Lagos ceremony: Families break down

2014-11-16 16:33

Paramedics have rushed to the aid of some family member who had broken down and wept hysterically as the names of the Lagos church collapse were read out at a reception ceremony at the Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria.

Guptagate soldiers face watered-down charges

2013-10-29 14:12

The SA National Defence Union says the charge sheet against soldiers involved the Guptagate saga has been "substantially watered down”.

New funds to give SAAF wings

2013-10-23 16:27

The defence department will be shifting much-needed funds to the cash-strapped SA Air Force, the National Treasury says.

Air Force to raise cash for rhino

2013-09-11 18:34

The SA Air Force is to embark on a Rhino Day campaign as part of the force's environmental obligations, says spokesperson Lynnette Booysen.

Air Force explains arms deal role

2013-09-04 22:32

Several government departments have played complementary roles in the controversial arms deal acquisitions, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry has heard.

Air Force member appears for murder

2013-09-03 17:51

A member of the SA Air Force based at the Bloemspruit Air Force Base has appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on a murder charge.

Hawks, Gripen planes 'met requirements'

2013-09-02 19:08

The Hawks and Gripen aircraft acquired through the 1999 arms deal have proven highly deployable and adaptable, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry has heard.

Threats determine defence budget - SAAF

2013-08-30 18:02

South Africa's military budget has been scaled down as the country is no longer at war, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry has heard.

Obsolete aircraft, arms sold - minister

2013-08-19 12:50

The defence department has sold off three more of its Atlas Cheetah fighter jets this year, according to Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

No funding problems for Zuma VIP flights

2013-07-25 10:11

The air force can't afford to fly a fleet of R2bn helicopters but has no trouble in finding funds for President Jacob Zuma's VIP flights, says a report.

SANDF not commenting on chopper claims

2013-07-24 13:07

The SA National Defence Force has refused to comment about allegations that its 18 Agusta A109 helicopters were grounded as there were no funds to operate them.

AA could affect crash stats - think-tank

2013-04-22 11:51

The international military think-tank website, Strategypage, believes the SA Air Force's affirmative action policy will result in nothing more than higher plane crash statistics.

SAAF hides behind contract, says Denel

2013-01-24 16:34

The SA Air Force is using an auditor general report on its contract with Denel Aviation as a smokescreen to end the contract, trade union Solidarity says.

Retrenchment of Denel workers confirmed

2012-12-13 16:40

The possible retrenchment of 523 Denel aircraft specialists has been confirmed, trade union Solidarity says.

New Air Force chief appointed

2012-06-19 11:00

Major General Fabian Msimang has been appointed the new chief of the South African Air Force and will start the job in October.

Air force chief to brief Parliament

2012-03-08 07:40

The head of the SA Air Force is set to brief the joint standing committee on defence in Parliament about its problems and progress being made in resolving these.

Air force admits shadow plane was in US

2012-01-20 22:30

The SA Air Force has admitted a plane that shadowed President Jacob Zuma on his recent visit to the United States did so all the way to New York.

Sisulu 'must explain' defence resignations

2011-11-04 14:31

Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu must give a full explanation of the resignations of two senior defence force officials, says the DA.

DA questions Sisulu jet decision

2011-04-03 22:37

The decision by defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu to lease two new aircraft for transporting VIPs, at a cost of R800 million, is cause for concern, the DA says.

Milestone as Air Force gets Rooivalk

2011-04-01 13:11

Denel has handed over a Rooivalk helicopter to the Air Force, 25 years after the locally-designed attack aircraft was first conceived.

Air Force killer's sentencing delayed

2011-01-28 18:30

A death in the family of the advocate for an ex-SA Air Force sergeant who shot two colleagues, killing one and wounding the other, has delayed his trial.

Air Force keeps mum on combat pilots

2010-11-17 22:20

The SA Air Force has invoked "national security" to avoid telling MPs how many fully-trained pilots it has to fly its Gripen fighter and Hawk fighter-trainer aircraft.

Air Force to get 5 Rooivalk helicopters

2010-09-02 18:07

Rooivalk combat helicopters will finally be handed over to the SA Air Force by the end of March 2011.

Air defence in place for Cup

2010-06-11 13:22

An air defence strategy has been prepared for soccer venues to ensure safety and security, says SA Intelligence.

Sisulu: SAAF needs new planes

2009-11-05 16:14

The R2.9bn refund the government hopes to receive after cancelling a contract with Airbus may be used to buy new planes for the SA Air Force, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says.


Guptagate soldiers await trial date

2013-10-29 21:50

The trial date of the South African National Defence Force members facing charges relating to the landing of a private aircraft at the Waterkloof Air Force Base has yet to be set.

Air Force cracking down on ill-discipline

2013-10-24 10:48

The SA Air Force has announced a stricter discipline enforcement regimen for all members.

SAAF murder-accused member's case postponed

2013-09-17 13:16

A case against an SA Air Force member accused of murder has been postponed by the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court to make arrangements for a possibly psychiatric evaluation.

Air Force member appears for murder

2013-09-10 14:38

A SA Air Force member has appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on a murder charge.

Arms deal jets 'excellent' - officer

2013-09-03 20:38

The Gripen and Hawk fighter aircraft acquired through the multi-billion rand arms deal have exceeded expectations, a senior official of the SA Air Force says.

SAAF very proud of aircraft, arms deal probe hears

2013-09-03 14:42

The SA Air Force is "very proud" of the aircraft acquired through the multi-billion rand arms deal as it had boosted the SAAF's capabilities in training and national defence, the arms deal inquiry has heard.

Defence force is our insurance - officer

2013-08-30 22:46

The defence force is a country’s insurance and serves as a deterrent against any possible threats, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry has heard.

We are beyond party politics - Air Force

2013-08-28 20:12

The SA Air Force performs its duties solely in the interests of the nation, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal has heard.

Air force may clip Zuma's wings

2013-08-05 11:16

The air force's current financial predicament means VIP pilots face losing their international ratings, which may affect President Jacob Zuma's travel commitments, according to a report.

SA Air Force in crisis - DA

2013-07-24 15:32

The DA will ask Parliament's defence joint standing committee to schedule a meeting to discuss the "crisis" in the SA Air Force, spokesperson David Maynier says.

Financial woes ground defence choppers

2013-07-24 09:44

None of the SA Air Force's 18 Agusta A109 helicopters are being used, because there is no money to operate them.

Motlanthe's holiday in the spotlight

2013-02-10 12:41

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's island holiday to the Seychelles came at great cost to taxpayers, but government insists his travelling is above board.

Air force mistakenly pays out bonuses

2012-12-20 10:12

Around 200 air force officials who were mistakenly given performance bonuses in December will be made to pay them back, according to a report.

Know cause of plane crash - DA

2012-12-06 20:04

The DA says it is important to establish why a military aircraft crashed in the Drakensberg near Ladysmith, killing 11 people.

Zuma, Motlanthe rack up R210m in flights

2012-06-13 14:44

Flying President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe to their various engagements since the pair assumed office has cost taxpayers more than R210m.

Air Force to keep using standby planes for Zuma

2012-01-25 13:37

The SA Air Force has stuck to its guns on the use of standby planes when President Jacob Zuma travels abroad.

Air force boss back at work

2011-11-28 12:17

SA Air Force chief Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano is back at work after Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu rejected his resignation.

SAAF: Ageing aircraft in use until 2020

2011-09-30 20:03

South Africa's ageing fleet of C130B Hercules aircraft will be used by the SA Air Force until at least 2020.

Luxury VIP jets for SA elite

2011-04-03 20:17

Government VIPs will soon be jetting around the country in two new luxury jets complete with sleeping quarters, computer and satellite communication services.

Defence dept identifies dead pilot

2011-03-09 19:54

The trainee pilot who died after a flight at the Makhado airbase in Limpopo was 24-year old Second Lieutenant Richard Llewelyn Lavis, the department of defence says.

Rain ruins reconciliation day parade

2010-12-16 12:28

Rain has forced the cancellation of the annual Reconciliation Day military parade and South African Air Force fly-by that was to have been held in Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria.

Emergency exercises in Bloemfontein

2010-10-27 13:33

Officials have urged Bloemfontein residents to remain calm, as a series of aero-medical evacuation training exercises involving emergency services and the air force take place in the city.

SA pilots go to court

2010-06-15 12:52

An aircraft and pilots' association intends on taking South Africa's aviation authorities to court over "draconian airspace closures".

New missile test-fire soon - Sisulu

2010-05-04 19:07

A new South African air-to-air missile will be test-fired from a SA Air Force fighter jet within the next two months, the minister of defence and military veterans has announced.

UK arms group to 'help' probe

2009-10-01 16:05

A British weapons company alleged to have paid "commissions" in South Africa's infamous arms deal, will continue trying to resolve an investigation into it.

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