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14 SAI training for DRC deployment

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Umtata-based 14 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion has been hard at work in Limpopo, honing military skills essential for a successful operational deployment. The unit came...

New commander for Composite Helicopter Unit

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The South African military outpost in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a two-service one headed by the SA Air Force (SAAF) with...

Sexual exploitation and abuse rife in DRC

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Ten years after a United Nations (UN)/Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) joint communique aimed at combatting sexual violence entered into force, sexual exploitation and...

MONUSCO withdrawal must not leave security vacuums – UN

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Withdrawal of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) must not create security vacuums and jeopardise protection of civilians,...

SA FSC looks back on successful DRC tour of duty

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Major Felicia Mswane, fire support co-ordinator (FSC) for MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), is nearing the end of her duty tour in Democratic Republic...

JOps chief checks on DRC deployment

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The five SA National Defence Force (SANDF) elements assigned peacekeeping and peace support taskings in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were on the...

UN medals for SA QRF soldiers in DR Congo

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The South African quick reaction force (QRF) attached to MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fittingly used Freedom...

SA Quick Reaction Force part of successful FIB op in eastern...

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South African soldiers were integral to a recent MONUSO Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) operation in the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “10 SA...

Ramaphosa calls for end to eastern DRC conflict

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told a Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit conflict in the “war-torn region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo...

MONUSCO Commander calls on 10 SAI HQ in Beni

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Recently appointed MONUSCO Commander, Brazilian Lieutenant General Otavio Filho, called on the South African battalion headquarters in Beni, a hotspot in eastern Democratic Republic...

“Fragile lull” in eastern DRC

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Months of fighting and rising tension across eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is on hold with “a fragile lull”, including improvement in relations...

EACRF Ugandan contingent forces M23 from DR Congo’s Rutshuru

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The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force (UPDF) contingent in the East African Community Regional Force (EACRF) dislodged M23 rebel group elements from strategic positions in...

Op Shujaa making inroads against ADF in DR Congo

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Operation Shujaa, a joint Congolese/Ugandan effort to drive the rebel Allied Democratic Force (ADF) from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has to...

FIB commander calls on SA troops in DRC

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It’s a long way from Mafikeng in South Africa’s North West to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, including the North Oicha and Bwanasura...

Restive eastern DR Congo deteriorating – top UN official

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The “worsening situation” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prompted a visit by a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation which reports “a...

Next Ugandan rotation ready for DR Congo deployment

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Ahead of moving into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) contingent was told they would be on the...

AU field mission to eastern DR Congo

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An African Union (AU) field mission spent three days in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “obtaining first-hand information” regarding ongoing violence and attacks on...

Eastern DRC briefing for UNSC delegation

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United Nations Security Council (UNSC) staffers were briefed on the security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by Major General Jeff Nyagah,...

EAC and ICGLR commit to eastern DRC peace

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African regional blocs – the East African Community (EAC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) – will co-operate to restore...

Outgoing MONUSCO force commander believes DRC is better today than in...

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Summing up his tenure as MONUSCO force commander, Lieutenant General Marcos da Costa maintains much was done under his watch, with more work needed...

Body of SA airman killed in DR Congo arrives home

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The mortal remains of South African Air Force (SAAF) Sergeant Vusimusi Mabena, killed by a sniper in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were...

Eastern DRC remains flashpoint

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A weekend attempt to shoot down a South African military transport helicopter in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a further example of...

SAAF DR Congo death mourned by UN Secretary General

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United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres added his condolences to those of senior South African defence ministry and national defence force personnel on...

Kenyan QRF takes on ADF

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Reported attacks by the rebel Allied Defence Forces (ADF) in the Beni area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) saw speedy response from...

High level SADC security meeting in Windhoek

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Namibian President Hage Geingob today (Tuesday, 31 January) chairs a Southern African Development Community (SADC) “extraordinary organ troika summit” where the regional peace and...

Attacks continue in eastern DR Congo

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North Kivu joins Ituri as a flashpoint in troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the United Nations (UN) reporting around 90 000 people displaced...

Ugandan troops doing good work – land force commander

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The commander of the land force of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) told a passing-out parade of Gombolola internal security officers (GISOs) at...

Ituri is current DRC flashpoint

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Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has become a hotbed of violence with reports of killings, sexual violence, abductions, destruction of property and attacks...

Mass graves found in Ituri, DRC

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A MONUSCO patrol in the wake of attacks by militia group CODECO in Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Ituri province found mass graves containing...

10 SAI takes RSABATT baton from 21 SAI in UN Force...

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Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a long way from the Mafikeng base of 10 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion, now home of the...

DR Congo church bombing condemned

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The detonation of an explosive device in a church, while a service was underway, in DR Congo’s North Kivu province that left at least...

M23 agrees to orderly withdrawal – EAC

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Central African rebel group M23 has, according to the East African Community (EAC), agreed to an orderly withdrawal and respect “a strict ceasefire” in...

Kenyan troops in DRC patrol for safety and better socio-economic conditions

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Reconnaissance and other patrols by Kenya Defence Forces (KDFs) troops deployed in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the East African Community...

New MONUSCO Force Commander

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Lieutenant General Otávio Rodrigues de Miranda Filho is the new Force Commander of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). Brazilian...

Four African countries make UN 2022 peace and security overview

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United Nations (UN) peacekeepers in Africa found themselves in harm’s way is how the world body politely describes the often harrowing task faced by...

SA QRF team tops in DRC military challenge

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Six soldiers from the South African quick reaction force (QRF) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) took time off to test their military and...

Eastern DRC a remains tinderbox

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Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains a tinderbox with the United Nations (UN) reporting at least 131 civilian deaths from M23 rebel attacks...

Top UN official praises SA contribution to peacekeeping

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South Africa is singled out by the senior United Nations (UN) peacekeeping official for its continental contributions to the world body’s efforts to end...

DRC demining boosted by major Korean donation

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Ongoing and, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) increasing, hostilities put paid to the country’s hopes of being anti-personnel mine compliant by year-end. Support...

MONUSCO nod of approval for South African QRF soldiers and facilities

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The South African quick reaction force (QRF) in Democratic Republic of Congo in Beni at Mavivi base was on the receiving end of a...

MONUSCO, FARDC, EACRF heighten patrols in eastern DR Congo

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Hostilities in particularly the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have seen troops from two East Africa Community (EAC) countries deployed as part of...

Kenyan general sees for himself in DR Congo

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A show of support for Kenyan soldiers deployed to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to stifle and hopefully halt hostilities has come...

First Kenyan troops deployed to DRC

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Kenya is the latest addition to troop contributing countries aiming to end hostilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At the weekend, President William...

Eastern DRC worsening politically and militarily

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Both the United Nations (UN) Secretary General and Namibian President Hage Geingob are outspoken about an escalation of violence in eastern Democratic Republic of...

Violence increasing in DRC

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An upsurge in violence in Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu has seen at least 30 people wounded with an estimated 23 000...

10 SAI replaces 21 SAI as RSABATT in FIB

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Months of preparation, training and the rounds of inoculations and familiarisation briefings for 10 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion ended when the unit was bid...

DRC torture widespread in security forces and armed groups – UN

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By far the majority of torture cases in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) occur in conflict affected areas where impunity is widespread, according to...

Upcoming Op Mistral deployment undergoes UN validation

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Readying for deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 10 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion worked hard, aiming to beat the 87% score allocated...

Ongoing DRC violence does not augur well for election – Keita

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With Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) preparing for a general election, the country’s deteriorating security situation and ongoing violence does not augur well, a...

MONUSCO leads in freeing children from rebel groups

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In what is seen as a stride forward in an ongoing effort to free children from rebel groupings in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),...