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Expeditionary Logistics and Southern African Operations: What Next for the South African Military?

14 February 2024

(10:00-16:00 GMT+2) 

​Lunch break 12:00-13:00


This seminar will focus on the topic of both strategic and operational logistics and its influence on future regional African deployments. The speakers will show that the South African military must pay close attention particularly to lessons learnt for logistics emerging from the Russo-Ukrainian war. In the case of South Africa a re-examination of current supply and replenishment systems may also be required, including an evaluation of the role and functionality of commercial logistic contracting solutions. Lastly, a current 'best practice' model of expeditionary logistics will be proposed with the intention of provoking debate in South African military logistic circles.


Ronald Ti (King's College London) : Logistic lessons from ​​Ukraine

Evert Jordaan & Abel Esterhuyse (Stellenbosch University) : South African operational logistics

Roy Marais (RCM​ Strategic Sustainment Consulting) : A bottom-up view of logistics in the SA military

Eeben Barlow (Executive Outcomes) : Learning from the private military domain

Thomas Dur​ell-Young (US Naval Postgraduate School) ​: Why defence planning doesn't '​work'

Speaker Bios Here

Abstracts Here

Programme: Here​​

Presentations:   Ron Ti - ​  A Esterhuyse & E Jordaan  - Eeben Barlow -  Roy Marais -​  Thomas Young

Registration Link (opens 3 Jan 24): Here

MS TEAMS link: Here​​​

SIGLA Brief on expeditionary logistics: Here

Webinar video: Here

Enquiries: ​

Prof Abel Esterhuyse: Email 

Prof Francois Vreÿ:​ Email

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