The SA National Defence Force has officially been deployed domestically from September 14 until next year in Marikana "and other areas of the country where needed", the Presidency said in a statement on Thursday.
The Presidency said in a short statement that the soldiers would be deployed to support the police "in the prevention and combating of crime as well as the maintenance of law and order in the Marikana area, North West province and other areas around the country where needed."
The statement did not detail where the other areas may be.
The deployment will last from September 14 until January 31, 2013.
"The extended period will see the SANDF soldiers supporting the police during the festive season period around the country, as they did last year, 2011," the statement read.