Share your views and stand a chance to win a 12 month subscription.
Take survey here

If you’re looking for a bleak tale of the true state of our air force — the second-oldest after the Royal Air Force — consider the debacle that played out recently at the Lohathla army base that covers 158,000ha in the Kalahari in the Northern Cape. 

It began with a veld fire at around 10am on October 7, in the nearby iron-ore mining town of Kathu. Thanks to high winds in the area, which typically whip up to around 70km/h, the blaze spread quickly and reached the combat training area by about 2pm. At that point the fire jumped the base’s perimeter fences, destroying equipment and vehicles worth millions of rand, killing six soldiers and resulting in severe burns for three others. ..

Subscribe now to unlock this article.

Support BusinessLIVE’s award-winning journalism for R129 per month (digital access only).

There’s never been a more important time to support independent journalism in SA. Our subscription packages now offer an ad-free experience for readers.

Cancel anytime.

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.