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Defence & Aerospace

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... 

Algeria military court orders arrest of former Defence Minister

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2019 An Algerian military court ordered the arrest of former Defense Minister Khaled Nazar, Ennahar TV reported on its website, accusing him and two others of conspiring against the army and disrupting public order. The order marks the latest crackdown by authorities against former ministers,... 

Putin warns US of new arms race after nuclear deal’s collapse

By: Bloomberg     5th August 2019 Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the US to resume nuclear talks to safeguard strategic stability, as he blamed the Trump administration for the collapse of a key missile treaty. The demise of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty last week has “created fundamental risks for... 

Airbus-OneWeb JV opens world’s first satellite mass-production plant

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd August 2019 Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus and US-based global internet communications company OneWeb have announced that their joint venture, OneWeb Satellites, had recently officially opened the world’s first-ever high-speed and high-volume satellite production facility. The facility is located... 

Denel assures that it will take action against former executives accused of wrongdoing 

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st July 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel gave the assurance, on Wednesday, 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. “We started... 

Denel assures that it will take action against former executives accused of wrongdoing

Trade union serves legal papers on troubled State-owned defence group

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st July 2019 The Solidarity trade union announced on Wednesday that it had served urgent court papers on State-owned defence industrial group Denel to force it to pay over taxes to the South African Revenue Service and the unemployment insurance fund (UIF) levies that had been deducted from employees... 

Ford acquires defence contractor to get robot rides on the road

By: Bloomberg     30th July 2019 As Ford Motor bears down on a self-imposed deadline to field robotaxis and driverless delivery vehicles in two years, the automaker has acquired a small defense contractor whose experience could help get auto-piloted cars on the road. This month, Ford paid an undisclosed sum to acquire Quantum... 

Solidarity to make court bid to place SAA in business rescue as part of 'shake a tax fist' campaign

By: African News Agency      29th July 2019 The Solidarity NetWork will kick-off a comprehensive and lawful tax protest campaign this week, including a court application to place South African Airways (SAA) in business rescue, Solidarity said on Sunday. This protest included at least six legal actions against state enterprises and tax... 

Solidarity to make court bid to place SAA in business rescue as part of 'shake a tax fist' campaign

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
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