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Speaker calls SADC Parliaments to promote human rights principles

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National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has called on all Parliaments in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to work together to promote the principles...

Mapisa-Nqakula elected as new National Assembly Speaker

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Former Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been elected as the new Speaker of the National Assembly, following a vote by secret...

Mapisa-Nqakula – not the best but not the worst defence minister

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The departure of Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as Defence and Military Veterans Minister is a welcome change and the appointment of ANC heavyweight Thandi Modise bodes...

Thandi Modise is South Africa’s new defence minister

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Former speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise has replaced Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as South Africa’s defence minister. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the move after...

State of Emergency only to be declared when need arises –...

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, says the President will only declare a State of Emergency when the need arises. While the Minister strongly...

Will SecDef Kudjoe be the driver of change?

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Much has been said and papers with various levels of importance generated, including a Defence Review, with no discernible change in the structure of...

Mapisa-Nqakula continues to use “security” to evade Parliamentary questions

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The free flow of information on border protection successes from military provincial tactical headquarters continues unabated in contrast with answers to Parliamentary questions where...

Mapisa-Nqakula’s five-point action plan comes under the spotlight

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“After various parliamentary meetings, colloquiums, academic round tables and defence industry discussions, is it evident the 2015 Defence Review objectives and milestones are unrealistic,...

Defence Minister bemoans R15 billion budget reduction

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Introducing her budget vote in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula emphasised the impact of an over R15...

Ninth defence budget for Mapisa-Nqakula

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When Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula rises today to deliver her defence budget she does so as the second longest serving defence minister since the defeat of...

Mapisa-Nqakula’s Ministry one of the most expensive in Cabinet

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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans is one of the most expensive in President Cyril’s Ramaphosa’s Cabinet, an analysis prepared for one...

UDM leader asks Defence Portfolio Committee to investigate apparent Ministerial financial...

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An appeal for Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) to investigate financial abuse allegations appears to be the route chosen by United Democratic...

Full speech by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on sexual abuse report

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On 8 March, International Women’s Day, the Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) Ministerial Task Team (MTT) presented their report on sexual misconduct cases within...

Sexual misconduct report says SANDF culture needs reform

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On 8 March, International Women’s Day, the Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) Ministerial Task Team (MTT) presented its report on sexual misconduct cases within...

Minister warned to right size SANDF rather than seek more funding

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Cyril Ramaphosa’s defence minister has been warned to desist from asking National Treasury for further funding for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as...

Ombud investigation into Khosa death raises further questions

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The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is reported as claiming she was “misled” about the military board of inquiry (BOI) into the death...

Collins Khosa case still receiving attention: Defence Minister

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the case in which soldiers are accused of brutality in an incident that led to the...

Mozambique insurgency could spread through southern Africa – Mapisa-Nqakula

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has warned that the Islamist insurgency in Mozambique could spread to neighbouring Southern African Development Community (SADC)...

Khosa death still under investigation, but not by SANDF

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The death of Collins Khosa is, as far as can currently be established, being investigated only by the Military Ombud and police. This after Defence...

Budget cuts mean South Africa is losing its sovereign capability, defence...

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Successive budget cuts are causing the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to lose its capabilities and are also threating South Africa’s defence industry,...

Ministerial Task Team to take on half a decade of sexual...

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The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has a new, “Ministerial Task Team” (MTT) assigned to investigate all cases of sexual misconduct...

South Africa’s second Military Ombud takes office

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On 8 November at the South African Military Health Services (SAMHS) training formation in Thaba Tshwane, South Africa’s second Military Ombud, Lieutenant General Vusumuzi...

SANDF self-financing expenditure to benefit peacekeeping, Defence Review

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The Department of Defence generated R385 million this year from reimbursements from the United Nations and the sale of equipment and spares and this...

Defence minister expects more from SA defence attaches

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has said she expects more from South Africa’s defence attaches. She was speaking at the fourth...

Defence minister sounds budget alarm bells

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For the second year running, Minister for Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has sounded alarm bells about the continuing ability of the South...

SANDF deployment to have an element of surprise

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While the President has given the go-ahead for boots on the ground to be deployed to areas in the Western Cape that are plagued...

SANDF underfunded and being outpaced by militaries in the region –...

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has warned that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is underfunded and is being outpaced by...

Mapisa-Nqakula hands over bridges in the Eastern Cape

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has handed over two bridges to communities in the Eastern Cape after six children were swept...

DoD warns of fake social media accounts

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The Department of Defence and Military Veterans has warned the public to be aware of fake social media accounts purporting to be...

High-level meeting over DRC

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is in Kampala, Uganda, for a meeting aimed at discussing the peace and security situation...

Woman’s defence sector lobby group launched

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An officially endorsed organization has been launched to advance woman's interests in the South African defence sector. The South African Woman in...

SA defence industry at a crossroads – Mapisa-Nqakula

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The South African defence industry is at a critical crossroads due to challenges including the reduced defence budget and fewer acquisition programmes,...

Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at AAD 2018 media breakfast

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Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of the official media breakfast of the Africa...

SANDF celebrates Women’s Day

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) today hosted its annual Women's Day Parade at Air Force Base Swartkop, Pretoria. The event...

SANDF weapons used in cash in transit heists

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Weapons stolen from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have been used in cash in transit heists, Defence and Military Veterans...

Mapisa-Nqakula presides over passing out parade of MSD recruits

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, presided over a passing out parade of Military Skills Development (MSD) recruits at the...

Navy, Defence acknowledges it is in danger of sinking

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The operational future of the South African Navy (SA Navy) is in question as it struggles against an internal enemy: how to...

Africa Truck project still on the cards

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Defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has said the Africa Truck project is moving ahead and will be commissioned by 2019....

Speech: Defence and Military Veterans Budget Vote 2018-19

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Introduction of the debate on the Defence and Military Veterans Budget Vote 2018 in the National Assembly, by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister...

SA at risk of terrorism, trafficking and smuggling due to reduced...

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Defence and Military Veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has warned that the reduced defence budget puts South Africa at risk from terrorism, internal...

SA a peaceful country, but must be vigilant – Mapisa-Nqakula

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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says while South Africa a peaceful country that lives in harmony with its neighbours, it must remain vigilant. "South...

More detail on SA’s defence agreement with South Sudan

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Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has provided more details on the defence agreement signed with South Sudan in January this year. Responding to a...

SAA Technical to maintain presidential VVIP jet

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Armscor is about to place an order with SAA Technical for the maintenance of the Presidential VVIP Boeing Business Jet, according to...

Defence Minister undertakes diplomatic visit

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will on Monday visit the capital of South Sudan, Juba, to meet with her counterpart,...

R8 billion in contracts awarded to local defence industry in 2017/18

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The majority of contracts placed by Armscor from the 2017/18 Department of Defence (DoD) and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) budgets...

Mapisa-Nqakula outlines efforts made to promote SA defence industry

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has outlined a number of strategies state owned arms acquisition agency Armscor is undertaking to...

Minister denies selling off Denel stake

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Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has denied that the government is selling off a stake of state-owned defence conglomerate Denel, but...

Defence top management sets down six years to implement Milestone One...

The strategic statement by Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube, in the just released 2016/17 Department of Defence annual report, for the...

Border Management Authority, Defence Review need larger budget

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The South African National Defence Force's involvement in the planned Border Management Authority, BMA, and the implementation of the 2015 Defence Review,...

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