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[Source: City Press by Sipho Masondo.]

Top-secret reports from the State Security Agency (SSA) and a firm of private investigators hired by the Limpopo transport department have raised the alarm on a group of foreigners who, having received military pilot training in Polokwane, could now pose a “serious national security risk”.

Documents obtained by City Press reveal that SSA officials and others from the country’s military intelligence are also concerned that the training, which takes place at Polokwane International Airport, “could inadvertently be provided to people with malicious intent”.

A group of 25 foreigners were trained between 2013 and 2014 by Aerosud Aerospace Systems, a company acquired by the Paramount Group in 2014.

The Paramount Group, owned by Johannesburg entrepreneur Ivor Ichikowitz, is one of the world’s largest private military companies, which has been providing foreign governments with a range of security solutions.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.0% y/y in January 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in January 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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