ARTICLES RELATING TO PIRACY

Cost of Somali piracy slumps, attacks fall

2014-05-08 10:35

Somali piracy's cost to the global economy has fallen by almost half as attacks slumped, but piracy in West Africa is on the rise, according to a report.

Pirated copies of Mandela sold on streets not even the actual movie

2013-11-19 10:55

Pirated 'copies' of the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom movie being sold on Johannesburg's streets are in fact copies of a Nelson Mandela documentary.

Somali pirate 'Big Mouth' nabbed

2013-10-14 22:36

One of Somalia's most notorious pirate leaders, known as "Big Mouth", is under arrest facing charges of kidnapping and piracy after being tricked into travelling to Belgium.

Pirates hijack tanker off Gabon

2013-07-17 19:51

Pirates have hijacked an oil products tanker with 24 crew on-board off the Gabon coast, the vessel's operator says.

Piracy endangers commodities shipping

2013-06-18 16:14

Pirate attacks off West Africa's mineral-rich Gulf of Guinea have almost doubled from last year and threaten to increase the costs of commodities from the region.

Nigeria pirates kidnap Italian sailors

2012-12-24 22:06

Pirates have attacked an Italian ship off Nigeria and kidnapped four sailors, including three Italians, in the latest such incident off the country's oil-producing southern coast.

Piracy fight: No letting up from Navy

2012-11-08 19:52

South Africa will send anti-piracy patrols to the waters off Mozambique and Tanzania, a senior Navy official says, while warning of a resurgence in attacks if the continent's oceans are not policed.

Piracy off West Africa doubles

2012-10-27 09:11

Piracy off West Africa's coast has increased and seen a strategic shift, says a new report.

Piracy threatens east African gas sector

2012-06-27 15:30

Maritime piracy poses a significant threat to the feasibility of east Africa’s natural gas reserves‚ says an industry specialist.

Piracy threatening Sadc trade

2012-04-13 13:08

Piracy and illegal activity is endangering countries whose economies rely on the ocean, says Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Vote on US online piracy bill on hold

2012-01-20 17:44

US Senate majority leader Harry Reid will postpone a test vote on a bill to fight online piracy and counterfeiting, after a storm of protest from internet companies and search engines.

Another R1 million fake goods police bust

2011-12-31 08:07

Limpopo police have seized counterfeit CDs, DVDs, scanners, computers, printers and fireworks with an estimated value of over R1m.

Counterfeit industry grows, tops R360bn

2011-10-03 22:22
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The South African counterfeit industry is estimated at approximately R362bn and is viewed as one of the world's fastest growing industries, according to a legal expert.

Pirates may move south

2011-09-20 21:16

Piracy could move to the Mozambican Channel because of instability caused by piracy from Somalia, an analyst says.

UK to legalise private copying of CDs

2011-08-02 22:13

Britain will signal that it intends to legalise copying of CDs or DVDs onto digital music players or computers for personal use soon.

Zuma approves anti-piracy mission

2011-07-07 18:55

President Jacob Zuma has extended the deployment of 200 SA National Defence Force members to combat piracy in Mozambique waters.

68 000 illegal DVDs to be destroyed

2011-03-07 19:51

Illegal DVDs worth R6.8m will be destroyed by the film and publications board in Durban, it says.

Studios sue Hotfile over copyright

2011-02-09 22:33

Five major film studios have filed a copyright infringement suit against Hotfile, a website that lets its subscribers download from a library of thousands of movies and TV shows.

Piracy worries arise during awards season

2011-01-28 14:48

As Hollywood's awards season gets into full swing, movie studios have looked to new ways to screen movies to voters while ensuring they don't leak online.

Pirates may target SA

2010-11-11 22:23

A local insurance company has warned that pirates may shift their focus to the coast around SA.

Microsoft boss decries piracy

2010-10-10 09:19

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has slammed the use of pirated software by Chinese businesses.

Cameroon rebels seek hostage swop

2010-09-29 20:00

Rebels from Cameroon's Bakassi Peninsula are demanding the release of eight of their fighters in exchange for six hostages seized in a pirate attack, the group's commander has said to Reuters.

US: 4 ships robbed off Iraq

2010-08-15 21:58

Gunmen have robbed four commercial ships anchored near the oil hub of Basra in a rare attack off the Iraqi coast, the US Navy has said.

France to help fight piracy, terror

2010-06-01 17:00

France will help African countries combat piracy, terrorism and drug trafficking, President Nicolas Sarkozy has said, because Africa "cannot cope on its own".

 

Missing Thai tanker found after pirates steal oil

2014-06-02 08:10

A Thai tanker that went missing after leaving Singapore last week has been released by pirates who stole its oil cargo, a maritime watchdog says.

Nigeria navy kills 6 pirates

2013-08-28 22:13

The Nigerian navy has killed 6 pirates and injured 1 in a campaign against piracy off its coast.

Navy needed for Gulf of Guinea piracy

2013-06-24 21:28

West and Central African leaders have called for the deployment of an international naval force in the Gulf of Guinea as they met in Cameroon to discuss maritime security in the pirate-infested waters.

Tanker seized off Ivory Coast released

2013-01-22 22:44

Gunmen who hijacked an oil tanker last week near Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan have released it after taking the cargo.

Pirates storm oil tanker off Nigeria

2012-12-19 22:23

Well armed pirates have stormed and ransacked an oil tanker off Nigeria kidnapping five Indian crew members.

Russia anti-piracy planes to Djibouti

2012-11-01 09:04

Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov says Moscow hopes to deploy reconnaissance planes at a French base in Djibouti to continue its anti-piracy efforts in the Horn of Africa.

Better reporting leads to piracy spike

2012-07-18 16:59

An increase in the number of pirate attacks recorded in the Gulf of Guinea is partly the result of better reporting in a region where maritime crimes are often not noted.

Somalis to face piracy trial in Rome

2012-02-20 22:20

An Italian court has ordered 9 Somalis to go on trial for alleged piracy, the first such trial in Italy.

Johannesburg raids net R7m in fake goods

2012-01-13 21:00

Counterfeit goods with an estimated street value of R7m have been seized in an operation in downtown Johannesburg, the SA Revenue Service says.

Piracy up, many Somali attacks thwarted

2011-10-18 22:33

Piracy at sea has reached record levels with 352 attacks reported worldwide so far this year, although more and more raids off Somalia are being thwarted.

Benin, Nigeria - joint pirate patrols

2011-09-28 23:08

Benin and Nigeria have launched joint sea patrols to tackle a surge in piracy that has raised alarm in the shipping industry, with attacks seeing crews held hostage and fuel stolen.

West Africa piracy rivals Somalia's

2011-08-11 22:20

Pirate attacks off West Africa's coast have increased to levels that rival those seen in Somalia, insurers say, prompting maritime agencies to set aside their rivalries.

Entire Apple stores faked in China

2011-07-21 08:45

China, a country known for its rampant piracy, has now reached a new milestone - fake Apple stores.

SA concerned by Somali pirate threat

2011-02-22 14:13

The danger of piracy in southern African waters is a worry and SA will act to prevent it, says Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Chinese ship hijacked

2011-02-06 13:22

China says Somali pirates have hijacked a Chinese-flagged commercial ship off the coast of Yemen.

Metro cops arrest DVD bootleggers

2011-01-27 19:12

A man selling fake DVDs has been arrested near the metro police's headquarters in Johannesburg and then led officers to a bootleg production facility.

Pirates paid 'biggest ransom'

2010-11-07 14:58

Somali pirates have freed a hijacked South Korean-operated supertanker and its 24 crew after seven months of captivity, officials have said amid reports that a record ransom was paid.

Sailors kidnapped off Niger Delta

2010-10-03 21:03

Pirates have kidnapped two foreign sailors from a tanker off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta, a naval spokesperson has said, suggesting the crew worked in the black market trade of stolen crude.

Piracy doubles insurance costs

2010-08-22 08:16

The cost of insuring ships has rocketed due to piracy, with an expert warning that only an international campaign to stabilise Somalia will calm the situation.

Pirates change hunting ground

2010-07-21 21:48

The commander of Nato's counter-piracy flotilla says that Somali pirates squeezed by a multinational armada in the Gulf of Aden may be shifting some operations.

Suspect pirates to face US law

2010-04-20 22:15

Five or more accused pirates are being brought to the United States for prosecution.

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