The South African Defense Forces are setting up a new brigade called "modern brigade" that will be responsible for rapid reaction to threats as well as training and preparation tools. The SA Army top brass agree last year that SADF needed a new brigade that will fulfill the objective of maintaining a conventional capability and satisfying course support requirements.
Currently, South Africa has two brigades that are tasked with rapid deployment responsibilities thus 46 in Johannesburg’s Kensington and 43 SA Brigade at Wallmannsthal. But either of these brigades has enough capabilities or the personnel to meet the modern missions.
The weakness was exposed in the July riots when the president deployed the SANDF to restore order in Gauteng and KZN but reports said that in some areas the soldiers took three days to arrive. When they were on the mission we saw the issue of food allowance and sufficient equipment being raised by the like of the EFF leaders Julius Malema.
To eliminate this problem a modern brigade that will see a combat-ready operational capability with centralized prime mission equipment and vehicles will be established at CTC in Northern Cape.
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