South African National Defence Force
|South African National Defence Force
|Current form||1994 - present|
|Service branches||South African Army
South African Navy
South African Air Force
Military Health Service
|Headquarters||Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Minister of Defence and Military Veterans||Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula|
|Chief of the South African National Defence Force||General Solly Shoke|
|10,354,769 males, age 18-49 (2005),
10,626,550 females, age 18-49 (2005)
|4,927,757 males, age 18-49 (2005),
4,609,071 females, age 18-49 (2005)
|512,407 males (2005),
506,078 females (2005)
|Budget||$US 4.572 billion|
|Percent of GDP||1.1% (2010-2011)|
|Domestic suppliers||Denel, Paramount Group, Reutech Radar Systems|
|Foreign suppliers||AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, Heckler & Koch, IVECO, MAN, Saab AB, Thales, ThyssenKrupp|
|History||Military history of South Africa
List of wars involving South Africa
|Ranks||South African military ranks|
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) comprises the armed forces of South Africa. The commander of the SANDF is appointed by the President of South Africa from one of the armed services. They are in turn accountable to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of the Defence Department.
The military as it exists today was created in 1994, following South Africa's first post-apartheid national elections and the adoption of a new constitution. It replaced the South African Defence Force.
The SANDF took over the personnel and equipment from the SADF and integrated forces from the former Bantustan homelands forces, as well as personnel from the former guerrilla forces of some of the political parties involved in South Africa, such as the African National Congress's Umkhonto we Sizwe, the Pan Africanist Congress's Azanian People's Liberation Army and the Self-Protection Units of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).
As of 2004, the integration process was considered complete, with retaining personnel, structure, and equipment from the SADF. However, due to integration problems, financial constraints, and other issues, the SANDF faced capability constraints.'
The South African Commando System was a civil militia active until 2008, based upon local units from the size of company to battalion. In its final years its role was to support the South African Police Service during internal operations. During such deployments the units came under SAPS control.
According to the Defence Ministry's 2014 Defence Review, the SANDF is "in a critical state of decline".
In 1999, a R30 billion (US$4.8 billion) purchase of weaponry by the South African Government was finalised, which has been subject to allegations of corruption. The South African Department of Defence's Strategic Defence Acquisition purchased frigates, submarines, light utility helicopters, lead-in fighter trainer and multirole combat aircraft.
The SANDF is involved in a number of internal operations, including:
- Safeguarding the Border (Operation CORONA)
- Disaster relief and assistance (Operation CHARIOT)
- Safety and security (Operation PROSPER)
The SANDF partakes in UN peacekeeping missions, mostly on the African continent. It also provides election security when needed.
Organisation and structure
Overall command is vested in an officer-designated Chief of the SANDF (CSANDF). Appointed from any of the Arms of Service and the only person in the SANDF at the rank of General or Admiral, he is accountable to the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, who heads the Department of Defence
The structure of the SANDF is depicted below:
Four armed services make up the forces of the SANDF:
The Joint Operations Division is responsible for co-ordinating all Joint Operations involving any or all of the four services. The South African Special Forces Brigade is a separate special forces unit under the direct command of the Joint Operations division.
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