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Op Notlela claims its first military fatalities

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The military component of the national campaign to combat coronavirus this week reported the first deaths since the deployment started late last month. Two soldiers...

Russian troops quarantined, no Red Square parade

The Russian Ministry of Defence ordered thousands of troops into a two week quarantine after a Red Square military parade in Moscow they were...

Wanted: volunteers to fight coronavirus

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The national defence force has taken to social media in a search for volunteers, including Reserve Force members, to boost numbers in the ongoing...

ISS: Preparation is key to policing a crisis like COVID-19

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Limited time for planning, organising and training made it inevitable that policing South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown would pose challenges for law enforcement. Many countries...

COVID-19 impacting the space industry

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As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the world, many industries are trying to stay afloat. Governments and businesses involved with space are reacting differently to...

SAMHS screening defence personnel for coronavirus

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There is no mass testing for coronavirus of airmen, military medics, sailors and soldiers. The medical service is, however, screening and following up with...

Africa coronavirus cases could reach the millions

Coronavirus cases in Africa could shoot from thousands to 10 million in three to six months according to provisional modelling, a regional World Health...

Department of Defence warns of protective equipment scammers

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The South African Department of Defence (DoD) has warned South African businesses against scammers pretending to be representatives from the DoD requesting protective clothing. The...

SA Air Force and Navy support COVID-19 lockdown efforts

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) and the SA Navy (SAN) are playing a vital role in assisting the efforts to combat and contain...

Chinese COVID-19 supplies arrive in SA

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South Africa received medical supplies from China to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak. On Monday a Boeing 777 aircraft, which flew more than 24 hours...

Jail threat for fake Zimbabwe lockdown statement

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa threatened 20 years in jail for the author of a statement purporting to bear his signature saying the lockdown to...

SA National Defence Force assists SA Police Service in Franschoek

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members, under command of Joint Tactical Headquarters Western Cape, shifted their focus to the rural area of Franschoek on...

Ramaphosa condemns crime, violence during lockdown

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned acts of crime and violence during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, including the looting of schools and gender based violence. In...

CSIR data contributing to SA’s COVID-19 fight

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is confident Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) technology and data will enable South Africa to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19). “As...

Italy orders coronavirus tests on boat migrants

Italy ordered migrants on a rescue ship off its coast quarantined on another vessel to test for the coronavirus instead of allowing disembarkation. The Alan...

US Africa Command supporting African nations amid COVID-19

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As the world fights to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the US, through US Africa Command, says it is doing its part to help African...

SAA repatriation flights will continue

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South African Airways (SAA) will continue to aid repatriation of foreign nationals wanting to be reunited with family in their home countries. “We are pleased...

UN peacekeeping rotations on hold until mid-year

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The South African component of the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission – MONUSCO in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – will stay in place...

Covid-19 could fuel spread of terrorism in Africa

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As the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic affects the majority of countries in Africa, militant terrorist groups on the continent have continued to launch major attacks,...

RDM donates hygiene products to local communities as part of coronavirus...

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Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has donated 2 000 parcels containing hygiene products to families in the Macassar and Deep Freeze communities as part of...

Paramount engineers producing personal protection equipment for coronavirus fight

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Aeronautical engineers from Paramount Group have teamed up with emergency doctors at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on the design and production...

State-backed hackers exploiting coronavirus outbreak

American and British cybersecurity officials warn state-backed hackers and online criminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak to further operations, echoing concerns by...

Change of direction for ECM Technologies as focus shifts to coronavirus...

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ECM Technologies have responded to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to put together a portfolio of products to meet the huge demand for items such...

First coronavirus case in eastern Libya

Authorities running eastern Libya confirmed the first case of coronavirus on Tuesday despite closing borders and imposing a curfew to limit social interactions. Libya confirmed...

Italy closes ports to migrant vessels

Italian ports cannot be considered safe because of the coronavirus epidemic and charity migrant boats will not be allow to dock government ruled. The decision...

Rwanda genocide memories during coronavirus lockdown

Valerie Mukabayire lost her husband in Rwanda’s genocide. Now she and her family need to stay strong to honour his memory as they join...

Fake news peddler arrested

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The SA government welcomed the arrest of a 55-year-old male suspect for allegedly circulating a misleading video clip on COVID-19 test kits. The suspect appeared...

SANDF Chief and Chaplain General call on lockdown duty troops

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Top SA National Defence Force (SANDF) brass, including the Chief and Chaplain General, today (Wednesday 8 April) called on soldiers deployed in support of...

ISS: COVID-19 responses in Africa must include migrants and refugees

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Migrants and displaced people across Africa are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission. Governments should resist nationalist responses that could put vulnerable people more at...

Police, protesters clash over Ivory Coast coronavirus test centre

Ivory Coast police clashed with protesters dismantling a half-built coronavirus testing centre concerned people using the facility would spread the epidemic in their district. More...

Coronavirus squeezing European armed forces

Military forces across Europe scaled back operations and imposed stricter rules on personnel to stem the spread of the coronavirus among staff living and...

Water cannon used on coronavirus in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe police used water cannon on Friday to disinfect markets and bus ranks, turning instruments associated with repression into weapons against the new coronavirus. Zimbabwean...

Coronavirus claims former Libyan prime minister

Mahmoud Jibril, who abandoned Muammar Gaddafi to become Libya’s rebel prime minister during the 2011 revolution, died on Sunday after contracting the novel coronavirus,...

ISS: How might the COVID-19 lockdown affect public safety in SA?

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South Africa’s national State of Disaster and associated lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. It could have a significant impact on...

Military medics seeking volunteers for coronavirus response

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The medical component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) wants volunteers – urgently – to boost the number of healthcare operatives in the...

Denel putting resources into ventilator design and production

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The technology part of “defence and technology” conglomerate Denel has mobilised expertise and resources to design and develop medical ventilators in support of the...

Contact tracing, not spying – Minister assures South Africans

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Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams assured South Africans contact tracing for COVID-19 cases will not be used to spy. Addressing a...

Mobile coronavirus tracking underway in SA

South Africa’s Telkom, Samsung and the government teamed up to develop a track and trace database to identify the whereabouts of people who may...

UN warns of dire effects of coronavirus

The UN warned of potentially “dire” long-term effects of the coronavirus outbreak on countries and the global economy and called for greater international co-operation...

Crisis-hit airlines face crippling cash squeeze, IATA says

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Global airlines warned on Tuesday that many carriers may not survive a record cash squeeze in the second quarter, as revenues and traffic plunge...

ISS: State abuses could match the threat of COVID-19 itself

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Within the first days of South Africa’s 21-day COVID-19 lockdown, numerous videos emerged allegedly depicting police and soldiers kicking, slapping, whipping and shooting lockdown...

Coronavirus prisoner release in Tunisia

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied ordered the release of 1 420 prisoners in an amnesty to combat the spread of the coronavirus, a presidency statement...

COVID-19 impacting on the European aerospace and defence industry

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The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is wreaking havoc on the European aerospace and defence industry and is taking a huge toll on air travel demand....

Coronavirus testing teams in South African townships

The South African government is sending testing teams to the country’s townships as it ramps up efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus,...

Ethiopia election postponed

Ethiopia postponed parliamentary elections scheduled for August due to the coronavirus outbreak, the electoral board said in, a move endorsed by key opposition parties. The...

SA man shot by cop, security guard

South African police said a policeman and security guard shot a man dead during the coronavirus lockdown. Police officers encountered men drinking in a tavern...

C-in-C and Defence Minister tell soldiers “no excessive force”

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President Cyril Ramaphosa again stressed South Africa’s security personnel “must act within the law at all times” during the coronavirus lockdown and his defence...

Coronavirus prevention a MONUSCO priority, but no halt to mission mandate

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The South African contingent of the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission – MONUSCO – is along with the rest of the mission sticking to prescribed...

Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...

Zimbabwe locked down

Zimbabwe will impose a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Monday to curb the spread of the coronavirus and security forces may be deployed...