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SANDF expeditionary logistics and lessons from Russia

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Whilst at first glance the logistics on display in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war compared to the expeditionary logistics required in typical Southern Africa operations...

Russia mistakenly claims South African APC captured in Ukraine

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Ahead of its annual Victory Day parade on 9 May, Russia is displaying a range of military hardware captured during the conflict in Ukraine,...

World military spending rises for the ninth year

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World military expenditure is up for the ninth consecutive year to an all-time high of $2 443 billion as war, rising tensions and insecurity...

Analysis: South Africa’s national security priorities in question amidst troop deployment,...

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With the planned deployment of up to 2 900 troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the planned visit of a frigate...

Mapping a surge of disinformation in Africa

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Disinformation campaigns seeking to manipulate African information systems have surged nearly fourfold since 2022, triggering destabilizing and antidemocratic consequences. The proliferation of disinformation is a...

Russian frigate Marshall Shaposhnikov arrives in Massawa, Eritrea

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The Russian Pacific Fleet frigate, Marshal Shaposhnikov (BPK543), arrived in the Eritrean port of Massawa on Thursday 28 March for a five day visit. En...

Iran, Russia, and China hold naval exercise with SA as observer

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Naval units from Iran, China and Russia commenced a joint naval exercise ‘Marine Security Belt 2024’ in the Gulf of Oman this week Tuesday,...

Russia’s Africa Corps – more than old wine in a new...

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The Russian military company Wagner appears to have been renamed the Africa Corps by Moscow, and brought under the control of Russia’s Defence Ministry....

SA Navy will hit the high seas this year with ship...

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The South African Navy will this year send the frigate SAS Amatola to Russia for a parade and the logistics vessel SAS Drakensberg to...

Wagner Group is now Africa Corps – what this means for...

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In August 2023, Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin died after his private jet crashed about an hour after taking off in Moscow. He had...

Niger and Russia are forming military ties: 3 ways this could...

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In July 2023, Niger’s military took over in a coup just two years after the country’s first transition to civilian power. The coup has...

Moscow conference “exposed” South Africa to practical security strategies

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South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise’s attendance of the recent Moscow Conference on International Security allowed her to “engage her counterparts...

Scramble for the Sahel – why France, Russia, China and the...

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The Sahel, a region 3,860km wide located south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the African continent, has been a focus of...

Cabinet welcomes White House response to Lady R matter

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South Africa’s Cabinet has welcomed the acknowledgement of the US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, of the seriousness with which President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed...

Nations expand their nuclear arsenals as global insecurity deteriorates – SIPRI

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The number of operational nuclear weapons around the world is increasing as countries expand and modernise their militaries amidst a deteriorating global security situation,...

Questions still abound around Lady R

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An executive summary of the Lady R “independent investigation” raises more questions than answers, two opposition parliamentarians maintain. Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald...

Presidency publishes Lady R report summary but new questions arise over...

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The South African Presidency has published the long-awaited executive summary of the report looking into the arrival of the Lady R cargo vessel in...

No evidence of Lady R loading weapons – Ramaphosa

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There was nothing untoward or suspicious about the December arrival of a Russian cargo ship in the Simon’s Town naval harbour, South African President...

Exclusive: Viktor Bout still has his eye on Africa

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After spending more than a decade in prison following his conviction in the United States, Viktor Bout is once again a free man in...

Russia highlights arms contracts and defence industry cooperation with Africa

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Coinciding with the Russia-Africa summit in St Petersburg last week, Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation has highlighted the joint projects and weapons sales...

Big Rosoboronexport presence at upcoming Russia-Africa Summit

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Russian state arms export company Rosoboronexport will be displaying a wide range of military equipment at the upcoming Russia-Africa Summit to be held in...

ISS: Africa’s Ukraine-Russia mediation needed a clearer AU footprint

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Food, fertiliser and fuel are among the reasons Africa needs the Russia-Ukraine war to end quickly. With Africa becoming an arena for geopolitical competition,...

What should SA, at the least, be saying about the Wagner...

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The goals of South African foreign policy in Africa are stability, peace and growth. If Africa does well, South Africa should do well. South Africa...

No SA arms loaded on Lady R – Gungubele

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South Africa hasn’t sold or supplied arms or weapons to Russia since 2020, Mondli Gungubele, National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) chair, told a...

ISS: Prigozhin’s rebellion throws Wagner’s African future into doubt

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The brazen but brief rebellion that Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin launched in Russia at the weekend, and the deal he cut with Russian President...

Opposition parties seek Parliamentary answers on African Peace Mission

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Predictably, the South African Parliament in the form of its International Relations and Co-operation Portfolio Committee, “applauded” the mid-month Cyril Ramaphosa-led African peace mission...

ISS: African peace mission: one step forward, one step back?

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Africa’s Ukraine-Russia peace mission represents a significant milestone for the continent. It is the first time African states have taken the lead to seek...

Paramount founder emerges as broker in African peace mission to Ukraine

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Founder of Paramount, Ivor Ichikowitz, played a significant role in the African peace mission to Ukraine last weekend, which was led by South Africa’s...

South Africa wraps up clunky peace mission to Ukraine and Russia

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President Cyril Ramaphosa, along with other African heads of state, has urged Russian and Ukrainian leaders to pursue peace during a challenging and largely...

No evidence of sanctions against South Africa, gov says in wake...

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Presidential spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, has batted away suggestions that South Africa may be hit with international sanctions due to its non-aligned stance regarding the...

Sudan conflict: how China and Russia are involved and the differences...

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As clashes continue between the Sudanese military and rapid support forces, the current and historic role of foreign governments in Sudanese affairs is under...

African Heads of State to embark on peace mission to Ukraine...

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President Cyril Ramaphosa along with five African Heads of State will in the coming weeks travel to Ukraine and Russia on an African Peace...

South Africa’s pact with Russia – and its actions – cast...

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Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 South Africa has proclaimed a policy of non-alignment in that conflict. This position was placed in...

Three-member panel has six weeks to investigate Lady R affair

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A three-person panel, headed by a former Supreme Court judge, has six weeks to investigate the circumstances of the Lady R’s docking at Naval...

Arms-to-Russia row raises doubt about South Africa’s compliance, which could face...

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The recent furore over accusations by the US ambassador to South Africa, Reuben Brigety, that South Africa was supplying arms to Russia despite its...

Africa’s Russia-Ukraine peace mission: what can it achieve?

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South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to lead an initiative of six African heads of state to explore an end to the year-long...

Defence Minister reiterates that no SA cargo was taken onboard Lady...

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Over two weeks ago, South African President and Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Cyril Ramaphosa said there would be a commission...

ISS: Wheels come off South Africa’s hollow version of non-alignment

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Following United States (US) Ambassador Reuben Brigety’s accusations that South Africa supplied arms to Russia, attention has rightfully focused on the credibility of the...

Zimbabwe gets new VIP jet, Russian helicopters

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Zimbabwe’s government is taking delivery of dozens of new aircraft, including a new VIP jet and up to 50 Russian helicopters. Eighteen Ansat helicopters handed...

The Lady R: What do we really want?

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South Africa’s relations with the US are in a crisis, and there is no clear path out of the mess. South Africa’s increasing lean...

Russian embassy defends Lady R visit to South Africa

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The Russian Embassy in South Africa has said the United States totally fabricated allegations that South Africa loaded weaponry aboard the Russian vessel Lady...

Did South Africa sell arms to Russia? Only a series of...

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On 11 May 2023 the US ambassador to South Africa, Reuben Brigety, claimed that South Africa had secretly exported arms to Russia in December...

SA Army Chief’s visit to Russia not out of the ordinary...

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SA Army Chief Lieutenant General Lawrence Mbatha is in Moscow for a bilateral visit between the two military establishments in what the South African...

ISS: South Africa’s dangerous game of Russian roulette

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The bombshell conference by United States (US) Ambassador Reuben Brigety on 11 May triggered a diplomatic spat between Washington and Pretoria. The accusation that...

“Tell us what was loaded on the Lady R” – OUTA

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The war of words around Lady R and her supposed South African arms/weapons cargo generated comment and response from academics, civil society, politicians and...

Russian cargo vessel’s Simon’s Town berthing escalated to enquiry

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The apparent clandestine visit of a Russian cargo vessel to Naval Base (NB) Simon’s Town in December will be addressed by an independent enquiry...

Mali takes delivery of new armoured vehicles, including Chinese APCs

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Mali’s armed forces (FAMA) have commissioned into service dozens of military vehicles, including Chinese armoured and all-terrain vehicles, as the country continues to build...

South Africa remains ICC participant, government says in turnaround

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The Presidency has moved to clarify that South Africa remains a signatory to the Rome Statute and a participant in the International Criminal Court...

Exclusive: Wagner founder Prigozhin says counter-terrorism is company’s primary African focus

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Founder of Russian private military company Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has defended his company’s activities in Africa, saying that his involvement on the continent is...