Media Release

07 November 2015

The African Union moves closer to realising the African Standby Force

The African Union is conducting a Field Training Exercise which begun on 19 October 2015 as part of the AMANI AFRICA II exercise cycle, which aims to develop the African Standby Force (ASF) and ensure it reaches its full operational capability by the end of the year. (AMANI is the Kiswahili word for peace). This simulated exercise will play a significant role in evaluating the readiness of the African Standby Force to respond swiftly to conflicts.

When the ASF is finally operational, it will consist of standby arrangements within Africa’s five sub-regions, composed of multidimensional capabilities, including military, police and civilian components, on standby in their countries of origin and ready for rapid deployment. The climax of the Field Training Exercise is a Distinguished Visitors’ and Closing Day Ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 08 November 2015.

His Excellency President Jacob Zuma is expected to attend the event and make a statement, joined by several other African Heads of State and Government, including the Chairperson of the African Union, His Excellency President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

The ceremony is scheduled as follows:

Date: 08 November 2015

Time: 09:00 -- 15:30

Venue: SA Army Combat Training Centre, Lohatla (Northern Cape Province)


Captain (SAN) Jaco Theunissen
Military Public Information Officer for AMANI AFRICA II
Mobile: +27 (0)83 633 3179

Mr. Marsden Momanyi
Senior Communications Officer
Mobile: +27 (0)72 822 9175
Email: or

Enquiries: Clayson Monyela, 0828845974

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