Operation Pyramid launchedArticle and photos by Lufuno Netshirembe
Borderline safeguarding is one of the fundamental constitutional duties of the SANDF, over the years that it operated in the borderline environment the SANDF has performed exceptionally and in the process scored significant victories with regard to the apprehension of irregular migrants, weapons, stock and vehicles recovery, as well as criminals arrested and contraband.
On 19 June 2015, the Department of Home Affairs in conjunction with the Department Defence/SANDF and South African Police Services (SAPS) launched Operation Pyramid at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga. Operation Pyramid is a precursor to the establishment of a Border Management Agency (BMA).
This inter-departmental project seeks to have stricter but not xenophobic management of the cross-border movement of people and goods and clamping down on illegal activities. In that regard Ops Pyramid is accordingly clear that immigrants are welcome in South Africa.
The launch of Operation Pyramid announces the start of an on-going operational initiative in the borderline environment that seeks to improve the overall coordination and cooperation between government and civil society partnership to secure our country’s land, air and maritime borderline.