Erika Gibson

SANDF’s condemned-building mess

A 40-year-old army accommodation block housing 500 soldiers was ‘upgraded’ using residents’ recreational fund contributions. But it is dangerous: other high-risk residential flats in the area have been evacuated because of dolomite corrosion.

Soldiers plead for more air support in Mozambique’s battle against insurgents

Budget deficits limit the South African National Defence Force’s ability to supply more aircraft for logistical support, attacks and evacuation

Army vets who responded to call for reserves during July unrest still unpaid

‘The whole operation ... was a process of confusion and a total lack of command ... and control’

Hawks in legal tussle with arms maker over billet seizure

Differing interpretation of the Firearms Control Act resulted in the seizure of a shipment of billets bound for the DRC from Durban harbour last week

The situation in Cuba: ‘Prisoners in South Africa live in better conditions’

South African student pilots training in Cuba complain of slave-like conditions

Ipid swoops on last of 20 Durban officers over 2018 murder

At least one of the officers may be linked to the theft of 1.5-million rounds of ammunition from a warehouse during the July looting and violence

South African soldiers have been fighting in a distant land for 20 years

Troops were sent to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2001 as part of the UN peacekeeping mission that became an offensive against rebels

Meet the daring South African pilot who saved displaced Afghan people

Captain Neil Steyl, from Cape Town, and his crew from Safe Air Company have been based at Kulob for a month, assisting the Americans with evacuating both people and equipment.

Most South Africans in Afghanistan have been evacuated

‘The Taliban also registered the serial numbers of their weapons and just asked them not to move around in the streets while armed but stay within the compound until everything calms down. Then the Taliban left.’

DBSA inherits costly 1 Mil refurb headache

The Development Bank of Southern Africa was appointed in 2019 as the implementing agent to accelerate infrastructure projects for the defence department.

Squabbles put army hospital in ICU

1 Military Hospital is in a serious state of disrepair and the report of a forensic investigation into who is to blame for the mess remains under wraps

SANDF sends ‘Goats’ to Mozambique to fight insurgents

South Africa’s new military weapon takes a leaf out of the Libyan rebel forces’ handbook as it lands in Mozambique to fight insurgents

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