SA to host a multi-national military training exercise

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pretoria - The Department of Defence and Military Veterans will be hosting Exercise Golfinho, a multi-national military training exercise involving more than ten Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

Exercise Golfinho will take place from 1 to 29 September at the South African Army Combat Training Centre at Lohatlha in the Northern Cape. The event will be co-hosted by Namibia.

The event is aimed at exercising the readiness of its forces in accordance with the African Union roadmap towards establishing the SADC Brigade.

It is also aimed at testing the SADC Brigade's capability to handle conflict situations in line with the evolving international peace keeping framework.

Briefing the media on the forthcoming event, Rear Admiral Philip Schoultz said about 5 000 personnel from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would be participating in the exercise.

"The SANDF and the participating countries will demonstrate commitment to participation in regional peace support training," said Admiral Schoultz, adding that all spheres of the defence force will be participating.

During the exercise, some of the recently acquired land, sea and air force military equipments will be used.

According to Schoultz, the need for Exercise Golfinho was identified at a SADC Interstate Defence and Security Committee meeting in Angola in February last year