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How the illicit copper trade is sapping South Africa

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South Africa's economic woes are being compounded by the theft of massive amounts of copper from state firms Eskom and Transnet, much of which...

Good results from Op Copper deployment

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The most recent Operation Copper deployment paid good dividends in tactical execution and also opened new doors for operational improvements. The multi-platform deployment...

Shortage of air and naval assets turns Op Copper into a...

The tri-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy initiative in the Mozambique Channel – Operation Copper – has become largely a radio...

Antennas and copper cable stolen from Silvermine – again

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The SA Navy has again had to revert to using communication links in Durban and aboard a submarine to maintain contact with...

Spioenkop “limping” back to Durban

SAS Spioenkop (F147), the Valour Class frigate tasked to be next on station for the counter-piracy Operation Copper last month, is on...

Navy to stay in Mozambique Channel until March 2014

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The South African Navy will continue anti-piracy patrols in the Mozambique Channel until at least the end of March next year. This is...

1 200 SANDF personnel in DRC

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has 1 244 personnel from 121 South African Infantry Battalion currently deployed in the Democratic...

More SANDF troops for the borders

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The South African National Defence Force will deploy two more companies in the Northern Cape and North West Provinces as part of...

Navy resumes anti-piracy patrols after two-month hiatus

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After an absence of two months, the South African Navy has resumed anti-piracy patrols off the coast of Mozambique. The frigate SAS Amatola...

Harsh penalties for SA cable thieves

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South Africa's new Second-Hand Goods Act will come into law from 1 April and allows the state to jail people who steal...

French frigate headed for Cape Town

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The French Navy patrol frigate FS Nivose will make port in Cape Town on Saturday. The ship will again sail next Thursday. The...

Zambia govt set to unveil pro-poor budget

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Zambian finance minister Alexander Chikwanda is expected to unveil a pro-poor budget reflecting the shift in political priorities in Africa's biggest copper...