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Erika Gibson

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

South Africa Navy’s strike craft lands in Mozambique

We reveal details of the South African National Defence Force’s contribution to the Southern African Development Community’s military mission to rid Mozambique of insurgents

Stolen ammo poses security threat amid failure to protect high-risk consignments

A Durban depot container with 1.5-million rounds of ammunition may have been targeted, as others in the vicinity were left untouched, say security sources

Thousands of troops are deployed to protect people and property

But the biggest internal deployment since 1994 is not without challenges, as food, fuel and simply getting to the hotspots are problems facing the SANDF’s deployment

Private security companies the ‘eyes and ears’ for police on public violence and looting

The private security guards were also first responders in some cases, and their helicopters provided information on emerging hotspots

Operation Prosper: How SANDF deployment will work

The Defence Force soldiers will be armed with live ammunition with strict orders not to shoot unless their lives are in danger, senior officers told the Mail & Guardian

SANDF’s ‘sick’ training camps defy lockdown

Despite Covid-19 regulations and increases in infections, the army has continued some training courses, putting hundreds of students’ lives at risk

SANDF’s ‘dignity’ comes with a R200m price tag

Find out about the SANDF’s new uniform, which is costing taxpayers close to R200-million, while mission-critical equipment is not maintained

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