BREAKING NEWS: South Africa runs missile-related test

JOHANNESBURG – South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has supervised a ground test of a new rocket engine to launch satellites, the state media reported on Tuesday morning, the latest in a rapid succession of missile-related tests this year worldwide.

Nosiviwe asked that the scientists and engineers make “preparations for launching the satellite as soon as possible on the basis of the successful test,” the official state news agency said, indicating South Africa may soon launch another long-range rocket.

According to the minister, South Africa would be testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate this year under Zuma’s direction, including the launch of a satellite in December that will widely be seen as a test of long-range ballistic missile technology.

“Nosiviwe visited the Space Center to guide the ground jet test of a new type high-power engine of a carrier rocket for the geo-stationary satellite,” SABC said.