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13 October 2016 - NW1687

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

(1)With reference to her reply to question 1280 on 24 May 2016, (a) what was the total cost of appointing a certain consulting firm (name furnished) to facilitate, adjudicate and make recommendations to the Armaments Corporation of SA (Armscor) and her department for the intended lease of a BBJ VVIP aircraft, (b)(i) why was the specified consulting firm appointed and (ii) what distinguished it from other companies, (c) why was it necessary to appoint the specified consulting firm and not rely on Armscor’s expertise solely and (d) were any additional costs incurred above the R65 million fee already paid to the specified consulting firm; (2) whether she is aware that a certain person (name and details furnished) is a former board member of the specified consulting firm; if not, why not; if so, what is the position in this regard; (3) whether she has put any measures in place to ensure that any undue influences (a) have not been present to date and (b) will not be present in the future process to procure new VVIP aircraft; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. FeverTree Consulting has not been appointed to facilitate, adjudicate and make recommendation to Armscor for the intended lease of the BBJ VVIP aircraft.

 (a) (i) if not, why was the specified consulting firm appointed

Reply:

FeverTree Consulting is a Management Consulting company specialising in organisational turnarounds. The company was appointed to assist Armscor in the co-management of its turnaround.

(ii) what distinguished them from other companies

Reply:

The company was appointed through an open tender process conducted in accordance with applicable legislation and was the only company that complied with all of the criteria as specified in the tender documents.

(b) why was it necessary to appoint the specified consulting firm and not rely on Armscor’s expertise solely

Reply:

Armscor does not have the expertise in turnaround strategies.

(c) was any additional costs incurred above the R65 million fee already paid to the specified consulting firm;

Reply:

Armscor has not signed a contract worth R65 million with FeverTree Consulting and has not paid the said amount. Any amount that would be paid will be paid against the invoices received and verified deliverables

2. Whether she is aware that the Deputy President of the Republic, Mr. M Cyril Ramaphosa, is a former Board Member of the specified consulting firm; if not, why not; if so, what is the position in this regard;

Reply:

I am aware that he is a former Board Member.

3. Whether she has put any measures in place to ensure that any undue influences (a) have not been present to date in and (b) will not be present in future process to procure new VVIP aircraft; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Any procurement process must take place within the prescripts of the PFMA and National Treasury Regulations and such has been communicated to all role players at all times.

13 October 2016 - NW2016

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

What formal qualifications does each of her department’s (a)(i) Chief Financial Officers and/or (ii) acting Chief Financial Officers and (b)(i) Directors-General and/or (ii) acting Directors-General possess?

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

(a) Chief Financial Officer qualifications:

  • B Com
  • MBA

b) Director-General qualifications:

  • Doctor of Medicine,
  • Post Graduate Training in General Surgery and Diploma in Management Advancement Programme.

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

a) Chief Financial Officer qualifications:

  • National Diploma: Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Technology-CMA
  • Masters in Business Administration

b) The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans appointed the Secretary of Defence as the Acting DG for the Department of Military Veterans.

11 October 2016 - NW1669

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister o.f Defence and Military Veterans

What was the (a) total amount spent and (b) breakdown of such expenditure by (i) her department, (ii) the SA National Defence Force and (iii) the Armaments Corporation of South Africa on its participation in the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Fraud, Corruption, Impropriety or Irregularity in the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages to date?

Reply:

ARMSCOR

(a) The total amount Armscor has paid to date for the Seriti Commission is R24 633 714.86, vat inclusive. This was paid to Bowman, Gilfillan Incorporated Company, who in turn appointed one senior Counsel and two junior Counsel.

(b) (i) and (ii) not applicable to Armscor

     (iii) breakdown of the expenditure is as follows:see the link

http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/RNW1669Table-161011.pdf

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

(a) The total amount the Department has paid to date for the Seriti Commission is R 18 817 547.49. This was paid to appointed attorney’s firm Bowman, Gilfillan Incorporated, who in turn appointed three senior Counsel.

(b) The breakdown of the expenditure is a follows

CDLS/R/504/3/1

Item: 35059017 Serie: 11007443730 Legal Fees

2013/14 Financial Year

 

Date

Invoice Number

Amount

Funding Total

Year Total

1

31-Oct-13

S6064206

1 104 643.68

   
   

S6066538

2714429.53

3 819 073.21

 

2

18- Nov-13

S6067788

427343.66

   
   

S6066474

1202855.80

1 630 199.46

 

3

04-Dec-14

S6069707

1473258.92

1 473 258.92

 

4

30-Jan-14

S6071637

213630.65

213 630.65

7136162.24

2014/2015 Financial Year

5

18-Apr-14

S6071637

213630.65

   
   

S6075860

262760.26

   
   

S6073864

100496.59

576 887.50

 

6

06-May-14

S6077431

929360.18

   
   

S6078844

1241211.95

2 170 572.13

 

7

05-Jun-14

S6081498

1496880.40

1 496 880.40

 

8

13-Aug-14

S6086140

602399.95

   
   

S6083245

413560.00

   
   

S6082328

340272.04

1 356 231.99

 

9

08-Aug-14

S6090579

532932.35

   
   

S6087379

416023.34

   
   

S6088837

260047.16

1 209 002.85

 

10

28-Jan-15

S6095194

127782.11

   
   

S6092750

408815.02

536 597.13

7 346 172.00

           

2015/2016 Financial Year

11

29-Apr-15

S6101291

2484828.23

2 484 828.23

 

12

02-Jun-15

S6098299

143553.72

   
   

S6102711

26760.71

170 314.43

 

13

14-Aug-15

S6104314

234901.81

   
   

S6105771

434471.69

   
   

S6106678

834371.61

1503745.11

 
   

S6108888

176325.48

176 325.48

4 335 213.25

           

Total Expenditure

 

18 817 547.49

18 817 547.49

11 October 2016 - NW1708

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

(1)What was the purpose of the visit of a certain person (name and details furnished) with his wife and three other military officials to Cuba in June 2016, (b) why did the specified persons stop-over in Paris, France and (c) how much did the specified trip cost her department; (2) whether she approved the budget allocation for the specified trip; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. This was a planned visit to Cuba to his counterpart to strengthen military relations between the two defence forces and to further pay a visit to the SANDF members studying in Cuba to check on their progress.

The Chief of the SANDF did not stop over in France as was previously envisaged to deal with matters pertaining to the Centenary Commemoration of the Battle of Arque la Bataille and Deville Wood – where South African soldiers who died during the World War 1 were laid to rest in France.

2. Travelling expenses are budgeted for by each Service or Division as per their requirements and according to plans.

12 September 2016 - NW1714

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What amount was spent on fuel for all flights transporting the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, (a) in the (i) 2014-15 and (ii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

The information required relates to the movement of the VVIP, and for security reasons, the response to this question can only be presented to a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

12 September 2016 - NW1713

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What amount was spent on in-flight catering for all passengers on flights transporting the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, (a) in the (i) 2014-15 and (ii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

The information required relates to the movement of the VVIP, and for security reasons, the response to this question can only be presented to a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

12 September 2016 - NW1712

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

(1) What was the (a) nature of the technical problem that the presidential jet Inkwazi developed while the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, was on a visit to the State of Qatar in May 2016 and (b) cost of leasing a standby aircraft to transport the President back to South Africa; (2) was the specified leased aircraft a pre-arranged standby aircraft; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information required relates to the movement of the VVIP, and for security reasons, the response to this question can only be presented to a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

12 September 2016 - NW1711

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

(1) What was the (a) nature of the technical problem that the presidential jet Inkwazi developed while the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, was on a visit to the Republic of Burundi in February 2016 and (b) cost of leasing a standby aircraft to transport the President back to South Africa; (2) whether the flight crew of the specified standby aircraft had the necessary security clearances to transport the President back to South Africa; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information required relates to the movement of the VVIP, and for security reasons, the response to this question can only be presented to a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

12 September 2016 - NW1710

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

What amount was spent on (a) chartered aircraft to transport the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, (i) in the (aa) 2014-15 and (bb) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016 and (b) standby and/or backup aircraft in each case?

Reply:

The information required relates to the movement of the VVIP, and for security reasons, the response to this question can only be presented to a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

12 September 2016 - NW1703

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

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1279 on 24 May 2016, she has finalised the appointment of Regular Force Military Judges by the end of May 2016 as indicated; if not, (a) why not and (b) by when will the specified appointments be finalised?

Reply:

Yes. The appointments were finalised before the end of May 2016.

12 September 2016 - NW1709

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

With reference to her reply to question 1280 on 24 May 2016, (a) what is the budget allocated to the leasing of the VIP-configured jet as per the Armaments Corporation of South Africa’s tender ETEL/2016/12 and (b) when will the aircraft leased under the specified tender be delivered to the SA Air Force?

Reply:

(a) The budget that is allocated for the leasing of the VIP-configured jet for the 2016/17 financial year is R100m.

(b) The Request for Offer (RFO) was issued on the 18th August 2016. After the tender process has been completed and if a successful bid is received, it is anticipated that the aircraft will be delivered to the SA Air Force on the 01st November 2016.

12 September 2016 - NW1715

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What are the minimum (a) qualifications, (b) certifications, (c) flight-hour experience and/or (d) training required for an SA Air Force (SAAF) pilot to operate an aircraft transporting the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma; (2) are pilots of chartered aircraft that fly the President, but who are not employed by the SAAF, subject to the same requirements specified above; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information required relates to the movement of the VVIP, and for security reasons, the response to this question can only be presented to a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

20 June 2016 - NW1388

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether (a) her department and (b) all entities reporting to her are running development programmes for (i) small businesses and (ii) co-operatives; if not, why not; if so, in each case, (aa) what are the relevant details, (bb) what amount has been budgeted and (cc) how many jobs will be created through the specified development programmes in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

a. The DOD currently runs the Defence Transformative Enterprise Development (DEFTED) Program through CSIR.

aa. the aim of the project is to address the defence industry transformation challenges through the development of Defence Black Industrialists. The DEFTED program will support the defence sector black industrialists and entrepreneurs with technical Human Capital Development (HCD), Technology Development (TD) and Enterprise Development (ED).

bb. For the FY2016/17 the budgeted amount is Rm50.4.

cc. A total of thirty (30) jobs have been created during the period under consideration.

09 June 2016 - NW1021

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

(1)Why a luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle (details furnished) registered in her Ministry’s name at the Youngsfield Army Base is used daily to transport a certain person (details furnished) to the University of Cape Town campus and back; (2) whether she can confirm that the specified army officer (details furnished) who has the use of the vehicle also resides at the specified address in Cape Town; if not, (a) is it just the specified Major’s daughter who occupies the property and (b) what are the further relevant details; if so, (i) how long has the specified army officer been resident at the specified address and (ii) who else lives with the specified army officer at the specified address; (3) whether there are any policies in place that allow children of officers to be transported to universities in luxury vehicles registered in her Ministry’s name at the expense of her department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, from which budget(s) are personal trips like these funded; (4) are such personal trips ever (a) declared to the SA Revenue Services and (b) reported to the human resources department of her department?

Reply:

1.And (2) The Youngsfield Army Base was making use of any type of vehicle to assist the daughter of C SANDF when necessary, and did not specifically allocate a Mercedes Benz for this purpose. This only happened previously when the daughter was unable to get alternative transport. The daughter is now using her own vehicle as this was a temporary arrangement.

  (a) The specified army officer driving such luxury vehicle does not occupy any property at the army base.

3. The transportation was not on daily basis and no budget was allocated.

4. Not applicable

07 June 2016 - NW396

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

(1)Whether R 800 million was moved from the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) budget to pay Deloitte to do an audit of SANDF’s battle preparedness; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what were the (i) motivation and (ii) objectives of the specified audit, (b) why does the SANDF not have the capacity to perform the specified audit itself, (c) why was Deloitte contracted to perform the specified audit, (d) when did (i) she and (ii) her department approve the specified audit and (e) what procurement processes were followed before appointing the specified company; (2) whether there are any higher priorities for spending the funds instead of the specified audit, especially in the face of constant complaints that not enough funding is provided to among other things South Africa’s contribution to peacekeeping forces in Africa; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details for prioritising the specified audit?

Reply:

Question 1.

a.(i) According to the Department of Defence's records, the Department has not concluded any audit contract with Deloitte to the value of R800 million. However, Deloitte was contracted to perform a Through Life Capability Management (TLCM) study over four years at a cost of R230 million. This requirement is a resultant of phase 1 of the TLCM Project conducted during 2013/14 in the Chief of Logistics environment. The results of TLCM phase 1 reflected that the DOD is not on par

with international standards in terms of TLCM best practice. The DOD/Armscor Acquisition, Technology Development processes and the objectives of the RESTRICTED 2 National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) were not part of the C Log study, a requirement therefore existed to align the above mentioned aspects with both international TLCM standards as well as the Defence Review 2015.

Question 2.

The TLCM project is a high priority exercise since it will ultimately contribute to a cost effective SANDF and is not at the cost of other current priorities

07 June 2016 - NW1082

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Khoza, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) Has any of her senior officials met with certain persons (names furnished) during the period 1 January 2009 up to 31 December 2015 and (b) has any of the entities reporting to her awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period; if so, what (i) are the relevant details and (ii) is the amount of each specified contract?

Reply:

Question a.

a. DOD personnel did engage with COMAIR with respect to the requirements listed in paragraph.

(b.) No senior officials were involved in this regard.

b (i.) The DOD (SA Air Force) awarded two (2) contracts to "COMAIR LTD" (V32C9) during the specific period in question for the following requirements.

• 2012: for the training of four (4) members on Flight Dispatchers Course to the value of R134 976,00.

• 2014: for CSIR skills training for SA Air Force members to the value of R28 500,00.

06 June 2016 - NW1594

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

(1)(a) Which units within the (i) SA Navy and (ii) SA Air Force are responsible for patrolling the country’s exclusive economic zones, (b) how many patrol (i) vessels and (ii) aircraft are available to patrol the country’s waters and (c) how often do the specified (i) vessels and (ii) aircraft patrol the country’s waters; (2) whether, with reference to recent reports that Chinese trawlers are illegally fishing in South Africa’s waters along the Eastern Cape coastline within our exclusive economic zone, any patrols of the country’s exclusive economic zone have been undertaken in response to any allegedly irregular behaviour by Chinese fishing trawlers (a) in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012, (iii) 2013, (iv) 2014 and (v) 2015 and (b) since 1 January 2016; if not, why not; if so, when did the specified patrols take place?

Reply:

The information required relates to the strength of the SA Navy and SAAF, and impacts on matters of National Security and can only be divulged in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

06 June 2016 - NW1540

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

(a) What amount did (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising in the 2015-16 financial year and (b) how much has (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her budgeted for advertising in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

(a) (i) The Department of Defence has spent in the 2015-16 FY R 266,794.

(b) (ii) The Department of Defence has budgeted R 533.317 for the 2016-17 FY.

06 June 2016 - NW1505

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

(1)Whether her department was approached by any political party for any form of funding (a) in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2016; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) whether her department provided any form of funding to any political party (a) in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2016; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1-2    NO

06 June 2016 - NW1082

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Khoza, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) Has any of her senior officials met with certain persons (names furnished) during the period 1 January 2009 up to 31 December 2015 and (b) has any of the entities reporting to her awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period; if so, what (i) are the relevant details and (ii) is the amount of each specified contract?

Reply:

NO

06 June 2016 - NW1020

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

(1)Whether, with reference to her comments reported in 2013 that 12 out of the SA Air Force’s 26 Gripen fighter jets were in long-term storage due to lack of funding to fly them, the specified aircraft are still in storage; if not, (a) why not and (b)(i) how and (ii) where are they being utilised; if so, (aa) what are the relevant details and (bb) why are these aircraft not being utilised to train our pilots at active SA Air Force pilot training facilities, such as Langebaan, instead of sending them for training to the Russian Federation and the Republic of Cuba; (2) (a) what are the full reasons for training our SA Air Force pilots in (i) Russia and in (ii) Cuba instead of at active pilot training bases in the country and (b) what are the cost-benefits of training the specified pilots in (i) Russia and (ii) Cuba instead of in South Africa?

Reply:

1. 13 fighter aircraft are in the Rotational Preventative Maintenance program due to lack of funding.

1a. 13 Gripen fighter jets are in a Rotational Preventative Maintenance program from a fleet of 26 aircraft which are maintained throughout the aircraft life cycle as prescribed by the Designing Authority.

1b i. The Gripen fleet are under continuous maintenance while in Rotational Preventative Maintenance program.

1b ii. 13 Gripen fighter aircraft are operationally active at their home bases.

1bb. The Gripen aircraft are operationally utilised and used for force preparation of Gripen specific pilots and also for force employment.

2. Technically, we do not have any pilots training in Russia or Cuba. What we have in these countries are members identified to become student pilots.

06 June 2016 - NW1621

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether the SA Airforce (SAAF) jet was used to transport the Deputy President when he recently travelled to South Sudan on 16 May 2016; if not, (a) why did he not use the SAAF jet, (b) who was the specified jet leased from and (c) how much did it cost; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information required relates to the movement of the VVIP, and for security reasons, the response to this question can only be presented to a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

06 June 2016 - NW219

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

Has her department awarded any contracts to companies indirectly or directly owned by certain persons (names furnished) in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, in each specified financial year, (i) how many times were such contracts awarded and (ii) for what amount?

Reply:

NO

06 June 2016 - NW928

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Has (a) she and/or (b) her Deputy Minister ever (i) met with any (aa) member, (bb) employee and/or (cc) close associate of the Gupta family and/or (ii) attended any meeting with the specified persons (aa) at the Gupta’s Saxonwold Estate in Johannesburg or (bb) anywhere else since taking office; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each specified case, (aaa) what are the names of the persons who were present at each meeting, (bbb)(aaaa) when and (bbbb) where did each such meeting take place and (ccc) what was the purpose of each specified meeting?

Reply:

No I have not attended any meetings of the Gupta’s in Saxonwod.

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.

24 May 2016 - NW1485

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) How many flights have been made in military helicopters between the President’s private residence in Nkandla and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, between 1 February 2015 and 17 May 2016 and (b) what was the total cost of each specified flight?

Reply:

The information required relates to the movement of the President and for security reasons, the response to this question can only be presented to closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

24 May 2016 - NW1151

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Mncwango, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With regard to the soldiers deployed in KwaZulu-Natal game parks (details furnished), what amount has been spent by her department in the past 10 years for the protection of rhinos in all the game parks, including uniforms, food, training, housing, transport, health, vehicles and weaponry?

Reply:

Soldiers of the SANDF are not deployed in in the KZN game parks per se but are responsible for border safeguarding operations. Amongst other, along the KZN-Mozambican borders therefore there is no financial implications related to the above mentioned question, only OP CORONA budget is spent for border safeguarding.

24 May 2016 - NW1278

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

With reference to her reply to question 395 on 15 March 2016, (a) how many burglaries from the Military Police Service facilities were reported at either (i) the Military Police Service station and/or (ii) the SA Police Service in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years and (b) what was the (i) nature of the stolen goods in each case and (ii) monetary worth of such losses as determined by the SA National Defence Force?

Reply:

(a) Burglary cases reported

   (i) Military Police Service Stations – Three cases of burglary were reported.

(aa) 2012-13: One case of burglary at haba Tshwane Military Police Area Office (MPAO) and one burglary at Daquar MPAO.

(bb) 2013-14: No burglary was reported.

(cc) 2014- 15: One case of burglary at Bloemfontein MPAO

(b) Nature of stolen goods is TV, two edge cutters.

TV (Thaba Tshwane) R6,000.00

2x edge cutters (Daquar) R5,000.00

Forced entry (Bloemfontein – nothing stolen)

There were no cases reported to the South African Police Service

24 May 2016 - NW1279

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

(1) Whether, with reference to her reply to question 4116 on 8 December 2015, she has finalised the appointment of Regular Force Military Judges yet; if not, (a) when will the vetting process for the specified judges be finalised and (b) by when will the specified judges be appointed; if so, what are the relevant details;

Reply:

  1. Vetting has been completed. Judges will be appointed before the end of May 2016.
  2. The Military Discipline Bill has recently received pre-certification from the State Law Advisers and this marks the way for the introduction of the Bill into Parliament. The Bill once passed will go a long way towards strengthening the military justice system.

24 May 2016 - NW1280

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

With reference to the Armaments Corporation of South Africa’s tender ETEL/2016/12 published on 22 April 2016, for the lease of a VIP-configured inter-continental aircraft for the SA Air Force, (a) what (i) are the specifications to be met by the specified aircraft, (ii) amount has been budgeted for the leasing of the specified aircraft and (iii) is the timeline for the delivery of the specified aircraft and (b) how long will the specified aircraft be leased for?

Reply:

(a) (i) See the attached specifications.

(ii) There is a budget allocated for the 2016/17 financial year.

(iii)The initial date was end of May 2016 but the tender adjudication process is underway and can alter the delivery date.

(b) It has recently been determined that the Aircraft will be leased for a period of 12 Months.

SPECIFICATIONS ATTACHED UNDER SEPARATE COVER

09 May 2016 - NW618

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With reference to her reply to question 5 for oral reply in the National Council of Provinces on 23 February 2016 that pilots were unable to fly sufficient flight hours because retiring members had stolen aircraft, (a) what types of aircraft were stolen, (b) how many of each type of aircraft were stolen, (c) when they were stolen and (d) who were the members who allegedly stole them; (2) whether any steps were taken against the members who allegedly stole the aircraft; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what was the result; (3) whether she will make a statement about the matter?

Reply:

In this context, stolen refers to premature phasing-out of systems type aircraft by donating to the museums or selling thus limiting the SAAF to build capacity.

09 May 2016 - NW1149

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether the commission of inquiry into the incident during which two guards who were attacked by two robbers with knives at the Tempe military base in Bloemfontein in August 2015 and subsequently robbed of their R5 assault firearms has been concluded; if not, why not; if so what were the findings of the specified commission; (2) (a) what progress the Milatry Police have made in this regard and (b) whether (i) the R5 assault rifles have been recovered and (ii) anyone has been arrested in this regard; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Board of Inquiry 12/15 conducted by SA Army Support Base Bloemfontein was completed on 13 October 2015.

FINDINGS OF THE BOARD

Circumstances that caused the loss of 2x weapons (R4’s) and equipment (radio, 2x magazines, 2x weapon belts, 2x lanyards and 60 rounds)

The guards were on official duty when the incident occurred but they were asleep on guard duty. The loss of the weapons and equipment can be contributed to negligence, a lack of discipline and neglect to obey orders and instructions. Security fence, cameras and security lights around the warehouse were not up to standard. The guards did not adhere to the orders of the Adjutant. The guard commander did not post the two guards (Private’s Sam and Mdayi) on 232400B Aug 15 but they were posted by the driver. The training of Protection Services Guards were not up to standard.

Who was responsible for the loss?

02047744 MC Private S. Sam and 08415176 MC Private L.B. Mdayi.

The consequences that it may have for the SANDF

The upgrading of security measures. The development of a specific training program for Protection Services members. The loss of weapons and equipment of R18,483.20.

(2) No suspects have been identified thus far.

(3) No

09 May 2016 - NW975

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether a certain person (name and details furnished) has been registered as a military veteran yet; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

1. (a) Based on the records maintained by this Department, Mr. MA Lenaghan is not a registered military veteran.

(b) The national military veterans’ database is a listing of military veterans who have applied for listing, by completing the prescribed application forms and complied with the prescripts of the Military Veterans Act (Act no. 18 of 2011). Mr Lenaghan has not done so.

09 May 2016 - NW919

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Khoza, Mr NP to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Has she earned any additional income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, since her appointment as Minister; if so, (a) when, (b) how much did she earn, (c) from which businesses and (d) for what work; (2) whether her (a) spouse, (b) children and (c) close family earned income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, through her appointment as Minister; if so, in respect of each case, (i) when, (ii) how much did each earn, (iii) from which businesses and (iv) for what work?

Reply:

I file a declaration of interests every year with Parliament and the public part of this declaration can be viewed in Parliament

25 April 2016 - NW1143

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Mncwango, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veternas

(1)Why is the SA National Defence Force still unable to successfully prevent the infiltration of our national parks by poachers, in spite of the fact that these parks and their perimeters are policed and patrolled by trained military personnel, drones, and helicopters which make extensive use of night vision and detection equipment; (2) has this matter been investigated by her department; if so, what were the findings of the specified investigation; (3) did her department conduct an investigation on any form of collusion that may exist between military personnel and the poachers, which is allowing the poachers unfettered access to our national parks; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of the specified investigation?

Reply:

(1) The SANDF’s primary mandate is to safeguard the integrity of our international borders. The SANDF conducting operational tasks such as listening posts, observation posts, foot and mobile patrols, reaction forces conducted in conjunction with SANPARKS and the SAPS, specifically for the Kruger National Park. Technology and air support are being utilised as a force multiplier to achieve successes. The SANDF is not the lead department in the Kruger National Park. The SAPS and SANPARKS are the lead Government Departments and the SANDF is in support.

(2) No formal investigation was conducted. An Informal discussion between the SANDF, Chief of Joint Operations (C J Ops) and SANPARKS have taken place in January 2016, with specific reference to refining of the cooperation at the Joint Operational Centre (JOC) level in the Kruger National Park for effective and maximum deployments.

(3) It must be categorically stated that there are no form of collusion between the soldiers and poachers. During the conclusion of the recent informal discussions the following aspects were highlighted;

(a) More soldiers were required due to the vastness of the area to effectively minimise the infiltration into the Kruger National Park.

(b) Closer and effective cooperation between the various role players must be achieved and remains the objective.

25 April 2016 - NW1142

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Mncwango, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With reference to the soldiers deployed in Kwa-Zulu Natal game parks, (details furnished), (a) which game park has the highest poaching numbers and (b) what are the reasons for the highest number of poaching incidents; (2) whether she has found that the protection zones do not endanger the rhinos even more because the navigators of the poaching gangs know exactly where the rhinos are; (3) has the number of (a) soldiers and (b) rangers been increased and intensified in the specified protection zones; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The SANDF is not in a position to comment on the poaching statistics in the game parks. These questions should be directed to SANPARKS.

(2) This question should be directed to SANPARKS.

(3) Soldiers of the SANDF are not deployed in the KZN game parks per se but are responsible for border safeguarding operations, amongst other, along the KZN-Mozambican border. It is for this reason that soldiers are not deployed in so-called protection zones either. Questions pertaining to the protection zones should be directed to SANPARKS.

25 April 2016 - NW1141

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Mncwango, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether, with reference to the soldiers deployed in Kwa-Zulu Natal game parks (details furnished), the soldiers in carrying out their duties follow the same principles and fall under the same command as the rangers; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the rangers who fall under the same command as the soldiers are armed; if not, why not; if so, with what?

Reply:

(1) Soldiers of the SANDF are not deployed in the KZN game parks per se but are responsible for border safeguarding operations, amongst other, along the KZN-Mozambican border. They do not fall under any other command but that of the SANDF. The rangers, on the other hand, are under command of SANPARKS.

(2) The rangers do not fall under command of the SANDF. Details with respect to their armaments should be obtained from SANPARKS.

25 April 2016 - NW473

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

(1)With reference to her 2015 Budget Speech, where she highlighted the fact that there are too few white individuals in the SA National Defence Force and indicated that a robust recruitment programme will be embarked on to rectify the demographics, (a) what are the criteria for the appointment of white recruits, (b) how many applications were received and (c) how many of the specified recruits who applied were subsequently appointed; (2) whether any policy is in place which requires a minimum level of education of new recruits; if not, why not; if so, what are the reasons for not (a) responding to the applications of white candidates with A-aggregates on their national senior certificates and (b) appointing white applicants with A-aggregates on their National Senior Certificates?

Reply:

1. (a) An effort was made to encourage white candidates to apply through media reports encouraging them to apply and by extending application dates to get a broader pool of candidates.

(b) 405 MSDS applications were received

(c) 99 white candidates were appointed and are undergoing Basic Military Training at the different training institutions

2. Yes, there is a Revised Implementation Instruction on the Military Skills Development System (DS/CDHRPP/DSS/R/104/31/2/1 dated 05 December 2003 ) in place which spells minimum level of education of new recruits and the Services have in addition own specific requirements which are reflected on their application forms.

(a) The SA Army did not use specific criteria to appoint white candidates. The SA Navy selected applicants that had Mathematics and Science with the minimum level of 3 and above for both subjects.

(b) The SAMHS appointed 18 white candidates with A aggregate and 15 with B-aggregate whereas 33 white candidates with A-aggregate could not be utilised as they were awaiting their Grade 12 results. The SA Army does not have specific criteria in appointing white candidates. Out of the 235 that the SA Army invited for the selection board process 124 reported and 111 did not. 49 white candidates did not meet the criteria in the SA Army. The SA Navy selected white candidates with level 3 and above in both Maths and Science on their National Senior Certificates.

15 April 2016 - NW471

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

(1)With reference to her reply to question 3524 on 19 October 2015, and subsequent reports that the procurement of a new VIP jet by Armaments Corporation of SA for use by the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, has commenced, (a) what is the status of this procurement process and (b) when will the (i) Joint Standing Committee on Defence and (ii) the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans be briefed by her on the progress made with the procurement process to date; (2) whether the procurement of the specified VIP jet will be funded from the Special Defence Account; if not, how will the specified jet be funded; if so, what steps will be taken to ensure that the specified VIP jet will be procured at the lowest possible cost given the country’s current dire economic situation; (3) how much (a) has been budgeted for the new VIP jet and (b) will it cost?

Reply:

The Department established a Task Team comprising relevant units of the department, the Airforce and Armscor to advise on the most viable and suitable acquisition option including cost implications thereof for this project.

The Task Team already issued public communication on the progress in this regard during a press briefing in November 2015.

15 April 2016 - NW396

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

(1)Whether R 800 million was moved from the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) budget to pay Deloitte to do an audit of SANDF’s battle preparedness; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what were the (i) motivation and (ii) objectives of the specified audit, (b) why does the SANDF not have the capacity to perform the specified audit itself, (c) why was Deloitte contracted to perform the specified audit, (d) when did (i) she and (ii) her department approve the specified audit and (e) what procurement processes were followed before appointing the specified company; (2) whether there are any higher priorities for spending the funds instead of the specified audit, especially in the face of constant complaints that not enough funding is provided to among other things South Africa’s contribution to peacekeeping forces in Africa; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details for prioritising the specified audit?

Reply:

It is hereby confirmed that no funding was provided nor was any payment made for the amount of RM800 to Deloitte.

15 April 2016 - NW363

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to President Jacob G Zuma’s undertaking in his State of the Nation Address delivered on 12 February 2015, that the Government will set aside 30% of appropriate categories of state procurement for purchasing from Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), co-operatives, as well as township and rural enterprises, what percentage of the total procurement of (a) her department and (b) every entity reporting to her went to (i) SMMEs and (ii) co-operatives from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply:

1. The following percentage of the total procurement of (a) the Minister for Defence and Military Veterans department and (b) every entity reporting to her went to (i) SMME’s and (ii) co-operatives from 1 April 2015 to 26 February 2016 was 50.7%.

15 April 2016 - NW144

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)How does her department justify the poor achievement of targets in all of its programmes with regard to its budget expenditure of 91,7% in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) whether the lack of (a) competent and/or (b) professional staff members in her department impacted on these under-achievements for the specified financial year; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)

 (a) Programme 1: Out of 14 targets planned, 10 targets were achieved and these constituted to 71% achievement. The department is at the moment fast tracking the recruitment process to ensure that all vacant funded posts are filled and the appointment the TSI to fast track and develop a turnaround strategy to ensure achievement of targets is still ongoing.

(b) Programme 2: Out of five targets planned, 2 targets were achieved which constituted to 40% achievement. The dependency of the department on other sister department to dispense benefits to Military Veterans (MVs) also creates a threat to achieve the targets as planned (like housing, education etc.).

(c) Programme 3: Out of six targets planned, 3 targets were achieved which constituted to 50% achievement. The department is in the process of serious engagements with identified Stakeholders to address this impasse of dispensing the benefits to the relevant bona fide MVs.

(2) As indicated previously, I have appointed a turn around team to assist the Department in setting in place systems to enable it to meet its service delivery targets. I am also in the process of filling vacancies in certain key positions within the Department. The DG and all DDG positions will be filled shortly and a new CFO recently assumed office.

15 April 2016 - NW137

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What are the (a) names of the members of the Ministerial Task Team appointed by her to effect a turnaround strategy for her department, (b)(i) terms of reference and (ii) time frames for the specified task team and (c) cost implications for employing the specified task team?

Reply:

(a)

  • Steering Committee
    • Mr S. Majombozi
    • Ms S. Rabkin
    • Mr S. Sokhela
    • Mr S. Hamilton
    • Lt Gen (Ret) J. Nkonyane
  • Resource Panel (part time)
    • Ms S. Hlapolosa
    • Mr T. Kubu
    • Mr U.Abrahamse
    • Brig Gen (Ret) M.R. Fihla
    • Ms N. Motlhatlhane"
    • Ms N. Mkwanazi
    • Maj Gen (Ret) K. Mokoape
    • Mr D. Nadison
    • Dr S. Zikalala

(b) The turn-around strategy is to focus on the following areas: procurement; organisational structure of the Department; financial accounting and the legislative mandate in addition it has various work streams which deal with rolling out of benefits to military veterans.

e.g. 1)health and education,; 2, Policy development; 3 Cleaning up of the database.

(ii) The task team has been established from 01 September 2015 to 31 December 2016.

(c) The Steering Committee is paid on the basis of meetings bases on National Treasury determination which is amended annually.

 

15 April 2016 - NW143

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) What is the (i) status and (ii) capacity of each provincial office of her department and (b) why was there an under spending on provincial offices in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

(a) (i) In each of the nine provinces, a Provincial Coordinator and Assistant have been appointed and they are placed in provinces. The challenge for the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) is the reliance on the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the procurement of office space. Since 2013 the DMV has been engaging with the DPW on office space.

In the interim, the DMV has submitted requests to various entities for the provision of office space. At present, the provincial coordinators are housed in various venues.

  • Eastern Cape: The Provincial Offices are currenlty housed at the East London City Hall
  • Free State: Temporarily housed in the DoD sick bay at Tempe Military Base in Bloemfontein
  • Gauteng: Temporarily housed at the DMV head office in Pretoria
  • KwaZulu-Natal: The Provincial Coordinators are housed in a very small office at the sickbay in Pietermaritzburg
  • Mpumalanga: Temporarily housed in an DoD military sick bay in Nelspruit
  • Limpopo: Temporarily housed at the military base in Polokwane
  • Northern Cape: Housed at the military base in Kimberley
  • North West: Provincial Offices are temporarily in the old Premier’s Offices,  Mafikeng
  • Western Cape: Office of the Director-General (10 floor, Parliament Towers, Plein Street, Cape Town)

The DPW has reported that office space has been now sourced and secured in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West Provinces. The DMV national Office will visit the spaces during April 2016 to assess compliance with the DMV specifications and to determine occupancy date. Once this has been established, the DMV will commence with providing additional human resources and required office resources at these offices. The DMV shall do the same in other provinces as space becomes available.

(b) The underspend on provincial offices in the 2014-15 financial year was a result of the lack of adequate capacity in provincial offices.

15 April 2016 - NW809

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

(a) How many SA National Defence Force Reserve Force members were employed at the Joint Tactical Headquarters in Mpumalanga in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) which of the specified members’ services were employed on a continuous basis (i) for six months or less, (ii) between six and twelve months, (iii) between 12 and 18 months, (iv) between 18 and 24 months, (v) between 24 and 30 months and (vi) between 30 and 36 months?NW928

Reply:

The total number Reserves that were called-up up at the Joint Tactical Headquarters and Ops Corona in Mpumalanga during the financial years 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 is indicated in the table below:

CALL-UP CATEGORIES

(Months)

NUMBER OF MEMBERS CALLED-UP

(Individuals utilised)

 

FY 2012/2013-2014/2015

0-6

2 601

6-12

1 712

12-18

417

18-24

89

24-30

8

30-36

0

TOTAL

4 827

15 April 2016 - NW808

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

(a) How many Reserve Force members were employed in the SA National Defence Force in the (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15 financial years and (b) which of the specified members’ services were employed on a continuous basis (i) for six months or less, (ii) between six and twelve months, (iii) between 12 and 18 months, (iv) between 18 and 24 months, (v) between 24 and 30 months and (vi) between 30 and 36 months?

Reply:

The total number Reserves that were called-up up in the SA National Defence Force during the financial years 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 is indicated in the table below:

CALL-UP CATEGORIES

(Months)

NUMBER OF MEMBERS CALLED-UP

(Individuals utilised)

 

FY 2012/2013-2014/2015

0-6

4 217

6-12

3 283

12-18

3 570

18-24

2 847

24-30

1 460

30-36

1 628

TOTAL

  1. 005
  1. Over the three year period, a total of 17 005 individuals were utilised as Reserves for SANDF activities as per the number per category.
  2. It must be appreciated that in each of these categories the numbers were not necessarily utilised continuously for that period.
  3. The number of individuals utilised continuously for the full 36 month cycle were minimal and that was restricted to members that were in critical specialised posts.

15 April 2016 - NW807

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

(1)When is she going to institute an investigation into alleged transgressions of the provisions of the Defence Act, Act 42 of 2002, in respect of the (a) criteria used to employ persons as members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Reserve Force and (b)(i) process and (ii) procedures involved in being employed as a SANDF Reserve Force member; (2) (a) why are only certain SANDF Reserve Force members employed while others are not afforded an opportunity, (b) why are SANDF Reserve Force members who are in service not rotated and (c) how is the period of employment as a Reserve Force member determined; (3) whether principles of fairness are implemented in the employment of the SANDF Reserve Force members, or is there good cause to believe that discrimination has been practiced in this regard; (4) whether SANDF Reserve Force members are allowed to apply for military veterans’ benefits while not being employed by the SANDF; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. At this stage there is no intention to launch an investigation.

2. (a) The Services are in control of the Reserves and call-ups are managed according to specific requirements over a specified period of time and for a particular number of people or particular rank requirements as determined by the Services and some Divisions within the structures of the Department of Defence. Such call-ups are largely controlled by the availability of financial resources.

(b) Rotation of Reserve Force members is encouraged at all times and the departmental policies do make provision for such in order to give members a fair opportunity to receive a call-up. This requirement is not always met accordingly due to budgetary constraints.

(c) The period of call-ups is determined according to the purpose and type of call-up, whether it is on a continuous or non- continuous basis and for the duration. The duration for external deployments is normally over 12 months and internal deployments over 6 months. In both cases, a period for pre- deployment training is also scheduled. Specialist skills are utilised according to departmental needs.

3. Reserve Force service is a voluntary service and the department always strives for the principles of fairness as a rule regarding Reserve Force utilisation. However, the current economic situation and the high unemployment rate place pressure on the unemployed Reserve Force member to become desperate for a call-up and would therefore always be regarded as not being treated fairly with no call-up. The Services do have a monitoring system in place to review Reserve Force utilisation on a quarterly basis.

4. According to policy requirements, Reserve Force members that are active in service are not allowed to be part of the Military Veterans and are not entitled to such benefits. The current practice is that members who would like to be registered on the Military Veterans Database in order to be entitled to the benefits thereof would officially request to resign from active Reserve Force service or be removed from the Reserve Force database.

15 April 2016 - NW750

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Mncwango, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)With reference to the soldiers who are deployed in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and the Kruger National Park, who (a) has taken over the chain of command from a certain person (name and details furnished) in the Kruger National Park and (b) leads the military exercises in KwaZulu-Natal; (2) are the soldiers and rangers who are employed by the Government well-equipped to withstand a poacher’s bullet; (3) does the Government pay for life insurance for the specified soldiers and rangers who endanger their lives daily and who have families to care for; (4) (a) do the specified soldiers and rangers work from 8 am to 5 pm daily and (b) do they engage in any night patrols?

Reply:

The questions raised here have potential to compromise the operational integrity of the SANDF with regard to force deployment; force movement and tactical planning.

It is however suffice to say that the SANDF deploys in the National Campaign against Rhino poaching in support of other government departments as part of its constitutional mandate.

15 April 2016 - NW744

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether any burglary has occurred at the Quarter Master at the Saldanha Military Base since 1 January 2011 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (a) when each burglary occurred, (b) what was stolen during each burglary, (c) what was the cost of each burglary and (d) whether any transgressors were caught; (2) whether she will make a statement about the matter?

Reply:

1. (a) Seventeen incidents of theft occurred at the Quarter Master at Saldanha Military Base between 2011 and 2016

(b) Items stolen comprise mainly clothing, IT equipment and fire extinguishers.

(c) Items stolen were valued at approximately R100 555.58

(d) Between 2011 and 2013 six civilians were apprehended and found guilty in the Vredenburg Magistrate’s court. Fourteen police investigations are not yet concluded.

2. No

15 April 2016 - NW556

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

Whether there has been (a) any agreement and/or (b) any meetings between her and the Amabutho Royal Defence Force; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(a) and (b) NO

15 April 2016 - NW502

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

(1) (a) What are the details of the Service Level Agreement signed between her department and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to employ military veterans in the Elands Bay Infrastructure Improvement and Project Operational Phase of the Cederberg Fishing Infrastructure Development and Management Project on the West Coast in the Western Cape, (b)(i) what are the names of the military veterans who are employed in the specified project and (ii) to which former formations did they belong and (c) what are the relevant details of her department’s involvement in the specified project; (2) whether the specified military veterans (a) come from Elands Bay and (b) are verified on the National Military Veteran’s Database; if not, (i) why not and (ii) what are the further relevant details in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) whether her department requested an extension of employment for the specified military veterans working on the specified project; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The MOU is a broad based document and is not limited to the Elands Bay area. A key output of the MOU is for the provision of work and other economic opportunities for military veterans through DAFF.

The Cedarberg Fishing Infrastructure Development and Management Project (CFIDMP) is a separate project of DAFF and does not include the DMV. The DMV is aware that the service provider to the DAFF on the CFIDMP has been used to facilitate payment of the stipends for the military veterans on the anti-poaching project in the Hermanus area.

(b)

(i) A list of names is provided (REFER TO APPENDIX A)

(ii) The name list shows the former forces to which the project participants belonged. Two members have passed on since the beginning of the project and another has resigned from the project. Three members are dependants of military veterans

(c) The project in question predated the establishment of the DMV. Subsequent to the establishment of the DMV, the office of the Deputy Director-General: Empowerment and Stakeholder Management was called in to a meeting on the project to discuss challenges in employment the military veterans. Since the initial intervention, the Acting DDG:ESM was instrumental in assisting in developing a Memorandum of Understanding between the DMV and DAFF. The office of the Provincial Coordinator in the Western Cape has also been represented at meetings through the Assistant Provincial Coordinator.

Therefore, to date, the DMV has been represented by the Acting DDG and the Assistant Provincial Coordinator.

During the engagements with the process, it came to light that the military veterans on the project were requesting to be employed in the DAFF. At one point there were around 8 positions available within DAFF with the entire group requesting absorption onto DAFF staff. The various DDGs who have managed the project have repeatedly indiacted that the project is an EPWP initiative and as such, has a defined timeframe. However, the group was advised to establish a co-operative which could be considered as a possible service provider to provide the very services in anti-poaching that they currently provide to DAFF.

(1) The team did establish a co-operative and the DMV also submitted a letter of support for this business entity. The process was submitted to DAFF to consider taking on the group as a preferred service provider. As part of service offering, the DMV enlisted the assistance of the Chief Operating Officer of SANMVA to assist in training the group and incubating them since she had been part of the initial meetings with the group when the DMV became involved in the project in June 2013. The intervention did not yield much fruit.

The recently appointed DDG (DAFF) had also initiated a committee that would map out a strategy which would have guided the transition process that would have resulted in the co-operative taking on the programme as a fully fledged service provider. A meeting with this committee has been scheduled for 08 April 2016 in Cape Town to discuss the extension of the project to other coastal provinces.

The current project phase has been extended to 31July 2016.

(2)

  1. The group in the project come from various areas around the Cape Peninsula area including Hermanus, Langa and Bonteheuwel amongst others. DAFF has been providing transport for the team to get to work daily. None of the project members are from Elands Bay.
  1. A request for database verification has been submitted to the DMV military veterans database unit.
  1. It is noted that some of the group might not be bona fide military veterans. This matter has been constantly raised with the group. Therefore, the intention of the establishment of a cooperative was also to facilitate that whilst the military veterans would be catered for through the DMV support, those who are not military veterans could be retained as employees to the cooperative, to avoid depriving families of an income. This was noted because of the fact that the project had been initiated before the advent of the DMV and had been running for a while before the DMV was approached for assistance.

(3) The current employment has been extended to 31 July 2016 after discussions on the matter.

APPENDIX A (QUESTION 502)

NAMELIST FOR HERMANUS ANTI POACHING EMPLOYEES

MKMVA PROJECT PARTICIPANTS

No.

SURNAME

NAME

ID NUMBER

BIRTH DATE

ETHNIC GROUP

GENDER

CELL NO

FORCE NO

                 

1

Daweti

Siyabulela (Deceased)

7101255524084

25/01/1971

Black

Male

0780050504

95071981PV

2

De Vos

John Paul

6906115791081

11/06/1969

Coloured

Male

0795523000

0746329/9

3

Fihlani

Makhaya Douglas

7111015321084

01/11/1971

Black

Male

0785375087

10871887

4

Genu

Siviwe Abner

6501295647086

29/01/1965

Black

Male

0736528408

94975844PE

5

Gobo

Lulamile Frederick

6506185664083

18/06/1965

Black

Male

0734039336

 

6

Lonzi

Simphiwe

6708315496085

31/08/1967

Black

Male

0715109160

94096674PF

7

Mamani

Vuyani Moses

(Now with PRASA)

6803046225083

04/03/1968

Black

Male

0799822296

94672359

8

Mdlungu

Makhaselina

6504220711084

22/04/1965

Black

Female

0780294371

94075173P

9

Mvulana

Zongamele

(Now with PRASA)

6806035817083

03/06/1968

Black

Male

0788888020

94069739

10

November Mettler

Venessa

6904240171089

24/04/1969

Coloured

Female

0846221903

96072368

11

Snyman

Bonakele Michael

6911185733088

18/11/1969

Black

Male

0730082342

97652309

 

Sanqela

Patrick

6903076208080

07/03/1969

Black

Male

0736220313

98151822RFN

 

Martin

Amanda Beatrice

7303210288081

21/03/1973

Coloured

Female

0782217812

 
 

May

Ellen

7507040081082

04/07/1975

Coloured

Female

0796679223

 
   

 

           
 

Mfengwana

Dumisa August

5910165806089

16/10/1959

Black

Male

0736541174

 
 

Mkoko

Wankie Lesley

7610105632086

10/10/1976

Black

Male

0768899180

 
 

Mtimkulu

Simphiwe

7311035610086

03/11/1973

Black

Male

0835836924

 
 

Ndzabela

Lizo

7305245507088

24/05/1973

Black

Male

0733772601

 
 

Ngcime

Simon

6612166092086

16/12/1966

Black

Male

0833330887

 
 

Nokatywa

Nomonde

6311080300085

08/11/1963

Black

Female

0789389391

 
 

Snyman

Bonakele Micheal

6911185733088

18/11/1969

Black

Male

0730082342

 
 

Stofile

Howard

6509125388086

12/09/1965

Black

Male

0783866117

 
 

Xaga

Jamangile

6603255773082

25/03/1966

Black

Male

0731239688

 
 

Yola-Xundu

Nomalungisa

6405160675083

16/05/1964

Black

Female

0825364850

 
 

Arendse

Christine Cheryl

6506120771084

12/06/1965

Coloured

Female

0846270153

No F NO

 

Cader

Feroza

6907240081083

24/07/1969

Coloured

Female

0730256698

 
 

Deniels

Joan

7207260191089

26/07/1972

Coloured

Female

0837285117

 
 

Dayimani

Simon Mayibuye (MKMVA - Dependant)

8609076476086

07/09/1986

Black

Male

0732747611

 
 

Dunga

Joy

6811201111089

20/11/1968

Black

Female

0824245710

 
 

Fihlani

Makhaya Douglas

7111015321084

01/11/1971

Black

Male

0785375087

10871887

 

Flotman

Simon

6501225304089

22/01/1965

Black

Male

0735785912

 
 

Fransch

Donovan

7306125163083

12/06/1973

Coloured

Male

0736673403

 
 

Jonkers

Lilian

6912160574083

16/12/1969

Coloured

Female

0832662647

 
 

Kapa

Thabisa

7511260535082

26/11/1975

Black

Female

0837422401

 
 

Le Roux

David

7212025856083

02/12/1972

Coloured

Male

0745271093

 
 

Minnie

Mathews

6101245626080

24/01/1961

Black

Male

0833647122

 
 

Maphuza

Michael Nkululeko (MKMVA -Dependant)

8102285414083

28/02/1981

Black

Male

0797658003

 

APLA MEMBERS

No.

SURNAME

NAME

ID NUMBER

BIRTH DATE

ETHNIC GROUP

GENDER

CELL NO

FORCE NO

                 

1

Maduba

Siphiwo

6406235728089

23/06/1964

Black

Male

0732441041

 

2

Magwentshu

Nqaba (Dependant)

8008195620088

19/08/1980

Black

Male

0783617548

 

3

Ngqisha

Lindilekile

(Has exited)

7011165955089

16/11/1966

Black

Male

0735823214

 

4

Ntlabathi

Desmond

7005055603080

05/05/1970

Black

Male

0793993723

 

5

Ntsila

Ndoda

7312085350082

08/12/1973

Black

Male

0781353000

 

6

Qashani

Witness

7011115412082

11/11/1970

Black

Male

0732794308

 

7

Sidina

Mzoxolo Arthur (Deceased)

7104175549081

17/04/1971

Black

Male

0731288548

 
 

Smouse

Simon

6402095634087

09/02/1964

Black

Male

0785459964

 
 

Williams

Mzwamadoda

7503305412088

30/03/1975

Black

Male

0736242200

96845599

 

Madasi

Vuyisile

6911205896089

20/11/1969

Black

Male

0780782742

98001092