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Combat readiness the main priority for new SAAF Chief Mbambo

Making sure the South African Air Force (SAAF) is combat ready is the main priority for new Chief, Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo.


Mbambo is fifth SAAF Chief since 1994

When he takes up the post of SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief on 1 June, Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo becomes the fifth commander of the airborne service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) since its establishment on 27 April 1994.


New SAAF Chief appointed

Maj Gen Wiseman Mbambo has been appointed as Chief of the SAAF and promoted to Lt Gen wef 1 June 2021.


Pilots mourn ex-SAAF colleagues killed in Swartkop air crash

The death of two highly experienced former SA Air Force fighter pilots in a light aircraft crash at Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria on Wednesday has left the country's close-knit aviation fraternity reeling.


Joint publication planned to commemorate SAAF 100 and SAAFA 75

The underwhelming efforts of the SA Air Force (SAAF) to mark its centenary appropriately last year – aided and abetted to a large extent by an unforeseen pandemic and national state of disaster – will partially be offset by a SAAF Association (SAAFA) proj


MSD now on hold until 2024

Don't bother applying for next year's military skills development (MSD) intake – it's not going to happen.


Long delay in 2020 SAAF pupil pilots course caused by COVID-19

The "blame", if it can be called that, for the delay in pupil pilots at Central Flying School not finishing their courses last year is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


No December wings parade at AFB Langebaanweg

The SA Air Force (SAAF) presented a pilot's course last year but those who made it will not be able to say they earned their wings in the year the air force marked its centenary.


No MSD intake for 2021

The ongoing havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the associated national state of disaster has reached as far as the SA National Defence Force's major recruiting effort with no Military Skills Development (MSD) intake for 2021.


SAAF chief bows out

Lieutenant General Fabian Zimpande Msimang has officially retired as the Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), with a parade and flypast held at Air Force Base Swartkop on Wednesday afternoon to mark the end of his eight years in office as the...


South African Air Force commissions Cuban graduates

Chief of the SA Air Force, Lieutenant General Zimpande Msimang, bestowed commissions on South African Air Force (SAAF) candidate officers who completed various courses in Cuba at the Air Force College in Pretoria on Friday


Ysterplaat celebrates Heritage Day

South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on September 24 each year, a day in which the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa is commemorated.


Airforce Chief Salutes Local Aircraft Maintainers

Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), Lt Gen Zimpande Msimang, has celebrated his 60th birthday by expressing his appreciation and support to the men and women who keep the airforce's aircraft flying.


Two more Gripen pilots for the SAAF

The South African Air Force (SAAF) is getting two more pilots for its Gripen fighters, including the first South African-born Indian Gripen pilot.


Newly minted SAAF pilots get their wings

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has 12 new pilots in its ranks, after a Wings Parade at Air Force Base Langebaanweg in the Western Cape last week.


SAAF graduates 44 new maintenance technicians

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has graduated 44 new artisans, who will help address the skills shortage facing the airborne arm of service.


19 Squadron Oryx pilot nominated for top UN peacekeeping medal

The phrases "remarkable courage" and "extraordinary threat" written by no less a person than the UN Secretary-General do not affect the man they were written for. Just the opposite, he was doing his job and that it meant coming under enemy fire was part o


Former SAAF Chief Denis Earp dies

A former chief of the SA Air Force (SAAF), retired Lieutenant General Denis Earp, died in 1 Military Hospital on Sunday night hours after attending two memorial services.


ThoroughTec delivering more simulators to the SANDF

South African simulation house ThoroughTec Simulation is delivering simulators to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as part of several broader equipment acquisition programmes. These include Tactical Crew Training Simulators forthe Army's B


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.

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