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Volatile DRC situation discussed at UN Security Council

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The recent spate of violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is, according to a senior United Nations (UN) official entrusted with African...

Next RSABATT deployment starts final preparation training in Limpopo

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Currently underway and due to finish in August are SA Army exercises Matha and Phirima as final preparation for the next RSABATT (RSA Battalion)...

UN Security Council slams M23 attack in DR Congo

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An M23 attack on MONUSCO and FARDC forces in DR Congo’s North Kivu province has been “strongly condemned” by the United Nations (UN) Security...

1 Para DR Congo-bound to boost FIB

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An additional contribution by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to the United Nations (UN) Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of...

Militia attack on DRC IDP camp thwarted

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Speedy response by United Nations (UN) peacekeepers and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) soldiers put paid to a militia attack on a camp housing...

UN delegation in DR Congo to discuss MONUSCO budget needs

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United Nations (UN) planning to reduce its footprint in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was part of a recent visit to the troubled central...

Sapper’s DRC vegetable garden an example of Koba-Tlala in action

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Project Koba-Tlala, originally an initiative to provide employment and add skills to part-time soldiers not on active duty, has spread its wings to the...

Specialist jungle training for Malawian FIB component

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The Malawian component of MONUSCO’s force Intervention Brigade (FIB) honed mobile jungle warfare techniques under the watchful eyes of a specialist Brazilian team ahead...

Sailors and soldiers committed to continental and regional deployments

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Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) President Cyril Ramaphosa followed Constitutional obligations to inform Parliament of decisions to utilise the military in...

Former combatants seemingly back in action in DRC

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The emergence of former M23 (Mouvement du 23 Mars) combatants in violence linked to armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is...

DR Congo strategy for former combatants led by government

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Ongoing efforts to bring peace and stability to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) now include P-DDRCS, a national strategy for demobilisation, disarmament, community...

Rebel activity ongoing in DRC, despite thousands of MONUSCO patrols

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An indication of the work MONUSCO, the largest United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission with a sizeable South African contingent, does in its “adopted” home...

Eight killed when Pakistani helicopter shot down in DRC

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M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reportedly shot down a Puma medium transport helicopter in MONUSCO service, killing all eight people...

SA soldiers come out on top in DRC convoy ambush

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Escort duty in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is an essential and hazardous component of the multiple duties soldiers, including South Africans, are...

SA helo crew and ops medics to the rescue after IED...

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South African military aviation and medical expertise were again to the fore stabilising and evacuating injured Congolese soldiers in combined effort which drew praise...

New base in DRC for 21 SAI

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Soldiers from 21 SA infantry (SAI) Battalion recently deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of Operation Mistral and particularly those...

UN honours SA military helicopter crews

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Taskings executed by the airborne South African component of the United Nations (UN) mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo were acknowledged when composite...

MONUSCO early warning system prevents militia attacks

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A home-grown MONUSCO early warning system was put to good use in DR Congo’s Ituri province this month to prevent a rebel attack. CAN, presumably...

CSANDF on hand to welcome 15 SAI back from DRC

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South African infantry soldiers, specifically those in 15 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion, earned singular praise from the country’s senior soldier for making “a valuable...

MONUSCO drawdown progressing

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The UN Security Council heard implementation of a transition plan for the “progressive, responsible and conditions-based drawdown of MONUSCO is progressing” with the UN...

Air and road transport enlisted to move SA soldiers to DR...

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The last stop in South Africa for soldiers posted to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the...

Lawmakers sound alarm over 114 violent civilian deaths in Eastern DR...

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At least 144 civilians were killed in eastern Congo this month, lawmakers from the conflict-hit provinces said, refusing to back extending a state of...

Major wildlife products bust in DRC

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Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seized $3.5 million worth of ivory, rhinoceros horn and pangolin scales in a joint operation with United...

Top UN award for MONUSCO Nepali police officer

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A Nepali peacekeeper serving in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the UN Woman Police Officer of the Year Award. Superintendent Sangya Malla is...

Top UN peacekeeping official says MONUSCO not leaving DR Congo

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MONUSCO will not leave the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the lurch and will continue efforts to ensure elections planned for 2023 go...

Top UN peacekeeping official in DRC

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MONUSCO, the world’s largest UN peacekeeping mission boasting a significant South African component, is hosting Jean-Pierre Lacroix, under-secretary general for peace operations. While in the...

UN medals for 15 SAI

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With less than two months to go on a 12 month continental peacekeeping deployment, 15 SA Infantry Battalion’s Alpha Company was recognised by the...

SA FIB commander looks back

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Looking back on his term of duty as Officer Commanding the MONUSCO force intervention brigade (FIB), South African one-star general Monwabisi Dyakopu remembers the...

MONUSCO military racks up 17 000 plus patrols in three months

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Proof of the effort MONUSCO, the United Nation’s largest peacekeeping mission, puts into stabilising the sprawling and strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) comes...

New FIB commander

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The new man at the helm of the UN’s only peacekeeping component tasked with an offensive role is Tanzanian brigadier general Stevens Mnkande who...

MONUSCO blue helmets train FARDC soldiers

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Part of the mandate the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has is assisting local security forces in stepping up...

CHU does Mandela Day in DR Congo

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The South African composite helicopter unit (CHU) in Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC) has an enviable reputation for doing the job during its time...

Hope for end to eastern DRC violence

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A new government action plan in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) can reverse the tragic deterioration in the country’s east, where thousands of human rights abuses are committed against civilians...

MONUSCO patrols top the 23 000 mark in four months

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Now in its 11th year, the United Nations mission in the conflict riddled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues its unabated efforts to protect...

Four country troop boost for FIB

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The imminent arrival of South African, Kenyan and Nepalese troops along with Tanzanians already on the ground will boost MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade (FIB)...

Next Op Mistral deployment readying for DRC

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A command post and field training exercise currently underway in North West is part of preparation for South Africa’s next troop contribution to the...

SA soldier killed by friendly fire in DR Congo

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A South African soldier succumbed to a 'friendly fire' incident in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday 3 June, the South...

Guterres condemns attacks on displaced Congolese

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres wants Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) authorities to investigate recent deadly insurgent attacks in eastern provinces of the central African...

International Day of Peacekeepers – 29 May

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The UN marks the International Day of Peacekeepers, colloquially the “blue helmets” annually on 29 May. As the designated day this year is a...

Death by knives and machetes in eastern DR Congo

Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 22 civilians with knives and machetes in an overnight raid on villages near Beni in eastern Democratic Republic...

DR Congo diplomatic death questioned

At around 10:00 am on February 22, seven men, some armed, stepped onto a road in eastern Congo and forced two cars belonging to...

15 SAI DRC deployment could last longer

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Thohoyandou-based 15 SA Infantry Battalion is currently flying the South African flag in the UN Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in DR Congo as part...

One death in DR Congo UN protests

At least one person was killed by security forces during protests against UN peacekeepers in Oicha in the restive east of the Democratic Republic...

Ramaphosa authorises extension of SA’s continental military deployments

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The South African flag will continue to be seen on the shoulders of airmen, military medics and soldiers and fly above bases they operate...

High level UN investigation into DRC ambush underway

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The specialist UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is conducting a thorough investigation into the DR Congo (DRC) ambush that saw an ambassador...

Armed group atrocities on the rise in eastern DRC

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Atrocities committed by armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are part of a systematic pattern to disrupt lives, instil fear...

Senegalese heads up MONUSCO protection and operations

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Khassim Diagne is the new man at the helm MONUSCO protection and operations. The Senegalese is no stranger to the UN and its activities with...

Second African woman moves into top UN post in DR Congo

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Guinean Bintou Keita takes over the top position at the UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) next month when another African, Leila...

Guterres on latest DRC massacres

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A spate of civilian massacres in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) elicited a repeat of a call last year by the UN...

MONUSCO withdrawal “tailored” to provincial security needs

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The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has closed nine field offices since peaceful transfer of power in the 2018 presidential...

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