MONUSCO ups security in Bunia

Future rebel attempts to attack Bunia in DR Congo’s Ituri province will encounter a higher level of defence from both MONUSCO and the national...

The Past Week in Defence #24 (5-11 October)

In this week’s edition, on the continent, the USS Hershel Williams exercises with the Nigerian Navy, MONUSCO drawdown plans remain on track, Gauteng experiences...

The Past Week in Defence #22 (21 – 27 September)

    In this week’s edition, on the continent, Algerian Su-30s have been spotted on a Russian production line, MONUSCO will “demilitarise and close offices” in...

MONUSCO drawdown plans on track

The UN Security Council will “soon” be presented with a joint strategy for the progressive and phased drawdown of MONUSCO, according to Leila Zerrougui,...

MONUSCO to “demilitarise and close offices”

Work is underway on a joint strategy for MONUSCO to “gradually and responsibly exit” the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but this is not...

MONUSCO head denies logistic support for armed groups in DRC

The senior civilian UN representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) denounces “fanciful rumours” the UN mission is providing logistic support to armed...

ISS: Asking the right questions about the Force Intervention Brigade

‘The Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) should not be tampered with,’ the Southern African Development Community (SADC) insisted at its annual summit on Monday this...

SADC against FIB reconfiguration

South Africa, along with Malawi and Tanzania, the three Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries making up the sole United Nations peacekeeping force with...

UN medals for SA soldiers in DRC

Eight hundred SA National Defence Force personnel, including 100 women, were presented with UN medals for 12 months service in the UN Stabilisation Mission...

CHU’s lone woman mechanic

One of many women actively involved in UN peacekeeping missions is SA Air Force (SAAF) helicopter mechanic Sergeant Joy Mmotong. She and others form...


Joint Standing Committee on Defence shows short memory span

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) publicly acknowledged the “exceptional leadership” of outgoing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General Solly Shoke last...