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Inaugural National Security and Safety Townhall to debate the future of...

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As South Africa gears up for the national elections on 29 May, the South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD) is shining...

Manifesto analysis: Assessing political parties’ stance on defence and national security

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defenceWeb recently took time to look at the MK Party manifesto in terms of defence and security. I was wondering how the rest of...

What the uMkhonto weSize Party sees for South Africa on the...

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After legal victory over the majority African National Congress, one of the newest additions to the South African political environment – the uMkhonto weSizwe...

Can Commodities Trading Impact Defence and Security?

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Trading and investments affect a country's economy and other sectors. In particular, commodities trading has become increasingly popular in the past years. One of...

Turkey and Mozambique forge closer defence ties

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The head of Turkey’s Defence Industry Agency has signed a cooperation agreement with Mozambique to promote Turkey’s defence industry in Africa. Haluk Gorgun, President of...

Nigeria and Brazil cement defence ties with aviation, security and defence...

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Between 21 and 23 June, a week after a meeting between the Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria Ricardo Guerrera and the Nigerian Minister of Defence...

SA allocates R664.3 billion to improve safety, security over three years

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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has allocated R664.3 billion over the next three years to improve the country’s safety and security, and the criminal justice...

Difficult for citizens to become interested in defence as it is...

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Defence is not a vote-winning portfolio and because of this, there is very little to no party politics around defence, a webinar on the...

Senior management among first recipients on Defence COVID-19 vaccination schedule

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A schedule, without dates, has been released by the Department of Defence (DoD) for categories of personnel to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Senior management will...

Opinion: Economic recovery and the defence industry

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In his statement in early September after the Statistician General, Risenga Maluleke, released quarterly GDP statistics wherein South Africa’s GDP shrunk by 51%, President...

Defence committee mini-symposium presentations

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On 3 September, the Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) held a mini-symposium on the South African National Defence Force’s Force Design and Related...

IFS looking to add more value in the African aerospace and...

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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) specialist IFS is targeting the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), South African Police Service (SAPS), defence companies and other...

China defence spending rise at three-decade low, still to grow 6.6%

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China’s defence spending this year will rise at the slowest rate in three decades but will still increase by 6.6% from 2019, as the...

High number of applicants for life threatening work shows magnitude of...

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When well over half a million South Africans, mostly aged between 18 and 34, apply for work that can see them facing life threatening...

Armoured combat vehicles lead defence exports

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Armoured combat vehicles lead defence exports “Made in South Africa” armoured combat vehicles continue to lead the way as the local defence industry puts most...

Mapisa-Nqakula addresses woman’s day parade

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, joined the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on 29 August in paying tribute to all...

Vietnam and South Africa continue to foster defence policy dialogue

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Vietnam and South Africa agree to maintain defence policy dialogue as they consider it to be an important mechanism in promoting the two countries’...

DTI wants SA defence industry to be part of Latin America...

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With no real prospects in sight locally, the South African defence industry will this year again be looking to the export market to survive...

Defence Review 2015 unlikely to ever be fully implemented

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Indications are the once highly touted Defence Review 2015 will end up in the archives with only minor implementation unless there is...

Defence Sector BBBEE Code gazetted

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Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies this week gazetted the BBBEE Defence Sector Code just on six months after it was signed...

European defense coalition launched in Paris

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A coalition of European militaries ready to react to crises near the continent's borders was launched on Wednesday with Finland becoming the...

Alternative funding, models needed for SA defence industry – Armscor

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The South African defence industry needs to find different funding methods and new models. This includes pursuing lucrative United Nations procurement in...

Africa’s changing security situation is more work for Defence Intelligence

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Defence Intelligence, according to the latest Department of Defence (DoD) annual report, "remained true to its mandate conducting intelligence, counter-intelligence and collection...

Pentagon sees China as “growing risk” to US defence industry

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China represents a "significant and growing risk" to the supply of materials vital to the US military, according to a new Pentagon-led...

UK says it is looking for SA defence partnerships

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The UK says it is making a renewed effort to build defence partnerships with South Africa. This comes after a lull in...

Work on South Africa’s cyber defence strategy in process

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Two of the top people in South Africa's defence and security establishment this week assured the country development of its national cyber defence strategy...

Local Defence Evaluation and Research Institute needed

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Engineering in the tough economic times South Africa is experiencing is not news to the country's defence sector – both the military...

Shoke assures defence industry stakeholders of SANDF support

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) chief, General Solly Shoke, wants its partners in the local defence industry to work together in a...

Defence Sector Code stuck in bureaucratic waters

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It's been a long time coming and it looks like it will still be a while before South Africa's defence industry has...

Armscor bursaries to boost national defence knowledge pool

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Armscor's procurement tasking now also involves skills development, specifically those germane to science and engineering with a bent towards the military. This in...

New Egyptian defence minister

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Egypt named a new minister of defence in a cabinet sworn in on Thursday by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to mark the...

EU executive unveils 13 bn euro defence fund; could buy weapons...

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The European Union's executive proposed on Wednesday a 13 billion euro ($15.3 billion) defence and security fund for the first time to...

Fund defence now or risk having to pay in casualties in...

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Respected military analyst Helmoed Heitman is in agreement with Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, that the national defence budget should...

Discipline needed in SANDF – DA and FF+

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Opposition parties – the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) – both bemoaned the sorry state of affairs in...

Defence budget must be mandate driven – Mapisa-Nqakula

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula today told Parliament defence should be a mandate driven department and not one that is...

Russia and Egypt strengthen military relations

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Sergei Shoigu, Russia's Acting Defence Minister, and Sedki Sobhy, the Defence Minister of Egypt, have held talks and pledged to strengthen military...

Profitable outlook for global aerospace and defence industry

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The global aerospace and defence industry will experience a significant increase in revenues in 2018 after a year of subdued growth, according...

Chief: Defence Reserves pleads for no further budget cuts

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Final preparations are underway for Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, to deliver her budget speech in the National Assembly on...

Elbit expands in Africa

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Israeli defence company Elbit Systems is negotiating more contracts with African countries. This comes after last year it signed a $240 million...

Global military spending remains high at $1,7 trillion

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Total world military expenditure rose to $1739 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 1.1% in real terms from 2016, according to...

Army budget for landward defence about half of what is needed

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The landward defence component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is by far its largest and accordingly bears the brunt of...

Defence Legal Services will be impaired by lack of funds

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Legal advice and litigation support for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is going to be "adversely affected" due to a lack...

Shortfall of more than R7 billion for SAAF air defence programme

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) has a shortfall in excess of R7 billion to provide "prepared and supported air defence capabilities for...

Alternatives for funding SANDF duties

Talk of "sweating" defence assets and facilities to provide much-needed extra funding for an ailing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has been...

Defence budget makes no provision for Defence Review funding – DA

The allocation of R47.9 billion for the 2018/18 financial year to defence by former finance minister Malusi Gigaba during his sole national...

Defence allocation from National Treasury for 2018/19 down on previous year

The budget unveiled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday showed again that defence is one of the poor relations in the...

South Africa’s foreign military representation reaches 62 countries

That the South African military is part and parcel of the country's foreign policy is evidenced not only by troop and materiel...

South Africa’s defence exports in 2016 were worth R4 billion

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The 2016 calendar year saw the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) authorise export permits with a total value of R4 170...

Brown meets Pakistan Defence Production Minister

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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is in Pakistan drumming up business for the South African defence industry, particularly the Denel group. She said...

More money from National Treasury for SANDF wages and salaries in...

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Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow defence and military veterans minister Kobus Marais says he is both discomforted and concerned about the revised mid-term...