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Airforce cancels new pilot courses

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has cancelled all new recruitment initiatives for the year, including that for pilots and navigators.


Five senior government officials suspended in first “Guptagate” fall-out

Government’s bureaucratic machine has moved into top gear for both damage limitation and the hunt for culprits after the unauthorised arrival of a chartered jetliner at AFB Waterkloof earlier this week.


SAAF affirmative action report slated

A report stating the SAAFs affirmative action policy will result in nothing more than higher aircraft crash statistics has been trashed by sections of the wider community of aviation enthusiasts, writers and observers.


AA could affect crash stats - think-tank

The international military think-tank website, Strategypage, believes the SAAF's affirmative action policy will result in nothing more than higher plane crash statistics.


Crisis upon crisis at AFB Makhado

Some 50 families from Air Force Base Makhado’s Braambos residential area will be left virtually destitute at the end of this month as a result of massive retrenchment action at the base.


SAAF to lose maintenance technicians

The SAAF’s air servicing units will lose 389 skilled maintenance technicians on April 1 but will retain the services of 139 specialists following the expiration of the contract with Denel’s AMG.


New Deputy Chief of the Airforce appointed

Major General Wiseman Simo Mbambo has taken over the reigns as the new Deputy Chief of the South African Air Force.


Some AMG specialists will move to the SAAF

About 200 aircraft maintenance specialist engineers and technicians who have been ensuring continued airworthiness of many SAAF will find themselves in the employ of the Department of Defence.


New Ysterplaat boss returns home

It was a welcome home for Col Christo Stroebel, the new OC of AFB Ysterplaat, when he took over command of the picturesque Cape Town airbase at a Change of Command Parade on Thursday.


SAAF personnel welcome new book

Long-time military aviation enthusiast Dean Wingrin’s first foray into book publishing has been welcomed by retired and serving members of the South African Air Force.


Ninety years of memories of the SAAF captured in new book

A new book on the SAAF has captured the personal history and many of the previously untold tales and experiences of dozens of airmen who served in both war and peace-time during the Air Force's first ninety years.


AMG contract cancellation will knock SAAF – Deputy

The SAAF will take some serious knocks due to the end of its maintenance contract with AMG, but the Deputy Chief of the Air Force is confident that the SAAF will retain maintenance capability.


SAAF maintenance contract cancellation costing jobs at Denel

More than 500 maintenance specialists at Denel Aviation will be out of work following the SAAF’s cancellation of a maintenance contract with the company.


Dakota crash victims honoured

A suitably sombre Memorial Service was held at AFB Ysterplaat on Wednesday 12 December in memory of the victims of the South African Airforce aircraft that crashed last week.


Lieutenant grounded for 'borrowing' plane

A SAAF pilot has been grounded for "borrowing" a plane to visit a friend in neighbouring Botswana and an officer has been reprimanded for spicing up her uniform with hot pink slippers, the defence ministry said on Wednesday.


Air Force cuts contract wings

A decision that could compromise the airworthiness of the Air force's aircraft, including the VIP aircraft, hit the military aviation ranks this week like a bomb.


SAAF flying hours not achieved

The SAAF did not meet the required number of flight hours during 2011/2012, according to the annual Department of Defence report, flying around 4 000 fewer hours than required.


Airforce hit by uniform shortage

Airforce members have been told that they will not be issued with new ‘blue’ uniforms for the next two years.


Gagiano hands over command of SAAF

Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano has handed over command of the SAAF to Lt Gen “Zakes” Fabian Zimpande Msimang, during an impressive ceremony at Swartkop Air Force Base on Friday.


Tribute to the Chief

As a tribute to the outgoing CAF, he was flown to AFB Waterkloof during the AAD airshow on Sunday as part of a two-ship Vampire formation.


Artisan training a top priority for the SA Air Force

On 22 August 2012, 68 Air School hosted a reclassification, commission and passing out parade of the SA Air Force’s newly qualified artisans.


SAAF plagued by ill-discipline

The SAAF has acknowledged that there is \"rampant ill-discipline among members of the SAAF at most of the bases.\"


Helicopter pilot takes over hot seat

Come October a helicopter pilot will move into the hot seat as SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief.


Mapisa-Nqakula replaces Sisulu as defence minister

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, formerly the Minister of Correctional Services, has been appointed as the new Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, replacing Lindiwe Sisulu.


Ysterplaat Honours the Fallen

AFB Ysterplaat held its annual Air Force Memorial Service today in which the airforce recalls the memory of thousands of its members who gave their lives in service for their country in times of war and in times of peace.

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