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Defence & Aerospace

This is why Metrorail employees are striking

By: News24Wire      26th July 2019 Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) employees – or at least some of them – is holding a one-day strike on Friday. The United National Transport Union (Untu) will hold marches in several cities "to fix our trains". 

Veld fire extinguished at army base in Ladysmith

By: News24Wire      24th July 2019 A runaway veld fire spread to the base of 5 South African Infantry Battalion in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, on Wednesday morning. South African National Defence Force spokesperson Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi confirmed the incident to News24. 

Solidarity mulls possible legal action against Denel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd July 2019 Trade union Solidarity says Denel has informed employees that their July salaries might not be paid on time. “Not paying salaries on time is totally unacceptable and we condemn it. The implications are immense and far-reaching and Solidarity is ready for the fight,” Solidarity Defence and... 

Murder stats show decline since SANDF troops deployment in Cape Town communities

By: African News Agency      22nd July 2019 Murder statistics for the Cape Town metro region have shown a decline from previous weekends, as the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) troops arrived on the ground in various communities, Western Cape government officials said on Monday. A total of 25 murders were recorded over the... 

South African, Indian defence industries agree on areas of collaboration

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th July 2019 The South African Aerospace Maritime and Defence Export Council (Saamdec) announced on Thursday that it had made a breakthrough in developing collaboration with the Indian defence industry. The breakthrough took the form of identifying the main areas in which Saamdec member companies will be able... 

Union reports Denel has failed to pay contributions to pension fund

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th July 2019 Trade union Solidarity reported on Thursday that pension funds for Denel workers had not been paid to the company’s pension fund, Denret. This information had been provided by Denret. The union also reported that it had demanded that Denel provide proof of payment. Solidarity further stated that... 

Rolls-Royce ‘IntelligentEngine’ civil aerospace initiative advancing

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th July 2019 UK-based global major power plant manufacturer Rolls-Royce has reported that its the “IntelligentEngine” philosophy (also referred to as a vision) is making strong progress throughout its Civil Aerospace products and services “portfolio”, powerfully driven by the capabilities of digital... 

Airbus reports rise in orders for extra-long-range airliner

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th July 2019 From its launch at the Paris Air Show in mid-June to the end of that month, Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus’ latest airliner, the A321XLR, has been ordered or selected by 14 airlines and one leasing company, with firm orders totalling 44 aircraft. Letters of intent cover another... 

Defence Minister emphasises resource, capacity challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th July 2019 The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has become progressively more unsustainable as the Department of Defence and Military Veterans’ allocated budget has been declining in recent years, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in a media briefing ahead of her Budget Vote, on... 

Defence Minister emphasises resource, capacity challenges
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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

SOEs in need of expert staff – Gordhan 

By: African News Agency      17th July 2019 South Africa's State-owned enterprises need technical experts to make up three-quarters of their staff, whereas at the moment up to half were administrative support staff, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. "Three quarters of staff should be experts in each sector we... 

 SOEs in need of expert staff – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

SAMI continues partnership talks with South Africa's Denel after rebuff

By: Reuters     16th July 2019 Saudi Arabia's State defence company is continuing to hold commercial partnership talks with South Africa's Denel which said this month it would not sell a stake to the Saudi firm. Denel CE Danie du Toit told Reuters the state-owned company was open to partnerships but would not sell equity or... 

SAMI continues partnership talks with South Africa's Denel after rebuff

South African Navy falling behind other navies in Africa  

By: Kim Cloete     15th July 2019 Hit by budget cuts over the past few years, the South African Navy is bucking the regional trend and falling behind other navies in Africa, says the Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Samuel Hlongwane. “The naval balance of power is shifting on our continent,” Hlongwane told the... 

South African Navy falling behind other navies in Africa

Financial constraints pose threat to the South African Navy, says Gulube

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2019 Financial constraints and limited resources pose a "critical problem" to the running of the South African Navy and the South African National Defence Force as a whole, says South Africa’s Secretary for Defence, Sam Gulube. “The challenges pose a serious and critical problem for the continued... 

International AIV consortium completes work ahead of SKA construction

By: Simone Liedtke     12th July 2019 The international engineering consortium tasked with planning the assembly, integration and verification (AIV) of the SKA radio telescope has formally completed its work, representing another crucial step towards the construction of the world’s largest radio telescope. The work completed by the... 

Denel’s liquidity crisis plunges employees into new financial crisis

By: Simone Liedtke     12th July 2019 Following a further breakdown in trust between the management of State-owned defence company Denel and labour after this week’s announcement that the company had not paid over either workers’ or the company’s retirement fund contributions, a special labour forum was held on Thursday to discuss... 

Bank bails Denel out amid union demand for action on irregularities

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2019 The spokesperson for Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Adrian Lackay, has clarified to “Engineering News” that the lender who came to the assistance of beleaguered State-owned defence industrial group Denel, allowing it to pay its staff their full salaries for this month, was “a... 

Mboweni promises contingency reserve funds for SAA, SABC, Denel

By: African News Agency      11th July 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Thursday said he would allocate funding from the contingency reserve to shore up South African Airways, the South African Broadcasting Corporation and Denel but warned that the handouts should not be considered a "blank cheque".  Mboweni promised the lifelines to... 

Airbus’ latest airliner continues to stack up orders

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th July 2019 From its launch at the Paris Air Show in mid-June to the end of that month, Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus’ latest airliner, the A321XLR, has been ordered or selected by 14 airlines and one leasing company, with firm orders totalling 44 aircraft. Letters of intent cover another... 

Bloodhound high-speed testing set for mid-October start

By: Nadine James     10th July 2019 The Bloodhound supersonic car will participate in a high-speed testing programme at Hakskeenpan, in the Northern Cape, between mid-October and mid-November this year. The car is expected to reach speeds in excess 800 km/h, as part of the Bloodhound team’s larger objective of beating the current... 

Bloodhound high-speed testing set for mid-October start
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Andy Green

Denel asks for R2.8bn State cash injection – CEO 

By: Reuters     5th July 2019 State arms company Denel has asked the government for a R2.8-billion cash injection to help it emerge from a financial crisis and secure lucrative export deals, its chief executive said. Denel, a cornerstone of the country's once-mighty defence industry, is one of several state firms whose... 

Denel asks for R2.8bn State cash injection – CEO

South African unmanned aerial vehicle industry body created

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th July 2019 A representative body for the South African unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, sector was launched recently at Kyalami, north of Johannesburg. This is the South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), officially abbreviated to Safu. (UAS is another term for drones; they are... 

Paramount Group, SAMI sign collaboration agreement

By: Simone Liedtke     4th July 2019 Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and global aerospace and technology company Paramount Group have announced the signing of a high-level defense collaboration agreement, which is in line with Saudi Arabia’s vision for the creation of an integrated defence industrial ecosystem. The... 

Paramount Group, SAMI sign collaboration agreement
Paramount chairperson Ivor Ichikowitz

US may halt military supplies to UAE after missiles delivered to Libya

By: African News Agency      3rd July 2019 Outside players have long been accused of supporting opposing sides in Libya’s ongoing fighting which has reached a military stalemate with hundreds dead and thousands displaced. However, new reports of American missiles - delivered by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - being used by the... 

SAA is leasing new-generation wide-body airliners 

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st July 2019 State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Sunday that it had leased latest-generation Airbus A350-900 aircraft to operate its Johannesburg-New York route. The new, twin-engined, aircraft will replace the four-engined older generation Airbus A340-600 airliners... 

SAA is leasing new-generation wide-body airliners
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An Airbus A350-900 in the livery of China Southern Airlines

Solidarity serves Denel with demand to take legal action  

By: African News Agency      28th June 2019 Trade union Solidarity on Friday said it had served state arms manufacturer Denel with a demand under section 165 of the Companies Act to take immediate legal action against those responsible for the financial muddle it finds itself in. The demand was served after Denel earlier this week... 

Solidarity serves Denel with demand to take legal action

Union demands Denel take action against those responsible for irregularities

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 Trade union Solidarity announced on Friday that it had served a demand on Denel to institute legal proceedings against people who caused, or who contributed to, the financial straits the State-owned defence group is currently in. The demand was served in terms of Section 165 of the Companies Act.... 

World airline body calls for international alignment on restoring airworthiness of 737 MAX

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 National aviation safety regulators should continue to align their technical validation timelines and requirements for the safe restoration to service of the Boeing 737 MAX airliner, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has urged. The association also urged that there be alignment... 

World airline body calls for international alignment on restoring airworthiness of 737 MAX
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The first Boeing 737 MAX acquired by South African operator Comair, in British Airways colours

Airbus unveils new wing-tip technology

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 Only days before the recent Paris Air Show, Europe-based giant aerospace group Airbus announced that it had successfully flown a remote-controlled scale-model aircraft (based on the Airbus A321 single-aisle airliner and designated AlbatrossOne) fitted with flapping wing-tips. This is the first... 

Aerospace technology leaders reaffirm emission-cutting ambitions

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 At the recent 2019 Paris Air Show, the Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) of seven of the world’s major aerospace companies issued a joint statement on their joint and cooperative commitment to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the aviation industry. The companies were, in alphabetical... 

Denel rescued by local commercial bank, reports Minister’s spokesperson 

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th June 2019 The spokesperson for Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Adrian Lackay, has clarified to “Engineering News Online” that the lender who came to the assistance of beleaguered State-owned defence industrial group Denel, allowing it to pay its staff their full salaries for this month, was “a... 

Denel rescued by local commercial bank, reports Minister’s spokesperson
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Two Denel products: the A-Darter air-to-air missile and, behind, the Seeker unmanned aerial vehicle

Gordhan says SOEs in dire straits, threatens boards and CEOs with intervention

By: News24Wire      26th June 2019 South Africa’s State-owned companies are in a parlous state and if the boards and management of these organisations do not do what government expects of them, it won’t hesitate to intervene to ensure proper governance and financial management, says Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. He... 

Gordhan says SOEs in dire straits, threatens boards and CEOs with intervention
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Denel confirms salary cut; union expresses shock and concern

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel confirmed on Tuesday that it will pay its staff only 85% of their salaries for this month. “Due to ongoing liquidity challenges we are now faced with unfortunate reality that the company is not in a position to fulfil the 100% salary obligation,” stated... 

Denel confirms salary cut; union expresses shock and concern
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Some of the Denel Group’s products on display – in the foreground, an Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile, with a Badger infantry fighting vehicle behind, and just visible in the left background, a Seeker unmanned aerial vehicle

Rolls-Royce reports strong progress in its civil aerospace 'IntelligentEngine' initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th June 2019 UK-based global major power plant manufacturer Rolls-Royce has reported that its “IntelligentEngine” philosophy (also referred to as a vision) is making strong progress throughout its Civil Aerospace products and services “portfolio”, powerfully driven by the capabilities of digital technology.... 

Rolls-Royce reports strong progress in its civil aerospace 'IntelligentEngine' initiative
Photo by Rolls-Royce
Trent 1000 civil aeroengines on a Rolls-Royce production line

Ethiopia's army chief, top regional officials killed in northern coup attempt

By: Reuters     24th June 2019 Ethiopia's army chief of staff and the regional president of the northern state of Amhara were killed in two related attacks when a general tried to seize control of Amhara in an attempted coup, the prime minister's office said on Sunday. Amhara state president Ambachew Mekonnen and his advisor... 

CSIR announces new head of its Defence and Security Technology Sector Cluster

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced on Friday that Sipho Mbhokota had been appointed as the new executive manager of CSIR Defence and Security (previously Defence, Peace, Safety and Security). He has been at the CSIR since 2014, when he was appointed Competency... 

South African drone sector association created 

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 A representative body for the South African unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, sector was launched on Thursday evening at Kyalami, north of Johannesburg. This is the South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS – another term for drones), officially abbreviated to Safu.... 

South African drone sector association created

Aerospace giants displaying their wares at Paris

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 Global major aerospace groups Airbus and Boeing are both using the current Paris Air Show (at Le Bourget Airport) to display innovative technologies and programmes. Airbus will also be marking its 50th birthday. Both companies will have commercial and military, fixed- and rotary-wing, aircraft on... 

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