Arms deal cost R46.6bn - report

2014-04-10 08:37

A Treasury official has revealed that South Africa's controversial arms deal cost over R46.6bn, according to a report.

PWD fails army

2014-03-05 22:42

The public works department is failing the country's soldiers, parliament's defence portfolio committee has heard.

SA soldiers ambushed, robbed in South Sudan

2014-02-13 09:28

South African soldiers have been ambushed and robbed of equipment during a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, the SA Navy says.

Military vets must be honoured: Zuma

2014-01-03 14:11

Military veterans must continue to be recognised for the contribution they made to reshaping the country's post-apartheid defence force, President Jacob Zuma says.

Scientists believe some whales flee from sonar

2013-12-15 22:44

The Navy plans to increase sonar testing in US waters over the next five years even as studies it funded reveal worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins.

S.Korea to buy 40 Lockheed F-35s

2013-11-22 11:14

South Korea will buy 40 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth fighter jets with the first delivery expected in 2018.

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.

Judge dismisses soldiers' application

2013-10-08 11:00

A military court has dismissed an application to stop a case against 225 soldiers being charged over an illegal protest in Pretoria in 2009.

DA wants 'complete' arms report

2013-09-03 14:40

The DA says that the committee tasked with controlling SA's trade in conventional arms has not issued complete reports over the past year on weapons sales worth more than R13bn.

57 000 veterans registered

2013-08-28 20:18

The military veterans department is currently sifting through a database of 57 000 names to verify the identities of members of the former armed forces.

Arms deal activist lodges complaint

2013-08-20 11:47

Arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne has lodged a complaint to the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

Military mum on arms export

2013-08-19 22:32

The defence department could not say whether the sale two years ago of "obsolete" military field guns to a private contractor is properly and legally recorded for export.

Arms ship faces possible $1m fine

2013-08-15 23:14

The Panama Canal authority has said that it will impose as much as a $1m fine on the North Korean freighter caught with an undeclared shipment of Cuban weapons.

Arms deal inquiry postponed to 19 August

2013-08-05 11:25

The inquiry into the multi-million arms deal has been adjourned to 19 August to allow for the declassification of documents.

Seriti laughs off allegations - report

2013-08-03 12:00

Arms deal commission chair Judge Willie Seriti has laughed off allegations that his management style is responsible for resignations from the commission, a report says.

Basson 'acted as soldier'

2013-07-18 20:14

Former surgeon general Dr Niel Knobel has insisted that Dr Wouter Basson acted as a soldier when he headed South Africa's chemical and biological warfare programme.

US set to deliver F-16s to Egypt

2013-07-11 21:26

The United States is pressing ahead with plans to deliver F-16 fighters to Egypt despite a military coup against president Mohammed Morsi.

Civilian aircraft impounded at Waterkloof

2013-07-10 20:02

The military has impounded a civilian aircraft for violating airspace at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, the defence department says.

Fighter jet sale fight hots up

2013-06-20 20:45

After years of dictating the terms under which they supplied top of the range fighter planes and weaponry to a volatile third world, western defence contractors are increasingly losing the upper hand.

Sign arms treaty, says Tutu

2013-06-03 17:39

All nations must sign the arms trade treaty adopted by the United Nations, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says.

Cautious SANDF stalls DRC force - report

2013-05-28 15:52

Deployment of a unique new UN combat force to the DRC is being delayed by logistical difficulties involving the SANDF, as well as reported caution by the military in the aftermath of the Central Africa debacle.

New planes for presidency: Report

2013-05-25 11:00

A report says the defence force will buy new presidential jets and planes as soon as possible to, according to the minister, save some of the millions spent each week on chartering aircraft.

Minister confirms SA troop deployment

2013-05-24 13:13

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has confirmed the deployment of SA troops in countries neighbouring the Central African Republic, to support the withdrawal of troops from the country.

Chief insists SANDF will be ready for DRC mission

2013-05-16 18:01

SANDF soldiers who are training for a United Nations military mission in Congo will be adequately prepared even though the army as a whole is overstretched and underfunded, the army chief says.

More probes into SANDF training camp

2013-05-09 07:18

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has ordered further investigations into allegations of assault at the Army Infantry School in Oudtshoorn, the department of defence says.


Your dog truly loves your scent

2014-04-07 12:41

You smell better to your dog than other people, or even other dogs, brain scans show.

Military benefits gazetted

2014-02-21 22:29

The regulation of military benefits has been gazetted, the department of military veterans says.

SA won't send troops to CAR - report

2014-02-02 12:34

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has reportedly stated that South Africa will not send troops to the Central African Republic, despite mounting pressure to do so.

Former MK commander dies

2013-12-28 07:42

Former Umkhonto we Sizwe commander Lieutenant General Lehlohonolo Moloi has died, the department of defence and military veterans says.

Army orders soldiers back to duty

2013-12-07 14:28

The South African National Defence Force has ordered soldiers on leave to report back for duty to provide support for Nelson Mandela's mourning and funeral activities.

HPCSA 'has no evidence' against Basson

2013-11-15 12:34

The Health Professions Council of SA didn’t provide any evidence of wrongdoing against former apartheid-era chemical warfare expert Dr Wouter Basson, his counsel says.

Generals feast while soldiers go hungry

2013-10-17 10:43

Top SANDF officials are still getting three-course meals while low-ranking soldiers have had their daily meals reduced due to a lack of funds, according to a report.

Chippy Shaik may make arms deal probe appearance

2013-10-02 09:20

Shamin "Chippy" Shaik, chief of acquisitions for the SA National Defence Force during a controversial arms deal, may be subpoenaed to appear before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry, it has been reported.

UN seeks further SA artillery for DRC

2013-08-30 12:06

The UN has requested South African authorities to send additional artillery to the DRC, a defence force official says.

SA troops 'not engaged with DRC rebels'

2013-08-23 13:01

South African soldiers in the DRC have not been engaged in armed combat with rebels in the country, the SANDF says.

Soldier killed in Kruger National Park

2013-08-19 23:33

A soldier has been killed during an operation in the Kruger National Park, the SA National Defence Force says.

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.

SA sells arms worth R1.7bn - report

2013-08-09 11:38

South Africa has sold arms worth more than R1.7bn to various countries over the past few months, according to a report.

Arms deal probe, day 1 - as it happened

2013-08-05 10:33

See all the highlights from the hearing into the arms deal commission of inquiry.

Arms deal commission to proceed

2013-08-02 14:11

The commission of inquiry into the multi-billion rand arms deal will proceed despite the resignation of a commissioner, probe spokesperson William Baloyi says.

Israel tests rocket system

2013-07-12 22:20

Israel has staged what it said was a planned test of a rocket propulsion system at a military base on the Mediterranean coast.

SANDF, US forces to play war games

2013-07-11 17:53

South African and US armed forces will conduct a joint exercise in the Eastern Cape, the SA National Defence Force says.

Pentagon puts 650 000 on unpaid leave

2013-07-08 22:09

Heavy US government spending cuts have taken a sharp swing as the Pentagon began putting about 650 000 civilian workers on unpaid leave.

SANDF on standby for Mandela

2013-06-13 09:02

The South African National Defence Force is on standby after a top secret contingency plan kicked into gear when former president Nelson Mandela took ill.

Another soldier wounded in CAR dies

2013-05-29 09:39

The death toll of South African soldiers attacked in the Central African republic has risen to 15, the SA National Defence Force says.

President shouldn't get new jet - DA

2013-05-26 20:37

President Jacob Zuma does not need a new jet, the DA says.

Action over army school abuse: Report

2013-05-25 11:00

Officials at the Army Infantry School in Oudtshoorn might face disciplinary action or suspension over the physical abuse of recruits, says a report.

Minister salutes CAR heroines

2013-05-23 19:35

Two women have stolne the show in the National Assembly for their bravery during the March battle between SA soldiers and Central African Republic rebels.

Parabat flies into rugby post

2013-05-10 08:47

A Bloemfontein parabat has been admitted to hospital with chest injuries after he flew into a rugby post during a welcoming ceremony for soldiers returning from the Central African Republic.

Recruit abuse bad for SANDF - IFP

2013-05-08 15:54

The alleged abuse of recruits during a punitive training session at the Army Infantry School in Oudtshoorn is not in the interests of the military, the IFP has warned.

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