By Sgt Thabang Bapela and photos by WO2 Christo Crous
A six men entourage from Air Force Zimbabwe (AFZ) led by
their Commander, Air Marshall P. Shiri, visited the South
African Air Force Headquarters (SAAF HQ) in Tshwane on 8
Speaking to the Zimbabwean delegation, Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano,
Chief of the South African Air Force (CAF), spoke about the
mandate of the SAAF. He reiterated that it provided and
managed the air defence of the Department of Defence (DoD).
Furthermore, he noted that, it ensured that they supported
any department of state, for purposes of socio-economic
mobilization, upholding of law and order in co-operation
with the South African Police Services (SAPS), preservation
of life, health, property and maintenance of essential
Additionally, the visit was designed to strengthen the
relationship between the two countries. And, a discussion on
how the two southern African nations can join in
multinational deployments and exercises, connectivity,
interoperability, flying and parachute training and air
defence were held.
The visit was within the realm of the African Union (AU)
principles of partnership for African development and
security. The delegation afterwards visited AFB Bloemspruit,
44 Parachute Regiment and AFB Langebaanweg.