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AFB Waterkloof passenger terminal.

Airbase of the South African Air Force.

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Pretoria

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One of South Africa's three capital cities, serving as the seat of the executive branch of government, and as the host to all foreign embassies to South Africa.

One of South Africa's three capital cities, serving as the seat of the executive branch of government, and as the host to all foreign embassies to South Africa.

Statue of Andries Pretorius (27 November 1798 – 23 July 1853), Pretoria's eponym
The Union Buildings, seat of South Africa's government
The city is surrounded by the Magaliesberg range
Population density in and around Pretoria
Geographical distribution of home languages in Pretoria
The Central Business District
A street lined with jacarandas in Pretoria, with the Union Buildings atop Meintjieskop in the background
Street signs in Pretoria
Gautrain
The Blue Train
The Voortrekker Monument
The Transvaal Museum
Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Paul Kruger's Church Building in the City
Ooskerk building in Pretoria
Pretoria civic coat of arms (1907)
The Muckleneuk Campus of UNISA.
Old Arts Building (Ou Lettere Gebou) of the University of Pretoria.
Tshwane University of Technology.
A statue commemorating all South African Defence Force personnel who had lost their lives in service of the Republic of South Africa in Fort Klapperkop, Pretoria
The South African Army College in Pretoria
Statue of Paul Kruger on Church Square, Pretoria
The Eastern Wing of the Union Buildings
Old Council Chambers, or Ou Raadsaal
Fort Klapperkop
Neomodern architecture in Pretoria
The Palace of Justice
Freedom Park's amphitheatre
African Window
Paul Kruger's House
Melrose House

There are two military air bases to the south of the city, Swartkop and Waterkloof.

Emblem of the South African Air Force

South African Air Force

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Air warfare branch of South African National Defence Force, with its headquarters in Pretoria.

Air warfare branch of South African National Defence Force, with its headquarters in Pretoria.

Emblem of the South African Air Force
de Havilland/Airco DH.9: 49 of these aircraft were donated to South Africa as part of the Imperial Gift
A Hawker Hart, one of the earliest bombers for South Africa
Lt. Robin Pare (left), squadron commander Major John "Jack" Frost (centre), who was the highest scoring ace in the SAAF during the Second World War, and Capt. Andrew Duncan (right) of 5 Squadron SAAF March/April 1942
Supermarine Spitfire pilots of 40 Squadron, South African Air Force, at Gabes in Tunisia, April 1943
A Bristol Beaufighter, in Italy August 1944.
Supermarine Spitfire Mark VCs of 2 Squadron SAAF based at Palata, Italy
On 6 September 1944 16th SAAF Squadron bombed, among other places, Zenica bridge "Pehare", during Balkans campaign led from Italy
2 Squadron F51 Mustangs in Korea
SAAF Harvard trainer
A de-commissioned Mirage F1CZ, on display at Stellenbosch University
SAAF Cheetah D fighter
The Hilda Missile System as it was used by the 250 Air Defence Artillery Group
Silver Falcons aerobatic team use Pilatus trainers
A pair of Hawk 120s conduct a security simulation over Swartkop in preparation for the 2010 World Cup
SAAF C130 BZ Hercules of 28 Squadron
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South African Air Force Security Squadrons
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South African Air Force Command and Control Units
South African Air Force Training Units
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A SAAF-Gripen
The Rooivalk attack helicopter
A Boeing 737 at Johannesburg International
The South African Air Force Memorial
SAAF environmental services
A SAAF C-130 Hercules

Two Gripens were also tasked with escorting a C-130BZ aircraft, which was carrying President Mandela's body from Air Force Base Waterkloof to the Mthatha Airport.

Air Force Museum entrance featuring the welcome sign and air traffic control tower

Air Force Base Swartkop

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South Africa's oldest air force base and houses the South African Air Force Museum.

South Africa's oldest air force base and houses the South African Air Force Museum.

Air Force Museum entrance featuring the welcome sign and air traffic control tower
The SAAF Memorial at Swartkop, Pretoria
A SAAF Mirage F1 on static display as part of the South African Air Force Museum.
Cheetah C at the South African Air Force Museum.
SAAF North American Mustang at the South African Air Force Museum.
SAAF Blackburn Buccaneer on static display with munition loadout and its Blue Parrot radar system as part of the South African Air Force Museum.

It is managed as part of AFB Waterkloof and houses one of the three branches of the South African Air Force Museum.

Centurion, Gauteng

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Area with 236,580 inhabitants (2011 census) in the Gauteng Province of South Africa, between Pretoria and Midrand (Johannesburg).

Area with 236,580 inhabitants (2011 census) in the Gauteng Province of South Africa, between Pretoria and Midrand (Johannesburg).

Photograph of the Irene concentration camp
SuperSport Park, Centurion

The Waterkloof Air Force Base, as well as the Swartkop Air Force Base (which includes the South African Air Force Museum), are in Centurion.

Aermacchi AM3 Bosbok as previously flown by 41 Sqn

41 Squadron SAAF

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Light transport squadron of the South African Air Force.

Light transport squadron of the South African Air Force.

Aermacchi AM3 Bosbok as previously flown by 41 Sqn
Burning Hartbeest 801 of 41 Sqn SAAF Jijigga East Africa 1941 after attack by Italian aircraft

It was formed in 1940, it is currently based at AFB Waterkloof.

Dassault Falcon 900A

21 Squadron SAAF

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Squadron of the South African Air Force.

Squadron of the South African Air Force.

Dassault Falcon 900A
Boeing 737 BBJ "Inkwazi" at Zurich-Kloten Airport in Switzerland
21 Squadron Hawker Siddeley HS-125

In 1985 the squadron moved to AFB Waterkloof.

Retired 60 Squadron Boeing 707 tail number 1419

60 Squadron SAAF

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Squadron of the South African Air Force.

Squadron of the South African Air Force.

Retired 60 Squadron Boeing 707 tail number 1419
60 Sqn Mosquito PR-16 reconnaissance aircraft 1943

While it was based for a long period at AFB Waterkloof, Pretoria, due to ongoing runway and taxiway repairs at that base, the squadron operated temporarily for a period out of Johannesburg International Airport.

Zuma in 2017

Jacob Zuma

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South African politician who served as the fourth president of South Africa from 2009 to 2018.

South African politician who served as the fourth president of South Africa from 2009 to 2018.

Zuma in 2017
Zuma with the Indian Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in Johannesburg, 2004
Under Bulelani Ngcuka, the NPA opened its investigation into Zuma.
A crowd of supporters and the curious outside the Johannesburg High Court during the rape trial
Zuma in June 2008
A Cape Town news vendor displays the headline "Zuma Dawn" on 10 May 2009.
Zuma at the World Economic Forum on Africa, June 2009
Zuma (centre) on a tour of Green Point Stadium in June 2009, in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Zuma greets Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015.
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BRICS leaders at the fifth BRICS summit, held in Durban in 2013
Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the 2009 G20 summit
BRICS leaders at the 2014 G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia
Zuma and his third wife, Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, during a state visit to the Iranian city of Isfahan in 2016
A jumbotron shows Zuma entering Mandela's memorial on 10 December 2013.
A 2014 billboard in Cape Town responds to Zuma's election promise to create 6 million jobs.
Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal
Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in South Africa in 2016
Two EFF members carry a placard depicting Atul Gupta at a Zuma Must Fall protest in Cape Town, April 2017.
COSATU organised a protest against state capture in Cape Town on 27 September 2017.
Insulting posters at the Zuma Must Fall protest in Cape Town, 7 April 2017
A 360° photograph of the protests in front of the Houses of Parliament
Zuma with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in March 2017
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Zuma's third day of testimony to the Zondo Commission, 17 July 2019
Zuma clashed with the Zondo Commission chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Zuma's trademark laugh, 2009
Zuma embraces South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in 2011.
Zuma in 2009
Zuma and his third wife Thobeka Madiba-Zuma with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in London, 2010
Zuma and his second wife Nompumelelo Ntuli with Indian President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi, 2012

His plane left from Waterkloof Air Force Base, presumably with the government's knowledge and reportedly with Zuma's explicit approval.