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South Africa contributes to silencing the guns – Ramaphosa

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa used the upcoming BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Johannesburg to outline foreign policy, including...

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...

Ramaphosa reported to Public Protector after Oryx flight

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Seemingly not able to differentiate between government and party business has seen South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reported to the Public Protector for misusing...

Inkwazi on Presidential flight duty in US and to the Queen’s...

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That government funds were hastily found to pay subscription fees for a flight planning and navigational aids products service was shown to be a...

Ramaphosa defends SA stance at UN on Russia/Ukraine conflict

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Responding to criticism of South Africa’s abstention from voting in last week’s United Nations (UN) General Assembly Russia/Ukraine vote, President Cyril Ramaphosa said it...

SADC cannot drop its guard against terrorism – Ramaphosa

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, wearing his Southern African Development Community (SADC) hat, said ahead of today’s (Wednesday's) extraordinary Heads of State Summit there...

Ramaphosa receives Zondo Commission report part one

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The first part of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture report recommends establishment of a single, multi-functional, properly resourced and independent...

Ramaphosa meets Mswati to talk peace

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, wearing his Southern African Development Community (SADC) politics, defence and security hat, hit strife torn Eswatini for a top-level...

SA C-in-C authorises Mozambique deployment for three more months

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The South African flag will remain part of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) until at least mid-January. President Cyril Ramaphosa as Commander-in-Chief of the...

National defence force election “employment” will cost millions

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Elected officials in the National Assembly (NA) and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will be notified 10 000 SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel...

President Ramaphosa convenes SADC’s summit on Mozambique

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will today chair an Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique in...

July civil unrest Presidential panel has three months to investigate and...

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The three-strong expert panel named by President Cyril Ramaphosa to review government’s response to public violence, destruction of property and looting in July has...

Cabinet security cluster Cabinet reshuffle generally seen as positive

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Opposition political parties, the defence industry and civic organisations generally responded favourably to the Cabinet reshuffle by President and Commander-in-Chief Cyril Ramaphosa, who shook...

The Past Week in Defence #62 (12 July – 18 July...

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In this week’s edition, global piracy is down but the Gulf of Guinea is still a concern, Elbit will supply 11 Guarani armoured vehicles...

President Ramaphosa speaks out against violence and destruction of properties

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the violence and destruction that engulfed parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng two weeks ago caused much damage to property and...

Mapisa-Nqakula apologises, admits civil unrest was insurrection

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Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula made an about turn on comments that South Africa's unrest amounted to a counter revolution and now agrees with President...

Instigators of SA violence identified – Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa said security agencies identified a number of people suspected of instigating violence this week in South Africa and his government would...

Mapisa-Nqakula not part of Ramaphosa’s SADC delegation

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When South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reports for duty at tomorrow’s Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit on Mozambique his team will not include...

Next SADC Mozambique summit on 23 June

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa re-affirmed the commitment of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to “a lasting solution to the conflict to ensure...

Ramaphosa mum on possible Mozambique military deployment

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With no date yet made public for another Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit on Mozambique’s troublesome Cabo Delgado, the South African President is...

Still no date for high level SADC/Mozambique meeting

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa could shed no new light on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) approach to ongoing Islamist violence in northern...

South Africa’s Ramaphosa says ANC should have done more to prevent...

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday the governing party "could and should" have done more to prevent corruption under his predecessor Jacob...

Condolences for Chadian President

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has received with sadness, the disturbing news of the death of President of the Republic of Chad Marshal Idriss Déby Itno. The...

Commander-in-Chief lauds soldiers for COVID-19 “confrontation”

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President Cyril Ramaphosa used a downscaled Armed Forces Day parade at the Castle of Good Hope on 21 February to stress the important contribution...

“Sufficient sanction” applied for Ministerial Harare flight

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, also commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces, deems the Harare “lift” flight issue over. Replying in writing to a question...

ISS: Motsepe saga continues to bedevil Botswana-SA relations

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One of the many mysteries about the Bridgette Motsepe affair is why President Mokgweetsi Masisi is pursuing it so relentlessly despite the harm it...

Extra military deployment of 73 000 for coronavirus campaign

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“An additional 73 180 SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel” are to be deployed to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa this...

Crime detection university coming – Ramaphosa

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To improve the quality of general and specialised police investigations, government will establish a Crime Detection University at Hammanskraal north of Pretoria. This was announced...

Ramaphosa assumes AU chairmanship

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“Let us build the Africa we want. Let the guns be silenced. Let our swords be beaten to ploughshares and our spears turned into...

Official request for cost of Ramaphosa Rugby World Cup flight acknowledged...

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Maintaining there was minimal security risk when President Cyril Ramaphosa flew to Japan in November for the Rugby World Cup, a Democratic Alliance (DA)...

Ramaphosa’s Rugby World Cup excursion questioned

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The question of who – in government department terms - should pay for executive air transport has again surfaced with the revelation that President...

ISS: Justice and commissions of inquiry – a tenuous link?

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Within nine months of becoming president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa established three commissions of inquiry. These have come on the back of several...

Ramaphosa tells NCOP high-tech equipment needed for border security

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President Cyril Ramaphosa this week told the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) “a range of complementary measures” was coming to address cross border crimes. ...

SA and Nigeria stand firm against violence

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South Africa and Nigeria have reiterated condemnation of recent violent attacks in South Africa against foreign nationals. The nations cemented their stance at the first...

5th Joint Defence Committee between South Africa and Federal Republic of...

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A high-level delegation from Nigeria led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Mrs NuratuBatagarawa, was in South Africa for the two-day...

Attacks on foreigners must stop – Ramaphosa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told officials and business leaders he was committed to quelling attacks on foreigners threatening to cast a cloud over...

Ramaphosa on Tanzania state visit

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is undertaking his first State Visit since being elected President in May, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, today and tomorrow (14...

Ramaphosa seeks review of “flawed” Public Protector report

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will seek an urgent judicial review of what he described as an irretrievably flawed report in which the country’s...

Raw deal for defence in SONA

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Last week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Cyril Ramaphosa, also Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), sadly did...

Denel one of more than 20 SOCs meeting Ramaphosa

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Defence and technology conglomerate Denel was one of more than 20 state-owned companies (SOCs) which this week sent chief executives to the Union Buildings...

SANDF going “all out” for presidential inauguration

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The national defence force is “going all out” for Saturday’s presidential inauguration at Loftus Versfeld according to an officer quoted by SAnews, the official...

Ramaphosa takes 10 Cabinet Ministers to AU Summit aboard Inkwazi

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President Cyril Ramaphosa does not appear to share the reluctance of his predecessor when it comes to using the official presidential aircraft – he...

President Ramaphosa visits the Department of Defence

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  Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula used a one-on-one opportunity to tell the Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) how the...

Systemic approach to service delivery protests in South Africa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says government has adopted a multi-disciplinary and systemic approach to tackle service delivery protests. The President said this when fielding...

Closing SAA could collapse public finance

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said closing down struggling state-owned South African Airways (SAA) could collapse the country's public finances as government...

Ramaphosa racist rant poster arrested

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A South African man was arrested and will be charged in court for posting a video on social media in which he...

President opens AAD 2018

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President Cyril Ramaphosa opened the 10th African Aerospace and Defence (AAD 2018) show at AFB Waterkloof today with hints that an...

No plans for lay-offs in South African government service

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South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa said there would be no mass lay-offs of public sector workers as government considers ways to pull...

Ramaphosa to receive Mendi bell

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A massively important South Africa naval artefact today (Tuesday) comes home when President Cyril Ramaphosa accepts the SS Mendi ship's bell from...

Ramaphosa maintains land reform is no threat

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told the white Afrikaner community it should not view his government's land reform plans as a threat,...

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