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Ninety-six percent of DoD/SANDF buildings need maintenance

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The malaise running through Minister Thandi Modise’s Department of Defence (DoD) and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) stretches from prime mission equipment through...

2015 Defence Review action plan envisaged by October

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Nine years since the most recent SA Defence Review saw the light of day, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise wants, as “a...

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)...

Military involvement in reining in illegal mining successful – Modise

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The deployment of SA National Defence Force (SANDF) elements, particularly soldiers, in the national effort to curb illegal mining has resulted in what Defence...

Thirty-nine weapons stolen from SANDF in four years

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Almost all weapons lost or stolen from SA National Defence Force (SANDF) units since the 2019/20 financial year to December last year are either...

Moscow conference “exposed” South Africa to practical security strategies

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South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise’s attendance of the recent Moscow Conference on International Security allowed her to “engage her counterparts...

Minister Modise MIA for Defence Force Service Commission

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At the centre of its raison d’etre for the Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC), a ministerial advisory body is supposed to provide expert advice...

Modise “hopeful” DPE will pay for Eskom deployment

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel have been part of “securing critical infrastructure” in the form of Eskom power stations and ancillary equipment for...

Minister Modise reveals SAAF aircrew numbers

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) musters just short of 400 aircrew, with the majority of pilots in command (PICs) flying rotorcraft according to Defence...

PCDMV calls for urgency on new SANDF strategic direction

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The budgetary review and recommendations report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) has nine recommendations for improving the well-being...

Modise explains what’s being done to fight crime in South Africa

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise, as “point person” for last week’s JCPS (Justice, Crime Prevention and Security) Cabinet cluster meeting, gave an...

SEA soldier suspects should pay costs if guilty – FF+

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A Freedom Front Plus (FF+) National Council of Provinces (NCOP) representative could well have opened a door, in legal punishment terms, if Defence and...

IP for SAAF C-130BZ avionics held by UK company

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With work – including addressing “immediate and urgent obsolescence issues” underway on SA Air Force (SAAF) C-130BZ Hercules (409) in England – the reply...

Revised military veterans’ pension regulations published

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A last minute rush saw a Government Gazette published yesterday (Friday 6 October) with details of revised pension regulations for military veterans. The Department of...

Minister Modise says SA defence “needs sustained funding”

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In six months’ time, South Africa should have an indication of what revised levels of “defence ambition” and “defence strategic trajectory” the country’s securocrats...

Modise to be questioned on defence performance agreements

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Performance agreements in government’s wider South African defence sector, notably the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Department of Defence (DoD), take the...

SAAF aircraft unavailability to be questioned in Parliament

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Armscor’s seeming inability to “conclude” maintenance contracts for equipment in SA National Defence Force (SANDF) service, especially aircraft, has reached an untenable point, with...

Subsidised veterans public transport not yet finalised

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A delay in making military veterans’ pensions reality is not the only choke point at the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) – this seems...

Procurement “by other means” a DoD option

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Acknowledging that working with outdated equipment negatively affects morale in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) plans are in the offing to review the...

Review and analysis of defence policy underway as SANDF ‘unsustainable’

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is becoming progressively more unsustainable in terms of a declining budget, Defence Minister Thandi Modise warns while offering...

Call for Ministerial inquiry at Armscor

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Barely four weeks after an Armscor board meeting cleared its chief executive of wrongdoing, it appears all is not above board at the State-owned...

R85 million worth of technology didn’t reach SANDF soldiers on the...

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The Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) had the wool well and truly pulled over its eyes by the officer...

Defence Minister and SANDF Chief at IDEF

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South Africa was one of 53 countries exhibiting at this week’s International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) in Istanbul, Turkey with the top two in...

Modise adamant Lady R took on no cargo in Simon’s Town

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise stands by her earlier statements that “nothing was loaded onto the Lady R” while the sanctioned Russian...

Military veterans’ pension with government agency for roll-out

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise almost repeated herself when answering another Parliamentary questioner wanting to know when old soldiers will start receiving...

Lady R inquiry’s timespan is over

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The six-week sitting of the Lady R judicial inquiry is, in calendar terms, up today (Monday, 10 July) with not a word from Cyril...

Modise maintains “no further details” on Heberon

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise appears to have put issues around acquisition and payment for a Cuban COVID-19 prophylactic to bed, telling...

Umzimvubu Regiment call-up saga now with SANDF legal beagles

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Longevity-wise, the 2021 Umzimvubu Regiment call-up saga is a far cry from the ‘Stalingrad tactics’ of Jacob Zuma’s legal team but the most recent...

31 March 2024 is deadline for Ministerial SANDF analysis and review

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has set 31 March next year as the deadline for a review and analysis of South Africa’s...

DoD “delaying” Lady R PAIA

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The way Minister Thandi Modise’s Department of Defence (DoD) is handling a PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act) request concerning the arrival in...

Battle of Bangui was not about business interests – Modise

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It’s taken more than 10 years for South Africa to be officially told the soldiers killed in what has become known as the Battle...

Is South Africa’s defence force up for new thinking?

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Among a flurry of references to ambitions and planning processes, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thandi Modise’s recent budget speech offers glimmers of...

Gloomy picture of SANDF prime mission equipment readiness

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Expanding on his belief that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is in “intensive care”, Kobus Marais provided National Assembly (NA) parliamentarians with highly...

Modise tasks DoD with reviewing its problematic procurement system

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has said that to root out financial irregularities in the Department of Defence (DoD), she has ordered...

Modise charts future strategic direction for ‘terribly underfunded’ SANDF

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Given the ‘terrible’ underfunding of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise says the Department of Defence...

Modise wants larger vessels in service after Biro deliveries completed

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Defence Minister Thandi Modise said that her Department of Defence (DoD) will lobby for the acquisition of larger warships once the three multi-mission inshore...

Department of Defence to announce partnership with Embraer

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise said her department hopes to soon publicly announce a partnership with Brazil’s Embraer on the manufacture and...

SANDF in ICU, shadow defence minister claims

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A National Treasury (NT) presentation to one of Parliament’s defence oversight committees exposes “a shocking picture of the sad state of affairs in the...

“Tell us what was loaded on the Lady R” – OUTA

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The war of words around Lady R and her supposed South African arms/weapons cargo generated comment and response from academics, civil society, politicians and...

Two years on, SA Army Makhanda base fencing remains an unfunded...

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The registration of a “project” to fence parts of the Makhanda military base, home to 6 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion, has not resulted in...

L’Affaire Heberon still ongoing via Parliamentary questions

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According to Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise there was “no misrepresentation of facts” around the acquisition of Heberon to prevent military personnel...

Moving Denel from Public Enterprises needs “entire government” participation

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise made it clear she alone cannot move Denel from the control of its current government shareholder to...

Project Thusano will be reviewed – Minister Modise

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It appears Cuban expertise will again be utilised by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) at some time in the future. This inference is drawn...

Modise pledges support for SA defence industry

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has said she is committed to supporting South Africa’s defence industry because a healthy defence industry will...

Modise named and shamed for not responding timeously to questions

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has been singled out as a “chief culprit” for not timeously answering Parliamentary questions. Her accuser was National...

Modise piggery cruelty case not over

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Despite another legal setback, the National Council of SPCAs, with the assistance of AfriForum’s private prosecution unit, is going ahead with its case of...

Modise defends Exercise Mosi II with Russia and China

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has defended the trilateral naval Exercise Mosi II with China and Russia, saying it benefited the South...

Admin delays put a hold on December pension payments for military...

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“Delays in the administrative process” put a temporary hold on old soldiers receiving their first military pension pay-out this month (December) according to Deputy...

Why the Navy misses its sea hours target

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise maintains there are five reasons why the SA Navy (SAN) cannot meet its annual sea hours target...

DoD “procurement irregularity” investigations underway

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Work is underway on acquisition and procurement “reforms” in the Department of Defence (DoD), a Parliamentary questioner was told. Cyril Xaba, co-chair of both the...