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Mogadishu jittery about withdrawal of AU troops

By: African News Agency      20th March 2019 Mogadishu is growing jittery about the planned withdrawal of African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops from Somalia, according to a report on Wednesday. On February 16, AMISOM commanders met in the Somali capital to agree on a plan to execute the mission’s new Concept of Operations (Conops), a... 

Mapisa-Nqakula cancels meeting with Mozambique counterpart

By: African News Agency      19th March 2019 The Defence and Military Veterans Minister has announced the cancellation of a meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday with her counterpart from neighbouring Mozambique, which has been hit by the deadly Cyclone Idai that has left a trail of death and destruction. "Owing to unforeseen... 

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth 

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2019 The Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), an evolving sector-based collaboration between government and business, has earmarked 18 projects across various sectors of the South African economy for priority implementation in the coming months. Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma... 

SANDF personnel deployed to help in flood-ravaged Malawi and Mozambique

By: African News Agency      18th March 2019 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel have been deployed to support humanitarian efforts in Malawi and Mozambique, "currently facing serious floods", the SANDF said on Saturday. The SANDF had committed air assets and personnel to supplement the joint inter-departmental,... 

SA, French space agencies sign MoU on future cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and its French counterpart, the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES – the National Centre for Space Studies), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Pretoria at the end of February, laying the foundations for future cooperation between... 

Davies announces South African Premier Business Award winners

By: Simone Liedtke     14th March 2019 The winners of the sixth annual South African Premier Business Awards, which is aimed at promoting and encouraging businesses across all sectors to embrace transformation, were announced by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, in Sandton, on Wednesday night. The awards were hosted by the... 

Raytheon's improved missile-defence warhead delayed by two years

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 Raytheon’s redesigned missile-interceptor warhead -- an improvement on a system intended to defend against a potential North Korean attack -- will be delayed for two years because of technical difficulties, according to the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency. The new version of the interceptor... 

Defence minister to host 200 female officers in SANDF on Women's Day

By: African News Agency      8th March 2019 Defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will host the first ever engagement session with 200  female junior officers in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on International Women's Day. A statement by her department said the main objective of the session at the... 

Defence Force Service Commission reactivated after five months with new appointments

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2019 Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula announced on Wednesday the appointment or reappointment of four members to the Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC). Originally established in 2009, by law the DFSC must have no fewer than eight and no more than ten members, with... 

Denel aiming to access contingency fund, confident about future despite ratings cut 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2019 State-owned South African defence industrial group Denel is preparing an application for funding from the R13-billion contingency reserve announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019/20 Budget speech. “We know that [the] government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

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