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Recruitment process for new Eskom CEO to be concluded by end-May

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th April 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown expects the recruitment process for a new CEO at Eskom to be concluded by the end of May. Matshela Koko has been acting CEO since November 2016, when Brian Molefe resigned as CEO, following the release of a Public Protector report alleging his involvement... 

Brown supports secondment of Victor Xaba as SA Express acting CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2017 Denel Aerostructures deputy CEO Victor Xaba has been seconded to serve as acting CEO of South African Express (SA Express), effective April 10. This follows after extensive consultations between the boards of Denel and SA Express, as well as the Department of Public Enterprises, and has the... 

I’m unashamedly encouraging mass mobilisation, says Gordhan

By: African News Agency      1st April 2017 A defiant former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Saturday encouraged mass mobilisation in the wake of President Jacob Zuma’s much maligned Cabinet reshuffle that saw him and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas fired along with several other ministers. Speaking at a memorial service in Johannesburg for... 

Denel heads to court to dispel doubts over legality of Denel Asia JV

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th March 2017 Denel has taken to the High Court of South Africa in Gauteng to clear up doubts over the legal standing of Denel Asia, a joint venture (JV) with VR Laser Asia. The State-owned defence group on Friday applied to the High Court in Pretoria for an order declaring that it obtained approval to form... 

Denel signs dockyard agreement with German shipbuilding group

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). This agreement will allow Denel’s Maritime Division to take responsibility for the maintenance of, and upgrades to, the South... 

Longer-ranged artillery shell unveiled by South African defence company

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has reported that it has successfully qualified its 155 mm calibre M2005 Velocity Enhanced Artillery Projectile (VLAP). This is a longer-ranged enhancement of the company’s Assegai series of 155 mm artillery rounds. The qualification... 

Opportunities from the Indian Ocean Rim

By: Riaan de Lange     24th March 2017 Indian Ocean Rim Association Well, this certainly is a blast from the past. It was a long time ago. I had just joined the then South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) – on March 1, 1995 – and, within a few days, I was jetting off to Mauritius. I thought that I had hit the big time, and yes, the... 

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub 

     23rd March 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa in February officially launched its Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, in a long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail.  

Weapon system controlled from vehicle 

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Defence vehicle manufacturer Denel Vehicle Systems will deliver four Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapons (SD-ROW) systems and eight RG32M defence vehicles to the Namibian government by the end of this month for defence purposes and tactical observation. 

Denel signs agreement with German shipbuilding group

By: Keith Campbell     13th March 2017 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). This agreement will allow Denel’s Maritime division to take responsibility for the maintenance of, and upgrades to, the South... 

South African defence company unveils increased range artillery round 

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has reported that it has successfully qualified its 155 mm calibre M2005 Velocity Enhanced Artillery Projectile (VLAP). This is a longer-ranged enhancement of the company’s Assegaai series of 155 mm artillery rounds. The qualification... 

Aviation company refutes security claims about its base at OR Tambo

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2017 South African company Fireblade Aviation has stressed that the international arrivals and departures section of its Fixed-Base Operation (FBO) at OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, would be totally under the control of the relevant government agencies. This was made clear at a... 

MENA region to account for big proportion of 3% growth

     24th February 2017 Last month, international consultancy company Deloitte projected a growth of more than 3% in global defence spending in 2017 after years of declining budgets. 

New training course offered on refrigeration units

     24th February 2017 Transportation and logistics solutions company Eqstra Flexi Fleet has introduced a new training course at its training academy, specifically designed to equip qualified auto-electricians and diesel mechanics to work on refrigeration units fitted within cold chain vehicles.  

Fireblade Aviation rejects security claims about its base at OR Tambo International Airport 

By: Keith Campbell     16th February 2017 South African company Fireblade Aviation has stressed that the international arrivals and departures section of its Fixed-Base Operation (FBO) at OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, will be totally under the control of the relevant government agencies. This was made clear in a... 

Sector charter for the defence industry agreed

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2017 Stakeholders in the country’s defence industry have adopted the Defence Sector Charter, which is intended to promote black economic empowerment (BEE) in the sector. The decision was taken at a recent stakeholder consultation session, which was attended by industry experts, suppliers, trade union... 

Airbus A400M may have won $2bn Indonesian order – reports

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2017 French aerospace journal “Air et Cosmos” and British defence media group Jane’s have both reported that the Indonesian government has approved the purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft. Both cite local Indonesian media as the source of the information. According to the French... 

Finland thinking of new version of South African missile to equip its ships 

By: Keith Campbell     27th January 2017 Earlier this month a senior officer of the Finnish Navy indicated that his service was interested in acquiring an improved version of the South African Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile (SAM). Commodore (Cdre) Veli-Pekka Heinonen was talking to the journal “IHS Jane’s Navy International”.... 

New Sansa head looking at new opportunities for the agency

By: Keith Campbell     27th January 2017 Newly appointed CEO of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa), Dr Val Munsami, will be actively seeking to identify and exploit potential areas in which to grow the activities and income of the organisation. “Our baseline budget is constrained,” he points out. “We are matching inflation.... 

A400M reportedly wins second export order

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 French aerospace journal “Air et Cosmos” and British defence media group Jane’s have both reported that the Indonesian government has approved the purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft. Both cite local Indonesian media as the source of the information. According to the French... 

Ralph Mills

     20th January 2017 This week we feature Ralph Brian Mills, CEO of Paramount Advanced Technologies, a company involved in system integration and mission systems for the defence, land, air, sea and security sectors   

Denel On Track To Meet Contract With Namibia

     19th January 2017 Denel is on track to deliver armoured patrol vehicles and light-weight remote weapon systems to Namibia within the next four months.   The contract is a substantial one and consists of eight RG32M vehicles and four SDROW weapon stations. Johan Steyn, CEO of Denel Vehicle Systems, says delivery to... 

Denel meeting mine-resistant vehicle contract from Namibia

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2017 South African defence group Denel reported on Thursday that its subsidiary, Denel Vehicle Systems, was on track to complete an export order to Namibia by the end of March. The order is for eight RG32M vehicles and four Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapon (SDROW) stations. The group described... 

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of South Africa’s vital parastatals. A Section 77 Protest Action Notice has been lodged with the... 

Finland considering updated South African missiles for fleet modernisation

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2017 Last week a senior officer of the Finnish Navy indicated that his service was interested in acquiring an improved version of the South African Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile (SAM). Commodore (Cdre) Veli-Pekka Heinonen, was talking to the journal “IHS Jane’s Navy International”. Cdre... 

Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced at the end of last month that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, would take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th December 2016 The first trains delivered in the R51-billion rolling stock acquisition programme for Metrorail operations are gearing up for service. 

Defence group Denel unveils new version of 20 mm semiautomatic weapon

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2016 South African defence company Denel PMP, part of the State-owned Denel group, highlighted on Thursday the latest version of its iNkunzi PAW semiautomatic weapon, the iNkunzi PAW A2 (iNkunzi means Bull). The iNkunzi PAW (the acronym stands for Personal Area Weapon) fires 20 mm bursting ammunition... 

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Wednesday that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, will take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament of two... 

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2016 It is generally, if not universally, accepted that the height of flying skill is embodied in the test pilot and the apex of air engineering ability in the flight test engineer. Despite huge advances in computer modelling and simula- tion, test pilots and flight test engineers still have a crucial... 

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2016 It is generally, if not universally, accepted, that the height of flying skill is embodied in the test pilot and the apex of air engineering ability in the flight test engineer. Despite huge advances in computer modelling and simulation, test pilots and flight test engineers still have a crucial... 

Jet fighter programmes stimulate South Africa’s aerospace sector

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 In the 70 years since the South African Air Force (SAAF) first flew a jet fighter, the country has gone from importing complete aircraft with no technology transfer, to developing a highly sophisticated and capable local industry capable of adapting advanced aircraft to local conditions and... 

Ahrlac production set to begin in 2017 

     27th October 2016 South African defence platforms company Paramount Group announced in September its plans to begin full scale manufacture of its Ahrlac fixed-wing aircraft at a 15 000 m2 purpose-built facility at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria. 

South Africa's fighter programmes have developed the local aerospace sector

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2016 In the 70 years since the South African Air Force (SAAF) first flew a jet fighter, the country has gone from importing complete aircraft with no technology transfer, to developing a highly sophisticated and capable local industry capable of adapting advanced aircraft to local conditions and... 

Local munitions company working on export orders, new products

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2016 South African grenade, artillery ammunition, rocket propellant and warhead manufacturer Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) hopes to conclude more than one new order before the end of this year. “This includes a significant export contract, about which we cannot reveal any details yet,” says RDM CEO... 

Regulatory requirements needed to increase the number of women in engineering

     10th October 2016 Engineering Council figures from 2015 show that 70% of women who graduated with engineering degrees left the sector after starting their careers. The reason? They felt isolated in their jobs.  Given the statistics, it is evident that positive change is necessary to not only attract but retain... 

Airbus to assist with Rooivalk upgrade, as it reaffirms Africa commitment

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Moroco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

Denel Land Systems unveils new, improved weapons

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 Denel Land Systems (DLS) unveiled the lightest 7.62 mm calibre general purpose machine gun (GPMG) in the world at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016 exhibition. It also revealed improved versions of other infantry support weapons. "You get belt-fed assault rifles that are lighter, but... 

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