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Defence & Aerospace

Rolls-Royce completes acquisition of German electrical aviation propulsion business

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd October 2019 Renowned UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Tuesday that it had completed its purchase of Siemens’ eAircraft business. The deal was originally announced in June. eAircraft was the German electrification, automation and digitalisation group’s electric and hybrid-electric... 

SANDF rolls into Dunoon, but not to stop protests, say Western Cape police

By: News24Wire      2nd October 2019 The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was deployed to protest-hit Dunoon, Cape Town, early on Tuesday morning not to stop protests, but to raid premises for drugs and guns, Western Cape police said. "The forces are focusing on the generators of crime such as drugs and firearms. Please... 

New defence review not on the cards, despite budget constraints

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2019 Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says she will have to “engage strongly” with Cabinet and Parliament on the ever-declining defence budget allocation. Such an engagement would have to include include discussions, debates and a resolution on the level of ambition that... 

International airline body urging six priorities on global aviation organisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th September 2019 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has affirmed that it has high expectations for the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s fortieth assembly, which started in Montreal, Canada, on Tuesday. Iata is the representative body of the world’s commercial aviation (airline and air... 

International airline body urging six priorities on global aviation organisation

Newly launched Hensoldt South Africa aims to double turnover in five years

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th September 2019 Germany-based global defence and civilian sensors group Hensoldt officially launched its new, consolidated, South African subsidiary recently. The new company is Hensoldt South Africa, which combines the previously separate Hensoldt Optronics South Africa and GEW Technologies. “Consolidating GEW... 

Airbus forecasts continued strong growth in airliner demand until 2038

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2019 Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus has predicted that the global fleet of passenger and freighter aircraft will increase by more than 100% over the next 20 years, requiring the production of more than 39 000 new aircraft. The group released its latest 20-year forecast on Wednesday. To... 

Airbus forecasts continued strong growth in airliner demand until 2038
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Airbus A350-900

Paramount’s Mbombe 4 x 4 achieves high-level certification

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2019 Global technology and aerospace business Paramount Group’s Mbombe 4 x 4, the newest addition to its advanced armoured personnel carrier family of vehicles, has received final certification for the independently verified blast tests which exceeded the criteria for North Atlantic Treaty... 

Paramount’s Mbombe 4 x 4 achieves high-level certification
Blast test

Army to stay longer in gang hotspots – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     16th September 2019 South African soldiers will patrol gang-ridden Cape Town streets for an extra six months after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday extended their deployment to the end of March 2020. The army was deployed in July to help quell escalating violence that has killed hundreds this year and that some... 

CSIR calls for proposals from the public to use its photonics facility

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is calling for proposals from anyone who wishes to turn a demonstrated idea into a working prototype using the photonics prototyping facility at the CSIR, in Pretoria. 

CSIR calls for proposals from the public to use  its photonics facility
PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGY The photonic prototyping facility was designed for individuals or organisations who wish to design photonics products

MeerKAT contributes to significant radio astronomy discovery 

12th September 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about how South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array contributed to a significant discovery in the Milky Way and the role of radio astronomy in promoting education. 

MeerKAT contributes to significant radio astronomy discovery
MeerKAT contributes to significant radio astronomy discovery

Denel reaches major milestone in the execution of Malaysian Army contract

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th September 2019 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Thursday that it was delivering the hundredth turret it has produced under an export contract from Malaysia. The turrets are being fitted to the Malaysian Army’s new AV8 armoured vehicles. The contract, worth €342-million, is... 

Denel reaches major milestone in the execution of Malaysian Army contract
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
The GI30 30 mm cannon-armed version of the Denel turret, here mounted on a prototype of the South African Army’s Badger fighting vehicle

Cabinet to 'assess situation' after Premier Winde calls for extension of Cape Flats SANDF deployment

By: News24Wire      11th September 2019 Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Tuesday said that they have received a letter from Western Cape Premier Alan Winde where he calls for an extension of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployment to the Cape Flats which ends next week. The minister added that a... 

Denel appoints CFO to strengthen its management team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th September 2019 State-owned defence group Denel has appointed Carmen le Grange CFO. The group on Monday said the appointment of a seasoned chartered accountant as the CFO would strengthen its management team and contribute to a strong culture of corporate governance. 

Denel appoints CFO to strengthen its management team

Denel to exit some businesses within months 

By: Reuters     6th September 2019 South Africa's struggling State-owned defence company Denel aims to begin disposing of equity stakes and exiting loss-making businesses within months as part of its turnaround strategy, it told a parliamentary committee. Denel, which makes ammunition, missiles and armoured vehicles for South... 

Despite problems, Denel is looking for diversification opportunities

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th September 2019 In a written Parliamentary answer, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan stated late last month that State-owned defence industrial group “Denel is constantly exploring economically viable new revenue streams as part of its profitable growth strategy as well as new technologies to grow its... 

Cash-strapped arms maker Denel eyes R30bn in export deals

By: Reuters     5th September 2019 State-owned Denel can see some R30-billion in deals over the next two years which should help it recover after struggling to pay salaries and relying on bailouts, the state arms firm said on Thursday. "Denel is actively pursuing a winnable order pipeline of R30-billion in the next two years,... 

Local defence industries association head is optimistic that the country is rebounding  

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th September 2019 South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association Executive Director Simphiwe Hamilton has affirmed that South Africa is on the rebound. He was delivering the keynote address at the official launch of Hensoldt South Africa on Wednesday night. (Hensoldt South Africa is the... 

Sensor company Hensoldt South Africa launched; aim is to double turnover in five years

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th September 2019 Germany-based global defence and civilian sensors group Hensoldt officially launched its new, consolidated, South African subsidiary on Wednesday night. The new company is Hensoldt South Africa, which combines the previously separate Hensoldt Optronics South Africa and GEW Technologies.... 

RDM's turnover hurt by export headaches – CEO

By: Reuters     4th September 2019 Months of delays in export approvals will hurt Rheinmetall Denel Munition's (RDM) turnover this year and could force the South African defence firm to halt production this month, its chief executive told Reuters. RDM, a joint-venture between German industrial group Rheinmetall and South Africa's... 

Makhura threatens to bring in army if Gauteng unrest continues

By: News24Wire      4th September 2019 Gauteng Premier David Makhura has warned that he will not hesitate to deploy the army to areas in the province plagued by xenophobic attacks and looting. Makhura made the comments in Alexandra where shops were looted and some were set alight overnight. 

DA calls for military help to protect infrastructure

By: African News Agency      2nd September 2019 The Democratic Alliance on Monday called for a joint operation by the police, military and intelligence structures to tackle what it termed "violent lawlessness" across South Africa and protect the country's logistics sectors. DA MP Andrew Whitfield said he would ask police commissioner General... 

Denel says R1.8bn Treasury injection helps greatly towards its turnaround

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2019 State-owned arms maker Denel on Friday said the government’s decision to recapitalise the entity with R1.8-billion will contribute to its turnaround and help to create a sustainable asset for South Africa. CE Danie du Toit noted that the recapitalisation followed tangible progress of detailed... 

Probe concluded into death of Mozambican soldiers during contact with SANDF

By: African News Agency      30th August 2019 Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Thursday said despite the incident in which SA National Defence Force (SANDF) deployed to the Mozambique border exchanged gunfire with police from the neighbouring State, the two nations continue to enjoy close co-operation.  Speaking to journalists in... 

ANC study group 'shocked' by murder, dumping of SANDF soldier

By: African News Agency      27th August 2019 The African National Congress (ANC) study group on defence and military veterans on Monday said it was "shocked" by reports of the burnt body of a defence force member being found in a car boot.  The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier was deployed to Cape Town as part of... 

Why the arms deal judgment will have implications for future commissions of inquiry

By: News24Wire      26th August 2019 This week's arms deal judgment will have implications for many future commissions of inquiry. In a precedent-setting judgment, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria set aside the findings of the 2015 Seriti commission report into the billion-rand arms deal. 

Why cash-strapped Denel can still sell debt

By: Bloomberg     22nd August 2019 Denel, South Africa’s State-owned arms manufacturer, is tapping bond markets – and finding buyers for its debt – even after seeking emergency funding in the past two months to pay staff salaries. The company, one of several state-owned entities struggling to stay afloat after years of financial... 

Beleaguered defence group Denel looking for diversification opportunities

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd August 2019 In a written Parliamentary answer, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has stated that State-owned defence industrial group “Denel is constantly exploring economically viable new revenue streams as part of its profitable growth strategy as well as new technologies to grow its business and... 

Beleaguered defence group Denel looking for diversification opportunities
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Denel’s flagship product: the Rooivalk (“Kestrel”) attack helicopter

Arms Deal: Seriti inquiry findings set aside 

By: News24Wire      21st August 2019 The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has set aside the findings of the arms deal commission of inquiry, with costs. In handing down judgment on Wednesday, Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said that it is clear that the commission failed to inquire fully into the matters that it had to investigate.... 

Arms Deal: Seriti inquiry findings set aside

Court to rule on Seriti Commission findings on arms deal

By: African News Agency      20th August 2019 The North Gauteng High court will on Wednesday give its ruling on a review application brought by Corruption Watch and Right2Know campaign to review and set aside the findings of the Seriti Commission of inquiry into the controversial arms deal. They claim the 2016 findings by Judge Willie Seriti... 

Court to rule on Seriti Commission findings on arms deal

Denel ordered to hand over taxes – union

By: Reuters     20th August 2019 South Africa's High Court ordered state arms maker Denel to hand over millions in employees' tax payments to the government, union officials said – a case that has refocused attention on cash-strapped State firms and their drain on the economy.  

Denel ordered to hand over taxes – union

IMF rumours may be the scare South Africa needs

By: Bloomberg     20th August 2019 The threat of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout, unthinkable a few years ago, may force South Africa’s government to push through the reforms it needs to rescue the economy. An expanded bailout for struggling power utility Eskom Holdings and calls from other State companies for support... 

IMF rumours may be the scare South Africa needs

Solidarity’s application against Denel to be heard on Tuesday

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2019 Solidarity’s application to force State-owned Denel to pay over Unemployment Insurance Fund levies and taxes deducted from employees’ salaries to the relevant authorities will be heard in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday. Solidarity on July 31 served urgent documents on the struggling arms... 

Denel to take action against former executives, while union maintains close watch

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th August 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has given the assurance that it would soon start legal actions to recover losses from fraud and misappropriation. These would be the result of several forensic investigations into the actions of the group’s previous management. The assurance was given in... 

Ramaphosa’s dependence on the left stymies South African reforms 

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2019 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is hamstrung by politics and the economy is suffering the consequences. His narrow win to become leader of the ruling African National Congress in December 2017 has left him dependent on the left -- the unions and the South African Communist Party that are... 

Ramaphosa’s dependence on the left stymies South African reforms
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Russia’s secretive military operations on the rise in Africa

By: African News Agency      14th August 2019 Private Russian military and security operations in Africa are on the increase with little of this being researched or making news headlines. However, a new report by CNN which took a month to complete said a Russian tycoon by the name of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close confidant of President Vladimir... 

Company launches new seals and materials for aerospace industry

9th August 2019 German sealing applications specialist Freudenberg Sealing Technologies introduced several new materials and sealing innovations at the 2019 International Paris Air Show held on June 17 this year. The innovations are designed to help aerospace customers address ever increasing safety and... 

Tunisian Defence Minister Zbidi submits bid to run for President

By: Reuters     7th August 2019 Tunisian Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi submitted his candidacy for a presidential election on Sept. 15 as an independent on Wednesday and said he would resign from government. Zbidi, 69, who has the support of secular parties including Nidaa Tounes and Afek Tounes, is likely to emerge as one... 

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