Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure
6 August 2008
Operation Shield has been underway in Bloemfontein since Monday, 4 August 2008. The operation is aimed at testing and sharpening the security forces capabilities in terms of dealing with any airborne / land borne threat during major events. The simulations are specifically aimed at ensuring that the Confederation Cup 2009, 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup and future events are held successfully in a stable and secure environment.
From Monday to Wednesday, we have been busy with establishing an effective Joint Operational Centre, planning, briefings and training. On Thursday and Friday this week, intensive simulations will be held both aerially and on the ground.
The media is cordially invited to a briefing and to witness a simulation to get an idea of the scope of our planning, training and readiness to secure major events.
Date: 7 August 2008
Venue: The Tempe Airfield, South African Police Service Airwing Kenilworth Road, Bloemfontein
The media briefing will take place at Tempe Airbase. The media will then be moved outside to witness one of many spectacular displays of the security forces' competence. These simulations are not practiced in advance. Scenarios are confidentially scripted and "renegades" enact possible threats to which teams made up of experts from various units within the security services must react and neutralise.
It is imperative to RSVP as security around the airbase is strict during this exercise.
Kindly RSVP by SMS to:
Cell: 082 567 4153 or 082 466 7396
Enquiries: Vishnu Naidoo
Cell: 082 567 4153
Issued by: South African Police Service
6 August 2008