eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has a look at some of the equipment that is used by the South African Army on the first day of a three-day conference.

Durban - South Africa’s top army commanders began a three day conference to discuss issues that have been affecting them the most.

The meeting which is being held in Durban has more than 150 commanders from around the country.

Brigadier-General Freeman Moni said the conference was held twice a year. He said the biannual conference was held in Ermelo in Mpumalanga province earlier this year.

The conference which is called the SA Army Command Cadres gives various commanders the opportunity to talk to the army chief who is not always able to go to all of them around the country, he said.

“We have the issue of budget cuts that have affected us because of a lack of resources,” Moni said.

He said they were looking at coordinating efforts to deal with these cuts and still be able to carry out their duties. From the discussions, a report would be sent to the chief of the South African army, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam.

Budget cuts are part of a larger problem that affects not only the army, but the South African National Defence Force as a whole.

The Daily News reported in August that the SANDF has to patrol hundreds of kilometres of South Africa’s borders on a shoestring budget and have to combat car theft syndicates who use the borders to take hijacked cars to Mozambique where they are sold.

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