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Parliament shines spotlight on civil-military relationship

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) held successful colloquium last week on civil-military relations (CMR). Cyril Xaba, Chairperson of the PCDMV, said...

ISS: A plan to end Cape Town’s violence

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It’s been three weeks since a battalion of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was deployed to the crime-saturated Cape Flats. Last week,...

Yam highlights successes, challenges of budget-constrained SA Army

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South African Army Chief, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, has cautioned that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will struggle to face all South...

SANDF retains over R1 billion in UN refunds for DRC deployments

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Further clarity has been obtained on the mechanism used by Treasury to refund the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) for deploying South African...

SANDF deployment in Western Cape giving space for politicians and police

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The deployment of soldiers to the Cape Flats earlier this month was a turnaround by the ANC government. For years it has resisted calls...

SANDF engineers deployed to Zimbabwe

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has deployed over 100 engineers to Zimbabwe to assist with fixing damage from Cyclone Idai, which struck...

Too many generals in the SANDF?

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In addition to the view that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is over-strength, there is an argument that it is badly over-ranked,...

Court orders discharged SAMHS trainee doctors be reinstated

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The Pretoria High Court has ordered the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to reinstate 35 soldiers who were dismissed for allegedly deserting whilst...

Three month deployment of Army to Cape Town will cost R23...

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The deployment of over a thousand soldiers to Cape Town to help quell gang violence and crime will cost R23.3 million over the next...

Defence minister sounds budget alarm bells

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For the second year running, Minister for Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has sounded alarm bells about the continuing ability of the South...

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Check before you speak, Minister!

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South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula needs to verify her facts before she speaks, or risk further embarrassment to the South...