The Past Week in Defence #55 (24 May – 30 May 2021)

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In this week’s edition, the Southern African Development Community decides on another summit as it holds off on a military response to Mozambique’s insurgency and a new border management agency will be partially operational by year-end.

In South African National Defence Force news, SANDF Chief Solly Shoke bemoans the shrinking defence budget as he bows out, Project Thusano is aired at a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee as Cuban involvement – and cost – in South Africa’s military is questioned, Border patrols net cigarettes, livestock and vehicles, Roy Andersen stands down as Chief Defence Reserves and work on military veterans’ database resumes after “challenges”.

In industry news, key opportunities exist for South Africa in the space sector, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan regrets that Denel employees are not paid, Armscor will market used UK defence equipment and Hensoldt South Africa is pushing local technology.



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00:01:01 – SADC decides on another summit as it holds off on military response to Mozambique
00:01:41 – New border management agency partially operational by year-end
00:02:45 – Shoke bemoans shrinking defence budget as he bows out
00:04:25 – Project Thusano aired at Parliamentary Portfolio Committee
00:06:26 – Border patrols net cigarettes, livestock, and vehicles
00:07:57 – Andersen stands down as Chief Defence Reserves
00:08:50 – Work on military veterans’ database going again after “challenges”
00:10:04 – Key opportunities exist for South Africa in the space sector
00:11:20 – Gordhan says it is “regrettable” Denel employees are not paid
00:12:25 – Armscor to market used UK defence equipment
00:13:51 – Hensoldt South Africa pushing local technology