No plans for VIP jet for Zuma - Armscor

2014-10-17 07:00

Controversial plans by the department of defence to buy a VIP presidential jet have not been handed on to Armscor, says the state-owned arms procurement agency.

Spies trained in Russia raise double-agent fears

2014-08-31 11:25

SA’s State Security Agency has spent almost R10m on sending a group of spies to Russia for training - which has raised concerns that they could turn and become double agents.

Ministers mum on contingency plan for Parly

2014-08-26 12:47

Cabinet ministers would not be drawn on what measures would be put in place to deal with chaotic disruptions to parliamentary proceedings.

SANDF discipline problem growing - minister

2014-07-23 14:55

Indiscipline in the SA National Defence Force continues to grow, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says.

Dismissal of Armscor directors upheld

2014-06-10 18:05

The dismissal of two senior Armscor executives by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been upheld by the Constitutional Court.

Mapisa-Nqukula admits military meltdown

2014-04-23 20:36

The SANDF is in urgent need of investment to ensure it can meet its international commitments after two decades of budget cuts have left it under-equipped, the defence minister says.

Ailing SANDF needs resuscitation

2014-04-23 14:33

The decline of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) needs to be urgently turned around, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says.

Presidential medical unit costs R11.5m - minister

2014-04-04 13:33

Providing medical services for President Jacob Zuma, his dependants and predecessors is an expensive business, according to Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

Sisulu abused public money - DA

2014-03-16 16:38

Reports that Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu spent R11m for chartered flights on a Gulfstream jet while she was defence minister, shows a staggering abuse of public money, the DA says.

SA won't send troops to CAR - report

2014-02-02 12:34

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has reportedly stated that South Africa will not send troops to the Central African Republic, despite mounting pressure to do so.

Zelda la Grange deserves kudos: Mapisa-Nqakula

2013-12-08 21:46

Nelson Mandela's former aide Zelda la Grange deserves kudos for everything she did for the former president, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says.

Politicking creeps into Mandela services

2013-12-08 19:56

Flutterings of politicking have crept into certain commemoration services held countrywide in honour of struggle icon Nelson Mandela.

Madonsela to depoliticise Nkandla process

2013-11-20 16:13

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has vowed to depoliticise the report on the security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

Zuma arrives in DRC for visit

2013-10-29 15:08

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a two-day visit.

Zuma to visit Senegal

2013-09-28 14:13

President Jacob Zuma is set to undertake a state visit to Senegal next week, the department of international relations and co-operation says.

Defence minister to intervene at metro

2013-08-28 14:40

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will lead a delegation to the Ekurhuleni metro to meet officials and military veterans following violence at the East Rand Civic Centre.

Obsolete aircraft, arms sold - minister

2013-08-19 12:50

The defence department has sold off three more of its Atlas Cheetah fighter jets this year, according to Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

'Get experts to manage Armscor'

2013-08-14 19:04

Experts are needed to run arms procurement parastatal Armscor to prevent serious consequences for South Africa, the FF Plus says.

Minister wants more women in the army

2013-08-13 15:12

Women should be encouraged to join the SA National Defence Force, says Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

No funding problems for Zuma VIP flights

2013-07-25 10:11

The air force can't afford to fly a fleet of R2bn helicopters but has no trouble in finding funds for President Jacob Zuma's VIP flights, says a report.

Calm outside Mandela hospital

2013-07-19 11:06

Calm has returned outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria following birthday celebrations for former president Nelson Mandela.

Defence minister abused power - DA

2013-07-16 16:01

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's use of an SA Air Force helicopter to go to Tlokwe, North West, to receive a memorandum is an abuse of state resources, the DA says.

Family says Mandela stable - premier

2013-06-28 20:49

Nelson Mandela's family says the former president was still critically ill, but stable when they visited him.

Zuma vists Mandela, cancels Mozambique trip

2013-06-26 23:15

President Jacob Zuma has cancelled a scheduled trip to Mozambique after visiting the critically ill former president Nelson Mandela in hospital.

Night vigil at Mandela hospital

2013-06-25 00:43

Scores of journalists have been milling around outside the Pretoria hospital where a critically ill Nelson Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection.


Zuma arrives in US for UN meeting

2014-09-21 19:29

President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by numerous ministers, have arrived in New York to attend the United Nations general assembly.

Defence minister dodges plane ticket question

2014-08-28 10:02

The minister of defence has refused to answer a question in Parliament over a claim that R100 000 was spent on a first-class air ticket for the head of the SA National Defence Force.

Mapisa-Nqakula to speak to media on parly chaos

2014-08-26 07:09

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will brief the media on the disruptions in Parliament last week.

Defence minister welcomes Armscor ruling

2014-06-11 05:33

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has welcomed a Constitutional Court judgment which upheld the dismissal of two Armscor executives.

Judgment in Armscor case

2014-06-09 19:12

The Constitutional Court will give judgment on the dismissal of two Armscor executives by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

SANDF needs more money, says minister

2014-04-23 17:41

The defence force does not deploy itself, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has said in asking for a bigger budget for the SANDF.

Minister: Call for spoilt-vote treacherous

2014-04-14 14:38

Government says those calling on voters to spoil their ballots in next month's elections are being "irresponsible and treacherous”.

SANDF will not be deployed to CAR - minister

2014-03-31 22:13

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says South Africa will not deploy troops in the strife-torn Central African Republic.

Defence Review approved before elections - Zuma

2014-02-21 21:01

The long-awaited Defence Review should be finalised before Parliament dissolves ahead of the 7 May elections, President Jacob Zuma says.

Minister mum on 'spy' satellite

2014-01-23 14:34

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says she will not be drawn into public discussion on Project Flute, the name of a secret contract reportedly involving a Defence Intelligence satellite.

Doctors, nurses lauded for not leaking information on Mandela

2013-12-08 21:46

The doctors and nurses who cared for former president Nelson Mandela have been lauded for never leaking any information of what went on at his Houghton home, or in hospital.

1 000 soldiers accused of crime

2013-11-20 19:25

Over 1 000 SANDF soldiers have been accused of crime in the past four years and a fifth of those have been convicted.

Zuma arrives in Namibia

2013-11-06 22:06

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Namibia for a state visit, the presidency says.

Minister mum on presidential holiday flights

2013-10-09 14:37

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has refused to detail holiday flights made by President Jacob Zuma and his deputy at taxpayers' expense, prompting the opposition to claim she has classified the information.

57 000 veterans registered

2013-08-28 20:18

The military veterans department is currently sifting through a database of 57 000 names to verify the identities of members of the former armed forces.

Military mum on arms export

2013-08-19 22:32

The defence department could not say whether the sale two years ago of "obsolete" military field guns to a private contractor is properly and legally recorded for export.

Zuma concludes Malawi visit

2013-08-18 21:03

The spokesperson for the presidency says President Jacob Zuma has concluded a working visit to Malawi where he attended a summit of SADC heads of state.

Armscor chair, deputy chair gets the boot

2013-08-14 16:59

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has fired Armscor's board chair and deputy chair because of governance matters.

Protector inspects Nkandla

2013-08-12 18:10

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is visiting President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead as part of her probe into its upgrade, the defence ministry says.

SA Air Force in crisis - DA

2013-07-24 15:32

The DA will ask Parliament's defence joint standing committee to schedule a meeting to discuss the "crisis" in the SA Air Force, spokesperson David Maynier says.

Madiba well and responsive - minister

2013-07-18 13:29

Former president Nelson Mandela is well and responsive, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says.

Techno-tussle at Mandela hospital

2013-06-28 22:33

A dozen police officers have apprehended a man who flew a radio-controlled mini helicopter over the Pretoria hospital, where former president Nelson Mandela was being treated.

VIPs continue to arrive for Mandela

2013-06-28 14:38

Former president Nelson Mandela's latest hospital visitors have included Free State premier and ANC chairperson in the province Ace Magashule.

Still steady flow of vistors to Mandela hospital

2013-06-25 23:15

Relatives of former president Nelson Mandela and senior politicians continue to visit the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where the critically ill elder statesman is being treated.

Steady stream of visitors to Mandela hospital

2013-06-24 22:09

There has been a steady stream of relatives and senior politicians to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where a critically ill Nelson Mandela is being treated.

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