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South Africa sets 5 years to stem military decline

A South African National Defence Force armoured vehicle enters a section of the restive Bekkersdal township on May 6, 2014Continental military power South Africa committed Wednesday to save its armed forces from meltdown within five years, amid budget constraints and increasing involvement in peacekeeping missions around Africa. A review earlier this year found the South African Defence Force (SANDF) was in a “critical state of decline” after two decades of underfunding. “Although the SANDF is still able to maintain operational presence, if we do not start now, the decline will get worse,” she told parliament in her budget speech. “Our mandate in the next five years is to act fast to restore the minimum capabilities required to safeguard South Africa, protect its maritime resources and trade routes, conduct peace missions and humanitarian interventions,” said Mapisa-Nqakula.

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