Tank delivery video no cause for alarm says military expert

The viral video of a 'tank delivery' is nothing to be alarmed about, says a South African military expert.

Tank delivery video no cause for alarm says military expert

An independent military expert says South Africans have no cause for alarm over a video that showed ‘tanks’ being transported.

The director of African Defence Review, Darren Olivier, was asked to comment on the video by a Twitter follower and he quickly allayed any fears South Africans might have.

‘Tank delivery’ video

Olivier says the video was likely filmed in Namibia and shows what is probably a shipment of Swiss-made Mowag Piranhas. Botswana are known to have placed on order for the armoured fighting vehicles with General Dynamics European Land Systems – Mowag GmbH.

Past orders of these vehicles have also been transported over land as Botswana is a landlocked country.

The clip has been circulating on social media for the last week with some claiming it was captured in the Cape. Even though these vehicles may at times be shipped through South African ports, Olivier believes it was filmed in Namibia. The Afrikaans spoken in the clip led most to believe this was filmed in South Africa, but the language is also spoken in Namibia.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) do not deploy the Mowag Piranha and at this time.

Olivier diffuses fears over ‘tank delivery’

“Because Botswana is landlocked, it has to have vehicles delivered by sea to a neighbouring country and sent overland by road or rail and it often uses South African ports,” wrote Olivier on Twitter.

“In 2016 [the Botswana Defence Force] ordered an additional 45 Piranhas, which have been arriving in small batches over the past few years in convoys just like this. In other words, nothing to worry about.”

Olivier suggested there was ample evidence to suggest that this shipment was intended for the Botswana Defence Force and it has nothing to do with the lockdown. 

“The trucks seem to be part of the MICA VL ground-based air defence system, which we know that the BDF recently acquired, and the Panhard VBL looks to have a Mistral launcher assembly fitted, which again is something we know the BDF has recently acquired.”

The video explained in short

Olivier rounded off his explanation by making it clear the ‘tank delivery’ video should not be a cause for alarm for South Africans or anybody else.

  1. Probably filmed in Namibia, not South Africa.
  2. These are vehicles being delivered overland to the Botswana Defence Force. Known orders, nothing unusual.
  3. Has nothing to do with the lockdown, COVID-19, or any conspiracy theories about foreign troops.
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Bundesliga restart registers league’s record TV audience

The Bundesliga was the first major league to resume since suspension of fixtures earlier in the year.

Bundesliga restart registers league’s record TV audience

The restart of the Bundesliga behind locked doors on Saturday attracted over six million viewers watching in Germany, a new record for broadcasters Sky, according to specialist website DWDL.de

Record numbers for Bundesliga restart

When the German league resumed on Saturday afternoon after a two-month break due to the coronavirus, Sky had 3.68 million viewers watching the matches on it’s subscription TV channels in Germany.

The domestic figure is more than double the usual audience for a typical round of Saturday matches.

In addition, 2.45 million viewers watched the ‘Konferenz’ – a simultaneous live broadcast of the five afternoon games, where coverage moved from stadium to stadium.

In the day’s main game, Erling Braut Haaland scored the first German league goal since mid-March to help Borussia Dortmund rout rivals Schalke 4-0 and stay in the title race with Bayern Munich, who play Union Berlin away on Sunday.

A wider reach

A spokesman for the German Football League (DFL) told AFP the matches were televised by more than 70 broadcasters worldwide, all on previously-agreed deals.

With Bundesliga matches played behind locked doors in near-empty stadiums, Sky Germany broadcast the ‘Konferenz’ on it’s free-to-view Sports News Channel.

The idea was to discourage fans in Germany from meeting up to watch matches in places with a Sky subscription.

When Saturday afternoon’s games kicked-off, Sky Germany had a market share of 27.4% on their pay-to-view channels and 18.2% on their free channel.

In the target group of 14-49 year olds, the total market share was “over 60%”, according to DWDL.de on Sunday, a record for Sky Germany.

Having been granted permission to restart after the German government approved the league’s strict hygiene guidelines, the Bundesliga is the first top European league to resume.

There are hopes the leagues in Italy, Spain and England can restart next month while the French league season has already been scrapped.

© Agence France-Presse

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