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Security and Africa Studies

​​​​​​​​​Focus of School for Security and Africa Studies:


  • ​The School for Security and Africa Studies (SAS) is a core component of the Faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University and is pivotal to crafting the future South African military leadership. The school consists of three departments in support of interdisciplinary learning and research, namely the Department of Strategic Studies, the Department of Military History, and the Department of Political Science. The educational programmes of SAS are provided to both residential and non-residential students using face-to-face and Telematic Education (TE) respectively. Specialisation is achieved with a selection of post-graduate programmes. Research, a critical component of life-long learning, is strongly promoted among the SAS staff and students.


    Morabaraba and SAS:

    Popularised by South African youth, Morabaraba is a gameboard where pieces (also known as cows) are moved from intersection to intersection to marked lines. Through Morabaraba, critical life skills such as analysis and situational awareness are transferred between players. Players learn to learn-by-doing, act after planning, and realise that decisions are best if based on analysis.

    Just like Morabaraba, the unique role of SAS is to be found at the intersections of the three academic departments. In Morabaraba, the primary goal is to achieve the alignment of three pieces at each intersection. SAS strives to achieve interdisciplinary alignment to unlock learning and research synergy amongst the three core military disciplines within the school.


    SAS Programmes:

    The School's nine programmes, as contained in Stellenbosch University's Calendar Part 13, are as follows:

    • BMil in Security and Africa Studies.
    • BMil in Defence Intelligence Studies.
    • BMilHons in Military History.
    • BMilHons in Military Strategy.
    • BMilHons in Security and Africa Studies.
    • MMil in Military History.
    • MMil in Military Strategy.
    • MMil in Security and Africa Studies.
    • MPhil in Security Management.​