The Past Week in Defence #49 (12 April – 18 April 2021)

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, the Gulf of Guinea retains its world piracy hotspot status, The Nigerian Navy receives its new survey vessel NNS Lana and Kenya opens a new small arms factory.

In SANDF news, Ramaphosa names a new SANDF Chief and other senior posts, soldier and spook qualifications are not for public consumption, the SANDF is not part of the state of emergency extension, the Reserve Bank will pay shipyards for new vessels, 15 Squadron is involved in a Drakensberg rescue, the SANDF highlights Op Corona first quarter successes, the Defence Minister’s Zimbabwe flight is questioned again as extra costs are revealed and Sandu seeks millions for soldiers suspended after the 2009 Union Buildings march.

In industry news, the SA defence industry exported to 100 plus countries in 2020.



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00:00:54 – Gulf of Guinea retains world piracy hotspot status
00:01:53 – Nigerian Navy receives new survey vessel NNS Lana
00:02:14 – Kenya opens new small arms factory
00:03:02 – Ramaphosa names new SANDF Chief and other senior posts
00:04:36 – Soldier and spook qualifications not for public consumption
00:05:41 – SANDF not part of lockdown extension
00:06:05 – Reserve Bank – not Armscor – will pay shipyards for new vessels
00:07:54 – 15 Squadron in Drakensberg rescue
00:08:51 – SANDF highlights Op Corona first quarter successes
00:10:07 – Defence Minister’s Zimbabwe flight questioned again as extra costs revealed
00:11:37 – Sandu seeking millions for soldiers suspended after Union Buildings march
00:13:17 – SA defence industry exported to 100 plus countries in 2020