saafTimesLive reports that the SA military might soon struggle to fly troops and weapons to war and disaster zones using its own aircraft because a skills and maintenance crisis threatens to ground the entire transport fleet.  

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) relies on its ageing air force fleet of nine Lockheed C130s for transport.  A maintenance meltdown has left seven C130s grounded as the air force investigates two worrying mishaps at Waterkloof Air Force Base over the past two months.  The two C130s still flying are expected to reach their scheduled maintenance break by year end, with no planes available to replace them.  Four refurbished C130 engines have been gathering dust for months because air force technicians don't consider themselves qualified to fit them to the aircraft.  SA Air Force (SAAF) chief Lieutenant-General Fabian Msimang disputed there was a maintenance skills crisis.


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