http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.93Change: 0.00
R/$ = 12.67Change: -0.01
Au 1095.49 $/ozChange: 0.31
Pt 984.00 $/ozChange: 2.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Apr 11, 2012

SA Navy budget set to rise as piracy threat to SADC grows

Back
Cape Town|Engineering|Africa|Copper|Defence|Health|Ports|SECURITY|Africa|Angola|Mozambique|South Africa|Tanzania|Services|Indian Ocean|Mozambique Channel|SADC Ocean|Johannes Mudimu|Keith Campbell|Lindiwe Sisulu|Operations|East Coast|Indian Ocean|SAN
Engineering|Africa|Copper|Defence|Health|Ports|SECURITY|Africa|Angola|Tanzania|Services|||Operations||
cape-town|engineering|africa-company|copper|defence|health|ports|security|africa|angola|mozambique|south-africa|tanzania|services|indian-ocean|mozambique-channel|sadc-ocean|johannes-mudimu|keith-campbell|lindiwe-sisulu|operations|east-coast|indian-ocean-region|san
© Reuse this



South African Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has confirmed that the country will increase its naval budget.

Answering a question from Engineering News Online at a press conference at the 2012 Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in Cape Town on Wednesday, Sisulu stated that the amount would be announced in her department’s budget.

“When we adopted the [Southern African Development Community (SADC)] Maritime Security Strategy, we committed ourselves to giving more money to the navy. This is a top priority for us.”

SADC heads of State adopted the SADC Maritime Security Strategy in Angola on August 9, 2011.

This comes against the backdrop of growing SADC concern about piracy and other forms of maritime crime and insecurity.

In her keynote address opening the conference, Sisulu pointed out that African countries were "particularly reliant on the sea and thereby vulnerable".

She highlighted that, in 2006, the global total of people taken hostage at sea was 186, but that in 2010 the figure for the Indian Ocean alone was 1 016.

She affirmed that the SADC was expecting increased pirate operations off its east coast.

During the 12 months from March 2011 to the end of February 2012, there were 57 pirate attacks in Tanzanian territorial waters, reported Sisulu, citing her Tanzanian counterpart. This was "an unprecedented number, but one that is indicative of the relocation of piracy to the SADC ocean".

She further reported that foreign, particularly European, States were asking South Africa to allow merchant ships with armed guards to enter this country's ports. "The world is taking to the option of onboard [armed] security," she said. "We are grappling with this development."

Sisulu appealed to the IONS delegates, who come from 86 countries (both Indian Ocean rim States and observer nations) to advise the South African government on the issue.

South Africa now has a trilateral agreement with Mozambique and Tanzania, which allows the South African Navy (SAN) to undertake operations in their waters. "This agreement allows us to conduct all activities aimed at strengthening SADC on the east coast," explained SAN Chief Vice-Admiral Johannes Mudimu to the press conference.

He gave the assurance that the anti-piracy operation, codenamed Copper, (and which involves the South African Air Force, Special Forces and South African Military Health Services as well as the SAN) is continuing uninterruptedly.

"Currently, in the Mozambique Channel, the SAS Drakensberg is taking over from the SAS Isandlwana," he revealed.

"The navy is tasked to patrol the northern Mozambique Channel ....[but] we can go all the way to Tanzania."

Although the SAS Drakensberg is primarily a tanker – it is officially designated a combat support ship by the SAN – Mudimu gave the assurance it would be effective in fulfilling the mission.

"The Drakensberg has been the workhorse of the navy," he highlighted. "Drakensberg will give us equal [anti-piracy] capability as the frigates."

All four of the SAN's frigates have now done anti-piracy patrols in the northern Mozambique Channel. "We're trying to involve as many assets as possible," said Mudimu.
 

* Keith Campbell is attending IONS 2012 as a guest of the SAN.
 

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest News
Embattled South African steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has offered insight into the “fair pricing model” it has tabled before government in return for tariff protection and a government stipulation that locally manufactured steel be designated for...
Telecommunications group Telkom on Friday said it had posted a 1.7% uptick in net revenue for the three months to June 30, on the back of a strong performance by mobile on data revenue and higher fixed-line subscription revenue. Mobile net revenue for the first three...
Dangote Cement revised its 2015 spending plans to $1-billion from the $700-million estimated nine months ago after it commissioned two new African plants this June, Nigeria's biggest listed company said on Friday. The company, majority owned by billionaire Aliko...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz pushes one button, and then retracts his hands from the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. “And now the truck is driving itself.”
The statutory body responsible for skills development and support in the banking sector, BANKSETA, was investing R68-million in the capacity building project of the University of Venda (UniVen), announced Bankseta company secretary Caroline King at a media event in...
LIONEL MOYAL Cloud services providers must compete against other cloud services providers for business by providing up-to-date systems and services
Legacy information technology (IT) systems are becoming increasingly obsolete because of the maturity, efficiencies and cost effectiveness of cloud-based IT services, says information and communication technology major T-Systems subsidiary Intervate head Lionel...
ARMANDÉ KRUGER Balancing the collection and processing of data must be aligned to strategy
Many complementary services enable companies to derive broad value from data inside and outside them. The complexity of data management means that companies’ strategies determine the various data systems and functions they will use, says PBT Group regional sales...
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has announced that it had awarded the country’s first remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) pilot’s licence. It was issued on Friday, July 10, to SACAA employee and qualified commercial pilot Nicole Swart,...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96