ITWeb, the technology news leader, has launched Africa's first dedicated daily defence and security news service.
Group CEO and defenceWeb publisher Jovan Regasek says the service is a new solution to an old problem: the lack of dependable and timely news on defence and security issues in Africa.
“DefenceWeb gives defence professionals, and specialists interested in defence matters in Africa, a consolidated source for news, information, research and insight,” he says. “Our focus audience is the key opinion-former and decision-maker in Parliament, Cabinet, officialdom, the military, industry, academia, the media and the broader public.”
Editor Leon Engelbrecht says the site will focus on defence, intelligence and security, which includes policing. It will also include the “softer” subject of human security.
“This allows us to take a look at successes and failures around bulk infrastructure provision - water, power, telecoms, Internet, food, fuel and other socio-economic and socio-political issues that may cause or allay unrest, violence, disorder and war.
“We believe defence and security is too important an issue to leave to government,” Engelbrecht, a 13-year veteran of the defence beat, adds. “defenceWeb provides simple but comprehensive fact-files on all aspects of defence in SA and Africa.”
Engelbrecht gained his military experience during five years of service as an infantry and operations officer in the South African Army. He worked as a journalist at Network Radio News and the South African Press Association.
He says defenceWeb was, in part, inspired by the words of an Australian defence minister who some years ago said: “There is no area where public understanding and informed debate is more important. Yet there is not a lot of that debate in the community... There is even less debate on what the public is prepared to pay for defence.”
Engelbrecht says this is equally true of South Africa and Africa. “defenceWeb intends filling that vacuum.”