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UN peacekeeping performance evaluation

The international community last week took stock of action to improve UN peacekeeping in line with a Security Council resolution aimed at enhancing performance...

NCACC regulations ‘could destroy the industry’

The halt of export approvals to South Africa’s biggest military clients Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could destroy the South African...

SAAF hosting Young Falcons camp in KwaZulu-Natal

The South African Air Force (SAAF) is hosting a Young Falcons camp in KwaZulu-Natal to enlighten and encourage the youth regarding career opportunities in...

SANDF wraps up 2019 with gospel and thanks to God.

At the Thaba Tshwane City Hall, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) held its 2019 Thanksgiving Ceremony.   The Thanksgiving ceremony on Monday was a...

ISS: The various layers to the Somaliland-Puntland discord

Tensions between Somaliland and Puntland have increased over the past two years, with risks of further instability and militarisation if not adequately addressed. The...

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Joining the South African National Defence Force

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US Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians host training in Uganda

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians assigned to US military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 are in Magamaga, Uganda, from October 2019 to...

High demand for less lethal rounds

South Africa’s Industrial Cartridge is seeing high demand for less lethal ammunition for crowd control, with orders from South African entities taking up much...

Ghanaian military interested in equipment from Indonesia’s PT Pindad

Indonesia’s PT Pindad and Ghana’s Ministry of Defence have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) as part of efforts exploring the procurement of weapons...

French interior ministry orders Rippel Effect less lethal grenade launchers

France’s Ministry of Interior has ordered multi-shot RLL40 less lethal 40 mm grenade launchers from Rippel Effect. The launchers will be used by French...

Joint Libyan, Turkish exploration can happen in Med

Turkey and Libya can carry out joint exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean a deal was signed on maritime boundaries, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan...

Nigerian Navy lays keel of new tank landing ship

The Nigerian Navy will be getting a new tank landing ship from Damen Shipyards in May 2020, with the keel laid on Monday during...

Weifang arrives in Kenya

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) missile frigate Weifang has arrived in Mombasa, Kenya, after taking part in Exercise Mosi in South Africa with...

Japanese sailors to guard ships in the Middle East

Japan is working on a plan to send 270 seamen to the Middle East to guard ships supplying Japan under a law allowing military...

Seven crew kidnapped from vessel off West Africa

Seven crewmembers from the offshore supply tug Pacific Warden have been kidnapped off the coast of Equatorial Guinea. Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), which operates the...

Strengthening regional co-operation to up maritime security

States in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden area adopted a plan of action to ensure better co-ordination of regional efforts...

Exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 concludes

Maritime forces from 17 East African, European, North American, and West Indian Ocean nations joined several international organizations in celebrating the successful conclusion of...

Senegal orders three patrol vessels from France

Senegal has ordered three OPV 58S offshore patrol vessels from France’s Piriou, which will start construction in early 2020. The vessels will be used...

World leaders risk anger, protests over inequality

Political leaders around the world could face growing citizen anger if they cannot re-engage with unhappy populations, a United Nations official said as heads...

Ethiopia told not to shut Internet down

A senior United Nations official urged Ethiopia to stop shutting the internet without legal basis and revise a draft law curbing hate speech to...

Burundi vote funding allegations

The youth league of Burundi’s ruling party is forcing citizens to donate money to fund next year’s election, Human Rights Watch said, as fears...

Final Friday rally ahead of Algeria election

Thousands of Algerians took to the streets on Friday, in a show of strength for their final weekly protest ahead of a presidential election...

Interpol discusses wildlife crime

Wildlife crime is a global concern and its illicit activities encompass many sectors and industries. The consequences of wildlife crime are far reaching, affecting not...

Mauritanian coast guard intercepts migrant boat

A boat carrying 180 migrants was intercepted by the Mauritanian coast guard the U.N. migration agency said, less than two days after 62 migrants...

Migrant boat sinks off Mauritania

Up to 57 people died after a ship from Gambia carrying 150 migrants sank off Mauritania, the UN migration agency said. The perilous sea...

SARS destroys illegally imported goods

South African Revenue Service (SARS) customs officials started destroying illegally imported vehicles and clothing valued at over R7 million in Durban, in a bid...

Calls to release Sowore

Human rights groups called for the release of a former presidential candidate facing treason charges re-arrested a day after being released on bail. Omoyele...

Iranian violence on protesters denounced

Iranian security forces shot at protesters from helicopters and a rooftop and aimed at peoples’ heads using “severe violence” to quell anti-government unrest, UN...

10 dead in Kenya bus attack

Kenyan police officers were among those killed when gunmen suspected to be from Islamist militant group al Shabaab attacked a bus near the border...

Sowore re-arrested

A Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate whose detention prompted protests by rights groups was re-arrested at a court hearing hours after he was...

Sudan reduces troop numbers in Yemen

Sudan’s prime minister said his country had reduced its troops in Yemen from 15 000 to 5 000, confirming a drawdown in a conflict...

Houthi prisoners freed

A Saudi-led military coalition said it freed 200 prisoners from the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in a move that could further efforts to end the...

Iran protest deaths

At least 106 protestors died in 21 cities in Iran during unrest over fuel prices rises last week, Amnesty International said. “The organisation believes...

Ship seized in the Red Sea

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said the Houthis seized a vessel towing a South Korean drilling rig at the...

Global violent deaths on the rise

The year 2017 saw the second highest annual rate of global violent deaths in the period 2004–17, according to new data from the Small...

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Trump administration to ease gun exports

The Trump administration passed a key milestone in a long-delayed rule change that would make it easier to sell US firearms, including assault rifles...

No winner in China/US trade war

The trade tariff spat between China and the United States has been a “lose-lose” situation for both and the wider world likely to deteriorate...

Electronic warfare evolving rapidly in the hands of irregular forces

Electronic warfare is advancing rapidly and is increasingly being used by irregular forces, defence expert Helmoed Romer Heitman has cautioned, and urged governments and...

DEST Conference 2019 prepares SANDF engineers, technologists and technicians for the fourth industrial revolution.

The Department of Defence Engineering, Science and Technology Conference (DESTC) this week explored the Department of Defence (DoD) preparing for the fourth industrial revolution...

Connectivity key to the fourth industrial revolution

The fourth industrial revolution needs the right infrastructure, particularly information and communications infrastructure as exchanging information is fundamental to modern society. It is for...

Quantum Stealth aka the invisibility cloak is now patent pending

Indivisibility cloaks now no longer belong in the realm of fantasy and science fiction as Canadian camouflage company, Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp officially apply to...

17 Squadron to the rescue

AFB Zwartkop-based 17 Squadron took to the air on Monday for a pair of rescue missions on opposite sides of the Tshwane Metro. First...

French president pays tribute to fallen soldiers

President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to 13 French soldiers killed in Mali and vowed no respite in the fight against Islamist militants in the...

Botswana police order three Enstrom 480B helicopters

The Botswana Police Air Support branch has ordered three new Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters from Safomar Aviation and these will join its fleet of...

Crashed French helicopters ”not under fire”

Two French military helicopters that crashed in Mali this week were not under fire from Islamic State jihadists a senior French officer said, contradicting...

Qatar Airways is major stakeholder in new Rwanda airport

Qatar Airways agreed to a 60% stake in a new $1.3 billion international airport in Rwanda, state-run Rwanda Development Board said on Twitter. The...

African airlines are a problem for governments

Governments from Kenya to South Africa are struggling to turn around loss-making state-owned airlines through restructuring or by bringing on board private partners. Ethiopian...

SAA business rescue only viable option – Ramaphosa

South African Airways (SAA) had to be placed in “business rescue” because there was no other viable and financially workable option to secure a...

Air Senegal receives second A330neo

Air Senegal has taken delivery of its second Airbus A330neo airliner, nine months after the first arrived in West Africa. The second aircraft was delivered...

US drone apparently shot down in Libya

The US military believes an unarmed American drone reported lost near Tripoli was shot down by Russian air defence and is demanding return of...

US loses UAV over Libya

The United States military has lost an unarmed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya, a day after an Italian Predator went down. US Africa Command...

Italian Predator crashes in Libya

An Italian Air Force Predator unmanned aerial vehicle has crashed in Libya, the Italian defence ministry has announced. The unarmed aircraft came down on 20...

Medical drone delivery service talks underway in Uganda

A drone service firm is in talks with the Ugandan government on a deal to deliver blood packages, drugs and medical equipment to public...

Iraq protest death toll rises

Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric said a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference in an apparent nod to Iranian influence, as...

ISS: How has Mauritania managed to stave off terror attacks?

No terrorist attacks have been recorded on Mauritanian soil since 20 December 2011. On that day, a gendarme, Ely Ould Mokhtar, was kidnapped in...

Iran acknowledges security forces killed protesters

Iranian authorities confirmed for the first time this week security forces shot dead demonstrators during what rights groups said was the deadliest anti-government unrest...

Terror plot suspects arrested

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has arrested a National Christian Resistance Movement (NCRM) member on suspicion of planning acts of terror in South...

US to crack down on Evil Corp hackers

US authorities on Thursday took aim at Russian cybercriminal group Evil Corp, indicting its Lamborghini-driving alleged leader and ordering asset freezes against 17 associates...

Millions of child abuse posts removed from Facebook

Facebook removed 3,2 billion fake accounts between April and September including millions of posts depicting child abuse and suicide, according to its latest content...

ISS: Taking social media at (Face)book value in Africa

Last week Facebook revealed that it had disabled hundreds of fake accounts that had sought to meddle with the electoral processes of eight African...

Government officials targeted with hacking software

Senior government officials in multiple US-allied countries were targeted this year by hacking software using Facebook WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to...

Speech: SAAF chief on opening of SAAF Museum Air Show

Address by Lieutenant General Fabian ‘Zakes’ Msimang at the opening of the South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum at Air Force Base Swartkop on...

Defence and Military Veterans Minister’s budget address

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans presented her budget vote to the National Assembly on Wednesday, July 17. defenceWeb publishes it as...

Budget vote speech by Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thabang Makwetla

“Noluthando alias ‘Agnes’ Ncwana, to whose memory I wish to dedicate my remarks in this budget debate this morning, was a military veteran who...

Zimbabwe lawmaker charged with subversion

A Zimbabwe opposition lawmaker was charged with subversion, his lawyer said, after a video surfaced where he purportedly said President Emmerson Mnangagwa would be...