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7 Med Brigade ops medic named as latest SANDF fatality in...

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The Department of Defence (DoD) by way of its head of communication yesterday (Thursday, 6 June) told South Africa the country lost a specialist...

Senior UN peacekeeping official meets SADC Executive Secretary

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While in Africa, United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary General for peace operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix met Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Elias Magosi with...

Sexual exploitation and abuse incidents on the increase – UN

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More than 750 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) were received by the United Nations (UN) last year – over 220 more than...

Eight DR Congo peacekeepers wounded in weekend firefights

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The tinderbox that is the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where a Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission and force is deploying, was...

Continental body backs SADC mission in DR Congo, including ‘requisite support’

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The African Union (AU) by way of its Peace and Security Council (PSC) has endorsed a Southern African Development Community (SADC) decision to deploy...

Eastern DR Congo violence is an EU concern

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The military build-up and use of advanced surface-to-air missiles and drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) by M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo...

More questions on SA’s DR Congo deployment amid further deaths

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Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald maintains the deaths of four South African soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a...

More SA Army fatalities in DRC

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Two South African soldiers died in what appears to be a murder/suicide incident on Thursday (29 February) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They were...

SA Dept of Defence responds to DR Congo deployment criticism

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South African Department of Defence Head of Communication (HoC) Siphiwe Dlamini notes in an opinion piece that the deployment of a SA National Defence...

South Kivu MONUSCO base handed to DR Congo authorities

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Kamanyola this week became the first MONUSCO base to be handed to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) authorities as the “disengagement” of the United...

Fighting in eastern DR Congo “worrisome” – Keita

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Fighting between M23 and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) armed forces (FARDC - Forces Armees de la Republic Democratique du Congo) in the east...

Non-availability of aircraft delays SA SAMIDRC deployment

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South Africa’s commitment to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) did not have an auspicious...

SA DR Congo dead named amid calls for better resourcing of...

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The South African soldiers killed when a mortar hit their position at a SAMIDRC (Southern African Development Community Mission in the Democratic Republic of...

South African deaths in DR Congo laid at Ramaphosa’s door

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The first deaths and injuries – all SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel - in the Southern African Development Community’s efforts to rein in...

SADC DR Congo mission will come up against high-tech weaponry

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will, reports have it, face an M23 rebel grouping with...

SAAF Composite Helicopter Unit in DRC pays tribute to fallen colleague

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SA Air Force (SAAF) and other former colleagues in uniform came together in a sombre gathering at the South African Composite Helicopter Unit (CHU)...

Specialist jungle warfare training concludes for SA soldiers

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A group of South African soldiers currently attached to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have another...

SA DR Congo deployment slammed

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South African soldiers and support personnel selected for deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the Southern African Development Community...

South Africa commits 2 900 SANDF personnel to SAMIDRC

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South Africa’s commitment to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was yesterday (Monday, 12 February) confirmed...

UN support for SAMIDRC under discussion

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The M23 rebel group continues its offensive in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the United Nations’ (UN’s) senior peacekeeping official during a...

MONUSCO supremo condemns Oryx attack

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Last Friday’s attack on “an aircraft bearing the United Nations (UN) emblem” – to whit, a SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter...

Lack of top cover could be behind DR Congo helicopter attack

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In the aftermath of Friday’s small arms attack on a SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter attached to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission...

Senior UN peacekeeper in DR Congo

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Top United Nations (UN) peacekeeping official Jean-Pierre Lacroix is presently in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a series of meetings related to...

UN medals for SA airmen and medics

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Meritorious service by South African peacekeepers in various air and medical musterings was rewarded with the appropriate United Nations (UN) medal at their Goma...

Top SADC official in DR Congo to oversee mission progress

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Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Elias Magosi is in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) overseeing operational progress in the establishment of...

Early days for SADC DR Congo mission – no boots on...

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) commitment to stop rebel attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is still at the reconnaissance...

For MONUSCO it’s civilian protection as usual notwithstanding pending closure

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That the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will wrap up at year-end is a definite but it...

Ramaphosa slammed for SADC DR Congo deployment

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Going to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), even as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission, is “reckless” and a “politically...

SADC mission deploys to DR Congo

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has deployed a mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the major aim of restoring peace...

MONUSCO exits oldest UN base in DR Congo

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When the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) closed its Lubero base on 26 December 2023 it brought...

UN assesses SEA risks in DR Congo

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That the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) takes sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) seriously was ably shown when...

MONUSCO mandate wraps up in December next year

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4 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion and Tactical Intelligence Unit (TIU) IV are probably the last SA National Defence Force (SANDF) ground force elements to...

SA infantry battalions and intelligence units rotate in DR Congo

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Elections and the impending closure of the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) do not appear to have...

Kenyan contingent withdraws from DR Congo as EAC RF exit underway

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The East African Community (EAC) reaction force (RF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is presently in a transition phase ahead of “planned...

MONUSCO withdrawal starts January in South Kivu

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1 January is commencement day of withdrawal for the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where South Africa...

SEA soldier suspects should pay costs if guilty – FF+

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A Freedom Front Plus (FF+) National Council of Provinces (NCOP) representative could well have opened a door, in legal punishment terms, if Defence and...

South African SEA suspects repatriated from DR Congo

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South African soldiers apparently involved in sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) while on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping duty in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

MONUSCO withdrawal planning underway

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) stands ready to decide by year-end on the future of its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of...

MONUSCO to close one of original DR Congo bases

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Lubero, the first MONUSCO base in North Kivu and operational since 2002, will be among the first to close in line with the United...

SA SEA suspects repatriated from DR Congo

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The “serious nature” of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) allegations against South African soldiers on peacekeeping duty in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

SA soldiers in DR Congo suspended for sexual abuse

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The ugly spectre of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by soldiers deployed on peacekeeping duties has again raised its head in the Democratic Republic...

SADC readying for DR Congo mission deployment

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly its volatile east, was under the spotlight during a high-level Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional security summit. The...

Joint Brazilian/Kenyan jungle warfare training in DR Congo

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Specialist Brazilian jungle warfare operators deployed in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) better prepared Kenyan soldiers for what they can encounter with an intensive,...

Malawian FIB commander bids brigade farewell

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The outgoing commander of the lone United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission with an offensively mandated component, Malawian general Enoch Ntonya, leaves his post with...

Joint Kenya/SA patrol in eastern DRC proof of continental peace commitment

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What the Kenyan Ministry of Defence termed “a significant development” saw soldiers from the East African country part of a joint patrol with colleagues...

SAAF Oryx pilot recalls ill-fated DRC flight

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The rigours of operational deployments in hostile areas were illustrated with pathos by SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx pilot Captain Mathew Allan when recounting...

Op Shujaa hamstringing ADF in eastern DR Congo

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Operation Shujaa, “hero” or “warrior” in Swahili, is a joint effort “degrading the capacity of the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) to cause war” in...

Third DR Congo provincial transition team up and running

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Now in its thirteenth year of existence, the United Nations (UN) mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has for the past three years...

New UN network wants DRC brothels closed

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Twenty-four United Nations (UN) entities combined to form a strong front calling for immediate action to protect women and girls and prevent the use...

SAMIM deployment extended for 12 months

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) will remain in the east African country until mid-July next year to “consolidate gains...