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No word yet on a new site for AFB Durban

The SAAF Command Council has known for at least eight years that its only base in KwaZulu-Natal will have to be moved and to date has prepared a user requirement and created a multi-agency task team.

 

SAAF sending members to military academy in the United States

The South Africa Air Force (SAAF) will send 60 of its members to the United States every year to train at the military academy there.

 

Makhado pilot celebrates his 1 000 hour milestone

One of AFB Makhado’s fighter pilots recently celebrated a special milestone in his career.

 

SAAF holds Prestige Day ceremony

The South African Air Force (SAAF) hosted its Prestige Day parade at Air Force Base Waterkloof today, during which Air Force Base Bloemspruit was named the most prestigious unit in the SAAF.

 

Shortage of air and naval assets turns Op Copper into a listening post

The tri-nation SADC counter-piracy initiative in the Mozambique Channel – Operation Copper – has become largely a radio listening post tasking due to the non-availability of South African airborne and naval assets.

 

Mcetywa new General Officer Commanding SAAF’s Air Command

Major General Octavia Mcetywa has taken over from Major General Wiseman Mbambo as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Air Command.

 

Cape helicopter squadron rises to the fire challenge

January has been a challenging month for the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Cape-based 22 Squadron as they have been called in to battle against numerous mountain fires.

 

Questions still being asked around SAAF 2012 Drakensberg crash

t’s more than four years since a South African Air Force (SAAF) C-47TP crashed in the Drakensberg, killing all 11 aboard. The families of some of the dead have approached a parliamentarian because they feel let down by the air force.

 

SAAF contributes to Cape fire battle

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has been brought in to assist with the battle against the raging fires in the Cape Winelands which has wrought havoc during the first week of the new year.

 

Another step taken in reactivation of SAAF Reserve squadrons

Efforts to reactivate and resuscitate the role of squadrons in the Air Force Reserve Service (AFRS) gained impetus during a special Air Force Reserve Force Squadron workshop.

 

Groundhog Day (End of year message and Review)

Reflecting of SAAF events past, it definitely feels like Groundhog Day. Wondering what has been achieved certainly does leave us feeling like we’re trapped in a movie, destined to relive the same year time and time again.

 

Wings for nine new SAAF pilots at Langebaanweg

This week the SA Air Force (SAAF) welcomed nine newly minted first lieutenants to the ranks of its aircrew.

 

Appointments and promotions of SAAF Generals

The Department of Defence has announced the following appointments and promotions of SAAF officers with effect from 1 January 2017 (or as indicated).

 

Zuma uses charter for Castro memorial service in Cuba while Inkwazi jets around South Africa

The Commander-in-Chief’s apparent aversion to using the Presidential BBJ Inkwazi continues with a Democratic Alliance (DA) MP pointing out Inkwazi was tracked flying to East London and Langebaanweg while Jacob Zuma made use of a chartered aircraft to atte

 

New boss for AFB Overberg

Lieutenant Colonel Musa Mbhokota, the first black Gripen pilot in the SA Air Force (SAAF) and a former 2 Squadron Officer Commanding, will next month assume his first base command when he becomes Officer Commanding AFB Overberg.

 

SA Air Force facing tough times

Earlier this month reports emerged that the majority of the SAAF’s C-130 Hercules transports are grounded due to maintenance problems. Maintenance is one of many issues facing the SAAF, and with the budget being tight this is not going to get better any t

 

Zuma VIP jet discussions still on the table

The possibility of acquiring a VVIP jet for President Jacob Zuma is still on the table, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday.

 

Stall warning

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads.

 

Three airforce members survive helicopter crash

Three members of the South African Air Force miraculously survived after the helicopter in which they were flying crashed near Clocolan in the eastern Free State.

 

More details of helicopter crash revealed

Three members of the Air Force miraculously escaped death when their helicopter appeared to clip a rock and crashed near Clocolan.

 

Air force capacity plane awful

Aviation experts warn that the South African military might soon struggle to fly troops and weapons to war and disaster zones using its own aircraft, as a skills and maintenance crisis threatens to ground its entire transport fleet.

 

No new jet for Zuma

The plan to buy President Jacob Zuma a new presidential jet has been put on ice, but Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has made an additional R143 million available to the air force, for aircraft leases to fly the president around.

 

DoD gets extra R143 million to lease aircraft and guard facilities

Embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been taken to task for allocating more than R143 million to the Department of Defence (DoD) in his medium term budget policy statement delivered this week.

 

Plans for new presidential jet put into holding pattern after tender cancelled

The acquisition of new aircraft to transport South Africa’s VVIPs‚ including president Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa‚ will be delayed as Armscor has cancelled the tender for the lease of the intercontinental aircraft.

 

Mashaba takes reins as 2 squadron commander

A new era dawned at AFB Makhado on 7 October, with Lieutenant Colonel Josias Mashaba taking over the reins as new officer commanding of 2 Squadron from Lieutenant Colonel Musa “Midnite” Mbhokota.

 
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