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A soldier salutes during a recent Armed Forces Day parade in South Africa attended by President Cyril Ramaphosa. GCIS/Flickr

South Africa’s military is set for personnel reforms. Why it matters

The declining defence budget has eroded the operating and capital expenditure of the military, leaving insufficient funds for the replacement of equipment, maintenance, and infrastructure.
South African National Defence Force soldiers help to unload maize for flood victims in. Mozambique. Reuters

Why South Africa’s plans to militarise humanitarian work are misguided

The South African military’s capabilities for socio-economic development are questionable, even in its own country. The force is in critical decline, but is expected to aid humanitarian efforts.

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