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12 March 2019 - NW260

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

1) Tender briefings held in 2018 are as follows:

(a) Simons’ Town Procurement Service Centre – 60 tender briefings.

(b) Central Procurement Service Centre – 69 tender briefings.

2) All briefings were compulsory.

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

The Department of Military Veterans had no tender briefings held in 2018.

OFFICE OF THE MILITARY OMBUD

The office of the Military Ombud did not hold any tender briefings in 2018.

ARMSCOR

Armscor held 10 tender briefings in 2018. One (1) was a published tender bid with a compulsory bidders briefing and nine (9) bids were published with non-compulsory bidders’ briefings.

DFSC

The DFSC did not hold any tenders briefings in 2018.

CASTLE CONTROL BOARD

The Castle Control Board (CCB) did not hold any tenders briefings in 2018

07 March 2019 - NW416

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) What SA National Defence Force (i) equipment and (ii) manpower were utilised in the 2019 Armed Forces Day, (b) from where was the specified equipment and manpower deployed, (c) what was the total cost of the 2019 event and (d) how is this cost justified against the objectives and intended outcomes of the event?

Reply:

(a) All SANDF capabilities were utilised.

(b) From various units of the SANDF in the country

(c) The total costs relating to the activities and exercises of the 2019 Armed Forces Day cannot be disclosed currently as the Department is busy with reconciliation of all the expenses related to the Armed Forces Day.

(d) In 2012, the former President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency JG Zuma declared the 21 February of every year as Armed Forces Day which coincide with the sinking of the SS Mendi 101 years ago.

The proclamation has since seen the defence force holding this celebration of Armed Forces Day and commemoration of the tragic sinking of the SS Mendi.

In addition, this event is also used to test the ability of the SANDF to mobilise and move equipment and manpower to defend the country from any position in accordance to the doctrine.

07 March 2019 - NW308

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Buthelezi, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) (a) What was the total cost of the activities and exercises relating to Armed Forces Day, (b) what number of active members of the SA National Defence Force were deployed to the City of Cape Town for this project and (c) who authorised the activities and exercises; (2) whether an environmental impact study was conducted before commencing with the exercises; if not, why not; if so what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The total costs relating to the activities and exercises of the 2019 Armed Forces Day cannot be disclosed currently as the Department is busy with reconciliation of all the expenses related to the Armed Forces Day.

(2) Environmental studies are conducted by our environmental division and environmental officials of the local authorities where the event will take place, and we always abide by the stringent bi-laws of each given municipality on environmental matters.

07 March 2019 - NW43

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether her department has ever done an audit to determine the number of former SA Defence Force members who are currently serving in the SA National Defence Force; if not, why not; if so, what are the details of the audit findings?

Reply:

The SANDF is the result of the successful integration of statutory and non-statutory forces during the 1990’s.  It is one of the best examples of integration in South Africa following our liberation struggle and those who integrated undertook to defend the country and sacrifice their lives in the ultimate confirmation of patriotism.  I will therefore not provide a response that seeks to break the SANDF down into individual components, whereas the SANDF represents a unified force and a unified South Africa. 

06 March 2019 - NW124

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by her department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

We do not have any former Ministers or Deputy Ministers for the time periods requested as the current appointees hold their portfolios since before the dates mentioned in the question.

05 March 2019 - NW66

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Mokoena, Mr L to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether she has been informed that she has been implicated in testimony made under oath and in written documents by Mr Agrizzi at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to Inquire into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo; if so, were the allegations made by Mr Agrizzi in respect of her true; (2) whether she declared any financial or material gifts from Bosasa as required by the Executive Members’ Ethics Act, Act 82 of 1998; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. I have not been informed by the Commission that evidence has been or will be led.

2. In 2009, in response to Parliamentary question 1661, I confirmed that I am a founding member of Dyambu and that I have always declared this in the Register of Members’ Interests. I further indicated that I have not received any dividends from Dyambu and that I have declared such in either the public or private part of the Register of Members’ Interests over the years. I have continued to declare same in both the Parliamentary register, as well as the Register of Member’s Interests of the Presidency.

04 March 2019 - NW55

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What number of grant applications for military veterans is waiting to be processed?

Reply:

The Department of Military Veterans does not disburse grants to military veterans.

04 March 2019 - NW25

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Does the National Codification Bureau employ certain persons (names furnished); if so, (a) in what position is each specified person employed, (b) were the positions advertised, (c) what are the qualifications of each person, (d) what salary level is each person currently getting paid on, (e) on what date was each person appointed and (f) who approved the appointment of each person; (2) are any of the specified persons relatives of other employees of her department; if so, who?

Reply:

(1) Yes; the National Codification Bureau employed contractors between year 2015, 2016, and 2018 respectively. The total amount of contractors employed is 71.

a) The persons specified are currently utilised as codifiers since they were all trained for the codification environment.

b) No; the positions were not advertised since in line with the provision of the Department of Defence Instruction C PERS NO 89/99 the advertisement of contract positions within the Department of Defence is not regulated.

c) Contracted members qualification in various fields are as follows:

i. Honours (1)

ii. National Diploma (18)

iii. N4 (2)

iv. N5 (1)

v. N6 (3)

vi. Matric (46)

d) Salary Lev 7 (47), Salary lev 8 (23) and Salary Lev 9(1).

e) The appointment of contract workers took place in the following dates:

i. 01 October 2015 – 37 casual workers were appointed.

ii. 01 April 2016 – 3 casual workers were appointed.

iii. 01 February 2018 – 31 casual workers were appointed.

f) The Chief of the Division approved all appointments of contract workers.

(2) Seven (7) are related to already retired military veterans and 3 are related to active members of the Department of Defence.

14 February 2019 - NW21

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What (a) number of co-operation agreements does the SA National Defence Force have with defence forces of other nations, (b) are the names of the specified nations and (c) are the details of each of the agreements?

Reply:

1. Please find herewith the written reply as follows:

a. Question a: What number of cooperation agreements does the SA National Defence Force have with defence forces of other nations?

Answer: Since 1994, the Department of Defence, on behalf of the South African Government has entered into 101 x binding international agreements with 63 x foreign governments, 1 x multilateral organisation (UN) and 1 x trilateral agreement (RSA, Mozambique, Tanzania) in terms of Section 231(3) of the Constitution of the RSA, No 108 of 1996 and which are currently all in force.

b. Questions b and c: What are the names of the specified countries and what are the details of each of the agreements?

Answer: (See below)

         

2

           

Serial No

Country / Org

 

Type of Agreement

Date Signed

Duration

           

1

Algeria

Agreement – Cooperation in the Field of Defence

Def Coop

22 Sep 00

10 yrs – extended for a further period

2

Angola

Protocol – Defence cooperation

Def Coop

17 Feb 05

5 yrs – automatically renewed unless terminated

3

Argentina

Agreement – Exchange of Information on Maritime Traffic

Exchange of Maritime Info

30 Aug 91

Open-ended

4

Argentina

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

20 Nov 10

Open-ended

5

Argentina

Additional Protocol – Protection of Classified Information exchanged between the Parties within the Framework of Defence Cooperation

Protection of Class Info

20 Nov 10

Open-ended

6

Argentina

Agreement – Peacetime Cooperation between their Respective Navies

Def Coop

Oct 97

Open-ended

7

Australia

Agreement – Reciprocal Protection of Classified Information of Defence Interest

Protection of Class Info

11 May 00

Review after every 5 yrs

8

Belarus

Agreement – Military-Technical Cooperation

Def Coop

29 Sep 06

5 yrs – automatically extended for 5 yrs periods

9

Belgium

Agreement – Military Partnership

Def Coop

28 Feb 06

Open-ended

10

Benin

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

24 Jun 08

Open-ended

11

Botswana

Technical Arrangement – Military Health Services Cooperation

Def Coop

2 Mar 11

Open-ended

12

Brazil

Agreement – Cooperation in Defence Related Matters

Def Coop

4 Jun 03

Open-ended

13

Bulgaria

Agreement – Cooperation in the Fields of Defence and Defence Technology

Def & Tech Coop

Jul 97

5 yrs – automatically remain in force after expiration

14

Burundi

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

11 Aug 11

5 yrs – automatically remains in force after expiration

15

Central African Republic

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

31 Dec 12

5 yrs – extended for successive 5 yrs period

16

Chile

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

11 Oct 06

5 yrs – automatically renewed

17

Rep of Congo (Brazzaville)

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

14 Apr 08

6 yrs – renewed automatically unless terminated

18

Cuba

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

10 Jan 12

Open-ended

19

Czech Republic

Arrangement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

9 Nov 99

Open-ended

           
           
         

3

           

Serial No

Country / Org

Name of Agreement

Type of Agreement

Date Signed

Duration

20

DRC

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

18 Jun 04

3 yrs – renewed automatically unless terminated by either party

21

DRC

MOU – Practical Assistance to the Government of the DRC on the Integration of the Armed Forces of the DRC in accordance with the Terms of the Defence Cooperation Agreement signed between them

Project Coop

18 Jun 04

3 yrs – renewed automatically

22

Ecuador

MOU – Defence-Industrial Cooperation

Def Ind Coop

3 Nov 11

Open-ended

23

Egypt

Protocol – Intelligence Cooperation

Int Coop

24 Jan 00

5 yrs – automatically renewed

24

Equatorial Guinea

Agreement – Cooperation on Defence and Security

Def Coop

16 Feb 04

In force unless terminated by either Party

25

Equatorial Guinea

Status of the SANDF Personnel and Associated Equipment present in the Territory of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

SOFA

26 Jun 14

5 yrs – automatically renewed

26

Ethiopia

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

13 Feb 09

In force for period of 6 yrs – thereafter automatically renewed for 6 more yrs

27

Finland

MOU – Cooperation in the Fields of Defence Research, Development, Production and Procurement of Defence Equipment and Industrial Cooperation

Def Ind Coop

29 Nov 13

10 yrs

28

France

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

28 May 98

Open-ended

29

France

Security Agreement – Exchange of Classified Information in the Field of Defence

Protection of Def Related Info

31 Jul 01

Open-ended

30

Germany

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

4 Oct 96

Open-ended

31

Germany

Agreement – Cooperation in the Fields of Naval Defence Economy and Naval Technology

Def Coop

11 Sep 97

5 yrs – continue for successive periods of 1 yr

32

Germany

MOU – Exchange of Medical Personnel

Exchange of Personnel

13 Oct 96

Open-ended

33

Germany

Agreement – Conditions for the Reciprocal Provision of Support for Information and Working Visits

Bilateral Supp

23 Feb 98

Open-ended

34

Germany

Agreement – Reciprocal Provision of Health Care to Military Personnel in the Military Attaché Service

Bilateral Supp

23 Feb 98

Open-ended

           
         

4

           

Serial No

Country / Org

Name of Agreement

Type of Agreement

Date Signed

Duration

35

Germany

Agreement – Cooperation in the Field of Defence Economy and Defence Technology

Def Ind Coop

25 Jun 99

5 yrs – continue for successive period of 1 yr

36

Germany

MOU – Joint Execution of Helicopter Cross Deck Operations within the Scope of Maritime Cooperation

Trg Coop

29 Jan 03

Open-ended

37

Germany

Agreement – Provision of Equipment Aid

Bilateral Supp

5 Apr 02

Open-ended

38

Germany

Specific Arrangement – Training of Members of the RSA Armed Forces at Bundeswehr Facilities as Part of Military Training Assistance

Trg coop

12 Aug 02

Open-ended

39

Gabon

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

2 Nov 06

Automatically renewed after 5 yrs

40

Ghana

Agreement – Defence Training and Technical Cooperation

Def Coop

6 Oct 00

5 yrs – automatically renewed for further periods of 5 yrs

41

Guinea-Bissau

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

8 Aug 07

Open-ended

42

India

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

27 Sep 00

3 yrs – automatically renewed

43

India

Agreement – Supplies of Defence Equipment

Def Inc Coop

11 Dec 03

Open-ended

44

India

MOU – Training of SAN Personnel by the Indian navy

Trg Coop

8 Jun 06

Open-ended

45

Indonesia

MOU – Cooperative Activities in the Field of Defence

Def Coop

17 Mar 08

5 yrs – automatically renewed for another term

46

Iran

MOU – Cooperation in the Field of Defence

Def Coop

13 Dec 16

5 yrs – automatically renewed for another term

47

Italy

Agreement – Cooperation in the Field of Defence and Defence Equipment

Def & Def Equip Coop

12 Feb 18

 

48

Kuwait

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

15 Jul 02

5 yrs – automatically extended for successive terms of 2 yrs

49

Malawi

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

25 Feb 08

5 yrs – renewed automatically unless terminated

50

Malaysia

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

12 Nov 96

Open-ended

51

Malaysia

Agreement – Governing the Exchange and Protection of Classified Information in the Field of Defence

Protection of Class Info

26 Jun 97

Open-ended

52

Mali

Agreement – Defence and Technical Cooperation

Def & Def Ind Coop

3 May 05

Automatically renewed after 5 yrs for another 5 yrs

           
           
         

5

           

Serial No

Country / Org

Name of Agreement

Type of Agreement

Date Signed

Duration

53

Mozambique

MOU – Conduct of Combined Maritime Patrols within the Territory of the Republic of Mozambique

Bilateral Supp

1 Jun 11

1 yr – automatically renewed unless terminated

54

Mozambique

Agreement – Establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security

Establishment of bilateral structure

20 Nov 07

Open-ended

55

Namibia

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

10 Jun 97

Open-ended

56

Netherlands

Agreement – Status of Military and Civilian Personnel of their Department / Ministry of Defence Present in Each Other's Territory for Activities related to Military Cooperation

SOFA

8 Jun 07

Open-ended

57

Niger

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

25 Oct 17

Open-ended

58

Nigeria

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

7 May 13

Open-ended

59

Oman

MOU – Military Cooperation

Def Coop

13 Mar 12

5 yrs – automatically extended for a period of 5 yrs

60

Pakistan

MOU – Defence and Defence-Industrial Cooperation

Def & Def Ind Coop

27 Mar 17

5 yrs – automatically renewed for another term

61

Pakistan

Agreement – Peacetime Cooperation between their Respective Navies

Def Coop

26 Jan 98

Subject to biennial (2 yrs) revision

62

Peoples Republic of China (PRC)

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

11 Dec 01

10 yrs – extended automatically for successive terms of 2 yrs

63

Poland

Agreement – Industrial, Technological and Commercial Cooperation within the Scope of the Military Industries

Def Ind Coop

19 Sep 99

5 yrs – automatically be extended for indefinite period

64

Qatar

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

19 May 16

5 yrs – may be extended for further period of 5 yrs

65

Romania

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

7 May 03

5 yrs – automatically extended for periods of 1 yr at a time

66

Russian Federation

Agreement – Protection of Classified Defence and Defence-Industrial Related Information

Protection of Class Def & Def Ind Info

18 Mar 05

Open-ended

67

Russian Federation

Agreement – Defence Intelligence Cooperation (No Classified Information)

Def Int Coop

27 Jun 00

Open-ended

68

Russian Federation

Agreement – Military-Technical Cooperation

Mil Tech Coop

26 Nov 95

Open-ended

69

Russian Federation

Agreement – Cooperation between the two Ministries of Defence

Def Coop

14 Jul 95

5 yrs – automatically extended for a new period of 5 yrs

           
           
         

6

           

Serial No

Country / Org

Name of Agreement

Type of Agreement

Date Signed

Duration

70

Russian Federation

Agreement – Reciprocal Protection of Intellectual Property Rights Used and Established in the Course of Bilateral Defence-Industrial Cooperation

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

15 May 13

Open-ended

71

Senegal

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

20 Apr 08

Open-ended

72

Singapore

Agreement – Military Cooperation

Def Coop

10 Nov 97

Open-ended

73

Singapore

Agreement – Status of Singapore Forces Deployed in the RSA

SOFA

23 Oct 98

Open-ended

74

Slovak Republic

Protocol on Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

Jul 97

Open-ended

75

South Sudan

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

30 Jan 18

Open-ended

76

Spain

MOU – Field of Defence Material

Def Ind Coop

22 Oct 97

10 yrs – automatically extended for similar periods

77

Spain

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

19 Apr 07

Open-ended

78

Sweden

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

2 Jun 00

Open-ended

79

Sweden

General Security Agreement – Exchange of Classified Information

GSA

2 Jun 00

Shall be reviewed jointly by Parties within 10 yrs after effective date

80

Tanzania

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

12 Jun 99

Open-ended

81

Tunisia

MOU – Military Cooperation

Def Coop

6 May 05

 

82

Uganda

MOU – Cooperation in Defence

Def Coop

9 Nov 12

Open-ended

83

UK

Arrangement – Mapping and Survey Cooperation and the Exchange of Geographic Materials

Exchange of Def Related Info

2 Aug 12

Open-ended

84

UK

General Security Arrangement – Protection of Classified Information Exchanged for the Purpose of Defence Cooperation, Production, Research and Procurement between the two Countries

GSA

2016

5 yrs

85

UK

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

8 Nov 07

Open-ended

86

UK

Bilateral Arrangement- Hydrographic Offices

Project Coop

18 Nov 96

Open-ended

87

UK

Supplementary Arrangement – Provision of Support during Exercises, Training and Operations

Bilateral Supp

2 Aug 04

Open-ended

88

UK

Administrative Arrangement – Exchange of Air force Officers

Trg Coop

18 Mar 97

Open-ended

89

Ukraine

Agreement – Military-Technical Cooperation

Mil-Tech Coop

19 Jul 95

Open-ended

90

UN

MOU – Contributing Resources to the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) (now MONUSCO)

SOFA

24 Sep 01

Valid for duration of MONUSCO

           
           
         

7

           

Serial No

Country / Org

Name of Agreement

Type of Agreement

Date Signed

Duration

91

UN

MOU – SAAF Aviation Unit to MONUSCO

SOFA

29 Mar 12

Valid from 2006 for duration of MONUSCO

92

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

14 Nov 11

Open-ended

93

USA

Exchange of Notes – Provision of Excess Defence Articles

Def Coop

23 Oct 95

Open-ended

94

USA

Agreement – Security Measures for the Protection of Classified Military Information (GESOMIA)

Protection of Class Def Related Info

20 Nov 98

5 yrs – automatically extended annually

95

USA

Exchange of Notes – Administrative and Technical Status of Visiting Forces

SOFA

10 Jun 99

Open-ended

96

USA

Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA)

Def Ind Coop

8 May 01

10 yrs – automatically extended annually

97

USA

Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement- Geospatial-Intelligence

Exchange of Class Def Related Info

Mar 13

 

98

USA

Agreement – Defence Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation Project (RDT&E)

Def Ind Coop

14 Apr 16

Open-ended

99

Vietnam

MOU – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

9 May 06

Open-ended

100

Zambia

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

2012

5 yrs – may be renewed for further period of 5 yrs

101

Zimbabwe

MOU – Defence Training, Technical Cooperation and Technological Transfer

Def Coop

3 Dec 10

Open-ended

102

Zimbabwe

Agreement – Defence Cooperation

Def Coop

21 Feb 96

Open-ended

           
 

TRILATERIAL

       

103

RSA – Mozambique – Tanzania

MOU – Maritime Security Cooperation

Trilateral Coop

13 Dec 11

1 yr – automatically renewed

* Note: "MOU" means Memorandum of Understanding

"SOFA" means Status of Forces Agreement

"GSA" means General Security Agreement / Arrangement

14 February 2019 - NW30

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Rawula, Mr T to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) On what date was the information technology (IT) infrastructure of (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her last upgraded or updated, (b) what is the name of the company contracted to do the upgrades, (c) what was the monetary value of the contract and (d) what is the name of each IT system that was upgraded; (2) what is the (a) name of the company that is currently responsible for the maintenance of the IT systems of (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her and (b) monetary value of the contract?

Reply:

Ser

no

ICT Systems Upgraded or Updated

Service Provider/s

Monetary Value

Remarks

 

a.

b.

c.

d.

1

Upgrade the DOD IBM Central Computing Platforms at the DOD Secondary- and Primary Data Centres.

SITA & IBM

Rm 35,803

Activity initiated during 2017 and completed mid-2018.

2

Procurement of a Hyper Converged Infrastructure for the DOD Secondary- and Primary Data Centres.

SITA and IT Agility

Rm 77,640

A three year contract with effect from the FY 2018/19.

3

Upgrade the DOD VMAX Storage Disk and communication switches for the DOD Secondary- and Primary Data Centres.

SITA and EMC

Rm 40,660

Activity initiated during 2017 and completed mid-2018.

4

Upgrading of the DOD Bankserv System.

SITA, Paytech, Koponong and Vivid Technologies

Rm 1.876

Initiated in 2016 and commissioned Aug 18.

5

 

Upgrading of the DOD Active Directory System.

 

SITA, XON and Microsoft SA

Rm 92,684

 

Requirement registered 19 Aug 14 and project completed 06 Aug 18.

6

The upgrading of the DOD National Telecommunication Back Bone Infrastructure.

XON

FY 2018/19-Rm 66.3      FY 2019/20-Rm 115,3         FY 2020/21-Rm 113,768 FY 2021/22-Rm 119 392

A four year contract with effect from the Financial Year 2018/19.

2.         What is the (a) name of the company that is currently responsible for the maintenance of the IT systems of (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her and (b) monetary value of the contract?

 

REPLY:

See attached Appendix

14 December 2018 - NW3229

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Ryder, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her borrow from any entity in the People’s Republic of China (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018, (b) is the name of the lender of each loan, (c) conditions are attached to each loan and (d) are the repayment periods for each loan in each case?

Reply:

There is no entity and/or department reporting to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans that borrowed any amount from any entity in the People’s Republic of China

12 December 2018 - NW2936

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether she has officially or unofficially met with any member of the Gupta family at any time between 1 January 2009 to date; if so, (a) what was the nature of the specified meeting and (b) where was it held?

Reply:

I have attended events organised by the Hindu community to mark their Diwali, a Hindu Festival, wherein members of the Gupta family attend as part of the members of the Hindu society.

These invitations have always been extended to Ministers, Deputy Ministers, and the Business community long before I even assumed the responsibility of being the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans.

12 December 2018 - NW3366

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Hlonyana, Ms NKF to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What is the (a) total number of pieces of artillery that the SA National Defence Force currently owns and (b) type of each piece of artillery; (2) whether each piece of artillery is functional; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply:

Due to security sensitivity on this question, the response thereto can only be disclosed in a Closed Session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence

12 December 2018 - NW2985

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) What was the basis of the 23,1 % increase in the salaries of employees of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) in the 2017-18 financial year, (b) how were the specified salary increases justified against a lower budget and (c) why are there no correlations between internal targets of employees and the core function activities of Armscor; (2) whether Armscor utilised reserve funds to fund the increase in employee salaries; (3) what are the relevant details of the (a) salary increases of Armscor employees since 1 April 2018, including a detailed breakdown of (i) salary increases and bonuses for senior management service employees and (ii) any other benefits for employees such as free hunting trips and the Cape Town Jazz Festival, (b) basis for the increases and (c) source fund(s) from which the increases will be funded?

Reply:

1. (a) The basis of the increase can be summarised as follows:

(i) The redress of unjustifiable wage gaps between people doing the same job or work that is similar. This parity project was initiated as a result of the new Labour Law amendments on equal pay for same or similar work or work of equal value. In so doing Armscor followed the prescribed Gazetted Regulations.

(ii) It is also attributable to the internal promotions across the organisation in line with the corporate Promotion Practice.

(iii) There was also the filling of vacancies that were vacant in the previous financial year.

(iv) During the last six financial years the Discovery medical premiums increased at an average of 9.1% per annum.

(v) There was insourcing of contractors from across the organisation.

(vi) The annual increases of 7.5% contributed to the total amount.

(vii) Lastly Voluntary Severance Packages for about 30 employees were paid to those who opted to leave the organisation

1. (b) Salary increases were justified in the sense that Armscor needed to comply with legislation as well as ensuring that the organisation remains competitive and is able to attract and retain the highly sought after skills that are necessary in ensuring that it delivers work of superior quality.

These increases were projected and budgeted for. Armscor has also adopted a strict policy in filling vacancies that are critical to the operations of the organisation by optimising the utilisation of these resources hence deriving huge operational savings as depicted in the pie chart below. These savings amounted to R22,4m in total.

1. (c) Armscor is of the view that there is a correlation between the internal targets and core functions of the organisation. For example, acquisition targets relating to the turnaround times for placing orders formed part of the corporate score card.

QUESTION 2

(2) Whether Armscor utilised reserve funds to fund the increase in employee salaries;

RESPONSE

Armscor did not utilise reserves to fund salary increases; as stated these were projected and absorbed in the cost savings with the exception of voluntary severance packages which were provided for in the reserves.

QUESTION 3

(3) what are the relevant details of the (a) salary increases of Armscor employees since 1 April 2018, including a detailed breakdown of (i) salary increases and bonuses for senior management service employees and (ii) any other benefits for employees such as free hunting trips and the Cape Town Jazz Festival, (b) basis for the increases and (c) source fund(s) from which the increases will be funded? NW3299E

3 (a)

SUMMARY OF SALARY INCREASES

 

Category

2017/18

2018/19

Executives

7.5

6.2

Snr Management

7.5

6.5

Middle Management

7.5

7.75

Professionals

7.5

7.75

Skilled Workers

7.5

7.75

General Workers

7.5

7.75

SALARY BREAKDOWN

DIRECT PERSONNEL COSTS PER FINANCIAL YEAR 2017/18 TO 2018/19

Financial Year

2017/18

2018/19

Top Management

(EXCO Members) incl. CEO

16 637 652.88

17 667 041.01

EM/Head of Departments

24 625 317.08

26 067 719.19

Snr Management

75 873 769.26

76 396 300.53

Middle Management

397 773 481.19

420 516 743.11

Specialist

202 950 419.05

229 424 405.86

Semi Skilled

184 121 076.93

186 819 269.59

General Workers

41 472 291.72

45 671 529.3

Total

  1. 4 008.11

1 002 563 008.59

3 (a) (i) Group Executives received bonuses of 10% of annual package and the rest of employees received bonuses of 8% of total annual package which on average amounted to an equivalent of a month’s additional salary.

(ii) There were no additional benefits offered to employees.

3.(b) The increases were due to:

  1. Normal annual salary increments.
  2. Compliance with legislation.
  3. Escalation of medical aid costs.
  4. Compliance with internal policies.
  5. Financial sustainability initiative as approved by the Board (Voluntary Severance Package).

3 (c) The source of the funds for the salary increases were normal budget provisions.

10 December 2018 - NW3683

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) What (a) is the status of the matter regarding the families that were evicted from the Marievale Military Base by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and (b) informed the eviction of the families; (2) whether she has found that (a) the eviction was carried out legally and (b) her department complied with court orders in this matter; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what (a) are the details of the oversight that her department exercised in the matter and (b) is the official policy position of her department with regard to the actions and inactions of the SANDF in this matter?

Reply:

This matter is subject to ongoing litigation and once resolved the questions posed can be responded to.

10 December 2018 - NW3440

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) On what date did her department last conduct an audit of artwork owned by Government which is under her department’s curatorship and (b) what are the details of each artwork under the curatorship of her department according to the Generally Recognised Accounting Practice 103; (2) whether any artworks under her department’s curatorship have gone missing (a) in each of the past five financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. (a) The department’s policy, in line with the Modified Cash Standards and Section 38(1)(d) of the PFMA, provides for the verification of assets at least once a year.

(b) An Asset register is available for audit purposes.

2. No losses have been recorded for the periods under question.

10 December 2018 - NW3656

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether her department and/or any of the entities reporting to her have contracts with certain companies (names furnished) for their services; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the (a) total monetary value and (b) duration of the contract in each case?

Reply:

2. Defence Intelligence does not have a contract with and does not employ the services of Eavesdropping Detection Solutions (EDS); Corporate Business Insight and Awareness (CBIA); Cell Detect; or Business Espionage Countermeasures South Africa (BECSA).

10 December 2018 - NW3751

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) What was the purpose of the visit by a certain official (name and details furnished) to the Russian Federation in November 2018 and (b) how does the purpose of the trip align with the needs and mandate of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and Armscor; (2) whether the specified person opened a bank account for Armscor in the Russian Federation; if so, (a) what are the relevant details, (b) what are the reasons that the bank account was opened, (c) how does the opening of the bank account align with the objectives of the SANDF and Armscor and (d) what benefits will the SANDF and Armscor reap from opening the specified bank account?

Reply:

QUESTION 1

Armscor’s mandate is to meet the defence materiél requirements of the Department of Defence. Armscor is seeking to collaborate with various countries in the execution of its mandate and the visit was to discuss possible financial arrangements in support of Armscor’s functions and the purpose was therefore, directly aligned with Armscor’s mandate.

QUESTION 2

(2) Armscor did not open any bank account in the Russian Federation.

28 November 2018 - NW3472

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the (a) total number of military bases that the SA National Defence Force has, (b) name of each military base, (c) what is the location of each military base, (d) size of each military base and (e) number of troops stationed at each military base?

Reply:

(e) There is a total number of 335 Units in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) with a total strength of 63 761 uniformed personnel (soldiers). Of the 63 761 soldiers in the SANDF, 16 705 are troops (riflemen, privates, airmen and sailors). Attached as Appendix A, is the breakdown in the number of regular force troops in regular force Unit and attached as Appendix B, is reserve force members in reserve and regular force Units. It must be noted in Appendix B that the strengths of the Units are divided into total strength of members in the Unit’s establishment as well as active strength, which is members that have been called up in the past 24 months.

ATTACHMENTS: APENDIX A AND B

28 November 2018 - NW3106

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America, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether, since she served in Cabinet, she (a)(i) was ever influenced by any person and/or (ii) influenced any of her department’s employees to take any official administrative action on behalf of any (aa) member, (bb) employee and/or (cc) close associate of the Gupta family and/or (b) attended any meeting where any of the specified persons were present; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a) No, I have never been influenced by any person and/or influenced any employee in the Department to take an official administrative action on behalf of any member, employee and/or close associate of the Gupta family.

(b) I have attended events organised by the Hindu community to mark their Diwali, a Hindu Festival, wherein members of the Gupta family attend as part of the members of the Hindu society.

These invitations have always been extended to Ministers, Deputy Ministers, and the Business community long before I even assumed the responsibility of being the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans.

26 November 2018 - NW3473

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the total number of troops who are currently serving in each military branch of the SA National Defence Force?

Reply:

The SA National Defence Force has a total strength of 63 761 uniformed personnel (soldiers). Of the 63 761 soldiers in the SANDF, 16 705 are troops (riflemen, privates, airmen and sailors), while 47 056 personnel are rank carrying members.

Arm of Service

Other than Private

Privates/Troops

Grand Total

SA Army

26 338

14 987

41 325

SA Air Force

8 619

429

90 48

SA Navy

6 396

376

6 772

SA Medical Health Service

5 703

913

6 616

Grand Total

47 056

16 705

63 761

26 November 2018 - NW2827

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What are the details, with reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Enterprises to question 2403 on 27 September 2018, of the (a) number of times SA Airways (SAA) provided aircraft for the use of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, since 15 February 2018, (b) routes flown on each occasion, (c) number of passengers on each flight, (d)(i) total cost and (ii) detailed breakdown of such cost of each flight and (e) the aircraft used for each flight; (2) Whether any of the specified flights took place without any passengers on board; if so, what are the relevant details; 3) Whether SAA provided any cabin and/or flight crew for any of the specified flights; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (4) Whether SAA made any changes to the configuration of any aircraft for any of the specified flights; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

The information required in this Parliamentary question relates to the movement(s) of the VVIP and can only be disclosed in a Closed Session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

26 November 2018 - NW3534

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) What is the current composition of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in terms of the number of members of former (i) statutory and (ii) non-statutory forces, and (b) what ranks do the specified members hold, (c) what is the total number of retirements that are expected in the next five years, (d) what impact will the retirements have on institutional memory, (e) what is the breakdown of members who will retire in the next five years by rank, gender and former force affiliation and (f) what is the current race, gender, and rank breakdown of the SANDF in 2018?

Reply:

(a) The current composition of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) ) in terms of the number of members of former (i) statutory and (ii) non-statutory forces, and (b) what ranks do the specified members hold is depicted below:

Rank

Non-Statutory

Statutory

SANDF

Grand Total

Gen/Adm

1

0

0

1

Lt Gen/V Adm

8

0

0

8

Maj Gen/R Adm

26

13

1

40

Brig Gen/R Adm (JG)

78

81

11

170

Col/Capt (SAN)

288

466

99

853

Lt Col/Cdr

384

1 166

733

2 283

Maj/Lt Cdr

241

736

1 697

2 674

Capt/Lt (SAN)

91

298

2 276

2 665

Lt/S Lt

54

61

980

1 095

2 Lt/Esn

0

0

76

76

WO1

381

1 949

195

2 525

WO2

484

1 846

548

2 878

S Sgt/F Sgt/CPO

1 561

3 208

2 279

7 048

Sgt/PO

1 455

2 000

5 236

8 691

Cpl/LS

1 187

1 631

7 785

10 603

L Cpl/AB

479

912

3 909

5 300

Pte/Amn/Sea

1 040

1 691

13 974

16 705

Cpln

4

15

100

119

Pioneer

0

25

0

25

Sen Pioneer

0

1

0

1

Chief Pioneer

0

1

0

1

PSAP

117

4 564

5 402

10 083

 Grand Total

7 879

20 664

45 301

73 844

(c) A total number of 4 280 Department of Defence’s officials are expected to retire in the next five years.

(d) The impact that retirements have on institutional memory is always minimised, as the Department of Defence is a continuous learning organisation and always aspire to transfer knowledge from one generation to the next through formal and informal training programmes.

(e) The breakdown of members who will retire in the next five years by rank, gender and former force affiliation is depicted below:

(i) 2018:

(ii) 2019:

(iii) 2020:

(iv) 2021:

(v) 2022:

(vi) 2023:

(vii) Summary for the next five years:

 

APLA

Bop

Ciskei

MK

SADF

SANDF

Transkei

Venda

Total

 

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

 

Gen/Adm

           

1

                 

1

Lt Gen/V Adm

           

6

                 

6

Maj Gen/R Adm

 

1

1

     

7

2

4

1

   

3

     

19

Brig Gen/R Adm (JG)

3

2

2

 

2

 

16

8

19

5

   

3

 

4

 

64

Col/Capt (SAN)

6

4

16

 

5

 

28

11

118

19

7

 

11

 

4

 

229

Lt Col/Cdr

7

6

6

 

2

 

22

12

143

32

6

12

9

 

6

 

263

Maj/Lt Cdr

2

1

5

 

2

 

9

3

20

20

7

12

4

     

85

Capt/Lt (SAN)

 

1

       

4

4

5

12

2

20

2

 

2

 

52

Lt/S Lt

           

1

1

 

2

 

1

       

5

WO1

11

11

42

4

6

3

31

10

553

81

 

1

12

 

29

 

794

WO2

4

5

28

4

8

2

11

9

245

17

1

1

26

 

19

 

380

S Sgt/F Sgt/CPO

14

17

53

 

13

1

42

25

241

30

2

12

55

 

45

 

550

Sgt/PO

13

5

41

1

15

 

45

12

116

5

4

2

43

 

19

 

321

Cpl/LS

7

2

30

1

4

 

32

6

110

 

5

1

38

 

24

 

260

L Cpl/AB

   

9

 

6

 

10

 

61

 

1

 

9

 

8

 

104

Pte/Amn/Sea

2

 

13

1

4

 

11

 

77

 

10

 

8

 

78

 

204

Cpln

1

 

3

     

1

 

5

 

7

         

17

Pioneer

               

5

             

5

Sen Pioneer

               

1

             

1

Chief Pioneer

               

1

             

1

PSAP

3

1

2

6

4

5

6

2

459

333

28

40

8

10

7

5

919

Total

73

56

251

17

71

11

283

105

2 183

557

80

102

231

10

245

5

4 280

(f) The following table depicts the current race, gender, and rank breakdown of the SANDF in 2018:

RANK

African

African Total

Asian

Asian Total

Coloured

Coloured Total

White

White Total

GRAND TOTAL

 

M

F

 

M

F

 

M

F

 

M

F

   

Gen/Adm

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Lt Gen/V Adm

8

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Maj Gen/R Adm

28

5

33

 

1

1

1

 

1

4

1

5

40

Brig Gen/R Adm (JG)

92

22

114

3

3

6

16

5

21

20

9

29

170

Col/Capt (SAN)

389

117

506

15

5

20

56

8

64

219

44

263

853

Lt Col/Cdr

775

320

1 095

32

19

51

199

59

258

661

218

879

2 283

Maj/Lt Cdr

1 030

474

1 504

46

25

71

247

112

359

487

253

740

2 674

Capt/Lt (SAN)

1 094

807

1 901

14

29

43

193

188

381

155

185

340

2 665

Lt/S Lt

546

363

909

4

4

8

66

40

106

51

21

72

1 095

2 Lt/Esn

40

11

51

1

 

1

3

 

3

19

2

21

76

WO1

869

225

1 094

61

7

68

369

40

409

723

231

954

2 525

WO2

1 092

352

1 444

59

4

63

429

81

510

639

222

861

2 878

S Sgt/F Sgt/CPO

3 563

1 018

4 581

93

19

112

873

185

1 058

1 032

265

1 297

7 048

Sgt/PO

5 034

1 814

6 848

71

16

87

855

311

1 166

465

125

590

8 691

Cpl/LS

6 538

2 412

8 950

74

16

90

782

355

1 137

329

97

426

10 603

L Cpl/AB

3 389

1 115

4 504

47

10

57

344

172

516

184

39

223

5 300

Pte/Amn/Sea

10 764

3 831

14 595

90

47

137

982

633

1 615

266

92

358

16 705

Cpln

72

17

89

1

1

2

7

2

9

12

7

19

119

Pioneer

21

 

21

 

 

 

2

 

2

2

 

2

25

Sen Pioneer

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

1

Chief Pioneer

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

PSAP

3 602

3 328

6 930

38

78

116

775

732

1 507

299

1 231

1 530

10 083

 

38 948

16 231

55 179

649

284

933

6 200

2 923

9 123

5 567

3 042

8 609

73 844

20 November 2018 - NW3365

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Matiase, Mr NS to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) What is the (a) total number of (i) submarines and (ii) vessels that the SA National Defence Force currently owns, (b) type of each (i) submarine and (ii) vessel and (c) purpose of each (i) submarine and (ii) vessel; (2) Whether each (a) submarine and (b) vessel is functional; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The response to this Parliamentary question can only be disclosed in a closed session of Joint Standing Committee on Defence as it relates to strategic sensitive security capabilities of the SANDF.

20 November 2018 - NW3364

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) What is the (a) total number of aircraft that the SA National Defence Force currently owns, (b) type of each aircraft and (c) purpose of each aircraft; (2) whether each aircraft is functional; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The response to this Parliamentary question can only be disclosed in a closed session of Joint Standing Committee on Defence as it relates to strategic sensitive security capabilities of the SANDF.

19 November 2018 - NW2566

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy directors-general and (ii) chief directors that are employed in (aa) an acting and (bb) a permanent capacity in her department and (b) what is the total number of women in each case; (2) (a) what is the total number of (i) chief executive officers and (ii) directors of each entity reporting to her and (b) what is the total number of women in each case?

Reply:

Defence Act Members

(1) (a) The total number of

 

  1. Deputy directors-general equivalent (Lieutenant Generals): Nine (9).

(ii) Chief Directors equivalent (Major Generals): Forty one (41).

(aa) Acting Deputy directors-general and Chief Director: Zero (0).

(bb) Permanent capacity of deputy director-general and Chief Directors: Fifty (50).

(b) (i) Total number of women Deputy director general (Lieutenant General): Zero (0).

(ii) Total number of women Chief Directors (Major Generals): Seven (7).

(2) (a) (i) Total number of Chief Executive Officers: Zero (0).

(ii) Directors (Brigadier Generals): One hundred and seventy (170). They are reporting directly to their different Chief Directors (Major Generals).

(b) (i) Total number of women chief executive officers: Zero (0).

(iii) Women Directors (Brigadier Generals): Thirty nine (39).

Public Service Act Employees

(1) (a) The total number of

(i) Deputy directors-general: Five (5).

(ii) Chief Directors: fourteen (14).

(aa) Acting Deputy directors-general: One (1) and Chief Directors: One (1).

(bb) Permanent capacity of Deputy directors-general: five (5) and Chief Directors: Fourteen (14).

(b) The total number of Deputy Directors-General that are female is three (3) and Chief Directors is four (4).

(2) (a) (i) Total number of Chief Executive Officers: Zero (0).

(ii) Total number of Directors: forty two (42). They are reporting directly to their different Chief Directors.

(b) (i) Total number of women chief executive officers: Zero (0).

(ii) Women Directors: Seventeen (17).

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

REPLY

(1)

(aa) Acting – Chief Director Skills Development and Empowerment: Ms L Mabitsela (female)

(bb) Permanent

(i) DDG Corporate Services – Maj Gen (rtd) Make (male)

DDG Empowerment and Stakeholder Management – Ms Mafu (female)

(ii) Chief Director Strategic Support – Adv Ntsaluba (female)

Chief Director Health and Wellness – Ms Morolo (female)

Chief Director Provincial Office & Stakeholder Management – Mr Ngobeni (male)

Chief Director Heritage,Memorialisation,Burials & Honouring–Mr Mchunu (male)

(b)

(i) Deputy Director General – 1

(ii) Chief Directors – 2 Permanent and 1 Acting.

(2) not applicable to DMV

MILOMBUD

There are no deputy director-general’s staffed within the Office of the Military Ombud. One (1) female Chief Director was recently appointed on a permanent capacity.

  •  

(a) what is the total number of (i) chief executive officers and (ii) directors of each entity reporting to her and (b) what is the total number of women in each case

Two male (2) directors are reporting to the chief director.

DEFENCE FORCE SERVICE COMMISSION

REPLY:

None.

CASTLE CONTROL BOARD

REPLY:

Only one (1) Chief Executive Officer and one (1) Chief Financial Officer are appointed by the Board of 11 members of which CLog is the Chair.  There are no Directors at the Castle Control Board.

None

ARMSCOR

REPLY:

  1. (a) (i) Armscor, the Acquisition Agency for the Department of Defence, has six (6) Group Executives and eleven (11) Executive Managers.

(ii)(aa) Armscor has only one acting Group Executive and one acting Executive Manager.

(bb) There are five (5) permanent Group Executives and 11 permanent Executive Managers.

(b) Of the six (6) Group Executives, one is female. Of the 11 Executive Managers, four (4) are female.

(2) a (i) Armscor is managed by one Chief Executive Officer.

(ii) Armscor has eleven (11) Board members.

(b) Of the 11 Board members, five (5) are female.

15 November 2018 - NW3084

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) Whether she has been informed of any allegations of irregular and/or unlawful appointments made in the hiring of persons for the Senior Staff Officer National Codification Bureau in 2015; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether any investigations have been launched into the alleged irregular and/or unlawful hiring of persons for the National Codification Bureau; if not, why not; if so, what (a) were the outcomes and (b) action was taken to (i) prevent irregular and/or unlawful appointments in the future and (ii) implement disciplinary action against any individuals found to have been involved in irregular and/or unlawful appointments; (3) Whether certain persons (names and details furnished) were appointed to the National Codification Bureau; if so, what are the details of the processes that were followed to appoint each specified person; (4) Whether her department has put a policy in place regarding the appointment of family members of current and former staff members to positions in her department, especially to senior leadership positions; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) What checks and balances action plans are in place to ensure that no irregularities occur with regard to (a) appointments and

Reply:

  1. The Minister was not informed neither was she aware of any allegation of irregular and or unlawful appointments that occurred during the hiring of persons for the Senior Staff Officer National Codification Bureau in 2015 since there has never been hiring of Senior Staff Officer at National Codification Bureau over the period mentioned. During the said period only contractors were hired and trained to be codifiers. Allegations pertaining to alleged irregularities during the acquisition of contractors were never reported through appropriate channels set up by the Department of Defence, and only came to the fore by a media enquiry from Rapport subsequently followed by an article published by Rapport and City Press on 21 October 2018.
  2. The SANDF prides itself as a well-structured and disciplined force with adequate structures in place to resolve any inconsistency, malicious deeds, ill-discipline, or any other activity that might put the organisational name into disrepute warrants disciplinary processes as regulated in our policy. It should be noted that proper channels were never used to report any irregularity regarding hiring of any member by National Codification Bureau. The Department of Defence only became aware of these allegations regarding alleged irregularities when it received a media enquiry subsequently followed by the publication of an article pertaining the same matter by Rapport and City Press newspapers on 21 October 2018. This practice is contrary to the Department of Defence’s code of ethics. Following the publication of an article pertaining alleged irregularities an investigation was launched and is still ongoing.
  3. National Codification Bureau (NCB) went on a project to acquire contract workers in support of the National Youth Development Policy Framework. All requirements were approved by the Chief of the Division and appointments of contract workers took place from 2015, 2016 and 2017. This was done in line within the prescripts of the National Youth Development Framework which encourages development of youth from the root level where opportunities for furthering education were not afforded due to different reasons stemming from non-affordability because of poor background. During the said period only contractors were hired and trained to be codifiers. The total amount of contractors employed is 71.

The Bill of Rights is a cornerstone of democracy, enshrining the rights of all people in the country and affirming the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom. This is inclusive of the appointment of youth from any cultural background and association without discrimination. No member can be disqualified when he/she meets the necessary requirement to be offered equal opportunities like any other youth in the country. By placing young people and their development in the broader context of reconstruction and development, common developmental goals and a spirit of cooperation and co-ordination is encouraged.

4. This should be done in line with Government’s broad approach to fundamentally address poverty and underdevelopment through comprehensive, integrated, cross-sectoral and sustainable policies and programmes. Young people ought to enjoy all the rights, responsibilities and obligations that all normal citizens of South Africa enjoy as contained in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, so are contractors who are related to members of the Department of Defence, unless it can be said they are not supposed to have rights that are accorded every citizen of this country which were attained through blood and sweat of their fathers, mothers brothers and sisters who had to face oppression by a brutal regime. The Department of Defence policy clearly states that a member of a selection board may recuse himself/herself if his/her familiarity with the candidate might affect his/her objective judgement. In the aforementioned case, no family member was directly involved with the acquisition of contract workers. DODI C PERS NO 8/99 stipulates that applicants should not be discriminated due to their status. The policy further states that all candidates should be measured against the same objective criteria.

5. The South African National Defence Force has systems in place to deal with issues regarding all ill-discipline aspects at all levels. Necessary internal processes are always followed regarding any irregularity or ill-discipline related behaviour. In order to ensure that checks and balances within the department are in place, staffing is handled as follows:

(a) Vacant funded posts are advertisement and this is done according to C Pers [DCM (PSAP)] by Human Resource Division.

(b) Shortlisting of applicants is done by Human Resource of the requesting authority.

(c) The Staffing Board identifies the suitable candidates according to the criteria.

(d) The decision of the Staffing Board is sent back to C Pers [DCM (PSAP)] for final endorsement.

Regarding the aforementioned criteria, posts were not advertised due to the fact that, contract appointments do not meet the advertisement requirement, as per DODI C PERS NO 8/99. However in an event where shortcomings or irregularities occur, the SANDF as the organisation will not hesitate to implement corrective measures as directed by the Defence Act.

12 November 2018 - NW3157

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether the Department of Military Veterans received an application from a certain person (name and details furnished) to manage the burial benefits of military veterans; if so, what is the current status of the specified person’s application?

Reply:

REPLY

1. It is advised that NO application form for 640117 5868 086 Mr Tube has been received by the Department of Military Veterans.  It is further advised that NO application has been registered on the DMV Burial Support Database.

08 November 2018 - NW3082

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) Whether any aircraft owned or chartered by the SA Air Force (SAAF) has landed on the island of St Helena in the period 1 January 2018 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (a) on what date, (b) what type of aircraft was it and (c) what were the reasons for the landing(s); (2) did the aircraft(s) carry any military equipment for which National Conventional Arms Control Committee permits are required; if so, (a) what are the details of the cargo transported under the permits and (b) on what date will this be reported to the Joint Standing Committee on Defence; (3) will she make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. (1) (a) The aircraft landed at St Helena on 14 August 2018.

(b) C130B Hercules.

(c) Refuelling stops.

(2). No military equipment was transported on this flight.

(3). No

25 October 2018 - NW1911

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) What is the tariff payable to each member of the Audit Committee of the Department of Defence since 1 April 2017 and (b) what is the value of each tariff that members of the audit committee have received since 1 April 2017; (2) have all tariffs paid been in line with the National Treasury regulations and the amended tariff implemented as at 1 April 2017; if not, (a) why not and (b) what amount has each member of the audit committee been paid as a stipend since 1 April 2017; (3) (a) how were the payments made, (b) who authorised the payments and (c) what does she intend doing to (i) recover the money and (ii) prevent this from happening again; (4) whether the money that was overpaid to members of the audit committee will be refunded; if so, by what date; (5) has she found that the audit committee has been performing its duties in accordance with their performance plans and targets; if not, what has been the consequence of their poor performance?

Reply:

I have become aware of a difference in interpretation, amongst members of the DOD, given to the application of National Treasury Regulations applicable to the remuneration of Audit Committee members. I have written to the Minister of Finance to request clarity on the correct application of the applicable National Treasury Regulations and will be in a position to respond to the questions posed here once such response has been received.

23 October 2018 - NW2679

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) In which combat zones are troops of the SA National Defence Force currently deployed and (b) what number of troops are deployed in each combat zone?

Reply:

Internal Deployments/External Deployments

(a) The SA National Defence Force has no troops deployed in any combat zone.

(b) Zero troops are deployed in any combat zone.

23 October 2018 - NW2987

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether the Cabinet considered any other options for the long-term Defence Policy and Defence Strategic Trajectory of the country prior to adopting the 2015 Defence Review; if so, (a) why did the Cabinet approve the 2015 Defence Review, (b) on what bases were the other options excluded and (c) what are the summaries of the details of the other options?

Reply:

  1. The Cabinet considered three (3) separate policy options in the development of the Defence Review 2015. Quoting directly from Paragraphs 103 – 110 of Chapter 9 of the Defence Review 2015, these were:

(a) Strategic Policy Option 1: Maintain the Status Quo.

i) Should, for whatever reason, the Defence Strategic Trajectory not be achieved, the Defence Force would have to enter into an urgent redesign process to counter its current state of critical decline and attempt to establish a healthy, though significantly reduced defence capability, that would be focussed primarily on domestic matters. Its primarily domestic orientation and reduced capabilities would provide a very limited capability to: defend territorial integrity, ensure national sovereignty and support South Africa’s continental leadership role.

ii) The significantly reduced force design would have to arrest the critical decline in the Defence Force and establish limited capabilities that:

  1. are lighter and cheaper with a greater tooth-to-tail ratio;
  2. reduce the overhead costs of headquarters and command structures to single command corps;
  3. establish balance within a lighter force;
  4. reside within relatively unsophisticated main operating systems;
  5. meet a significantly reduced level of standing domestic and international defence commitments; and
  6. promote a spatially dispersed footprint.

(iii) This significantly redesigned force would have to be modelled according to the following concepts for it to develop utility:

  1. A lighter, infantry-based landward capability focussed primarily on internal operations.
  2. An air defence capability focussed primarily on light, tactical mobility.
  3. A littoral maritime defence capability focussed primarily on the protection of territorial waters.
  4. A Special Force capability focussed on a limited spectrum of Special Force operations.

(b) Strategic Policy Option 2: Implement the Defence Strategic Trajectory Independently

  1. The pursuit of the Defence Strategic Trajectory will, over time, develop a defence capability capable of conducting major combat operations in the defence and protection of South Africa, its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
  2. The capability created would be commensurate with South Africa’s continental leadership responsibilities, establishing the gravitas required in support of Africa’s peace and security architecture. The ability to project forces over long distances and sustain them for protracted periods of time will further bolster South Africa’s continental leadership responsibilities and influence, as well as making a significant contribution to the security of South Africa’s vital national interests.
  3. Should Government wish to pursue the Defence Strategic Trajectory on a solely national basis, it would take significant time to establish all the necessary competence and capabilities to achieve the degree of defence capability set out in Milestone 4.

(c) Strategic Policy Option 3: Implement the Defence Strategic Trajectory in Partnership

  1. Government may consider a course of action that would shorten the duration of the Defence Strategic Trajectory. In essence, the main point of leverage would be the extent to which Government might decide to pursue the Defence Strategic Trajectory with the assistance of either a strategic partner or a number of strategic partners.
  2. Partnering, either with a single strategic partner or with multiple strategic partners in specific capability areas, would accelerate the overall implementation of the Defence Review and the Defence Strategic Trajectory, as well as leverage a number of funding options for the trajectory.

22 October 2018 - NW2780

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) targets of new outsourced contracts at Armscor, (a) on what legal provisions did her department and/or Armscor rely when setting the target of 45% to be awarded to BBBEE service providers belonging to military veterans, (b) what will constitute justified exceptions to this rule and (c) why are the management obliged to implement the specified target?

Reply:

Both the Department of Defence (DOD) and Armscor apply the Preferential Procurement 2017 Regulations (PPR) as promulgated. Wherein the 80/20 and 90/10 preference point system is applied as provided for in the Regulations and Guidelines. The 30% threshold for subcontracting applies to all designated groups where feasible. There is no special arrangement of 45% targeted for award to BBBEE service providers belonging to military veterans.

04 October 2018 - NW2783

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) When was the latest Directorate Air Capability Plan done for the SA Air Force (SAAF), particularly the SAAF facilities in the Cape Town Metropolitan region, (b)(i) what plans were investigated to relocate the SAAF Base Ysterplaat and (ii) what were the respective findings; (2) were any investigations done into the possibility that (a) noise and air pollution by aircraft landing and departing might be a factor for relocation and (b) the current landing strip at SAAF Base Ysterplaat is an impediment for larger aircraft; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the findings of the investigation in each case; (3) what plans have been considered to ensure that larger cargo aircraft and wide-body aircraft can safely make use of this air force base in the future; (4) have any alternatives been identified and/or investigated; if so, what are the details of the findings, recommendations and resolutions in each case?

Reply:

The relocation of Air Force Base Ysterplaat is not under departmental consideration. 99% of SAAF aircraft operate in and out of Air Force Base Ysterplaat.

18 September 2018 - NW1861

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of racism that were reported to the human resources offices in (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her in (aa) 2016 and (bb) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

1. (a) A total of two (2) incidents of racism were reported to the human resource office for the period 2016/2017

(i) Incident One (19 July 2016). Alleged harassment in the work place leading to a claim of racism. Outcome: The member requested the grievance to be closed on 11 May 2017.

(ii) Incident Two (16 August 2016). Alleged incident of racism. C SANDF took a decision that the Chief of the South African Air Force should investigate this matter and provide him with the detailed report. Outcome: The grievance is still open as the investigation is ongoing.

 

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

There were no racism incidents reported in the Department of Military Veterans since 2016 to date.

MILOMBUD

There was no case of racism reported within the Office of the Military Ombud during the specified period.

CASTLE CONTROL BOARD

There were no cases of racism reported at the Castle Control Board

DEFENCE FORCE SERVICE COMMISSION

There were no cases of racism reported at the Defence Force Service Commission.

ARMSCOR

1) There was no case of racism that was reported at Armscor.

2) Not applicable.

11 September 2018 - NW1245

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What are the full details of the amounts spent by her department on entertainment (details furnished) (a) in the past four financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

 

2013/2014

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

since 1 Apr

 

R'000

R'000

R'000

R'000

R'000

R'000

ATTACHÉ ACCREDITATION

3,360

973

2,485

761

1,229

144

ENTERTAINMENT EXPENSES

6,111

1,944

2,301

3,783

2,513

778

TOTAL

9,471

2,917

4,786

4,544

3,742

922

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

Entertainment Expenditure by Financial Year

 
   

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS.

Entertainment Expenditure by Financial Year

           
 

2013/14 FY

2014/15 FY

2015/16 FY

2016/17 FY

2017/18 FY

2018/19 FY

2019/20 FY

2020/21 FY

   
 

Audited AFS

Audited AFS

Audited AFS

Audited AFS

Unaudited

Budget

Budget

Budget

   

R'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Budget

478

669

264

-

-

105

111

117

   

Actual

42

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

   
                     

11 September 2018 - NW2014

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Ollis, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What are the details of the (a) number of accidents that vehicles owned by her department were involved (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018, (b) cost for repairs in each case and (c)(i) number of and (ii) reasons for vehicles being written off in each case; (2) whether all vehicles owned by her department have tracking devices installed?

07 September 2018 - NW2430

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the (a) name of each investing company that has invested on land owned by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her and (b)(i) nature, (ii) value and (iii) length of each investment?

Reply:

The National Department of Public Works is the custodian of all immovable assets that vest in National Government and as such is responsible for all facility life cycle management functions. The Memorandum of Agreement was signed in 2015 by Minister of Public Works to transfer the facility life cycle management functions on Defence Endowment Property. (specifically immovable assets). The process is underway to be concluded in the Medium Term. Therefore there is no company invested on any land allocated to the DoD by NDPW.

03 September 2018 - NW2233

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What is the total number of (a) A class reservists and (b) D class reservists who were in service on (i) 31 May 2012 and (ii) 31 May 2018; (2) of the reservists who left, what is the total number who had to leave because they were not able to do firearm competency tests; (3) what is the total number of the D class reservists who have been converted to A class between 31 May 2012 and 31 May 2018?

Reply:

1. The South African National Defence Force does not have (a) A class or (b) D class reservists who were in service on (i) 31 May 2012 and (ii) 31 May 2018;

2. The South African National Defence Force does not have A class or D class reservists who left because they were not able to do firearm competency tests.

3. The South African National Defence Force does not have D class reservists who have been converted to A class between 31 May 2012 and 31 May 2018.

4. Further relevant details with regards to the question are:

(i) Class A and D reservists are members who have been appointed by the National Police Commissioner to render services as a volunteer in support of the Police.

(ii) Members of the National Defence Force who volunteer their service are members of the Reserve Force of the South African National Defence Force.

(iii) In the South African National Defence Force there is currently a total of 20 671 volunteers serving in the Reserve Force and are not categorised into classes. Of these 20 671, approximately 15 000 are called-up annually to render service, including participation in peace support operations, border protection and training.

03 September 2018 - NW1814

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Bara, Mr M R to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether (a) her spouse and/or (b) an adult family member accompanied her on any official international trip (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) is the name of the person(s), (bb) was the (aaa) purpose and (bbb) destination of the trip and (cc) was the (aaa) total cost and (bbb) detailed breakdown of the costs of the accompanying person(s) to her department; (2) whether each of the specified trips were approved by the President in terms of the provisions of Section 1, Annexure A of the Ministerial Handbook; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) yes

(i) yes

(ii) yes

(aa) Mr Charles Nqakula (spouse)

(bb)(aaa) and (bbb)

DATE

DESTINATION

PURPOSE

Fam Member

       
       

11-18/7/14

Paris, France & London

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

       

19-27/9/14

New York, USA

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

21-24/2/15

Abu Dabi

Official Visit as a spouse

Mr C Nqakula

13-18/4/15

Russia

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

18-22/4/15

Jarkata & Indonesia

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

22-26/4/15

Instantbul & Turkey

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

7-12/5/15

Russia

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

27-29/6/15

Lesotho

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

9-12/7/15

Kenya, DRC & Goma

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

24-25/8/15

Burundi

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

30/8-1/9/15

Ethiopia

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

13-18/9/15

New York

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

22-30/9/15

London

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

13-19/10/15

DRC & Sudan

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

31/10-5/11/15

Thailand

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

6-10/11/15

Burundi, Sudan & Dakar

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

14-16/1/16

Ethiopia

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

18-19/1/16

Gaborone, Botswana

The purpose of the official visit as the Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

27-31/1/16

Ethiopia

The purpose of the official visit as the Spouse

Mr C Nqakula

12-24/3/16

New York

Official Visit as a Spouse & Companion

Mr C Nqakula

25-29/4/16

Moscow, Russia

Official Visit as a Spouse

Mr C Nqakula (Spouse)

(

2-5/12/16

Cuba

Official Visit as spouse

Mr C Nqakula

25-31/1/17

Ethiopia

Travelled as a spouse on an official Visit

Mr C Nqakula

25-29/3/17

Pakistan

Official Visit as the spouse

Mr C Nqakula

3-6/12/17

Serbia

Official visit as the spouse

Mr C Nqakula

22-29/1/18

Ethiopia

Official Visit as the spouse

Mr C Nqakula

2-7/4/18

Russia

Official Visit, travel as the Spouse

Mr C Nqakula’

27/6-2/7/18

MAURITANIA

Official Visit as the spouce

Mr C Nqakula:

14-19/7/18

London & France

Official Visit as spouse

Mr C Nqakula

       

(cc)(aaa) and (bbb): The Ministerial Handbook determines that  “The costs for official journeys abroad by Members, and their spouses or adult family members accompanying them in official capacity, are for the account of the relevant Department”.

(2)  Yes

08 August 2018 - NW1847

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) For what period has the Director-General of the Department of Military Veterans been in the specified position, (b) what position did the specified person hold prior to being appointed to the position and (c) what are the qualifications of the person; (2) what number of auditors are currently employed by the audit committee of the Department of Military Veterans; (3) whether the Department of Military Veterans outsources any of its audits; if so, (a) to whom and (b) from what date?

Reply:

(1) (a) The Minister appointed Lt General (Ret) D.M. Mgwebi as the Acting Director General in the Department of Military Veterans as from 05th June 2018 until 04th June 2019.

(b) SANDF Chief Joint Operations from 2011 – 2015, thereafter deployed to UN MONUSCO Force Commander 2016 - 2018.

(c) Qualifications – Diploma in Defence Management and a degree in Business Administration from the University of South Africa.

(2) None

(3) The Department hasn’t outsourced any of its audits.

06 August 2018 - NW1518

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With reference to reports on 7 May 2018 (details furnished), how does the dilapidation of the SA Army Special Infantry Capability (SAASIC) unit impact on the defence abilities of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), taking into account that the objectives of the SAASIC are to contribute to land border patrol and safeguarding our borders; (2) whether she has found that the SANDF breached the memorandum of understanding that was signed with the National Council of the Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 2013 and 2016; if not, what are the reasons that animals were allegedly subjected to severe neglect by the commander of the SAASIC base; if so, (3) whether an investigation has been commissioned into the allegations of maltreatment and negligence of the care of the horses; if not, why not; (4) whether any disciplinary steps have been taken against (a) the base commander and/or (b) any other SANDF member; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what disciplinary steps have been taken against the unit commander and other implicated staff members?

Reply:

1. The alleged dilapidation of the SAASIC Unit does not have any adverse impact on the Landward Defence of the Republic of South Africa as a total of 208 horses are currently maintained by SAASIC and only 40 horses are employed in Operation CORONA (Border Safeguarding) in the Musina vicinity (Limpopo Province). A portion of the rest of the horses at SAASIC is used for training purposes and a further platoon of horses (circa 40 horses) has been identified to relieve the horses currently on the border.

2. There is currently no proof that the Memorandum of Understanding between the SANDF and the NSPCA has been breached, by either party. The reason(s) for the alleged neglect is the subject of an investigation, recently concluded.

3. Positive. A Board of Inquiry was constituted and has concluded its investigation.

4. The Board of Inquiry was recently concluded and its findings and recommendations are under review. Disciplinary steps – if any – against (any) individual(s) will be taken if so warranted after the review.

26 July 2018 - NW1695

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Have any of the properties and/or assets of the Department of Military Veterans been repossessed in 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so; (2) are the affected employees able to perform their duties at any of the departments properties; if not, are employees being paid while they are unable to perform their duties; if so, where are the employees located to enable them to perform their duties?

Reply:

Question 1

A number of (movable) assets/furniture of the DMV were attached and removed in terms of a Court Order in the Z. Matunjwa matter. DMV approached Court in this regard and the property was returned within 5 days as per the order of the Court.

Question 2

The DMV (immovable) property was never repossessed. Employees continued to render a service even when the movable property was removed. They were paid as they continued to work even with fewer equipment/furniture. If an employee is not able to perform due to any repossession or attachment/removal of property, which is not his/her fault, then his/her salary may not be stopped as that person cannot be held responsible for such an event outside his/her control.

18 July 2018 - NW2109

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) What is the status of the appointment of the medical technologist at 1 Military Hospital which had to be concluded by 31 January 2017, (b) why was the approach that was adopted by 2 Military Hospital not considered and followed by 1 Military Hospital in this regard and (c) what additional cost has been incurred due to the delay in appointing the medical technologist; (2) what is the status of the Laboratory and Radiological Departments at 1 Military Hospital?

Reply:

(1)(a) The medical technologist has been appointed. The contract is with effect from 1 July 2018. Consultations between Techtura, who is the principal agent, and 1 Military Hospital, who is the end-user, will commence on 1 July 2018.

(b) The project at 2 Military Hospital fell under the Department of Public Works, and the tender to appoint the contractor (principal agent) included the procurement and installation of all major medical equipment under one contract. The project at 1 Military Hospital is being carried out by the Defence Works Formation. Therefore a separate tender process had to be embarked upon to procure the services of the medical technologist.

(c) Additional costs are that of cost escalation due to the delay in appointing the medical technologist, as well as inflationary costs and the cost of continued outsourcing over the month/years of delay in commencing with the project.

(2) The Laboratory Department at 1 Military Hospital is functional.

The Radiology Department at 1 Military Hospital is not fully functional due the delay in the completion of the refurbishment. Highly-specialised main medical equipment such as the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, the computerised tomography (CT) scanner, the catheterisation laboratory and bigger X-ray machines cannot be installed in temporary areas. These highly specialised investigations are outsourced. Investigations with normal X-ray equipment, portable X-ray equipment and ultrasound equipment are functional and are performed in the hospital.

11 July 2018 - NW1910

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to her reply to question 1370 on 4 June 2018, (a) what is the (i) age, (ii) length of service, (iii) gender and (iv) race of each member of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in each occupational category, (b) what number of the specified SANDF members are reservists and (c) of the specified reservists, in each case, what is the (i) age, (ii) wage scale, (iii) gender, (iv) duration of the time served as reservist and (v) race of each reservist?

Reply:

The information required in this question deals with the strength of the South African National Defence Force and due to its security sensitivity it cannot be made public, but can be only be discussed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

09 July 2018 - NW1912

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of sexual harassment that were reported to the human resources offices of entities reporting to her in (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

MILOMBUD

No incidents of sexual harassment were reported at the office of the MILOMBUD

CASTLE CONTROL BOARD

No incidents of sexual harassment were reported at the Castle Control Board

DEFENCE FORCE SERVICE COMMISSION

No incidents of sexual harassment were reported.

ARMSCOR

1) There was one sexual harassment case reported in 2016; and there was none in 2017.

2) The case was investigated and there was a full disciplinary enquiry against the employee.

29 June 2018 - NW2111

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) What is the level of medical stock in the pharmacy at 1 Military Hospital, (b) why has this very important indicator been removed by her department and (c) what is the direct impact of the medical stock level on soldiers and military veterans?

Reply:

(1)(a) What is the level of medical stock in the pharmacy at 1 Military Hospital,

Pharmaceuticals and medical consumables for emergencies and life-threatening situations are fully stocked and available at 1 Military Hospital. The medical stock levels at the 1 Military Hospital pharmacy stands at 75%. The stock levels should improve to 85% by the first week in July when more deliveries of stock are expected. Some challenges are experienced with the suppliers of pharmaceuticals at a national level.

(b) Why has this very important indicator been removed by her department and

The performance indicator that refers to the stock levels of pharmaceuticals and medical consumables has not been removed by the department. A decision was made to register the performance indicator as classified as stock levels are regarded as sensitive strategic information.

(c) What is the direct impact of the medical stock level on soldiers and military veterans?

The impact of medical stock levels is minimised by alternative arrangements such as the buying-out of medication that is not available in the SA Military Health Service. There is thus no direct impact on soldiers and military veterans, except the increased cost to the Department of Defence of the buy-out from private pharmacies.

29 June 2018 - NW1084

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 579 on 10 April 2018, any assessment or investigation by the Military Psychological Institute or Management Renewal Services confirmed that a certain person (name furnished) was the cause of the unhealthy work environment; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) was there any suggested intervention or recommendation; if so, what are the details of the suggested interventions; (3) was one of the recommendations that the specified person be assigned an executive coach; if so, (a) who was the executive coach, (b) did the coach give a report and (c) what did the coach recommend; (4) whether she has found that the Internal Audit Division and the Secretary of Defence came to the same conclusion at any time of engaging with the unit?

Reply:

(1) The assessment by Military Psychological Institute (MPI) and the South African Air Force’s Directorate Management and Renewal Service (DM&RS) did not make its findings on an individual, however conducted an organisational diagnosis on the entire Division. The assessment’s findings were far reaching ranging from strategy and purpose, structure, rewards and recognitions, helping mechanism, relationships, leadership, and external environment.

(2) The following recommendations were recommended by the MPI intervention:

a. It was recommended that the CAE works with an executive coach of senior status.

b. A strategic planning session needs to be conducted, followed by the implementation of a supportive organisational structure and culture.

c. The CAE should operate in a more strategic and functional capacity and focus on intern development, project output and quality control.

d. Staffing of critical positions to avoid staff burnout.

e. The appointment of Divisional Chief of Staff to act as a link between the Divisional Head and staff members.

f. All members (including the CAE and her management team) should be given the opportunity to see a clinical psychologist to debrief.

(3) Yes, one of the recommendations was that the CAE works with an executive coach.

(a) Prof Frans Cilliers, Phd, an Industrial & Organisational Psychologist from the University of South Africa was appointed as an executive coach.

(b) The executive coach gave a report on his coaching task.

(c) The Department is still processing the report of the executive coach.

(4) The department is still processing the various intervention reports for recommendation of the way forward to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. The matter is therefore not yet concluded.

29 June 2018 - NW2113

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Marais, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) What steps has the Surgeon-General taken to address the long delays in procurement of needed medical equipment for military hospitals and (b) what are the reasons that the procurement of a computed tomography scanner at 2 Military Hospital took eight months?

Reply:

(1)(a) What steps has the Surgeon General taken to address the long delays in procurement of needed medical equipment for military hospitals and

The SA Military Health Service is not a single role player in the tender-procurement process and is largely dependent on the placing of authorised procurement on external entities. The SA Military Health Services has streamlined internal logistics processes and aligned these processes to respond speedily to concerns from the Central Procurement Services Centre. Furthermore additional funding from National Treasury are being utilised to procure medical equipment. Monitoring of these processes are addressed in the weekly Command Council of the SA Military Health Service.

(b) what are the reasons that the procurement of a computed tomography scanner at 2 Military Hospital took eight months?

The procurement of the computerised tomography (CT) scanner took place in 2009. The delay was not linked to the initial procurement process, but to the procurement process in the repair of the CT scanner. The procurement process for repair was above the SAMHS delegation and was therefore referred to the Central Procurement Service Centre. The Central Procurement Service Centre referred the initial procurement request back with questions regarding the preferred supplier. This resulted in a delay of the repair of the equipment.

29 June 2018 - NW2108

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Esau, Mr S to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

As part of the required sea hours, what number of days did each vessel of her department spend (a) in False Bay and (b) beyond False Bay in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14, (iii) 2014-15, (iv) 2015-16 and (v) 2016-17 financial years?

Reply:

  1. The response to this question contains classified information and can only be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.