South African Defence News
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is the military organization responsible for the defense of South Africa. It was established in 1994 following the end of apartheid and the formation of a democratic government. The SANDF replaced the previous separate military forces, namely the South African Defence Force (SADF), the Bantustan defense forces, and Umkhonto we Sizwe (the armed wing of the African National Congress).
The SANDF is composed of four main branches:
South African Army: This branch is responsible for ground warfare and defense operations. It includes various infantry, armored, artillery, and support units.
South African Air Force: It is responsible for aerial operations and defense. The Air Force operates a range of aircraft, including fighter jets, transport planes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
South African Navy: The Navy is responsible for maritime defense and operates a fleet of ships and submarines. It plays a crucial role in protecting South Africa's coastal areas and interests.
South African Military Health Service: This branch provides medical support to the SANDF and includes medical professionals and support staff.
The SANDF's primary mandate is to protect South Africa's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and national interests. It also participates in peacekeeping missions and humanitarian operations both within South Africa and internationally. The SANDF has been involved in various peacekeeping efforts under the auspices of the United Nations and the African Union.
The SANDF is led by a Chief of the South African National Defence Force (CSANDF), who reports to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. The organization is guided by civilian control and operates within the framework of the South African Constitution.