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Another government security cluster building shut over unsafe conditions

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Days after the South African Air Force’s Headquarters in Pretoria was closed to employees due to malfunctioning ventilation systems, the national head office of...

Third SA Navy MMIPV to be christened on Friday

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Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) and the SA Navy (SAN) will christen the latest addition to the fleet – multi-mission inshore patrol vessel (MMIPV)...

SANDF recovers vehicle after smugglers get it stuck in Limpopo River

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South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border patrol have recovered a staff bus from the Limpopo River, after it got stuck there...

SAN Chief attends Indian Navy Exercise Milan

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An SA Navy (SAN) delegation headed by Vice Admiral Monde Lobese was in the Indian city Visakhapatnam this month (February) participating in and observing...

Ammunition accidents and defects under the training microscope

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The profession of arms has long been known as a proud and dangerous one where close proximity to own and opposing forces' ammunition can...

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...

SANDF acquires MAX 3 armoured vehicles, surveillance equipment for border patrols

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has acquired half a dozen SVI MAX 3 armoured vehicles as well as surveillance equipment to help...

Fighting in eastern DR Congo “worrisome” – Keita

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Fighting between M23 and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) armed forces (FARDC - Forces Armees de la Republic Democratique du Congo) in the east...

Denel concluding Hoefyster development but fewer vehicles to be manufactured

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Denel is busy concluding development of the Badger infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) under Project Hoefyster, while revised production costs will see fewer vehicles manufactured...

Delivery of first operational A-Darters scheduled for December

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Slow progress is being recorded with the long-delayed A-Darter air-to-air missile being manufactured by Denel Dynamics for the SA Air Force (SAAF), with delivery...

Austerity impacts SANDF time in the air and at sea

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Two areas where austerity measures brought on by a reduced defence budget show in the performance of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) are...

Experts unpack the SANDF’s options in the DRC

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed up to 2 900 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers to the SADC Mission in the Democratic Republic...

Lest we forget – SS Mendi 21 February 1917

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SS Mendi was a British 4,230 GRT passenger steamship that was built in 1905 and, as a troopship, sank after collision with great loss...

Real term decline in ‘disastrous’ SA defence budget

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South Africa’s 2024 budget allocation has been revealed to Parliament this afternoon, and it does not bode well for the Department of Defence and...

Non-availability of aircraft delays SA SAMIDRC deployment

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South Africa’s commitment to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) did not have an auspicious...

Bodies of SANDF soldiers who died in the DRC return home

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will on Wednesday repatriate and officially hand over the mortal remains of Captain Simon Mkhulu Bobe and...

South African troops in the DRC, Mozambique at risk without helicopter...

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South Africa has deployed its troops into Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) without renewing a maintenance contract needed to keep its...

Armed Forces Day 2024 unlikely to happen

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It does not appear that South Africans will see their national defence force up close and personal this week as Armed Forces Day (AFD)...

SA DR Congo dead named amid calls for better resourcing of...

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The South African soldiers killed when a mortar hit their position at a SAMIDRC (Southern African Development Community Mission in the Democratic Republic of...

SANDF gets approval to evict Marievale residents

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been given permission by the North Gauteng High Court to evict residents illegally occupying its Marievale...

‘Deeply irresponsible’ to send overstretched SANDF into SADC mission in the...

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is so underfunded and overstretched that it is deeply irresponsible to be sending soldiers into the Democratic...

Two SANDF soldiers killed while deployed with SAMIDRC mission

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has suffered its first casualties as part of the Southern African Development Community Mission in the Democratic...

SAAF Composite Helicopter Unit in DRC pays tribute to fallen colleague

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SA Air Force (SAAF) and other former colleagues in uniform came together in a sombre gathering at the South African Composite Helicopter Unit (CHU)...

Specialist jungle warfare training concludes for SA soldiers

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A group of South African soldiers currently attached to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have another...

SA DR Congo deployment slammed

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South African soldiers and support personnel selected for deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the Southern African Development Community...

Another big cigarette bust for Bambatha Rifles

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South African National Defence force (SANDF) Reserve Force unit, Bambatha Rifles, is making a name for itself as a smuggler stopper on its current...

South Africa commits 2 900 SANDF personnel to SAMIDRC

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South Africa’s commitment to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was yesterday (Monday, 12 February) confirmed...

SA “integration programme” for Cuban-trained military doctors questioned

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Thirteen SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) personnel are back in South Africa following six years of “military medicine” training in Cuba and find themselves...

SANDF opens 2025 MSDS applications

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has opened its Military Skills Development System (MSDS) applications for 2025, allowing young and deserving South Africans...

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...

More Gauteng crime prevention wardens report at SA Army bases for...

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3 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion in Kimberley, one of the SA Army’s two top training facilities, is the second SA National Defence Force (SANDF)...

Manthatisi BOI at review stage

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The SA Navy (SAN) appointed board of inquiry (BOI) into the September incident resulting in three deaths when a training exercise involving a submarine...

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...

New SAMIM force commander is SA Army veteran

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SA Army Major General Patrick Dube will, in all probability, be the final force commander of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in...

Next batch of Gauteng crime prevention wardens training at Dunnottar

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has begun training another 500 Crime Prevention Wardens at its Dunnottar military base in line with Gauteng...

South Africa’s military is expected to do more than ever with...

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The South African National Defence Force marks 30 years this year, having been established on 27 April 1994. It’s as old as the country’s...

SAAF Oryx riddled by small arms fire in the DRC; two...

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter was hit dozens of times by small arms fire while carrying out a casualty...

VBSS drills a key part of Exercise Good Hope VIII

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One of the highlights of the first week of the Good Hope VIII exercise between the South African and German navies saw visit, board,...

SAAF resilience needed amid global conflicts and humanitarian crises – Mbambo

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Ongoing conflicts and natural disasters are increasing demand for South African Air Force (SAAF) assets, but a lack of funding is hampering operations and...

Bambatha Rifles net cigarettes worth millions in three border busts

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The South Africa/Zimbabwe border appears to be the main entry point of illicit cigarettes into South Africa, as evidenced by several massive busts by...

Another Sapper assisted rural bridge taken into service in KZN

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was in deep rural KwaZulu-Natal yesterday (Wednesday, 31 January) overseeing another rural bridge completed with input from the SA...

Modise sidesteps Lekota question on serviceable SAAF fighters

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Mosiuoa Lekota, who was at the helm of South Africa’s defence and military veterans ministry at the time the Strategic Defence Procurement Package (SDPP)...

SA Army Engineer Formation key part of Welisizwe bridge initiative

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The role of the SA Army Engineer Formation is pivotal in ensuring the success of the Welisizwe bridges project, which will see Cyril Ramaphosa...

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...

SA Navy in intensive care – Lobese

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First port of call for Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thabang Makwetla in 2024 was SA Navy (SAN) Headquarters, continuing a schedule of...

Is the South African defence sector fighting in the correct weight...

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SA has a new fighting champion, Dricus du Plessis. As he said after winning the UFC middleweight title bout against Sean Strickland of the...

SDSP 2024 “critical in shaping military leaders” – Kubu

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defenceWebThe 2024 Security and Defence Studies Programme (SDSP) is up and running at the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) College in Thaba Tshwane. This year’s...

UN medals for SA airmen and medics

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Meritorious service by South African peacekeepers in various air and medical musterings was rewarded with the appropriate United Nations (UN) medal at their Goma...

Defence Reserves without a number one

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The Reserve Force component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has been without a chief for just on five months. This was disclosed by...

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