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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.


SA pilots training in Russia – Political push for greater co-operation

Five South African Air Force (SAAF) officers are undergoing pilot training in Russia and more could soon be on their way as the two countries step up defence ties.


SA Air Force maintenance suffering from loss of skilled technicians

The aircraft maintenance capabilities of the SAAF, including that of the presidential Boeing Business Jet, have decreased dramatically since the last of the AMG/Denel support personnel were laid off, resulting in serious implications for aircraft servicea


Air Force must close a squadron

The Air Force will soon be forced to either close their Hawk or Gripen fighter squadron due to a curtailment of the air force budget and the weakening rand.


New boss for SAAF Museum

The new man in charge of the SAAF's military aviation history via its three museums is Lieutenant Colonel Thor Fredericks.


Despite underfunding, SAAF is coping, Msimang says at Prestige Day Parade

Lieutenant General Fabian Msimang, chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), has warned of the dire consequences of underfunding, but maintains that the Air Force is able to fulfil its mandate in spite of considerable challenges.


General Barends take reigns at AFB Makhado

AFB Makhado came under new leadership on Friday, 22 January, with Brigadier General André Barends taking over the reins as new officer commanding of the base.


New Bosses for Langebaanweg and Makhado, plus other promotions

The South African Department of Defence (DoD) has released details of appointments and promotions for the 2015/2016 financial year.


Cuba now teaching flying and air traffic control to SA Air Force members

Cuban/South African military co-operation has ratcheted up another notch since the start of this month with 24 SAAF members now undergoing extended training in various aviation-related disciplines in the island republic.


Beleaguered SAAF apparently reaching out to SAA for assistance

The point has apparently been reached where the SA Air Force is aware it cannot fulfil its defence obligations and the airborne arm of the SANDF has turned to pilots flying for the national carrier, SAA, for assistance.


Why Cyril Ramaphosa had to use a Gupta plane

The SA Air Force pays up to $30 000 (R400 000) per course for advanced training for its VIP pilots, but four of the six sessions it booked and paid for overseas were cancelled this year at the last minute.


South Korea commemorates South African airmen

Exactly 65 years ago to the day when North Korea attacked South Korea, the embassy of the Republic of Korea held a commemoration ceremony at AFB Ysterplaat, Cape Town.


OC 21 Sqn quits after Zuma travel chaos

Chaos caused by the scheduling of President Jacob Zuma's international flights has apparently resulted in the commanding officer of the SA Air Force's VIP squadron resigning this week.


Pilot chopper had been weak in flight school

The pilot of an Agusta 109 Air Force helicopter that crashed two years ago in the Kruger National Park with four soldiers on board, had already struggled during his basic flying training to get understanding of certain aspects of flight.


SA Air Force honours the fallen

May is traditionally the month during which the SAAF recalls the memory of thousands of its members who gave their lives in service of their country in times of war and in times of peace.


SAAF wins bid to train Omani pilots

The SAAF has won a bid to train pilots for the Royal Airforce of Oman at its' Central Flying School in the Western Cape.


SAAF gains nine new pilots

The SAAF is nine pilots better off, as well as having an additional five navigators, six flight engineers and a loadmaster.


Operationally stretched SAAF flying fewer hours

By Guy Martin he South African Air Force saw a significant increase in operational demands and external commitments in the last financial year, including its first fighter and helicopter operational deployments since democracy, but flew 5 000...


New leader for the Silver Falcons

The official aerobatic display team of the South African Air Force has a new team leader with the appointment of Maj Werner Vermaak.


Air Force chief apologises for Museum closure

SAAF Chief Lt Gen Zakes Msimang and the Air Force Command Council have apologised for the inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the SAAF Museum headquarters and one of its satellites.

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