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News March 2015
Written by Kim Helfrich, Friday, 27 March 2015

Participation in strikes, secondary strikes and unlawful or illegal labour actions will in future be sufficient grounds for dismissal from the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).

This is one of any number of provisions contained in a draft Military Discipline Bill (MDB) that went before Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) last week.

The passing into legislation and implementation of the bill, which also makes provision for an American type Judge Advocate General (JAG) rather that the current Adjutant General, is not expected to happen before November this year. This is because there are “possible Constitutional challenges regarding the appointment of military judges” as well as the “status of the military court” according to a Defence Legal Services Division (DLSD) presentation to the JSCD.

The MDB incorporates military and other offences as its Schedule One with Schedule Two being misconduct for the purposes of a military disciplinary hearing and Schedule Three being “mainly Schedule One of the Criminal Procedure Act and certain additional offences”.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 27 March 2015

Militants may be planning attacks against crowded places in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Australian government said in a travel alert on Friday, without naming any group it suspected might opt for violence.

The Kenyan government was not immediately available for comment but has criticised such alerts in the past, saying they hurt Kenya's vital tourism industry and play into the hands of those behind the gun and grenade assaults.

The Australian travel advisory came days after a warning by the U.S. Embassy in Uganda that it had information of "possible terrorist threats" to locations frequented by Westerners in Kampala, the capital of the east African nation.

"Current information suggests that terrorists may be planning attacks against crowded locations in Nairobi in the near future," said an alert on Smart Traveller, the Australian government's travel advice website.

Written by defenceWeb, Friday, 27 March 2015

Nigeria’s Joint Task Force (JTF), which is tasked with combating oil theft and other maritime crime in the Niger Delta, has taken delivery of 30 boats to bolster its forces.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, on Tuesday inaugurated the vessels procured by the Defence Headquarters for the JTF’s Operation Pulo Shield. He said the boats would help the JTF combat oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the Delta.

Badeh said, “Aside from curtailing oil theft, these boats would come in very handy during the forthcoming 2015 polls as the troops would use these boats to dominate the creeks as a warning to would be trouble makers,” Nigerian publication Punch quoted him as saying.

He said the contract for the boats was awarded to Epenal Group and its subsidiary Epenal Boat Builders, which manufactures glass fibre reinforced boats in Nigeria. These are mostly small boats around 10 metres in length. Badeh added that local company Roshannal Info Tech Limited was also involved in the contract.

JTF Commander, Major General Emmanuel Atewe, said that within the period he assumed command of the JTF, over 157 vessels had been seized and 500 oil pipeline vandals had been arrested while 300 boats had been destroyed, The Nation reports.

Written by defenceWeb, Friday, 27 March 2015

The crew of a southern Cape fishing boat had a close call when a warship taking part in Exercise Good Hope VI accidently fired on them in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Commercial fisherman and skipper Anthony Day, with nine crew members, launched from Struisbaai harbour at about 02h30 in his 28-foot ski boat. They intended heading to Twelve Mile Bank, SSW of Struisbaai, to fish for Geelbeck.

However, in the pitch black of night and without warning, three cannon rounds landed in the water less than 15 meters in front of them.

Describing his “pretty horrific and very stressful” experience to defenceWeb, a traumatised Day explained that while he was waiting for his crew before launching, a charter boat operator arrived, towing a 14 metre radio-controlled speed boat. The black-painted boat featured a radar reflector and a German technician commenced pre-launch activities. Day spoke to them and was informed that the boat was going to be used as a target at the Denel Overberg Test Range, approximately 20 nautical miles to the northeast.

Another source told defenceWeb that although boats in the area of the test range are warned of shooting activities; those from Struisbaai Harbour don't because “it's quite a distance away from where they conduct their exercises.”

Written by Guy Martin, Friday, 27 March 2015

More details have emerged regarding the export of South African military hardware last year, which amounted to almost R3 billion and included 326 armoured vehicles, which formed the bulk of exports by value.

OTT Technologies delivered a substantial number of vehicles last year, with dozens of its Puma M26 variant being exported. The Puma M26 is an eight ton, ten crew vehicle based on a Tata 4x4 driveline. In Kenyan service the Puma has performed well, surviving numerous improvised explosive device (IED) attacks during operations in Somalia.

According to data from the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), last year South Africa exported 31 M26s worth R71.2 million to Burkina Faso, 32 to Guinea (worth R78.3 million), 21 to Niger (worth R52 million), 39 to Senegal (worth R85 million) and Malawi received the last of 18 M26s ordered in 2013.

Paramount Group also exported a fair number of vehicles last year, including the last of 12 Marauder armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to Singapore (ordered in 2013) and 13 Maverick internal security vehicles ordered by Ghana in 2013.

Written by defenceWeb/UN, Friday, 27 March 2015

The Security Council passed a resolution renewing the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another 12 months and endorsing recommendations made in the Secretary-General’s report on the strategic review of the mission.

Among recommendations contained in the strategic review of the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the country (MONUSCO) the Council endorsed were those on transforming the force to become more efficient and effective in implementing its mandate and the Council fully endorsed them.

It also endorsed a recommendation to reduce the MONUSCO force by 2,000 troops, while maintaining an authorised troop ceiling. The intention was to make the troop reduction permanent but “significant progress” regarding the priorities of the force’s mandate would first be necessary, the resolution said.

Captain (SAN) Jaco Theunissen of SANDF Joint Operations said no instructions or information on possible withdrawal of South African elements had been received at the time of publication.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 27 March 2015

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday boosted the number of peacekeepers in Central African Republic by more than 1,000 after the mission was overburdened by a need to protect infrastructure and senior officials in the capital Bangui.

The 15-member council unanimously approved the request by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for an additional 750 troops and 280 police, which takes the mandated strength of the operation to nearly 13,000 uniformed personnel.

The council also approved another 20 corrections officers, to help reopen prisons outside of Bangui.

A largely Christian or animist "anti-balaka" militia took up arms in 2013 in response to months of looting and killing by Muslim Seleka rebels who had toppled President Francois Bozize and seized power in March of that year.

A U.N. commission of inquiry found that the Christian militia carried out ethnic cleansing of the Muslim population during the country's ongoing civil war, but said there was no proof of genocidal intent.

Ban said following violence in Bangui in October 2014, more troops had to be dedicated to securing the capital and critical infrastructure, while police had to be deployed to protect senior CAR officials. This left fewer troops to be deployed outside of Bangui, including to an ex-Seleka stronghold.

Written by defenceWeb, Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Nigerian Air Force has acquired at least two second hand Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet trainer and light attack aircraft as it continues to expand its aerial fleet.

One of the jets was seen passing through the United Kingdom on 25 March, having travelled from the United States via Iceland. It then continued to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on its way to Nigeria, reports Air Forces Daily.

It was flown by Air USA Inc, which specialises in military air combat readiness training and flies Hawks, Alpha Jets, MiG-29s and L-59 Super Albatroses. The Alpha Jet seen transiting the UK was cancelled from the United States register on 19 March together with a second Alpha Jet, both originally flown by the Luftwaffe before operating in the States.

The delivery status of the second aircraft is unclear. It is also not clear if the two Alpha Jets are attrition replacements or part of a larger batch being acquired by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Air USA Alpha Jets were converted for night vision goggle (NVG) operations, according to the company, and flight certified for operational use of TER, IMER and SUU-20 bomb racks.

Written by defenceWeb, Thursday, 26 March 2015

Both pilots flying a Libya Dawn MiG-23UB fighter aircraft were killed when they were shot down on Monday whilst attacking an air base.

The aircraft was attacking Zintan (Al Watiya) airport when it was shot down by the Libyan National Army with a surface-to-air missile, believed to be an Igla-S, reports Air Forces Daily.

Libya Dawn apparently carried out air strikes against Zintan on 17 February, using aircraft from Mitiga Airbase in Tripoli, which it controls. The base is home to several MiG-23s. Most of the Libyan Air Force is allied with the Libyan National Army, according to IHS Janes.

Written by Reuters, Thursday, 26 March 2015

Tunisia said on Thursday that an attack on a Tunis museum last week was launched by a cell of 23 militants, including an Algerian and Moroccans, with overlapping allegiances to a number of hardline islamist groups.

Tunisian Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli said 80 percent of the group had already been arrested over the killing of 20 tourists including Japanese, French and Italians in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

"This cell is linked to Okba Ibn Nafaa and Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, most of them came originally from Ansar al Sharia," Gharsalli said. "It is a group of 23 people, including two Moroccans and an Algerian, but 80 percent of them are already arrested."

Ansar al Sharia is listed as a terrorist group by Washington. Okba is mainly based in the Chaambi mountains bordering Algeria. That group has been tied to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's original Algerian leadership. But it has also issued ambiguous statements about the Islamic State..

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News February 2015
Written by Kim Helfrich, Friday, 27 February 2015

Ex Good HopeThe quiet buzz around Simon’s Town in anticipation of Exercise Good Hope goes up in the decibel level on Monday when a gun salute marks the start of the bi-national exercise between the South African and German navies.

Between Monday and Friday, March 27, when the end exercise happens, German and South African warships and aircraft, fixed and rotary-winged, will take part in numerous exercises, both at sea and in port.

This is the sixth edition of the Good Hope exercise and the tasks set for participants range from navigation and transit exercises through to air defence, gunnery, surface, tactical, electronic warfare and casualty evacuation. Replenishment at sea (RAS) is another task, in which the German navy supply ship Berlin will be the major roleplayer. The firefighting skills of both navies will also be put to the test during a simulated harbour fire.

Written by Kim Helfrich, Friday, 27 February 2015

Armscor wants to service the SANDFThe new chairman and board of directors are turning Armscor into an entity that appears to want to nurture and grow the local defence industry and provide the military with value for money products.

Proof of this comes in a statement issued this week that indicates the state’s defence acquisition agency had by the end of January paid R4.5 billion of its total projected cash flow of R8.2 billion to the defence industry for the current financial year.

“The remainder is expected to be paid during February and March,” General Manager: Marketing And Business Development, Lulu Mzili, said.

Chairman Johannes Mudimu, a former SA Navy Chief, said Armscor was not a regulator of the local defence industry. “It is an equal partner in ensuring the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is allowed to deliver on its mandate,” he said in reference to equipping the country’s military with the right equipment at the right price and at the right time.

This approach saw Mudimu and his co-directors last year visit Armscor facilities across the country and engage with AMD (the SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association). They went to Gerotek, the Institute for Maritime Technology, Protechnik Laboratories, the Dockyard at Simon’s Town and others.


The information arises from two State Security Agency (SSA) presentations, which are among several leaked documents the broadcaster obtained.

According to the presentations, the foiled attack came to light through Jermaine Grant, who was arrested in Kenya in December 2011 for alleged links to terrorism.

During his arrest police found materials similar to those used during the July 7 2005 suicide bomb attacks in London.

The presentations stated that a financier arrested in April/May of 2011 said he was tasked by al-Qaeda figure Harun al-Fadul, also known as Harun Fazul, to go to the United Arab Emirates and meet another person regarding the attack in SA.

The purpose of the meeting was to get money to carry out the bomb attack in SA, which would involve five suicide bombers.

Written by defenceWeb, Friday, 27 February 2015

A C-130 Hercules.United States embassy officials in Addis Ababa have confirmed that the Ethiopian government has received a single Lockheed C-130E Hercules transport aircraft from the United States for tactical airlift of troops and equipment to support Ethiopian participation in AU and UN peacekeeping operations.

The aircraft was previously operated by the Puerto Rico National Guard where it was flown by the 198th Airlift Squadron, according to Air Forces Daily. After retirement from the US Air Force, it was put in storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, in September, 2013, having flown a total of 22 739 flight hours. Early the following year it was taken out of storage and prepared for delivery to Ethiopia. The aircraft in early June 2014 flew to Ethiopia, making stops in Canada and the United Kingdom.

A statement from the US embassy in Addis Ababa said the donation came with full training support for Ethiopian pilots, technicians and engineers with specially focused programmes on navigation and maintenance processes. An embassy spokesperson said there are no existing plans to provide any additional aircraft.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 27 February 2015

The Zambian flag.Zambia's former mines minister, Maxwell Mwale, was jailed for corruption on Friday, in a rare case that prompted calls for a wider crackdown on graft among public officials.

Mwale, a former cabinet minister in Africa's second-largest copper producing nation, was sentenced to a year in jail with hard labour after he was found to have interfered in the granting of mining licences to China's Zhonghui International Mining Group.

Magistrate Lameck Mwale said during sentencing that corruption in Zambia's government had "become rampant and needs to be stopped", but Mwale's supporters said the case was politically motivated.

Mwale was an opponent of former president Michael Sata, who died last year and was succeeded by his ally in the ruling Patriotic Front, President Edgar Lungu.

"The offence he committed is something all ministers do and nobody raises an eyebrow," Mwale's cousin, Wallace Kamanga, told Reuters outside the court in Lusaka.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 27 February 2015

Omar al-Bashir.Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said he will stand aside in 2020 if he is elected for one more term in April elections, in an interview published by France's Le Monde newspaper on Thursday.

The announcement by the 71-year-old, who is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes by the International Criminal Court, will refocus attention on his extended rule after 25 years in power.

Bashir had previously signalled he would step down this year, but his National Congress Party chose him as its candidate in October, all but assuring his success against a fractured and weakened opposition.

"According to the interim constitution adopted in 2005... the head of state can serve two terms," he told the French daily. "So for me, it will be the last mandate and, if elected, I will leave power in 2020."

Opposition figures have said the continued rule of Bashir -- facing an ICC arrest warrant that has prevented him travelling to many countries -- has exacerbated Sudan's isolation from global financial and political institutions.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 27 February 2015

Wreckage from a bus station bombing in Nigeria.Boko Haram bombers killed 23 people on Thursday, authorities said, as the Islamist insurgents fight back against a military offensive launched by Nigeria and three neighbouring countries.

A suicide bomber at a bus station in Biu, a town in northeastern Borno state, killed at least 17 people, a military source and local vigilante Ibrahim Jaton said. A crowd beat a second bomber to death before he could detonate his device.

Shortly afterwards, two roadside bombs exploded in the city of Jos in the highly volatile Middle Belt where the largely Christian south meets the Muslim north, killing six people.

"A young man came to Tashan Gandu motor park and our boys stopped him for search at the check point but he refused to stop and all we heard was a loud sound," Jaton said of the Biu blast. "The whole spot was scattered within minutes."

Suicide bombings have become a common tactic for Boko Haram in the last year as the group expanded its control over territory in Africa's biggest oil producer and top economy.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 27 February 2015

Egyptian police.Two Egyptian policemen accused of killing a lawyer in custody were detained on Thursday on the orders of an Egyptian prosecutor, judicial sources said, a rare action against members of the security forces.

The officers, a lieutenant colonel and a major, will be held for four days pending investigations in to the death of Karim Hamdy on Tuesday, sources at the prosecutor's office said, and could be charged with murder.

Hamdy, 27, died from torture two days after his arrest and the initial forensic report showed he had sustained fractures in the ribs, bruises and bleeding in the chest and head, they said.

Dozens of lawyers staged a protest outside a Cairo court to protest about Hamdy's death. They carried pictures of him and chanted "the Interior Ministry are thugs".

Hamdy was arrested at his home on charges of taking part in anti-government protests organised by the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement that the army removed from power in mid-2013.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 27 February 2015

The US military has ended Ebola relief efforts in Liberia.The United States military officially ended a mission to build treatment facilities to combat an Ebola outbreak in Liberia on Thursday, months earlier than expected, in the latest indication that a year-long epidemic in West Africa is waning.

Washington launched the mission five months ago and the force peaked at over 2,800 troops at a time when Liberia was at the epicentre of the worst Ebola epidemic on record.

Nearly 10,000 people have died in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea over the past year. More than 4,000 of those deaths were in Liberia, but the number of new cases has plummeted in recent months, leaving many treatment centres empty and the mission has already begun winding down.

"While our large scale military mission is ending...the fight to get to zero cases will continue and the (Joint Force Command) has ensured capabilities were brought that will be sustained in the future," said U.S. Army Major General Gary Volesky.

The troops were deployed to support the international Ebola response mission led by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The operation was initially expected to last between nine and 12 months, said Volesky, the mission's commander.

Written by Oscar Nkala, Friday, 27 February 2015

Canadian soldiers with other African and European soldiers.The Canadian Armed Forces have ordered the withdrawal and relocation of Canadian special forces from the town of Diffa in Niger after it came under sustained mortar and ground attacks by Boko Haram militants.

Last week, Boko Haram launched a full-scale assault on Diffa leading to the government declaration of a regional state of emergency and the launch of an army counter-offensive which prompted the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) to relocate its special forces instructors to an unspecified safe place in the interior of the country.

The troops from the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) are in Niger to train local army special forces in anti-terrorism operations and advanced skills which include weapons handling, shooting, communication system and mission planning as part of Exercise Flintlock, an annual U.S.-sponsored military exercise which runs with African forces until March 9.

“This was seen as a prudent measure given the current security situation [and] in order to allow participants from every nation to concentrate on getting as much out of Exercise Flintlock 15 training as possible.

"The government of Canada takes the situation with Boko Haram very seriously, the safety of our personnel is a top priority. All members are safe and well-situated in a secure environment,” Canadian military spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier told the Globe and Mail.

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News January 2015
Written by Guy Martin, Friday, 30 January 2015

Fabian Msimang conferring officer ranks.The South African Air Force (SAAF) this morning held a joint Air Force Day and candidate officers commission parade at Air Force Base Waterkloof as the SAAF celebrates 95 years of existence.

31 candidate officers took part in the commissioning parade and were conferred officer’s ranks by the Chief of the Air Force (CAF), Lieutenant General Fabian Z Msimang, who also handed over the floating Sword of Honour to the candidate officer who excelled the most during her training. The Chief of the Air Force also announced that Air Force Bloemspruit was the Prestige Unit of the year for 2014.

“Apart from bearing witness to this commissioning parade of these new officers…we are commemorating the 95th anniversary of the South African Air Force...the second oldest in air force in the world. Through its 95 years of existence, it is evident that the South African Air Force has, and must continue to guarantee air power excellence in everything that it does. How else can it therefore be of consequence and a beacon of hope, if it does not appropriate its role in the African Agenda? This is one of the fundamental reasons compelling the South African Air Force in the coming financial year…to give special attention to capacity building and the enhancement of its capabilities.

Written by defenceWeb, Friday, 30 January 2015

Ghanaian sailors.The Canadian government has donated two speedboats and diving equipment to the Ghana Navy in an effort to improve security on its waters.

The equipment, valued at one million dollars, was handed over to Ghana at Tema Harbour this week by Christopher Thornley, the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana. The boats will be used for search and rescue, combating smuggling and other illegal activities at sea.

Ghana’s Deputy National Security Co-ordinator, Alhaji Salifu Osman, who received the equipment, thanked the Canadian government for the gesture, and promised that the boats would be utilised for their intended purposes, reports The Chronicle.

Osman said the donation was part of a training and equipment package from the Canadian government aimed at improving security in the Gulf of Guinea.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 30 January 2015

Egypt sees Sisi leave AU summit earlyEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to the Ethiopian capital for an African Union summit, following a wave of deadly attacks on Thursday night in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula claimed by Islamic State's Egypt wing.

Sisi's office said in a statement emailed on Friday morning he was heading back to Cairo to follow the situation. At least 26 security personnel were killed late on Thursday in four separate attacks in North Sinai, in some of the worst anti-government violence in months.

Sisi had been scheduled to address the AU summit that began in Addis Ababa on Friday morning.

Egypt is fighting an Islamist insurgency based in the Sinai. Hundreds of security force members have been killed since the army ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 30 January 2015

A Nigerian army vehicle.The African Union has endorsed a West African plan to set up a regional task force of 7,500 to fight Islamist Boko Haram militants, a senior official said on Thursday, a vital step towards securing U.N. Security Council backing.

Neighbours Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin agreed earlier this month to call on the African Union (AU) to seek U.N. Security Council support for their plan to take on insurgents who are fighting to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

Boko Haram has made incursions into neighbouring Cameroon and threatens the stability of a region that includes Niger and Chad. Benin lies on Nigeria's western border.

"We are thinking of a force of 7,500 women and men. The next step is to submit (approval) to the U.N. Security Council," Smail Chergui, the commissioner of the AU's Peace and Security Council, told reporters on the sidelines of an African summit in Addis Ababa. Tackling Boko Haram was top of the agenda at the meeting of African leaders and officials.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 30 January 2015

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh.A Minnesota man pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges in connection with a deadly coup attempt in the tiny African nation of Gambia in late December.

Papa Faal, 46, a former U.S. Army sergeant with ties to Gambia, was charged with conspiring to carry out a coup and a weapons violation. He pleaded guilty to both counts and was remanded into custody, according to court records.

Faal, from the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park, was accused in federal court in Minnesota of conspiring with Texas businessman Cherno Njie and others of trying to carry out a coup to make Njie interim leader of Gambia, a nation of about 1.8 million people surrounded on three sides by Senegal.

Written by Guy Martin, Friday, 30 January 2015

Ugandan Nyoka.The Uganda People’s Defence Force is focusing on implementing its Defence Strategic Infrastructural Investment Plan (DSIIP), which is professionalising the military and building its capacity, with the help of recent oil money. In spite of acquisitions like six Su-30 fighters, much of the defence budget goes towards operational and personnel requirements, especially due to involvement in Somalia and combatting various rebel groups. Click here to learn more about Uganda’s military.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 30 January 2015

Abdel Fattah al Sisi.Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday, after Islamic State's Egyptian wing claimed the killing of at least 30 security personnel in the Sinai Peninsula.

Sisi's office said in a statement that Sisi would return to Cairo after Friday morning's opening session.

The four separate attacks on security forces in North Sinai on Thursday night were among the bloodiest in years. Most of the casualties occurred in the bombing of a military hotel and base in the heavily guarded provincial capital, al-Arish.

Security sources in Sinai said three military planes left al-Arish for Cairo on Friday morning carrying 30 body bags, some of them containing corpses in pieces from the bomb attacks. They said at least five men were in critical condition and the death toll was likely to rise.

Written by ISS Africa, Friday, 30 January 2015

The African Union.Is Africa slowly turning the rhetoric of democracy into action? The Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), which introduced to the continental body the values of democracy, rule of law and constitutionalism, is 13 years old. And its prohibition of seizing power unconstitutionally goes back even earlier to 2000, preceding the AU.

But the AU created a two-tier ranking of values, as Solomon Ayele Dersso, Head of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) programme at the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), pointed out at a seminar in Addis Ababa this week.

The AU implicitly ranked the prohibition against unconstitutional changes of government as a higher value by enforcing it with the sanction of suspension from membership of the AU.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 30 January 2015

Bulgarians detained by Sudanese rebelsSix Bulgarians working with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) were detained by Sudanese rebels after their helicopter made an emergency landing in Sudan's war-torn South Kordofan province, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said.

The three-member crew of the helicopter and three officers of Sofia-based Heli Air, the carrier that operated it, were being detained, a ministry spokeswoman told Reuters. The flight was scheduled from South Sudan to Khartoum.

Fighting between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), which the ministry said was holding the Bulgarians, has increased in South Kordofan and Blue Nile provinces since peace talks collapsed in December.

"This helicopter flew into an active combat zone in South Kordofan that has been subject to bombings by the government," Mubarak Ardol, a spokesman for the rebels, told Reuters. "The SPLM-N thought it was an army helicopter, but after it landed they said they are with the UN.

Written by Reuters, Friday, 30 January 2015

UN will investighate Mali protest deathsUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he would launch an inquiry into the deaths of three protesters in northern Mali, who witnesses said were killed when peacekeepers opened fired to disperse the demonstration.

The violence erupted on Tuesday in Gao as peacekeepers were meeting local leaders angry over a plan to create a buffer zone in the north that would force pro-government militia in the area to disarm while Tuareg separatist rebels would be less affected.

A spokesman for the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said peacekeepers only fired warning shots after protesters threw rocks and petrol bombs at the base.

"The Secretary-General has decided to launch an inquiry to determine the facts surrounding this tragic incident. The United Nations will collaborate with the Government of Mali and all parties on the ground in this effort," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York on Thursday.

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News December 2014
Written by defenceWeb, Tuesday, 09 December 2014
AHRLAC, the first military manned fixed wing aircraft fully designed, tested and developed in South Africa, has completed 50 hours of incident-free test flying from Wonderboom Airport.

The Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft is another offering for the South African and African defence and security sectors from the Paramount Group, the largest privately owned defence and aerospace company on the continent.

The 50 hour milestone was reached with 55 flights since July at the airport north of Pretoria. The flight test programme is expanding the aircraft’s flight envelope in key performance areas including handling, airframe systems, centre of gravity, performance ranges and rough field capabilities.

Written by Reuters, Monday, 08 December 2014
More than 70 Chinese nationals have been detained by Kenyan police investigating allegations of cyber crime, operating private radio services and being in the country illegally, their lawyers said on Friday.

China's foreign ministry said it was aware of the arrests and would cooperate with the Kenyan authorities.

The Chinese community in Kenya, as in other African nations, has grown with the expansion in trade and aid from the Asian giant.

"The Kenyan police have detained our clients for further investigations," said lawyer Ian Maina, who represents 40 of them. Another lawyer, Tom Wachakana, represents 36.

The lawyers said police were investigating allegations of involvement in cyber crime, breaking Kenya's communications rules by operating private radio broadcasting services and being in the country unlawfully.

Written by defenceWeb, Monday, 08 December 2014
The first of a series of medal parades to honour military and civilian personnel involved in the care of and funeral arrangements for Nelson Mandela saw 84 specially designed and minted medals awarded by President Jacob Zuma at AFB Waterkloof on Sunday.

Among the recipients were 76 serving and 14 retired members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) the majority of them SA Military Health Service members, and 30 private medical doctors.

Zuma told those on parade at the Centurion air force base they were there to honour “those men and women in uniform who took care of our gallant leader when he was ill”.

“The awards are also bestowed to soldiers who participated in the burial preparations, the laying in state at the Union Buildings and those who ensured our beloved leader was accorded a befitting State funeral,” the SANDF Commander-in-Chief said.

Written by defenceWeb, Monday, 08 December 2014
The South African Competition Commission has recommended the sale of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) to state owned defence group Denel go ahead as the transaction is not likely to lead to reduced competition.

The Commission met on 2 December and discussed the sale and in a subsequent statement to the media, it said that, “the Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the merger involving Denel SOC Limited (Denel) and BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa Proprietary Limited (LSSA) be approved without conditions.

“Denel controls various other firms and intends to acquire 100% shares of the LSSA…The Commission found that the transaction is unlikely to lead to a substantial prevention or lessening of competition. The transaction is unlikely to raise public interest concerns.”

In August BAE Systems and Denel signed an agreement to proceed with the sale, valued at R855 million ($79.85 million), which was anticipated to conclude during the fourth quarter of this year after receiving regulatory and other approvals.

“This proposed sale will further shape our portfolio around our core capabilities in tracked, combat and amphibious vehicles and weapon systems, which represent markets where we possess strong franchise positions and discriminating capabilities,” stated Erwin Bieber, president of BAE Systems, Inc.’s Platforms & Services sector.

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