The South African army is operating a cargo plane chartered by Sapsan Airline that leaves Pretoria on an almost daily basis to supply its peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo. In a context of high tension between Kinshasa and M23 rebels, the South African military wants to be prepared for any eventuality.
The regional SAMIM force, deployed in northern Mozambique, has announced an investigation after a video emerged of soldiers burning bodies of suspected insurgents. South Africa is hoping to turn the page on the incident as quickly as possible.
The SADC intervention force in northern Mozambique, to which South Africa is the main contributor, has suffered a series of setbacks, including logistical snafus, lack of intelligence gathering, and poor coordination with Rwandan and Mozambican troops.
At its conference in December, delegates from the ruling party will vote on a range of new national measures. Led by Lindiwe Zulu, the ANC's powerful international relations sub-committee is once again set to impose its will on the executive, with implications for Israel, Russia and Western Sahara.
Denel, leading supplier to the South African armed forces, is in a critical financial situation. The company is trying to get the government to give it the funds its needs to pay its debts. Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan and new defence minister Thandi Modise have been given the job of trying to help the flailing state-owned company.