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Feature: Challenges and successes define SANDF border operations

by Guy Martin, 16 Nov, 11:20 AM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has said it would be pure chaos on South Africa’s borders if it was not there to patrol them, and regularly seizes contraband, stolen vehicles and undocumented persons, but cautions that more money is required to ensure totally safe borders.
SANDF and the 2019 general election

by defenceWeb, 16 Nov, 09:46 AM

While a date a not yet been announced for next year’s general election, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is ready to assist in ensuring public order is maintained.
Navy salvaging sunken tug

by defenceWeb, 16 Nov, 09:42 AM

The Navy’s going it alone and will salvage the sunken tug De Mist using own resources.

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by Reuters, 15 Nov, 11:14 AM

Nearly two decades after securing initial rights, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné was in Luanda to snip the ribbon on a $16 billion oil project. It’s not clear when he, or his peers, will be cracking open the bubbly in Angola again.

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Nigerian oil corporation probe

by Reuters, 15 Nov, 11:10 AM

A probe by the Nigerian Senate into whether state oil firm NNPC improperly withdrew money expanded with the amount under investigation doubling to over $2.2 billion, a committee said.

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Danakali, other miners, welcome Eritrean sanctions lifting

by Reuters, 15 Nov, 11:03 AM

Danakali and other miners said a UN decision to lift sanctions on Eritrea should enhance international trade opportunities and give an economic boost, although widespread wariness about investing in mining was likely to linger.

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India training Mozambican sailors as part of vessel donation

by defenceWeb, 9 Nov, 10:58 AM

The Indian Coast Guard is training Mozambican Navy sailors on the operation of interceptor boats that India is donating to the southern African nation.

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ISS: Ten years on, is Somali piracy still a threat?

by ISS Africa, 7 Nov, 11:43 AM

On 6 November the United Nations (UN) Security Council renewed the authorisation for international naval forces to carry out anti-piracy measures off Somalia’s coast. It is now 10 years since the first resolution was passed in 2008 to respond to piracy and robbery...

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Libya receives Italian patrol boat

by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 10:21 AM

Italy has delivered a 27 metre patrol boat to the Libyan Coast Guard to strengthen its border patrol and illegal trafficking capabilities.

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15 Squadron integral part of rescue technician training

by defenceWeb, 11 Nov, 08:42 AM

The only SA Air Force (SAAF) helicopter squadron on the east coast – 15 in Durban – recently provided airborne platforms for professional rescue technicians to fine-tune their skills.

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Equatorial Guinea receives two Mi-172 helicopters

by defenceWeb, 9 Nov, 10:01 AM

Russian Helicopters has delivered two Mi-172 helicopters to the government of Equatorial Guinea, with one in VIP configuration and the other fitted out for passenger transport.

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Ultimate Heli deploys Bell 412s to South Sudan

by defenceWeb, 30 Oct, 11:09 AM

South Africa-based Ultimate Heli, part of the Ultimate Aviation group, has deployed two Bell 412EP helicopters to South Sudan to provide humanitarian support to the country.

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MiG crashes in Egypt

by Reuters, 5 Nov, 10:50 AM

A Russian-made MiG-29 fighter plane crashed during a training flight in Egypt Russia’s state-controlled United Aircraft Corporation was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.

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Egypt to upgrade F-16 engines

by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 10:16 AM

General Electric Aviation has been awarded a $275 million contract to upgrade the engines of Egypt’s F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet.

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Nigerian JF-17 contract moving forward

by defenceWeb, 30 Oct, 10:21 AM

Pakistan has provided an $184 million government guarantee to cover production of JF-17 Thunder fighter jets for the Nigerian Air Force as the Nigerian government continues to fund the type.

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SANDF and the 2019 general election

by defenceWeb, 16 Nov, 09:46 AM

While a date a not yet been announced for next year’s general election, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is ready to assist in ensuring public order is maintained.

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Navy salvaging sunken tug

by defenceWeb, 16 Nov, 09:42 AM

The Navy’s going it alone and will salvage the sunken tug De Mist using own resources.

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Reserve Force achievements

by defenceWeb, 14 Nov, 09:54 AM

2018 was the year the Reserve Force pushed for – and achieved - implementation of an updated service system for South Africa’s part-time soldiers, an integral component of the SA National Defence Force’s “one force” concept.

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Ship’s diver course for Libyan Navy and Coastguard underway in Croatia

by defenceWeb, 15 Nov, 11:21 AM

A new training module managed by Operation Sophia and focused on ship’s divers basic is underway at the Croatian Navy Training Centre in Split.

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National status on the way for Navy Hydrographer

by defenceWeb, 14 Nov, 06:52 AM

The SA Navy Hydrographic Office has been operational for more than 60 years supporting safe navigation at sea in the South Africa region. Recognition of the important work it does comes in the form of the Hydrographic Bill.

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Damen to present leasing fund for African shipowners

by defenceWeb, 8 Nov, 11:05 AM

Damen will present its new vessel leasing fund, which is specifically designed for African shipowners, at the first Damen Fishing Seminar being held in Cape Town on 22 November.

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Zimbabwe election violence inquiry

by Reuters, 16 Nov, 11:17 AM

Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said he would only testify before an inquiry into post-election violence that killed six people in August if President Emmerson Mnangagwa did the same.

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Parliamentary committee calls for land reform law change

by Reuters, 16 Nov, 11:10 AM

A South African parliamentary team recommended a constitutional amendment to make it possible for the state to expropriate land without compensation in the public interest.

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Investors unnerved by South African land expropriation plans

by Reuters, 15 Nov, 11:18 AM

Plans by South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) to change the constitution to allow expropriation of land without compensation unnerved investors, a senior World Bank group executive said.

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Report claims IS funding for DR Congo rebel group

by Reuters, 16 Nov, 11:20 AM

An Islamist rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo received money from a financier linked to Islamic State, suggesting tentative ties between the Congo insurgents and other jihadists in Africa and beyond, a report said.

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Former top Ethiopian intelligence boss arrested

by Reuters, 15 Nov, 11:16 AM

Ethiopia’s former deputy intelligence chief was arrested, Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said, the latest move targeting security officials for human rights abuses and corruption.

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Further security arrests in Ethiopia

by Reuters, 14 Nov, 11:14 AM

Ethiopia arrested the former head of a military-run industrial conglomerate and flew him in handcuffs to the capital, state media reported, a day after authorities announced investigations targeting senior members of the security forces.

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SAPS urged to strengthen policing in rural areas

by SANews, 16 Nov, 12:08 PM

The South African Police Service (SAPS) must focus on strengthening the leadership at rural police stations if it’s Rural Safety Strategy is to be effective, says Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police.

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Strong leadership needed at rural police stations

by defenceWeb, 15 Nov, 11:24 AM

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police wants the SA Police Service (SAPS) to focus on strengthening leadership at rural police stations if the rural safety strategy is to be effective.

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Cash runs out in Khartoum

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:33 AM

Many cash machines in the Sudanese capital ran out of banknotes as government scrambles to prevent economic collapse with a sharp devaluation and emergency austerity measures.

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Fake drugs kill thousands in Africa annually

by Reuters, 16 Nov, 11:12 AM

When Moustapha Dieng came down with stomach pains he did the sensible thing and went to a doctor in his hometown Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital.

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak to last another six months

by Reuters, 14 Nov, 11:17 AM

The Ebola outbreak in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has already killed more than 200 people, is expected to last until mid-2019, the World Health Organisation emergency response chief Peter Salama told reporters.

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School fire in Uganda claims nine lives

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:31 AM

Nine students died after fire engulfed a dormitory at a secondary school in southern Uganda, police said, one of the deadliest in a string of conflagrations at schools across the country in recent years.

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Customs officials confiscate counterfeit goods worth R10m

by SANews, 16 Nov, 12:03 PM

South African Revenue Service (SARS) customs officials have intercepted suspected counterfeit clothing and shoes valued at approximately R10 722 364 in the Western Cape.

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Feature: Challenges and successes define SANDF border operations

by Guy Martin, 16 Nov, 11:20 AM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has said it would be pure chaos on South Africa’s borders if it was not there to patrol them, and regularly seizes contraband, stolen vehicles and undocumented persons, but cautions that more money is required...

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Mountain gorillas off critically endangered list

by Reuters, 16 Nov, 11:15 AM

Central African mountain gorillas came off the ‘critically endangered’ species list this week following a dramatic recovery in numbers over the past decade.

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NY National Guard hosts SANDF to plan engagements

by NY NG, 16 Nov, 12:19 PM

South African National Defense Force and Department of Defense officials locked down plans for joint US-South African military training in 2019 during a three-day meeting between 6 and 8 November at Fort Hamilton in the US.

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ISS: South Africa’s vital role in the future of peacekeeping

by ISS Africa, 16 Nov, 12:10 PM

By 1 January 2019 South Africa will be one of Africa’s three representatives on the UN Security Council. The country can use this opportunity to actively promote more effective peacekeeping responses by the UN, while also repositioning itself as a troop-contributing...

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Concept of Operations for AU to exit Somalia on the table

by defenceWeb, 16 Nov, 11:23 AM

AMISOM, the AU Mission in Somalia, has developed a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) document to guide it over the next three years as the final phase ahead of exit from the east African country.

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Milkor growing grenade launcher customer base

by Guy Martin, 13 Nov, 09:12 AM

Milkor has sold 64 000 grenade launcher systems to 67 countries around the world, and is continuing to grow its customer base while pursuing new developments, including an automatic grenade launcher.

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Imperial Armour receives largest ever order

by Guy Martin, 31 Oct, 10:10 AM

Personal protection equipment company Imperial Armour has received its largest contract in its 18 year history worth some R37.5 million.

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Computer-based training assists the South African Army Engineer Formation

by defenceWeb, 24 Oct, 06:43 AM

During troop deployments outside the borders of South Africa, it is critical for the health and wellbeing of South African forces to have a clean, fresh, and safe source of drinkable water. With this in mind, the SA Army instituted Project Blesbok some time ago....

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Pentagon to cut troops in Africa

by Reuters, 16 Nov, 11:04 AM

The US military will withdraw hundreds of troops focused on counter-terrorism operations in Africa over the next few years to support the Pentagon’s increased focus on countering threats from China and Russia, officials said.

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Turkey signs deal for production of Turkish-designed Altay battle tank

by Reuters, 12 Nov, 12:21 PM

Turkey signed an agreement on Friday with military vehicle producer BMC for the mass production of the Turkish-designed Altay battle tank, part of the country’s efforts to expand its defense industry.

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US arms exports up

by Reuters, 9 Nov, 11:16 AM

US arms sales to foreign governments rose 13% to $192.3 billion (£147.2 billion) in the year ending September 30, the State Department said, a result of looser restrictions on sales coupled with high-level efforts to close deals.

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Home Affairs seeks legal advice to enforce Fireblade court order

by SANews, 7 Nov, 11:38 AM

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says there is no policy framework that can enable the department to formalise an arrangement to enable Fireblade Aviation to have immigration services at the VVIP terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.

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Closing SAA could collapse public finance

by Reuters, 7 Nov, 11:21 AM

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said closing down struggling state-owned South African Airways (SAA) could collapse the country’s public finances as government would have to service its debts immediately.

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SAA must prepare for an equity partner – Public Enterprises Ministry

by Reuters, 6 Nov, 11:01 AM

South Africa’s Ministry of Public Enterprises said struggling state-run South African Airways (SAA) should reduce its cost base and prepare for a strategic equity partner in the near future.

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U.S. ends refueling support in Yemen war as pressure builds on Saudi Arabia

by Reuters, 12 Nov, 12:19 PM

Saudi Arabia and the United States have agreed to end U.S. refueling of aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi insurgents in Yemen, halting a divisive aspect of U.S. support to a war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

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Street battles rage in Yemen's Hodeidah, civilians caught in crossfire

by Reuters, 12 Nov, 11:57 AM

Street battles raged on Sunday in residential areas of Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, forcing medical staff to flee the largest hospital, as Houthi insurgents tried to repel forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

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Dozens killed in Afghanistan fighting as sectarian threat grows

by Reuters, 12 Nov, 11:50 AM

Fifteen Afghan civilians and 10 commandos sent to reinforce Shi’ite militia forces fighting Taliban in the central province of Ghazni were killed on Sunday, officials said, as a days-long battle with threatening ethnic overtones continued.

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South Africa at WW1 centenary commemoration

by SAnews, 9 Nov, 11:27 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is attending the centenary commemoration of Armistice Day in Paris, France.

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War Graves Society fundraiser at Edenvale MOTH Shellhole

by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 09:59 AM

The SA War Graves Society (SAWG) on Saturday hosts another of its regular fundraising efforts with Edenvale’s Dickie Fritz MOTH Shellhole the venue.

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Feature: A pathway to professionalism

by Africa Defense Forum, 11 Oct, 10:26 AM

For African countries, improving the security outlook does not require better weapons or larger defense budgets. Instead, the precarious balance of national stability rests largely on the professionalism of security forces.

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Big Space data will benefit disaster response in Africa

by defenceWeb/UN, 14 Nov, 11:28 AM

Outer space and disaster response experts at a United Nations forum in Bonn, Germany, discussed how “big data” including social media, crowd-sourcing and satellite imaging, can reduce the risk of natural disasters in Africa and support response efforts. ...

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IMT develops underwater beacon detection system

by Guy Martin, 6 Nov, 10:13 AM

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Nammo develops supercavitating ammunition

by Nammo, 15 Oct, 10:37 AM

While traditional ammunition is either stopped or deflected when it hits water, Nammo’s 30 mm Swimmer (APFSDS-T MK 258 Mod 1) swims straight through water, thanks to a groundbreaking design on the supercavitating projectile developed in cooperation with the US...

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Read the DoD annual report

by defenceWeb, 5 Nov, 07:43 AM

With currently no indication when the Department of Defence (DoD) website (www.dod.mil.za) will be up and running again, defenceWeb has decided to publish the latest annual report as a service to readers.

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Speech: Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of AAD 2018

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 05:52 PM

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, 19 September 2018.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at AAD 2018 media breakfast

by defenceWeb, 17 Sep, 09:18 AM

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of the official media breakfast of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) 2018, Waterkloof Air Force Base Hangar 7, Pretoria, 17 September 2018.

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China and South Africa to host first military logistics symposium

by Kabelo Tsogang, 5 Nov, 01:26 PM

A delegation from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Central Military Commission Logistics Support division, steered by its Deputy Chief of Administrative Office, Senior Colonel Huang Dongping, have visited the South African Department of Defence Logistics...

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Project Teamster progressing

by Guy Martin, 5 Nov, 09:37 AM

Desert Wolf has started production of the Mass Field Feeding Capability field kitchens for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and recently concluded operational test and evaluation as part of Project Teamster.

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First independent power project in Mali

by Reuters, 25 Oct, 10:59 AM

Mali’s first independent power project - a 122 million euro ($139.06 million), 90-megawatt diesel plant - will go online next week in the country’s gold-rich south-west, a board member of the operator said.

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Artificial Intelligence is changing the face of Gauteng

by SANews, 5 Nov, 01:14 PM

Often synonymous with Hollywood blockbuster movies and technological developments of a distant future, drones have shaken off stereotypical thoughts that they only belong on the big screen. These eyes in the sky are fast emerging as tools that are transforming...

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Israel's Elbit gets European drone deal worth up to $68 mln

by Reuters, 5 Nov, 01:12 PM

Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems won a contract worth up to $68 million to supply maritime unmanned aircraft system (UAS) patrol services for the European Maritime Safety Agency to countries in the European Union.

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Algeria, Egypt unveil Chinese UAVs

by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 10:25 AM

Algeria and Egypt have revealed they are operating Chinese-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including the CH-3, CH-4 and Wing Loong.

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