Constitution,...

Works Formation artisans hold skills “Olympics”

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Aiming to properly execute its mandate of, among others, construction, maintenance and repair, a Department of Defence (DoD) Works Formation prestige week is currently...

Analysis: South Africa’s national security priorities in question amidst troop deployment,...

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With the planned deployment of up to 2 900 troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the planned visit of a frigate...