Governance

Africa defers unity moves

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African leaders have again delayed concrete moves towards creating a United States of Africa, despite a long campaign by Libyan leader Muammar...

Analysis: China’s expanding peacekeeping role

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The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has increased its participation in a broadening array of multilateral security arrangements in recent years. In this...

Africa peripheral to Chinese defence plans

Africa does not much feature in China's defence annual report China's National Defence in 2008. Despite much commentary depicting Beijing as engaged...

Russia to be more active in Africa – Sudan envoy

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Russia plans to step up its diplomatic involvement in African issues including Sudan's Darfur crisis, the country's envoy to Sudan says. "Russia...

Thales and SA president presumptive back in dock

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Subsidiaries of French arms giant Thales and the man most likely to be South Africa's next president will next Wednesday hear when...

Stratfor: Beijing’s New Defence White Paper

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China's 2008 Defence White Paper, released Jan. 20, offers insight into numerous aspects of China's ongoing military reform (and conceals just as...

SCOPA to discuss SDP next week

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Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) will meet next week decide a course of action regarding allegations of irregularities surrounding the...

Leon says SA must escape mantle of “rogue democracy”

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Democratic Alliance foreign affairs spokesman – and former opposition leader Tony Leon says he expects an early clash between South Africa and...

Forensics Bill before Parliament

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Members of Parliament will tomorrow appoint an ad hoc committee to consider the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill, one of a...

Intellectual Property Rights Act sets out new regime for R&D using government funds

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A new law, the Intellectual Property Rights Act, has changed the regime governing intellectual property rights related to state-funded research and development...

Technology Innovation Agency to open in July

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The Department of Science and Technology (DST) hopes to open its Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) by July, ITWeb reports. DST spokesman Nhlanhla...

Time running out for old-regime gun owners

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Thousands of firearm owners are running out of time to convert their old-regime licences to the current format contained in the Firearms...

Panel says Parliament needs to reconsider the SDP to restore image

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An independent panel reviewing the performance of Parliament says its handling of an investigation into controversies surrounding a R47 billion Strategic Defence...

Parliament must pay more attention to defence: SACP

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South African Communist Party (SACP) deputy secretary general Jeremy Cronin says the country's fourth Parliament, which will be elected in the next...

Government to repeal Defence Special Account Act?

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The executive may this year table legislation in the National Assembly to repeal the Defence Special Account Act o 1974 that "provides...

New DNA bill to fight crime

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The draft Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill 2008 will appear before Parliament early this year, aiming to introduce a national DNA...

World blaming SA for Zimbabwe: Jendayi Frazer

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The US and the world will hold SA to account for the ongoing political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe, the Afrikaans...

Government announces festive season border control measures

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The South African government's Border Control Operational Coordinating Committee (BCOCC) says it is seeking to alleviate congestion at the country's busiest ports...

UN Security Council authorises raids on pirate dens

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The UN Security Council (UNSC) has authorised member states to pursue Somali pirates ashore in order to bring them to justice. The...

Zuma repeats call for tender process reform

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African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma says politicians cannot be trusted to adjudicate tenders for government business. Zuma has made the...

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Motlanthe declines “arms deal” probe

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President Kgalema Motlanthe has decided not to investigate ongoing allegations of impropriety surrounding the R47 billion 1999 Strategic Defence Package. Anglican Archbishop...

United Nations may need to reconsider its role “on the ground”: Ban

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The United Nations may have to reassess its role "on the ground" following the August War between Russia and Georgia, Secretary-General Ban...

SA to destroy cluster bomb stockpile

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South Africa will destroy its remaining stock of cluster bombs in order to underline its support for a new United Nations-sponsored treaty...

Defence department spends R42.3 million on consultants in three years

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The Department of Defence has spent over R42.3 million on consultants in the last three financial years. In an answer to a question...

Ban calls for continued efforts to eliminate chemical weapons

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed for continued action to press ahead with disarmament efforts regarding chemical weapons, noting the positive steps that...

Department of Defence reconsidering border duty

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Defence minister Charles Nqakula has reportedly had a Damascene conversion on border policing. As safety and security minister under President Thabo Mbeki...

“Arms Deal” controversy “will not be allowed to simply fade away”: DA

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the decade-old controversy around the government's R47billion Strategic Defence Package (SDP) "will not be allowed to simply...

Parliament displeased at lack of progress on De Aar demilitarisation plant

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A Parliamentary committee has expressed its displeasure at the lack of progress in establishing a demilitarisation facility for the more than 20 000...

Defence Update on Cabinet agenda

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Defence Update (DU) 2025 is on Cabinet's agenda, the Department of Defence has told Parliament.   The department, in a written response to...

IATA blasts Britain for cash grab

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is blasting Britain's Treasury for a cash grab that will make travelling to the United Kingdom...

Stratfor: Obama’s First Moves

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Three weeks after the U.S. presidential election, we are getting the first signs of how President-elect Barack Obama will govern.   That now goes...

TIA Bill signed

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President Kgalema Motlanthe has signed the Technology Innovation Agency Act into law. The Department of Science and Technology this morning says Motlanthe signed...

PCOD raps DoD on annual report

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The National Assembly's Portfolio Committee on Defence (PCOD) has rapped the Department of Defence for its sixth consecutive qualified audit from the...

Cabinet approves revision of peace mission white paper

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Cabinet has approved a revision of the White Paper on South Africa's participation in International Peace Missions. The revision updates a 1999 document.  Cabinet...

Interpol talks fugitive

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The South African Police Service's Crime Intelligence and Interpol liaison division is hosting the fifth International Conference on Fugitives from today to...

MP calls for SDP witnesses

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Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Eddie Trent has this week sent out written appeals to key individuals who he says...

Stratfor: Iran Returns to the Global Stage

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After a three-month hiatus, Iran seems set to re-emerge near the top of the U.S. agenda. Last week, the Iranian government congratulated...

Academics question offsets

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Academics have questioned government's industrial participation or "offsets" policy that applies to all government contracts of over US$10 million.  According to the Business...

SANEF talks media law with Motlanthe

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The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has appealed to President Kgalema Motlanthe not to sign into law the Film and Publication...

Arms Trade Treaty proponents confident ahead of vote

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Activists supporting the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) are confident of an overwhelming vote in favour of the landmark agreement when the United...

SA to establish a national computer security incident response team

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South Africa is to establish a national computer security incident response team (CSIRT) to prevent, contain and ameliorate cyber attacks and apprehend...

NCACC amendment Bill set for enactment

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The National Council of Province's Select Committee on Security & Constitutional Affairs has cleared the National Conventional Arms Control Amendment Bill for...

No defence windfall in Medium Term Budget Policy Statement

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The Department of Defence is not a major beneficiary of state funds in Finance Minister Trevor Manuel's Medium Term Budget Policy Statement...

SCOPA to act quickly on SDP

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Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) is calling on all those who say they have hard evidence of irregularities relating to...

Defence likely to get the MTEF blues

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The military is unlikely to see a hoped-for hike in their budget in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework Finance (MTEF) Minister Trevor...

Motlanthe could ask judge to probe 1999 SDP

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South African President Kgalema Motlanthe says he may establish a judicial commission of inquiry into the still-controversial 1999 strategic defence package (SDP). In...

Defence wants 30% budget increase

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The Department of Defence (DoD) says South Africa will have to substantially increase military spending after the Soccer World Cup to build...

SDP back on SCOPA agenda

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The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) has placed the 1999 Strategic Defence Package (SDP) back on its agenda. The Democratic Alliance...

MPs disconsolate on defence annual report

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Members of Parliament (MPs) are concerned at the state of the defence department following a reading of its latest annual report. Democratic...