The Past Week in Defence #27 (26 October – 1 November)


In this week’s edition, on the continent, the USS Hershel Williams arrives in Spain after visiting Africa and there has been a suspected drone collision with an aircraft at Rand Airport.

In SANDF news, the SANDF could be next in the Zondo Commission’s sights, fraud allegations see the Deputy Surgeon General placed on special leave, the SANDF sees little change in the latest defence budget, former Secretary for Defence Dr Sam Gulube is named a senior fellow at the National School of Government, SA Army peace support and intervention exercises are underway, medic reserve numbers will be cut by at least 500 and there is a proposal for unwanted military trucks to become firefighting vehicles.

In company news, the Zondo Commissions hears that the previous Denel board was “crippled”, the South African defence industry needs international partnerships, Armscor gets a clean audit and SVI enhances its MAX 3 armoured vehicle.

00:01:26 – USS Hershel Williams Arrives in Spain after Africa tour

00:02:37 – Suspected drone collision with aircraft at Rand Airport

00:03:35 – SANDF could be next in Zondo Commission’s sights

00:05:00 – Fraud allegation sees Deputy Surgeon General on special leave

00:05:58 – No real change in defence budget

00:07:40 – Gulube named a senior fellow at National School of Government

00:08:07 – SA Army peace support and intervention exercises underway

00:09:05- Medic reserve numbers to be cut by at least 500

00:09:54 – Unwanted military trucks could become firefighting vehicles

00:10:52 – Previous Denel board “crippled” the group, Zondo Commission hears

00:12:00 – SA defence industry needs international partnerships

00:13:43 – Clean audit for Armscor

00:14:10 – SVI enhances MAX 3 armoured vehicle