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Minister Lynne Brown urges SA cooperation in defence industry with Pakistan

By: African News Agency      3rd November 2017 Public enterprises minister Lynne Brown has on Thursday, urged the South African government to come up with a concrete plan to explore areas of cooperation in the defense industry with Pakistan. South African Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on... 

Airbus’s A330neo type makes first flight, while Air Mauritius accepts its first A350XWB

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2017 The first development aircraft in Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus’ new A330neo (new engine option) family made its maiden flight on October 19, from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France. The aircraft took off at 09:57 local time and landed at 14:10, having flown for four hours and 13... 

South African aerospace and defence company extends aircraft training with new fighter jets

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 Aerospace and defence company Paramount Group has acquired four dual-seat Mirage F1 fighter aircraft to enhance its existing pilot training capability.  

Brown appoints executives at Denel, Safcol and Alexkor

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has appointed Zwelakhe Ntshepe group CEO of Denel. He joined Denel 21 years ago and most recently served as acting group CEO. 

Various State assets being identified for disposal as Gigaba drops deficit and debt bombshells 

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba confirmed the worst in his maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), revealing serious fiscal slippages amid bail-outs of State-owned companies (SOCs), a worryingly sharp deterioration in revenue collections, a material downward revision to the country’s... 

Outa accuses Eskom consultants of ‘gambling’ with public money

By: Kim Cloete     19th October 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has alleged that Eskom consultants Trillian Capital Partners have been “dabbling” in derivatives and losing billions of rands in the process. “Trillian has been dabbling in derivatives with our public money, racking up losses of R27-billion,” Outa... 

Key witnesses in State capture inquiry will need to face the music, warns parliamentary committee chair

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has started its keenly awaited inquiry into allegations of State capture, with a warning that key witnesses will not be allowed to shy away from appearing before Parliament. “We have a right to subpoena a witness if we think that witness has... 

Local defence industry needs both local and export orders

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 Local orders are key to winning export contracts in the defence sector, Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger affirmed at the recent Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in Pretoria. He cited the case of the order his company received for turrets for the Malaysian Army's new armoured... 

South Africa’s space sector hobbled by lack of support

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 South Africa's space sector has been hobbled by lack of adequate support from the South African Government. This was made clear during a panel discussion on space technology at the recent Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference 2017 in Pretoria. "Most space programmes, worldwide, have been... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 Alstom Brazil has started the process during which technology is being transferred to South Africans for the manufacture of X’Ttrapolis Mega trains. 

Brown has received report from Eskom on Trillian

By: African News Agency      4th October 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Wednesday told MPs she had received a report from Eskom about its dealings with Trillian and McKinsey which she demanded after it emerged that the power utility had lied to Parliament, but made plain that she will not act against the leadership of... 

South African space sector needs more support but has to market itself better

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 South Africa's space sector has been hobbled by lack of adequate support from the South African government. This was made clear during a panel discussion on space technology at the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference 2017 in Pretoria on Friday. "Most space programmes, worldwide, have been... 

Local orders and exports both essential for the South African defence industry

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2017 Local orders are key to winning export contracts in the defence sector, Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger affirmed at the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in Pretoria on Thursday. He cited the case of the order his company received for turrets for the Malaysian Army's new... 

South African business confidence hit by political uncertainty and corruption – analyst

By: African News Agency      28th September 2017 Business confidence in South Africa was at an all-time low as a result of political uncertainty, poor economic performance, policy confusion and a general lack of leadership, a turnaround strategist said on Thursday. Alastair Macduff, chairperson and CE of the Turnaround Management Association... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Applications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily. However, commercial users of drones are being constrained by generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is illegal to... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Applications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily, but commercial users of drones are being scuppered by highly generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive for operators to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is... 

Future of Denel’s aero engine and manned aircraft businesses clarified

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 South African defence industrial group Denel has a clear plan for the future of Turbomeca Africa (TMA), which it is in the process of buying off Safran Helicopter Engines (Safran HE), part of France’s Safran S/A aeroengines group. Hitherto, TMA (originally established in 2002) was a joint venture... 

South African munitions company to make major investments

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) will invest R550-million over the next three years to modernise its production facilities to the latest standards, introduce state-of-the-art processes and to increase its capacity, company CEO Norbert Schulze tells “Engineering News”. “We will likely recruit... 

South African defence company setting up ammunition filling plant for foreign client

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2017 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) announced on Tuesday that it was in the final phase of commissioning a new Universal Filling Facility, which will serve the needs of an international client. “We have worked with this client over the last four years to bring this... 

Eskom inquiry reference book published

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2017 Professor Anton Eberhard and Catrina Godinho have published ‘The Eskom Inquiry Reference Book' as an aid to the upcoming Parliamentary inquiry into so-called State capture at the power utility. The inquiry by the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises is due to kick off later this month. It... 

Black investor acquires majority stake in precision manufacturing firm

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 A recent acquisition of 51% of Johannesburg-based precision manufacturing company Bay Engineering by Black Industrialists Group (BIG) for R6.5-million is being held up as an example of transformation in the manufacturing sector. Bay Engineering MD Etienne Labuschagne points out that the deal,... 

Denel ends controversial Asia joint venture

By: Keith Campbell     8th September 2017 South Africa's State-owned Denel defence industrial group has exited the Denel Asia joint venture (JV) company. This was announced on by Denel acting Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, addressing the recent media briefing about the company's financial results, at the group's head office in Centurion,... 

Good growth, new products, from local defence company

By: Keith Campbell     5th September 2017 South African private-sector defence company Rheinmetall Defence Munition (RDM) is enjoying strong growth in its business, which is dominated by exports. “Things are going exceptionally good for RDM,” company CEO Norbert Schulze told Engineering News Online. “Since 2016, we have been growing at... 

South African defence company making major investments to upgrade its facilities

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2017 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) will invest R550-million over the next three years to modernise its production facilities to the latest standards, introduce state-of-the-art processes and to increase its capacity, company CEO Norbert Schulze informed Engineering News Online. “We will likely... 

Outa now takes aim at Denel chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) this week laid charges of corruption at the Brooklyn police station against State-owned Denel chairperson Dan Mantsha over his alleged involvement in State capture. Outa COO Ben Theron on Friday said the organisation believed Mantsha, who was appointed as... 

Self-protection system set for 2020 completion

     1st September 2017 Helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters has contracted defence and security company Saab to produce the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) self-protection system for the H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters, with deliveries scheduled for 2020. 

Industry support evident despite challenges

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 Although the lack of meaningful government involvement has been one of the biggest challenges in the industry, the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) still get support from the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), which is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s... 

Denel exits Denel Asia JV 

     31st August 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Keith Campbell about State-owned Denel’s decision to exit the controversial Denel Asia joint venture. 

Denel makes push into Eastern Europe

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2017 South African defence industrial group Denel has announced that it will have a strong presence at next month’s International Defence Industry Exhibition, in the city of Kielce in Poland. The exhibition is known as MSPO for short, from the initials of its name in Polish. “Eastern and Central... 

Prominent Presence In Poland For Denel

     29th August 2017 Denel will have a strong marketing presence at Central and Eastern Europe’s most prominent defence and technology exhibition taking place in Poland next month.   The International Defence Industry Exhibition – MSPO – takes place from 4 to 8 September and brings together heads of armed forces,... 

Denel exits controversial Asia joint venture

By: Keith Campbell     25th August 2017 South Africa's State-owned Denel defence industrial group has exited the Denel Asia joint venture (JV) company. This was announced on Friday by Denel acting Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, addressing a media briefing (about the company's financial results) at the group's head office in Centurion,... 

Gordhan calls for urgency on State capture probe as Guptas dump assets

By: News24Wire      23rd August 2017 Pravin Gordhan, former finance minister and current African National Congress MP, asked Parliament on Wednesday to look into the disposal of assets by the Gupta family as part of its inquest into State capture. Although Gordhan did not mention any names, it can be assumed that he was referring to... 

Denel appoints new CFO, legal officer

     17th August 2017 State-owned Denel has appointed Odwa Mhlwana CFO and Vuyokazi Xaxa company secretary and legal officer.   “The new additions to our executive team are critical to create stability in Denel and will contribute to our transformation into a self-sustaining State-owned company,” says Denel acting CEO... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The investigation into State capture by Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday hit its first hurdle as it was confirmed to members that the legislature would not pay for an independent evidence leader. Acting chairperson Zukiswa Rantho told MPs she had asked the chair... 

Reject the Mining Charter, urges Phosa

By: African News Agency      27th July 2017 African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful, Mathews Phosa, has rubbished the recently revised Mining Charter as a document crafted by “corrupt politicians who colluded with illegal immigrants” in an attempt to get their hands on the country’s mineral resources. Under threat of legal... 

Casspir mine-protected vehicle continues to enjoy market success

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced early this month that 21 of its Casspir NG2000 mine protected vehicles were ready for handing over to an African customer, completing an order for 45 of the vehicles. The first batch of 24 was delivered to the customer in December... 

Airbus DS test flies its new UAV in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     18th July 2017 South Africa’s Overberg Test Range was the site of the first flight of the Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) Sagitta jet-powered unmanned air vehicle (UAV) demonstrator, the European company announced on Tuesday. The aircraft, a flying-wing design, flew autonomously over the test range (which... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2017 South Africa’s defence and aerospace industry forms a major part of the country’s high-technology manufacturing and services sector. Moreover, the high-level skills it has developed and is maintaining are benefitting other sectors of the economy as well. According to the South African Aerospace,... 

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