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DoD gets extra R143 million to lease aircraft and guard facilities

Embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been taken to task for allocating more than R143 million to the Department of Defence (DoD)...

Presidency slams DA for Seriti Commission report comments

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The Presidency has taken exception to comments made about the final report of the Seriti Commission saying the Democratic Alliance (DA) "attacked...

Guard duty at SANDF headquarters should be done by soldiers

The Department of Defence apparently outsources guarding services at its headquarters in the Armscor building to the tune of R11.14 million for...

New shadow DA defence minister will work for a professional and...

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There's a new man flying the defence flag in the opposition Democratic Alliance's (DA's) shadow cabinet and his first position is that...

Seriti Commission hears front line defence equipment is properly utilised

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A Seriti Commission evidence leader has said as part of a closing submission to the Arms Procurement Commission public hearings that no...

Mapisa-Nqakula will not make public presidential flight cost details

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has refused to give Parliament details of presidential flights involving the South African Air Force...

The South African military machine needs more money – MPs

Both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) have made it clear South Africa's military needs to be properly...

DA calls for Defence Review to be revised

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Outspoken opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) MP David Maynier wants to see the Defence Review withdrawn from Parliament and revised to the point...

Parliamentary Defence Committee slated by DA

Feisty opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) MP David Maynier is again not holding back when it comes to a Parliamentary committee he serves...

Did State Security spy on Defence Intelligence’s satellite programme?

Another apparent revelation by the Al Jazeera/Guardian Spy Cables has led long-time spy satellite seeker after the truth, David Maynier, to ask...

Call for “Spy Cables” Parliamentary briefing

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Parliament's Joint Standing committee on Intelligence has declared its "concern" regarding the Spy Cables, classified documents from intelligence services, including South Africa's...

Defence Committee chair denies allegations of laziness

The co-chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence, Malusi Motimele, has denied allegations of laziness among Committee members and maintains the...

Defence Review short-changed time-wise by Parliamentary committee

There does not appear to be any real urgency regarding the Defence Review and its need to progress through the Parliamentary process...

Intelligence IG appointment will go by the book

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A number of applications have been received for the position of Inspector General of Intelligence but no decision has as yet been...

New Intelligence Inspector General must be impartial and independent

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Advocate Faith Radebe vacates the office of Inspector General for Intelligence on March 31 and a call has been made for her...

Does South Africa have a working synthetic aperture radar satellite?

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David Maynier, the DA shadow defence and military veterans minister, will not be flavour of the month in the Defence Ministry and...

Seriti Commission will not respond to fee payment questions

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The Arms Deal Commission appears to be taking exception to the level of interest shown in it by the Democratic Alliance (DA)...

Arms contracts worth R23 billion authorised by NCACC

The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) approved arms exports worth R23 billion in the last three months, including armoured vehicles that...

Seriti Commission costs could rise to over R100 million

According to the Department of Justice and Correctional Services the Seriti Commission has cost the taxpayer over R83 million to the end...

Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence approached for information on spy satellite

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Democratic Alliance shadow defence and military veterans minister David Maynier is not letting go of the Russian spy satellite saga and has...

Defence Amendment Bill rejected by Parliament

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The rejection of a Private Members Bill by the Portfolio Committee on Defence was this week, inevitably, followed by Parliamentary rejection and...

Defence Intelligence spy satellite saga continues

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South Africa's defence intelligence community is still on track to acquire a military satellite at a cost of over R1 billion. This, opposition...

Minister at Parliament defence committees’ strategic planning session

Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, tops the list of attendees at the strategic planning session of Parliament's defence committee currently...

New VIP jet and SAAF airlift not on our agenda –...

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Acting Armscor chief executive Sipho Mkwanazi has told MPs that plans to acquire a VIP jet have not been handed to the...

Properly constituted Defence Standing Committee must deal with Defence Review

With leadership of Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Defence now decided, a clarion call has been made for the R10 million plus...

Defence Standing Committee set to elect co-chairmen

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The sluggish movement of Parliamentary bureaucracy seems to be going in the right direction as far as the Joint Standing Committee on...

Defence Review gathering dust in Parliament

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It's not often that David Maynier, the DA shadow defence and military veterans minister, will agree with Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula but when...

Sale of sniper rifles to Turkmenistan questioned

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South African arms sales, this time of 50 sniper rifles valued at more than R5 million, to "the repressive regime" in Turkmenistan...

No added transparency coming for arms acquisitions

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An attempt, via a Private Members Bill in Parliament, to make future arms acquisitions more transparent has been rejected by the Portfolio...

Defence Joint Standing Committee members named

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Thirteen parliamentarians, including four from the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), have been named as members of the Joint Standing Committee on...

More changes to Seriti Commission witness appearance list

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To date only three of 14 witnesses set down to give evidence before the Seriti Commission have done so and the commission...

SANDF Chief’s apparent first class flight under scrutiny

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The R100 000 plus apparently spent by SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke, and two other officers flying first...

Still no answers on the Battle for Bangui

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Defence in a democracy does apparently not extend to supplying Parliament with supposedly sensitive information, even when there is a precedent. "Defence and...

SANDF becoming an “armed welfare service”

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which should be saving lives, is becoming an "armed welfare service which is saving jobs,"...

SANDF faces funding crisis

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is facing a "catastrophic" multi-billion-Rand financial crisis that could force mass retrenchments and the indefinite postponement...

NCACC misses deadline for tabling its annual report

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The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), chaired by Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe, has missed the deadline for tabling...

Still many unanswered questions around the Battle for Bangui

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Saturday marked the first anniversary of the involvement of SA National Defence Force (SANDF) elements in the ill-fated Battle for Bangui and...

More information on conventional arms sales to be part of NCACC...

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The quarterly and annual reports of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) will from now on carry more detailed information on...

Nkandla report puts national key points back in the spotlight

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Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will tomorrow be the centre of national attention when she releases the long-awaited report of her office's investigation...

Sisulu’s bizjet flights could see legal action

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A lengthy quest by an MP to establish just how often former defence and military veterans minister Lindiwe Sisulu used Gulfstream jets...

Defence Review delayed again

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It appears unlikely Roelf Meyer's Defence Review with be tabled in Parliament before it rises ahead of the May election, even though...

Sixty-two percent of SANDF facilities in unacceptable condition

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Only 38% of the South African National Defence Force's (SANDF's) facilities are in acceptable condition as are only half the living quarters...

Doornkop and Lenz military bases still in a sad state

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More than three years after a previous Public Works Minister said the sad state of two military bases in Gauteng would receive...

Not all arms deal offsets delivered expected results

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Last week's revelations that expectations had not been met in at least 40 of 121 arms deal offset projects has been supported...

Internal audit report reveals failures in arms deal offsets

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With former Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin set to appear before the Seriti Commission before month-end, the acquisition of a "devastating...

Cancellation of SA spy satellite project could cost taxpayer R100 million...

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South Africa could face a claim exceeding R100 million for not meeting contractual obligations regarding the acquisition of a Russian radar surveillance...

Defence minister enters the spy satellite fray

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Responding to the saga of South Africa's cancelled spy satellite, defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula insists information regarding state security should not be...

Russian-built radar satellite now in orbit not developed for South Africa

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The Kondor radar surveillance satellite designed and built by Russian company NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPO Mash) and launched into orbit last June and...

Where is South Africa’s secret spy satellite?

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Government has drawn a veil of secrecy over the possible development and existence of a secret spy satellite costing more than a...

Still no progress on Defence Review

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An indication of the priority rating, or lack of it, attached to the Defence Review comes from Shadow Defence and Military Veterans...