Fire destroys several hundred military vehicles at Wallmansthal

Several hundred decommissioned and retired South African National Defence Force (SANDF) vehicles were destroyed in a fire at the Wallmansthal depot north of Pretoria...

Denel pays Solidarity millions to settle outstanding salaries

Trade union Solidarity’s bank account was today (Friday, 17 September) boosted to the tune of R4 million, compliments of Denel, that will go to...

Nigerian jet thought to have killed civilians in pursuit of militants

The Nigerian air force said on Thursday it may have killed and injured civilians while pursuing suspected Islamist insurgents in the northeast state of...

ISS: Quick reaction forces to the rescue in eastern DRC

Can a revamped Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) turn the tide against the malignant Islamic State-linked armed group that continues to terrorise the eastern Democratic...

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Illegal fishing threatens Africa’s ‘blue economy’

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Police beat journalist, fire tear gas during Congo election protest

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East Libyan forces and Chadian rebels clash in southern Libya

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Attackers blow up Nigerian prison fence, free 266 inmates

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Migrants deported from UAE face conflict or exile

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SARS Customs seizes drug-making substance worth R40 million

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SSB soldiers show their mettle in Op Corona bust

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Hyena bites soldier

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Eritrean and Tigrayan forces killed and raped refugees – Human Rights Watch

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One million Nigerian children to miss school due to mass kidnappings, UNICEF says

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Police officer dismissed for impregnating inmate

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Nigeria says 75 abducted children released amid army crackdown

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Nigeria’s Presidential Air Fleet receives first of two AW189 helicopters

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Ivory Coast Mi-24 crashes, killing five on board

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15 Sqn move to King Shaka still holding

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Equatorial Guinea detains French military helicopter

France said on Thursday one of its military helicopters carrying six soldiers had been detained after landing in Equatorial Guinea, in a diplomatic incident...

First all-civilian crew launched to orbit aboard SpaceX rocket ship

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Reviving South African Airways to its former glory

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Rolls-Royce and Airlink extend TotalCare agreement

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Equity partner opens new UAV markets for Knysna company

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Saudis intercept Houthi missile and drones aimed at oil region

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In Indonesia, drone deliveries provide lifeline for isolating COVID patients

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Nigeria says it seizes 14 tonnes of fertiliser meant for Boko Haram bombs

Nigerian troops have seized 14 tonnes of fertiliser that the insurgent Islamist group Boko Haram had planned to turn into roadside bombs, the army...

Government extends application deadline for Intelligence Inspector General

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Algeria arrests members of MAK separatist group after attacks

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Army coup leaders summon Guinea ministers after Conde’s ouster

Soldiers who ousted Guinean President Alpha Conde summoned his ministers and top government officials to a meeting on Monday, a day after a coup...

Cyber crime spreads in Australia as COVID-19 pushes more people online

Australia reported on Wednesday a 13% jump in cyber crime in the past year, with about one incident in four targeting critical infrastructure and...

Ex-US intel operatives admit hacking American networks for UAE

Three former US intelligence operatives who worked as cyber spies for the United Arab Emirates admitted to violating US hacking laws and prohibitions on...

Suspect arrested for massive 2020 data breach

The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit has arrested a 36-year-old suspect in Gauteng following the August 2020 data breach at Experian. In a statement,...

New Zealand banks, post office hit by outages in apparent cyber attack

Websites of a number of financial institutions in New Zealand and its national postal service were briefly down on Wednesday, with officials saying they...

Documents: 2022 Military Skills Development application forms

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Curriculum Vitae of Lieutenant General Wiseman S Mbambo, Chief of the South African Air Force

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North Korea says it tested new railway-borne missile system to strike ‘threatening forces’

The missiles fired by North Korea on Wednesday were a test of a new "railway-borne missile system" designed as a potential counter-strike to any...

New international defence partnership has eyes on China

Another acronym – AUKUS – joins an already lengthy list in the international defence world. AUKUS is a new security partnership linking Australia, the United...
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North and South Korea conduct duelling missile tests as arms race heats up

Both North Korea and South Korea test fired ballistic missiles on Wednesday, the latest volley in an arms race that has seen both countries develop increasingly...

North Korea tests first ‘strategic’ cruise missile with possible nuclear capability

North Korea carried out successful tests of a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend, state media said on Monday, seen by analysts as...

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Guinea junta starts transitional government talks following coup

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Transnet operations normalise in KZN

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