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SAAF pilot numbers boosted by 17

The SA Air Force (SAAF) has 17 newly minted pilots in its ranks, along with 10 new navigators and flight engineers.

 

Reserves to be “classified” for better utilisation

The revamp of the Reserve Force service system will see changes for South Africa’s part-time soldiers with among others, a classification system creating different levels of soldier.

 

SANDF officer falls to his death during training demonstration

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances leading up to the death of a Sergeant who fell out of a helicopter during a roping demonstration at the weekend.

 

SAAF CHU medal parade in DR Congo

The cloud hanging over the future of the SAAF composite helicopter unit (CHU) deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was nowhere to be seen during a medal parade this month addressed by the MONUSCO Force Commander.

 

SANDF denies suspension of SAAF Chief - Media Statement

The Chief of the South African Air Force, Lieutenant General Fabian Zimpande Msimang is not on suspension.

 

SAAF Chief apparently suspended – no comment from SANDF

SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang is apparently on special leave after being suspended from duty.

 

SAAF adds new maintenance technicians

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has added new aircraft maintenance technicians to its ranks, with 65 artisans being reclassified during a passing out parade this morning.

 

DRC Rooivalks notch up a first

Now in its fifth year of deployment with the UN Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a pair of Rooivalk combat support helicopters notched up a first when manned by all-black crews on an escort mission.

 

New leadership at Cape airbases and squadrons (Updated)

Two of the three South African Air Force bases located in the Western Cape province have received new commanding officers: AFB Overberg and AFB Ysterplaat.

 

Silver Falcons 50th anniversary getting ever closer

Silver Falcon number one, Commandant (Colonel) Chris Prins, is no longer alive and sadly, cannot be part of the SA Air Force (SAAF) aerobatic team’s 50th anniversary at AFB Langebaanweg on November 24.

 

Final Western Cape medal parade of 2017 held

The third and final Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) medal parade held in the Western Cape during 2017 took place at the Naval Base Simon’s Town Martello Sports Grounds on Friday September 29, 2017.

 

Passing out parade at 68 Air School

What is now termed an “artisan reclassification passing out parade” is today seeing the ranks of the SA Air Force’s technical staff boosted by 50.

 

SAAF salutes its heroes at annual memorial

The South African Air Force and the Air Force Association have paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the annual memorial service on Bays Hill at Valhalla outside Pretoria.

 

Ysterplaat honours the fallen

AFB Ysterplaat held its annual Air Force Memorial Service on 5 May at which the Airforce Base not only recalled those serving members who lost their lives during the previous year, but the memory of thousands of SAAF members who made the ultimate sacrific

 

Transformation amongst highlights of 28 Squadron

The qualifying of the first black female C-130 Hercules commander is one of the transformation highlights emphasised by the SAAF regarding 28 Squadron.

 

Women rule at AFB Zwartkop

A change of command parade at AFB Zwartkop means the SA Air Force’s oldest base now has a woman officer commanding for the first time with another woman taking charge of the base’s lone operational squadron.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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).

 

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.

 

SA Department of Defence spending 55% of its budget on personnel

The Department of Defence is spending 55% of its budget on personnel, with R24 billion out of R45 billion rand of its 2015/16 budget going to salaries for 77 000 people.

 
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