Operation Green Point, a joint exercise between the South
African Police Service, the SANDF and other agencies and
Government departments - such as the Civil Aviation
Authority and the Air Traffic and Navigation Services of the
Department of Transport - will take place around Green Point
Stadium in Cape Town between 13 and 19 March 2008.
During this exercise – aimed at honing our skills in
securing the aviation sector during major events – some of
the most elite and well-trained members within the security
forces will simulate various scenarios and enact certain
aspects of our emergency contingency plans in order to
neutralize any form of aerial threat.
This operation is considered to be an excellent training
opportunity for the security personnel to be deployed during
the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, which is just 15 months
The security of the aviation sector during a major event –
for example the airspace above and around a stadium during
the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup – is of paramount importance.
During the simulations and exercises between 13 and 19 March
in Cape Town, any threat in the air – whether simulated or
real - within 50 nautical miles of Cape Town International
Airport - will be identified, intercepted and - if necessary
- interrogated. The air interceptions will be controlled
from the ground by mission controllers from the South
African Air Force and executed in the air by pilots and
aircraft from the Air Force and the SAPS Air Wing. Once
intercepted, aircraft will be forced down on identified
airfields where South African Police Service members will be
The SANDF will deploy various categories of personnel from
the Air Force, Army and Navy and the Provincial and Local
Disaster Management coordination structures will also
It must be stressed that the exercise is designed to have
minimum impact on most normal flying activities within the
mandate of a safe and secure airspace around the Green Point
Stadium. Every effort will be made to accommodate the flying
community of the Western Cape within these restrictions.
Flying safety and professional operations are of the highest
priority to the security forces.
Operation Green Point is an essential exercise to allow our
security forces to merge their expertise to ensure that each
and every South African can be proud of their country and
their security forces during any major event, but
particularly during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. We all
united as a nation to hope and pray that South Africa would
win this bid and now – as the event rapidly approaches - we
must stand firmly behind those responsible for organizing,
hosting and securing the event.
The exercise in the Western Cape will be at its most intense
between 16 and 18 March 2008. Although this might cause
slight inconvenience to some individuals, it will provide an
aerial spectacle for many Capetonians at the same time!
Similar exercises will be staged in other host cities over
the next several months.
The SAAF are proudly South African, ready for 2010 and
looking forward to it!