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25 April 2022 - NW423

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether her department intends to deploy any naval support to the coast of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, in order to support efforts by the SA National Defence Force in combating insurgents linked to the Islamist State; if not, what steps are being taken by her department to interdict seaborne supplies to the insurgents; if so, what are the relevant details regarding the deployment?

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22 April 2022 - NW637

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

(1) What (a) is the total number of houses leased by (i) her department and (ii) the SA National Defence Force for their employees and (b) total amount was (i) paid directly to service provider and/or landlords for leasing houses for the Brigadier-General to Generals rank group and (ii) transferred to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure for leasing the houses for the specified rank group; (2) What is the (a) monthly rental amount, (b) lease period and (c) total cost for providing security and guards for each specified house?

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22 April 2022 - NW519

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Spies, Ms ERJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the (a) make, (b) model (c) year of manufacture, (d) price and (e) purchase date of each vehicle purchase for used by (i) her and (ii) the Deputy Minister since 29 May 2019?REPLY:(a –c) (i) No vehicle was purchased for myself during the said period(a –c) (ii) Deputy Minister

Reply:


(a –c) (i) No vehicle was purchased for myself during the said period
(a –c) (ii) Deputy Minister
 

Make

bmw

Model

X4

Year of Manufacture

2021

Price

R 756510 ( seven hundred and fifty six thousand five hundred and ten rand only)

Purchase Date

08 September 2021

22 April 2022 - NW638

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

(1) whether (a) her department and/or (b) the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) are still providing a house to a certain person (name and details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the reason for the provision as the specified person has officially retired and announced his retirement long before he left the service SANDF; (2) whether security services and SANDF guards are still provided for the benefit of the specified person; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (3) whether the person is paying a market-related rental amount and for security service; if not, why not; if so, (a) how is the newly appointed Chief of the SANDF accommodated and (b) what are the (i) leasing terms and (ii) costs related to any temporary and/or permanent arrangement?

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22 April 2022 - NW1068

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

what are the (a) detailed cost breakdown to determine the total cost for bread that is delivered to military bases of the SA National Defence Force and (b) reasons that the bakeries are charging R20 for a loaf of bread while it is available from commercial and small, medium and micro enterprises bakeries for R10 to R12 for each load of bread?

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22 April 2022 - NW821

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Shelembe, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) whether she has been informed of 822 unemployed men and women in the Reserve Force and Military Veterans who honoured the call that was made by the President of the Republic; Mr M C Ramaphose, to report for work at the Umzimvubu Military Base to assist during the July 2021 riots in areas of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng buy have not been paid yet (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps will she take to resolve the problem; (2) Whether she will consider to initiate and investigation into the matter and respond accordingly; if not, why not, if so, on what date is the outcome expected?

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05 April 2022 - NW766

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

In light of aging outdated military hardware which cannot withstand the capacity of the other states that have improved new technologies, what are the (a) immediate, (b) short term and (c) long term objectives of her department to bring back the desired standards to have a competitive force that will execute its constitutional mandate?

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05 April 2022 - NW778

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

Whether, with regard to the capability decay at 28 Squadron, she can confirm if the need for logistical heavy and medium-lift cargo and soldier transport as provided for by 28 Squadron is a critical support requirement for the Republic’s responsibilities locally and abroad; if not, (a) how and (b) with which air lift platforms will the essential logistical and support services by 28 Squadron to the Republic, the special forces, paratroopers and deployed soldiers be replaced and/or substituted; if so, what are the practical steps that has been and/or will be implemented to resuscitate the capabilities to sustainable levels?

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05 April 2022 - NW779

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

Whether (a) she and/or (b) Armscor considered discussion with (i) Lockheed Martin, (ii) the Royal Air Force and (iii) the United States Air Force for support to acquire new and/or very well-maintained aircraft so that the Republic can have a serviceable fleet of at least six to seven aircraft; if not, why not; if so, what can be expected from such discussion ?

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22 March 2022 - NW121

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

(1) With reference to a certain person’s complaint of non-payment of her final compensation (name and details furnished) and the report of the Military Ombud’s (name furnished) investigation into the matter (details furnished) that was finalised and signed on 27 January 2020 with valid and appropriate recommendation and a request to her office to ensure that appropriate relief is implemented within three months from the date of the signature, where the latter recommended to her to assure that payment to the specified person is made, what is the reason why nothing was confirmed and/or paid to the specified person; in light of the complaint that was submitted to the Military Ombud on 3 April 2018 (2) and finalised under signature of the Military Ombud on 27 January 2020, (a) on what date will the specified person receive her lawful and rightful compensation and (b) what has she found to be the reasons for the non-implementation of the (i) Military Ombud’s recommendations n article 7 of the final report and (ii) request to her office in article 8 of the final report?

Reply:

 

(1) Following the Military Ombud (MO) Investigation Report MO/DIA/12/1/0008/18-19 dated 27 January 2020, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans (MOD&MV) commissioned an inclusive and comprehensive audit of the Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) for nurses in the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS). The aim of the audit was to ensure accuracy and guarantee that no nurse with a similar complaint was left out. Subsequent to the audit, a submission, which included the possible complainant, was approved by the MOD&MV for the payment of all affected personnel.

(2) The Department of Defence (DOD) is in the process of capturing and finalising all outstanding final compensation resulting from the audit and submission as approved by the MOD&MV. The payment of all outstanding compensations will be finalised before the end of the 2021/2022 financial year.
a) Recommendations were not yet ratified by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans for implementation, but rather for all-inclusive and Comprehensive audit of OSD for nurses in the South African Medical Health Services (SAMHS) to ensure accuracy and guarantee that no nurse with a similar complaint is left out.

(b)It is not necessary to take actions against any person in the Department and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as this was structural issues rather than negligence or human error.
(c) No date can be provided yet for the person to receive the payments which are in line with the findings and recommendations by the MO. The Minister is yet to pronounce implementation based on her approval of the comprehensive audit report. However, determination has been made to identify areas for funding the shortfalls on approval by the Minister.
(d) The findings and recommendations of the MO in terms of the Mil Ombud Act are advisory in nature until they are endorsed by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. The OSD audit for all nurses was completed and is receiving further attention from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. For further endorsement.
(e) Money spent on the Office of the MO is still valuable, and the Department sees the Military Ombud as a force multiplier to accomplish other successes than without it.

22 March 2022 - NW120

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

(1) Whether the (a) 21 Squadron and/or (b) SA Air Force was responsible for the travel arrangements of the Deputy President, Mr D D Mabuza, to Russia for medical reasons, as alluded to by the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, during his reply to a supplementary question on oral question number 8 on 3 September 2021; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether he has, on each visit to Russia since 1 January 2020, travelled with (a) one of the VVIP aircraft of 21 Squadron, (b) chartered aircraft and/or (c) commercial airlines with reference to his reply to question 1874 on 10 September 2021; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 3) What were the full detailed costs of (a) travel and (b) other arrangements by the SA National Defence Force as a consequence of his travel and the duration of his stay in Russia?

Reply:

 

His Excellency President M.C. Ramaphosa on the 03 September 2021 during his oral reply, stated that the “…whenever the President or the Deputy President goes, at any given time, the transportation is the responsibility underline of the government. When they fly it is the responsibility of the Airforce…”

The Honourable Member is invited to listen to the recording of the President again.

The VVIP unit of the SAAF did not task or undertake any flights for the Deputy President to Russia from 01 January 2020 to date. The unit and the Department is not privy to any arrangements the Deputy President may or may not have made regarding his travel to Russia. Arrangements for flights are only made through the Office of the President or the Deputy President. We have no record of such request and therefore did not make any arrangement.
 

The Department is unable to comment on question number 2 and 3.

22 March 2022 - NW119

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

(1) What is the total amount that was paid to a certain service provider of the SA Military Health Service (details furnished) over the past 10 years; (2) whether any investigations have been done into any other service provider; if not, why not; if so, (a) who are they and (b) what were the findings; (3) what steps have been put in place to ensure that no single case of fraud and/or abuse by any other service provider will occur in the future?

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(1) The investigating team could trace invoices to the total amount of R 15 640 487.95 paid to Maponya 911 Services. The actual amount was supposed to be R 3 439 084.75 as per findings which has a difference of R 12 201 403.20 as over billing. The services has been suspended with effect from March 2021. These amounts can only be finalised pending further investigation.

(2) At this stage there is an investigation underway in optometry services, names of companies and individuals cannot be confirmed at this stage as the investigation still need to be finalised.

(3) Investigation of the matters are still pending, only on their conclusion can appropriate measures be taken to prevent any future occurrences.

 

22 March 2022 - NW67

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Shelembe, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What steps has she taken to ensure that no (a) illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe enter into the Republic and (b) movement of dangerous weapons takes place whilst the fence is still inadequate to protect the Republic and its citizens in terms of Section 200(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (details furnished)?

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1(a) Soldiers are deployed in protection of the borderline 24/7 against the illegal immigrants of all nationalities.

1(b) The SANDF conducts foot patrols, vehicle patrols; and has observation posts; along the borderline as to prevent illicit goods of all types; including weapons; from illegally entering the borders of RSA. In executing its mandate in terms of the Constitution, the SANDF ascribe to all international and national prescripts as well as regulations in the conduct of its duties along the borderline. As part of the ongoing efforts by members of the SANDF deployed along the borderline, in January 2022 they have stopped one thousand five hundred and eighty two (1 582) illegal immigrants from the South Africa- Zimbabwe borderline to highlight just one of many successes that are made by our soldiers.

22 March 2022 - NW13

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) Whether her Department has any plans in place to drive and accelerate transformation within the SA Air Force, if not, why not, if so, (2) What (a) are the relevant details of the plans and (b) progress regarding transformation the finalization of the plans?

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1) Yes, the SA Air Force has a Section within the Directorate Human Resource Management namely, Transformation Management who are managing the process on behalf of Chief of the Air Force. The Transformation Management Section is mandated to set targets to be realised by each mastering/specialisation in the SA Airforce.
 

(2) The Transformation Management Section’s Plan is to manage aspects which includes gender equity, members with disability and racial equity. As per the guidance from CDTM, the SAAF has drafted a SAAF Transformation Management and Equity Plan dated 14 February 2020. This plan provides the detail which include all the goals, objectives and outcomes that are required. The plan is a broad ambition of the SA Airforce and is work in progress.

 

22 March 2022 - NW459

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

(1) Whether, with reference to the approximately 250 members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) who were flown to Cuba for training at the end of August 2021, she has found that the training offered in Cuba is the best and most cost-effective training available, given the budgetary constraints and similar training opportunities available in the United Kingdom, Sweden, United States of America and the Republic's BRICS partners; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she has found that this was the best possible training available to equip the next generation of SANDF pilots and Defence force leaders; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1.) From the SANDF appreciation with specific reference to medical expertise and their ongoing assistance to the Department of Health, Cuba was the obvious choice to train and qualify medical specialists. Through Project Thusano, the Cubans also demonstrated their skills and knowledge in terms of the maintenance and repair of various technical capabilities. Cuba was the only country that has opened its training opportunities in bigger numbers to the SANDF and that could tailor make training programmes according to the SANDF's unique training requirements which is the most cost-effective way to train and qualify large numbers of military personnel.

(2) Based on the above motivation, the training provided to the SANDF by Cuba is currently the best possible training intervention available based on the unique SANDF training requirements.

 

22 March 2022 - NW458

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

Mr S J F Marais (DA) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans: (1) Whether, with reference to the approximately 250 members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) who were flown to the Republic of Cuba for training at the end of August 2021, any training was available in other countries, especially where the use of English is available on the training courses; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether the specified countries were considered; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what were the reasons that it was resolved to send pilot trainees to Cuba in view of the fact that our fleet of Gripen aircraft is of Swedish origin and the Hawk aircraft is of British origin; (4) whether any alternatives for training other than the Cuban training opportunities were made available to the SANDF members; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) (a) what was the total cost of the Cuban training in each year since it started, (b) what is the full duration of training for each group, division and/or formation, (c) what was the total cost of chartering the SA Airways aircraft to fly the return flights to Cuba and (d) from which budget item are the flight costs being funded?

Reply:

(1.) The SANDF continues to expose its members to various Foreign Learning  Opportunities (FLOs) in many countries including in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe where various languages are spoken. The purpose of utilizing FLOs has primarily been to enable the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to adopt 'best practice' approaches to military doctrine based on exposure of other Defence forces' practices, with the premise that those members identified for such exposure are well versed in SANDF doctrine.
Yes, members of the SANDF did training in African countries such as Zambia, Uganda, the Americas and Asia, to mention a few. It must be noted that most nation states had restricted training opportunities during COVID-19 periods.

 (2.) Yes all the specified countries were considered to empower members of the SANDF through its bilateral-lateral military relationships with the international community. During 2019/2020FY we had senior officers in the specified countries.

(3.) The South African Air Force is facing shortages of reliable training aircraft and relies on FLOs to keep up with the demand to have trained and skilled workforce in the aviation sphere. The Cuban FLOs provide a value chain training in aviation such as pilots, aviation technicians, aviation engineers, Air traffic controllers and Aircraft Preservation, including simulator developer and software developer programmes that South Africa and the SANDF are highly in need of. The Cuban Pilot Training is using the L 39 Albatross Fighter Jet, which is used in several countries as a versatile Jet trainer for their fighter pilots.

(4.) As indicated above, the SANDF, within its means, continues to expose its members to various FLOs in many countries including Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. It is in the interest of the SANDF that its members are empowered in various militaries.

(5.) (a) The following is the total cost of the Cuban training in each year since it started:
(i) 2014 - R15 838 547, 00
(ii) 2015- R24 485 149, 62
(iii) 2016- R15 967 981, 88
(iv) 2017 - R83 477 610, 24
(v) 2018 - R73 625 956, 67
(vi) 2019 - R72 697 854, 04
(Vii) 2020 - Training was suspended due to Covid 19.
(viii) 2021- R73 074 191, 20

22 March 2022 - NW457

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

(1) With reference to the approximately 250 members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) who were flown to Cuba for training at the end of August 2021, (a) from which SANDF formations and/or divisions are the specified members and (b) for what reason was it decided that the best possible training available to them was in Cuba; (2) on what basis was it resolved that all the relevant SANDF members must attend training in Cuba, where the only language of communication is Spanish, given that all trainees must spend one year in Cuba learning Spanish; (3) whether she has found that it is cost-effective to spend and/or waste one year to be taught Spanish before actual training can commence; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether she has found that it is acceptable that the SANDF soldiers are (a) used for obligatory garden work where grass must be cut with machetes under instruction of their Spanish-speaking instructors and (b) not provided with balanced meals, but rather a low standard of food (details furnished); if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (5) what are the reasons that (a) interpreters are not assigned on a full-time basis to the trainee soldiers and (b) the specified training is not available in the Republic, where similar and higher grade training used to be available in the past? NW522E

Reply:

(1) (a) There are a hundred and five (105) SANDF members from all Services who departed to Cuba for the following training programmes at the end of August 2021:
(i) 30 x members for Senior Courses (SDSP & JSCSP).
(ii) 75 x members for various vocational/cadet training.
(b) From the SANDF appreciation with specific reference to medical expertise and their ongoing assistance to the Department of Health, Cuba was the obvious choice to train and qualify medical specialists. Through Project Thusano, Cuba also demonstrated their skills and knowledge in terms of the maintenance and repair of various technical capabilities. In addition, Cuba was the only country that has opened its training opportunities in bigger numbers to the SANDF and that could tailor make training programmes according to the SANDF's unique training requirements.

  (2) Only the extended courses i.e. medical and pilot courses are presented in Spanish which requires the one (1) year Spanish Language Training. All the other courses are presented in English.

(3) It is in the interest of the SANDF that members are conversant with other foreign languages including Spanish due to the multi-lateral military relationships of the SANDF with the international community.

(4) The SANDF only became aware of the allegations of ill-treatment of Cuba learners via the social media platform as no formal complaint has been received in this regard. The organisation has however directed the Defence Attaché in Cuba to look into these allegations.

(5) (a) As indicated in par 2 above, not all courses are presented in Spanish. The one year language intervention for extended courses is of such a nature that learners are able to grasp the learning material without any additional intervention. However, it must be noted that, where further language interventions are required, learners are provided with interpreters and or translators. (b) Even though the training is available in South Africa, the SANDF did a skills gap analysis and ascertained that there is a backlog which necessitated the current arrangement with the Cuban Government.

22 March 2022 - NW329

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

(1) What has she found to be the relevance and importance of the SA Navy Maritime Silvermine Communication facility in Cape Town to (a) the SA National Defence Force, (b) the security of the Republic and (c) the (i) maritime and (ii) air traffic in and around the coast of the Republic; (2) (a) on what date will the dilapidated and stolen security fence and infrastructure be repaired and/or replaced to fully safeguard the base and its essential services and (b) what is the total cost related to the repair and/or replacement of the security fence and infrastructure; (3) whether the stolen communication infrastructure has been replaced and secured; if not, on what date is it envisaged that the infrastructure will be replaced and/or upgraded to meet the required service level it should provide; if so, what is and/or was the total cost thereof; (4) whether she envisages the decommissioning of the base and its facilities; if not, why not; if so, what are the alternatives for the services provided by the previous essential service? NW340E

Reply:

Reply 1
1.i. The relevance and importance to the SANDF: It provides Control and Administrative Node Western Cape for the Defence Signal Network for Chief Command Management Information Systems (C CMIS} server connectivity, with Pretoria network infrastructure and Administrator function.
1.ii. Security of the Republic. To Support the People of South Africa: Support to the people of South Africa means supporting of the population of South Africa by means of operations other than war, during periods when the responsible state departments do not have the capacity. The provision of hydrographic services for use by the SA Navy, South African and international mariners, and for other mariners in terms of regional and international treaties and agreements obligations. SA has an international obligation to issue promulgation of radio navigation warnings, notices for mariners, and tidal and related meteorological data for mariners in terms of international obligations. The communications center’s capability is key to fulfilling these strategic mandate and international obligations.

1.iii. Maritime.
i. The primary objective of this system (Communications Centre) is to provide the backbone for local, national, and global maritime communications in support of safety of life at sea, naval and maritime exercises and operations, both during force preparation and force employment activities, sufficient for peace, and expandable to war. 
ii. The collective being operationally available 24/7, provide for a number of communications means and methods, thereby ensuring reliability of service through area broadcasting and coverage.
iii. Radio Weather Facsimile Service to SA Navy vessels and Mariners commercial / recreational craft including yachts on behalf of the South African Weather Service.
iv. Serves as an alternate radio site to Telkom Cape Town Radio for Maritime Search and Rescue in co operation with MRCC Cape Town where the SANDF is tasked through J Ops.
v. The SAN provides the communications link when SAN vessels are tasked as Search and Rescue platform with SAR on Scene Commander and Coordinator staff of MRCC onboard.
vi. Naval and Maritime Air communications organisation is designed to provide communications between:
(1) Headquarters (HQ) including inter-service HQs;
(2) controlling HQs ashore, ships and authorities at sea;
(3) controlling HQs ashore and Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA);
(4) widely separated units at sea;
(5) ships and naval authorities at sea with such Army and SAAF HQs, aircraft and troop formations as the strategically and tactical situations require; and

(6) Ships in company.
1.iv. Air traffic in and Around the Coast of the Republic. The Maritime Air Radio Organisation and Station within the Silvermine Bunker provides the primary communications capability for the SA Airforce (SAAF) amplified as follows:
i. The station's primary role in support of the SA Navy is to provide for co-ordination and safety of aircraft and helicopters flying over the sea.
These include routine coastal patrols and interactions with ships and submarines at sea. Vessel activity around the coast is reported directly to Silvermine for further action by Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
ii. The station is utilized by the SAAF for the co-ordination and safety of all military flights both nationally and within the Sub-Saharan African territory where the SAAF is required to operate, typically in peace keeping missions and disaster relief roles.
iii. The station provides co-ordination and safety of Presidential Flights on a global basis.
iv. Air Traffic in and around the coast of the Republic.
v. The station provides for Safety Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) as in-flight
information for military aircraft.
1.b. It is hereby stated that no part of the fence has been stolen. The fence is being replaced due to its condition and the contractor's material for the remainder of the fence is on site. The contractor responsible for the work was appointed by the Department Public Works and the indication from this department is that the work will be completed by Mar 2020. Correspondence was sent to the department to receive a new end date but no feedback has been received to date. Notwithstanding, all building infrastructure are in a sound condition and receives ongoing maintenance as and when required.
1.c. The cost of the contract for the fence is RM 13 paid to date is RM 10.5.

Reply 2
The vandalism and cable theft at Silvermine Antenna Farm transpired between 2015 and 2017 and was replaced at a cost of R 868 804.10, by Reutech Solutions. The antenna farm is currently being safeguarded by members of Maritime Reaction Squadron whilst waiting for completion of the perimeter fence (the antennas are currently enclosed, awaiting completion of approximately 4 meters of underdig and thereafter the handing and taking over).

Reply 3
The Naval Communications Centre (NCC) at Silvermine will not be decommissioned due to its strategic and operational role to South Africa and the SANDF. In addition the Hydrographic Act 35 of 2019, places an obligation on the SA Navy. In the event of total communications equipment failure at NCC, all communications services will be handled by the alternative secondary broadcast station which is located in Durban.

22 March 2022 - NW328

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

(1) Whether, with reference to the Republic’s defence industry’s reliance on exports, the United Nations’ regulations on the international arms trades, and the role of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) to consider export permits, any request and/or application was received by (a) the NCACC and/or (b) any other South African entity to facilitate End-User Certificate inspections in any importer’s host nation, with specific emphasis on the Republic of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) on what date was the specified request and/or application received and (ii) which countries are involved; (2) whether any inspection was agreed to by the importer’s host nation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date did and/or will the inspections take place and (b) what are the conditions imposed by the importer’s host nation on any inspections; (3) whether she has been informed of any discussion of concerns and/or considerations that are and/or could have an impact on the issuing of export permits by the NCACC; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether she and/or her department received any enquiries and/or complaints from certain nations on the non-issuing of export permits under approved export contracts, and/or the delaying of such, by the NCACC; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, from which nations?

Reply:

(1) The President appointed the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC} in terms of s5 of the NCAC Act (Act 41 of 2002 as amended). The NCACC is a Cabinet Committee Sui Generis. The role of the NCACC is to approve export permits in line with the NCAC Act and its attendant Regulations
(2) The Committee may not be chaired by (a) Minister(s) with a line responsibility interest in trade in Conventional Arms s5 (3). That would exclude from Chairpersonship inter alia: Defence, Trade and Industry and Competition and Finance, as prime examples.
(3) It is common cause notwithstanding that, the Minister of Defence while appointed to the NCACC as per provisions (supra). The Chair of the NCACC is the primary person responsible for the overall performance of the Committee.
(4)Therefore, the correct procedure would be to direct questions/the Parliamentary Question of/about the NCACC to the Chair of the NCACC, who is tasked with responding for the Cabinet Committee, or otherwise at the Chair's direction.

 

22 March 2022 - NW327

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

Mr S J F Marais (DA) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans: (1) Given that she and the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, authorised the employment of 10 000 soldiers under Operation Prosper until 13 September 2021, what are the (a) reasons that there were soldiers still deployed in KwaZulu-Natal under Operation Prosper on 27 September 2021 when the unfortunate accident happened, while no further employment authorisation was granted and (b) costs related to the unauthorised extension (2) whether she has found that the costs of the unauthorised extension will not be considered by the Auditor-General as unauthorised and wasteful expenditure that meets the standard of an audit qualification; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) There were no deployment of the SANDF soldiers in KwaZulu-Natal beyond the 13 September 2021. The incident of the 27 September 2021 was not related to the deployment of SANDF soldiers previously authorised.
(2) No extension or unauthorized extension of deployment was ever granted or issued for the SANDF under Operation PROSPER beyond the 13 September 2021, in KwaZulu-Natal.

22 March 2022 - NW182

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Khumalo, Dr NV to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

a) What number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days? b) What is the total amount outstanding in each case? c) By what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled?

Reply:

1) Response to Paragraph (a)
As at 14 February 2022 the DOD had Three Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirty-Six (3936) unpaid invoices.
(aa) Suppliers invoices currently unpaid and older than 30 days (96)
(bb)  Suppliers invoices currently unpaid and older than 60 days (35)
(cc) Suppliers invoices currently unpaid and still within the 30 days (3526)
(dd) Suppliers invoices currently unpaid and older than 90 days (204)
(ee) Suppliers invoices currently unpaid and older than 120 days (75)

2)
Response to Paragraph (b)
(aa) Suppliers’ invoices currently unpaid and are still within 30 days payment period amounts to RM 188 400 872.01
(bb) Suppliers’ invoices currently unpaid and are already over the 30 days payment period amounts to RM 14 131 214.52
(cc) Suppliers’ invoices currently unpaid and are already over the 60 days payment period amounts to R 392 467.30
(dd) Suppliers’ invoices currently unpaid and are already over the 90 days payment period amounts to R 139 133.27
(ee) Suppliers’ invoices currently unpaid and are already over the 120 days payment period amounts to RM 3 120 208.38

22 March 2022 - NW154

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Basson, Mr LJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:

Whether she and/ or her department ever received correspondence from certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/ or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2022; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by her department in this regard?

Reply:

No correspondence was ever received in June 2020 by myself or the departments from any political organisation in any format either email, WhatApp, or hardcopy.

a – c; are not applicable.

11 August 2021 - NW1401

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

(1)With regard to the annual budget allocation challenges experienced by the Department of Defence, what progress has been made regarding the engagements of the National Treasury and proposed High-level Inter-Ministerial Team with the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa; (2) whether Cabinet has decided on how the (a) budget deficits and (b) challenges regarding the priorities of defence will be addressed; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) what are the relevant details and (ii) how will the challenges be dealt with in compliance with the provisions of sections 200 up to and including 203 of the Constitution of the Republic, 1996?

Reply:

Engagements on the budget deficit are ongoing and at present there are no new developments to report in this regard.

10 August 2021 - NW1533

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether, following the handing over of the report to her after the appointment of the Ministerial Task Team in 2019, which investigated the reporting of sexual harassment and sexual abuse cases in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), there has been communication by her department with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to redress the injustices in situations where children were born out of instances of sexual misconduct in foreign countries; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department has taken any measures to redress injustices meted out against victims of misconduct by the SANDF that was identified since the beginning of the lockdown on 26 March 2020; if not, why not; if so, (3) whether she will furnish Inkosi R N Cebekhulu with a detailed report on such measures to show her department’s censure of misconduct and the overall legitimacy of the Republic’s protective body; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply:

(1) Liaison between the Department of Defence (DOD) and other role players, including the Department of International Relations and Cooperation took place in this regard to streamline diplomatic and protocol procedures that will allow the Department to proceed with measures to hold the individuals accountable and to remedy the situation. Diplomatic processes are considered according to the Memorandum of Agreement to ensure that the Department’s actions are embodied thereon and are binding to all the affected parties involved.

(2) Yes,

(3) I have asked the CSANDF to provide same.

10 August 2021 - NW1400

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

(1)With regard to her announcement that a Ministerial Committee of Investigation into the illegal transportation and storage of the Cuban drug, Hebron Alfa 2b Interferon, by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will be appointed, (a) what are the reasons that (i) the appointment of the specified committee was not announced at the end of January 2021 according to her scheduled media briefing for the purpose and (ii) subsequent to the postponement, the appointment was not yet announced and implemented on 25 February 2021, (b) on what date will their appointment be announced, (c) what are the time frames for the (i) final report, (ii) details of the terms of reference and (iii) allocated budget; (2) who are the three members of the specified committee and what are the reasons for their selection; (3) what are the reasons that they are being vetted by the Department of State Security, given that the matter is an SANDF matter and that the outcome will be in the national interest and discipline of the SANDF; (4) will she confirm that the work of the investigation committee will be transparent with regular progress reports to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i) and (ii) Non-availability of members who agreed to serve on the Task Team for various reasons relating to health, other commitments etc led to a further search for members to serve on the Task Team.

(b) The appointment was announced once members were appointed on 1 March 2021.

(c) (i) The Task Team is expected to finalise their report into all matters relating to their mandate within 6 months as of 1 March 2021.

(c) (ii) The task team is to investigate the allegations contained in 3 separate submissions: (i) An anonymous report of October 2019 alleging fraud, corruption and misuse of State funds in the Department of Defence (DoD), particularly in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF); (2) A submission made to the State Capture Commission by Maj Gen (ret) Sizani and Maj Gen B Ngcobo which similarly contained serious allegations of alleged criminal activity in the environment of the Defence Intelligence Division; and (3) A memorandum from Maj Gen L. Ford outlining concerns regarding some procurement irregularities by the SANDF in the purchasing of Interferon-B from the Republic of Cuba when Coronavirus reached our shores in March 2020.

(c)(iii) Members of the Task Team not in the employ of the State are remunerated hourly rates as prescribed by National Treasury for Commissions / Committees of this nature and must submit time sheets to claims such on a monthly basis.

(2) Members of the Task Team were selected based on their knowledge and understanding of Government and especially the security cluster. The Chairperson is Mr Zola Ngcakani and the other two members are Dr RC Lubisi and Mr B Masethla.

(3) As can be noted from their Terms of Reference they will be investigating the environment of Defence Intelligence and as such it is best suited that they be vetted by another security agency.

(4) The final report will be shared with the relevant oversight structures in a manner that will be dictated by the nature of the findings and recommendations given that some of it relates to the environment of Defence Intelligence, which may be better shared with the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence.

 

10 August 2021 - NW1559

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

(1)(a) On what date did a certain person (name and details furnished) reach the age of 60 years which is the regulated and normal retirement age for members of the SA National Defence Force and (b) what are the reasons that the (i) specified person did not retire when the person reached the age of 60 years and (ii) term of the person as surgeon-general was extended; (2) on what date is it envisaged that the person will finally retire from the specified position, given that a deputy surgeon-general and other competent candidates exist in the SA Military Health Service to act in the position and/or succeed the person; (3) whether the process has commenced for the appointment of the next surgeon-general; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) Section 19 of the Government Employees Pension Law, 1996 (Proclamation No. 21 of 1996) states, inter alia, that a member shall have the right to retire on pension and shall be so retired on reaching the age determined by the law governing his or her employment. Section 52 of the Defence Act, 2002 (Act 42 of 2002) makes provision for members to be appointed and utilised in the Regular Force from the age of 18 to 65 years of age. In terms of Regulation 21 of Chapter III of the General Regulations for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Reserve an officer serving in the Permanent Force shall have the right to retire on pension and shall be so retired, on the date when he or she attains the age of 60 years. Regulation 22 of Chapter III also states that the maximum age limit for temporary service in the Permanent Force shall be 65 years. The incumbent Surgeon-General (SG) of the SA Military Health Services (SAMHS) reached the age of 60 on 20 October 2016.

(b) The following are the reasons and motivation for allowing his continued service beyond the official exit age:

i. To ensure continuous effective strategic direction and management to the SAMHS (SANDF).

ii. To ensure the effective management of medical and health services to the Department of Defence (SANDF).

iii. To retain specialist skills, especially where there is a shortage of skilled members in the Senior Management System, such as Medical Officers and Special Forces Operators.

iv. To ensure the retention of experienced members to mentor young and inexperienced members.

(2) The SG will retire on 31 October 2021.

(3) The process for the appointment of the next surgeon-general has been finalised and the next SG will assume duty with effect from 01 November 2021.

10 August 2021 - NW1561

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

With regard to the feedback on the Budget Review and Recommendation Report to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on 5 May 2021, where it was reported that several departments still owe her department for services rendered (details furnished), (a) what is the total amount owed by each specified department, (b) for what period has the debt been outstanding in each case, (c) what are the details of the payment arrangements that were agreed to with each department and (d) by what date will the outstanding accounts be settled in full?

Reply:

The response is detailed in the table below.

1. Department of Correctional Services – Veterinary Services

2. Department of Health (North West Province) – Medical assistance during strikes

3. Department of Health (Kalafong Hospital) – Transfer of patients

4. Department of Health (Steve Biko Academic Hospital) – Transfer of patients

5. Department of Military Veterans – Medical assistance

6. Department of Public Works and Infrastructure – Building of bridges

7. National Treasury – Medical treatment for military pension officers

8. South African Police Services - Veterinary Services

With regard to the feedback on the Budget Review and Recommendation Report to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on 5 May 2021, where it was reported that several departments still owe her department for services rendered (details furnished), (a) what is the total amount owed by each specified department, (b) for what period has the debt been outstanding in each case, (c) what are the details of the payment arrangements that were agreed to with each department and (d) by what date will the outstanding accounts be settled in full? NW1766E

9. South African Revenue Services - Veterinary Services

Whether she will please confirm what

(a) is the total amount owed by each department;

(b) is the total period for which the debt has been outstanding;

(c) payment arrangements were agreed to with each department and

(d) confirm when these outstanding accounts will be settled in full?

OUTSTANDING AMOUNTS FOR SERVICES RENDERED TO DEPARTMENTS

S/N

Department Name

Type

Number of cases

(a) the total amount owed by each department

(b) the total period for which the debt has been outstanding

(c) payment arrangements agreed to with each department

(d) confirm when these outstanding accounts will be settled in full

1

Correctional Services

Veterinary Services

22

R35 093,23

Ongoing service and most outstanding amounts are in the current financial year less than one year.

Payments will be made on a regular bases

Probably in the current financial year as payments are received regularly

2

Dept Health: NW

Medical Assistance During Strike

1

R12 275 216

Two to three years

In the year the service was provided however the institution does not keep to its promise. Continuous follow up is being made.

Dept. of Health / North West indicates that there was no contract in place, hence payment cannot be made until there is a contract. Engagements between the two departments are ongoing to settle the amount owing.

3

Kalafong Hospital: Gauteng

Patient Transferred

20

R264 108,37

More than three years

In the year the service was provided however the institution did not keep to its promise. Continuous follow up is being made.

Probably in the current financial year, since engagements with the relevant department are in process for settlement of the account.

4

Steve Biko Academic Hospital: Gauteng

Patient Transferred

17

R50 036,86

More than three years

In the year the service was provided how ever the institution did not keep to its promise. Continues follow up is being made.

Probably in the current financial year, since engagements are in process for settlement of the account.

5

Military Veterans

Medical Assistance

4 671

R99 033 939,62

Ongoing service and 58% of the amount outstanding is between 1 year to 3 years.

In the year the service was provided however the institution has had challenges making payments. Continous engagements are ongoing.

The relevant department reconciles with the DOD on a quarterly basis. In most years the debts raised are greater than the payments received.

DMV has requested for some of the historic debts to be written off

6

Nat Dept Public Works

Operations: Building Of Bridges

2

R12 568 571,08

One debt is less than one year and the other more than three years.

In the year the service was provided however the institution does not keep to its promise. Continues follow up is being made.

Probably in the current financial year, since engagements with the relevant department are in process for settlement of the account.

7

National Treasury

Medical Treatment For Military Pension Officers

1 292

R6 724 103,65

Ongoing service and most outstanding amounts are more than three years.

In the year service was provided. However, in the financial year 21/22 National Treasury has requested to review long outstanding claims for settlement.

Probably in the current financial year, since engagements with the relevant department are in process for settlement of the accounts.

8

SAPS

Veterinary Services

6

R39 802,81

Ongoing service and most outstanding amount is in the current financial year less than one year.

Payments will be made on a regular bases

Probably in the current financial year as payments are received regularly

9

SARS Veterinary Service

Veterinary Services

1

R3 255,74

Two to three years

In the year the service was provided however the institution does not keep to its promise. Continues follow up is being made.

Probably in the current financial year, since engagements with the relevant department are in process for settlement of the account.

       

R130 994 127,36

     

07 July 2021 - NW1052

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

(1)What (a) was the direct and indirect total costs in each year over the past five years relating to Cuban staff employed and/or contracted for Operation Thusano (details furnished) and (b) are the costs related to providing security and/or protection services to Cuban staff; (2) what was the total number of (a) vehicles that were stripped of parts during the specified period and (b) serviceable vehicles that were reassembled and returned for military work; (3) (a) what is the value of the spare parts reintroduced into the vehicle maintenance system, (b) to which (i) military bases and (ii) maintenance depots were the spare parts supplied and (c) what is the cost benefit analysis of the stripped spare parts; (4) whether she has considered selling any of the unused vehicles at Wallmansthal military base, among others, for scrap metal; if so, what would the total monetary value be; (5) what is the (a) real productivity at Wallmansthal military base, seeing that electricity supply is extremely poor and blackouts occur regularly and (b) total cost of running generators at Wallmansthal with regular electricity blackouts?

Reply:

1. (a) The below figures indicate the payment according to the contract and administration per Financial Year

Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Total Cost

6,125,800

143,952,671

170,662,596

274,393,655

219,595,670

252,386,010

9,,555,856

(b) The current amount spent over six years on VIP protectors for S & T, accommodation and food is R 2, 683,239.46.

2. (a) A total number of sixty-seven (67) vehicles have been dismantled over the past five years.

(b) Eleven-thousand-six-hundred-and-twenty-three (11 623) vehicles have been repaired.

3. (a) This is a lengthy process and requires more time to effectively determine the value of the re- introduced spares. So far twelve-thousand-six-hundred-and-ninety-one (12 691) spare parts have been re-introduced into the vehicle maintenance system over the period of five years. Spare parts such as starter motors, alternators, brake boosters, differentials and engines are received and repaired, and then returned to the vehicles as part of the repair process. The spare parts from dismantled vehicles are also serviced and taken to the depot. The cost of the spare parts is not yet determined, as the internal capability within the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is utilised.

(b) (i) and (ii) The spare parts are supplied to the under-mentioned entities for their repair and return to the vehicles:

  1. DOD Mobilisation Centre, Bloemfontein.
  2. Regional Workshop Gauteng.
  3. 102 Field Workshop, Potchfestroom.
  4. 101 Field Workshop, Postmasburg.
  5. 35 Engineering Support Regiment, Springs.
  6. Army Support Base, Kimberly.
  7. Army Support Base, Cape Town.
  8. Air Defence Artillery School, Ermelo.

(c) The cost of the spare parts repair process has not been determined, as the internal capability within the SANDF is utilised to verify in the system the value of the parts when they are procured, and the current status of the re-introduced parts.

4. No military vehicle has been sold as scrap metal, as the approval for this process to proceed must first be finalised.

5. (a) Wahlmansthal is continuing with maintenance and repairs in their area. Tasks also include the preservation of vehicles. A total of one-hundred-and ninety (190) vehicles have been preserved at Wahlmansthal. The members also dismantled fifteen (15) vehicles.

(b) When there are severe electricity blackouts, a total amount of 4 450 litres of diesel is consumed weekly due to the electricity blackouts at a cost of R8 455.00. The monthly consumption is R33 820. 00. The Department of Defence is engaging ESKOM to upgrade the power supply. ESKOM has commenced with the feasibility study to determine the scope of work and costs for the upgrades.

07 July 2021 - NW1261

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

With reference to Project Thusano which guides the overall agreements with the Cuban government, military and any other Cuba-related party, what (a) are the full details of the skills transfers that the Cubans have completed, with specific reference to the (i) number of persons and (ii) official qualifications achieved as outcomes from the project, (b) number of newly skilled South Africans have been transferred back to their respective units in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and (c) is the impact of costs to her department as a result of the dependence on Cubans to service and maintain SANDF vehicles and equipment?

Reply:

a) The details of the skills transfers that the Cubans completed are as indicated in the paragraphs below.

(i) One-thousand-three-hundred-and-eighty-six (1 386) SANDF members formed part of the Project THUSANO skills transfer.

(ii) Three-hundred-and-nineteen (319) SANDF members received official qualifications as an outcome of the project.

b) Four-hundred-and-eighty-three (483) SANDF members are currently working in their respective units.

c) Due to a bilateral agreement between Cuba and South Africa, there are no costs involved as a result of the dependency on the Cubans to service and maintain SANDF vehicles and equipment.

07 July 2021 - NW1471

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether her department and/or the SA National Defence Force has concluded any work exchange and/or employment agreements with any entity of the Republic of Cuba from the 2010-11 financial year up to the 2020-21 financial year; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) total number of Cuban nationals (i) have been employed in each of the specified financial years and/or (ii) are due to be employed in the 2021-23 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework period, (b) are the details of the work that each of the specified Cuban nationals was and/or will be employed to perform, (c) are the details of the specific skills sets that each of the specified Cuban nationals possessed and/or will possess that South African nationals did or will not possess and (d) are the details of the total cost of employing each of the specified Cuban nationals in each case; (2) whether her department and/or the SA National Defence Force took any steps to ensure that the specific skills set of the specified Cuban nationals were and/or will not be available in the Republic amongst South African citizens; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the (a) steps taken and (b) outcomes of the steps taken in this regard?

Reply:

1. (a)(i) Yes, Project THUSANO commenced in February 2015. Since then the under-mentioned number of Cuban members have worked in South Africa as per the specified Financial Year (FY) indicated:

FY

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Total Number

117

133

166

179

172

  • An increase in the maintenance and repair teams was approved during the FY2017/18, and a project on simulators also commenced during this period.
  • A downscale process started in FY2019/20 and the number of artisans and interpreters was reduced. However, the Military Medical Brigade arrived in April 2020, consisting of 27 members.

(ii) The nationals that are due to be employed in the 2021 – 23 Medium Term Expenditure Framework are indicated below:

FY

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

Total Number of Specialists

172

145

134

  • The Military Medical Team will finish in October 2021.
  • The downscale process will commence in FY2022/23.

(b) The Cuban members have worked in the under-mentioned areas, and will continue performing in these areas going forward.

  • Maintenance and repair of A, B, C and D-vehicles for all the Services and Divisions.
  • Preservation of A and B-vehicles for the SA Army and SA Military Health Services (SAMHS).
  • Deactivation of B-vehicles for the SA Army and SAMHS.
  • Stocktaking, organization and management of warehouses in the SA Army.
  • Maintenance and repair of components and spare parts for the vehicles of the different Services and Divisions.
  • Maintenance and repair of transport airplanes and helicopters for the SA Air Force.
  • Maintenance, repair and manufacturing of test benches for the SA Air Force.
  • Maintenance and repair of avionics components for the SA Air Force.
  • Maintenance and repair of medical equipment for SAMHS.
  • Delivery of medical services to assist SAMHS in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Research, development, manufacturing and installation of combat driving and shooting simulators and automated shooting ranges.

(c) The Cuban specialists are transferring the under-mentioned skills:

  • A-type maintenance to B, C and D-vehicles.
  • B-type maintenance to B, C and D-vehicles.
  • C-type maintenance to B, C and D-vehicles.
  • Light repair to B, C and D-vehicles.
  • Major repair to B, C and D-vehicles.
  • Maintenance to mechanical and electrical components of A-vehicles.
  • Light repair to A-vehicles.
  • Major repair to A-vehicles.
  • Deactivation of B-vehicles.
  • Organization and management of workshops.
  • Panel beating, welding and spray-painting of A, B, C and D-vehicles.
  • Auto electrician skills.
  • Repair of different kinds of components.
  • Repair, manufacture and exploitation of test benches.
  • Stocktaking and warehouses organization and management.
  • Operation maintenance and repair of avionics components, such as navigation systems, radio stations, magnetic indicators and power amplifiers.
  • Joint work with the South African members in servicing the Oryx helicopters, as well as C-47 TP and PC7 Astra MKII aircrafts.
  • Operation, maintenance and repair of test benches.
  • Calibrating and testing components.
  • Maintenance and repair of different medical equipment.
  • Simulators designing and development.
  • Simulators validation.
  • Simulators operation.
  • Simulators manufacturing and installing.
  • Methodologies for training personnel with the use of simulators.
  • Maintenance and repair of simulators.
  • Simulators technologies, hardware and software.
  • Electronic basics.
  • Combat shooting training with the combined use of simulators and automated shooting ranges.

(d) The Logistics Division does not know the cost of employing the Cuban members. The figures as indicated in the table below indicate the payment of the contract and administration per FY.

Year

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021

 

a

b

c

d

e

f

g

Total Cost

6,125,800

143,952,671

170,662,596

274,393,655

219,595,670

252,386,010

9,555,856

2. In South Africa, the companies only provided PME maintenance and repair services for the SANDF, but hiring those companies have the following disadvantages:

  • The services are too expensive.
  • The maintenance and repairs provided by these companies take a very long time.
  • The quality of the maintenance and repairs is not good.

As a consequence, the SANDF pays a lot of money, the vehicles spend a long time receiving the maintenance and repair, and when they are delivered back to the SANDF, these vehicles have to be returned to the companies as they break down very quickly. Taking into account the budgetary constraints faced by the SANDF, and the amount and complexity of the missions it has to fulfil, the SANDF requires a faster, cheaper and more reliable maintenance and repair service for the Prime Mission Equipment (PME). For this reason, the SANDF must build its own capabilities for maintaining and improving the serviceability rate of the PME, which is critical for having a better combat readiness. The companies are not willing to repair the vehicles for a lower price, nor to transfer the skills for doing it. The Cuban members, on the other hand, are providing the services in the required way, and are transferring their skills to the SANDF members at the same time. For example, at the Army Support Base (ASB) Western Cape, at the beginning of the Project, the vehicle serviceability was at 35%. At the current moment the ASB’s serviceability stands at 84%. Most of the unserviceable vehicles at the ASB are not repaired yet due to the lack of funds for procuring spares and material panel beating and painting.

07 July 2021 - NW1399

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

What (a) are the details of the protection services that are provided to the Cuban representatives in the Republic and (b) have been the costs related to the specified protection services in the past five years, with regard to Project Thusano and the agreement between the Government and/or her department as the lead department and the Cuban government and Cuban entities?

Reply:

a) Twenty-one (21) members form part of the protection service to the Cuban representatives. These members’ tasks include:

(i) Reconnaissance, which is executed each time the Cubans have to deploy or visit a unit/entity.

(ii) En-route protection, during movement.

(iii) Protection at accommodation sites.

b) The current amount spent over six years on VIP Protectors; on S&T, accommodation and food; is R 2, 683 239.46.

02 July 2021 - NW1229

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether her department has executed the order which was handed against it in favour of the community of Marieville in Ekurhuleni; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The SANDF is fully adhering to the court order of Judge Davis dated 06 April 2021. The SANDF does not have any plan to evict anyone without any court order and its court application process for eviction(s) is under way. The members of Happiness Village will stay there until the eviction application by the SANDF has been adjudicated upon and legally authorised.

None of the remaining housing structures in Happiness Village will be demolished by the SANDF. In ensuring that this is implemented, a briefing was given to all uniformed members in Marievale Military Base to the effect that no member of the SANDF was allowed and will never be allowed to assault, harass or threaten any member or occupant of Happiness Village and/or demolish their houses. Furthermore, a copy of the court order was distributed to all members in Marievale Military Base.

The Chief of the SA Army has also promulgated clear instructions requiring full compliance to the court order. Weekly feedback about routine activities and adherence to the court order is provided to the relevant headquarters.

15 June 2021 - NW1662

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

Whether, with reference to the qualifications of a certain person (name and details furnished), more specifically the insignias the specified person was wearing on the left and right chest when the Commander-in-Chief announced the person’s new appointment in the SA National Defence Force, the person completed the academic and practical training in order to wear the insignias of a Special Forces operator, as well as a qualified paratrooper; if not, (a) what are the reasons that the person wore the two insignias, (b) what qualified the person to wear it on the left and right chest and (c) who awarded the person the right to wear the insignias; if so, (i) on what dates did the person complete the required training, (ii) what total number of Special Forces operations did the person take part in and (iii) what total number of parachute jumps has the person completed?

Reply:

1. (a) and (b)The member completed similar courses in Cuba in 1983.

(c) and (i)On a parade officiated by erstwhile C J Ops on 24 March 2006, the member was awarded honorary Special Force (SpecF) insignia; and again on a parade hosted by then Officer Commanding 44 Parachute Regiment on 05 September 2016, he was awarded honorary Dispatcher wings.

(ii) SpecF operations is a top secret matter.

(iii) Only operators currently executing SpecF tasks are required to maintain a jump log, it is not applicable to the member being enquired on.

14 June 2021 - NW1262

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

(1)What are the (a) reasons that Project Thusano was extended to other operational matters in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), like the inclusion of the Cuban techniques into basic infantry training and (b) benefits for the SANDF from (i) a South African and (ii) an African security perspective; (2) whether the specified project was first analysed and compared to the existing SANDF and best international techniques; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) what are the costs related to the extension of the project and (b) how is this justified given the economic pressures and budget cuts in the SANDF?

Reply:

(1) (a) Project THUSANO has not been extended to operational matters in the SANDF, only the basic maintenance and utilisation at technical level information was exchanged with SANDF members in order to ensure proper servicing of equipment developed together with the Cubans as part of skills transfer.

(1) (b) (i) and (ii) Project THUSANO activities are beneficial to the SANDF as its internal capability is being built. The SANDF dependency on industry for maintenance and repair will be reduced. The cost of training will be drastically reduced, including improving shooting capability in simulation of different types of combat arenas which may be encountered, thereby, reducing the need for physical travel of trainees and the concomitant costs.

(2) Project THUSANO was analysed and compared with SANDF and best international techniques and proved to be the cheapest and cost-effective way of reducing costs of maintenance and repair, as well as acquiring skills through imparting technical knowledge to SA Army artisans.

(3) (a) According to Contract TI 17-001 South Africa Annexure 6 signed in October 2018, the total cost is US$ 5,975,545.00 (ZAR 86,645,402.50) based on a rand-dollar exchange rate of R14,50:US$1.

(3) (b) Economic pressures and budget reductions require innovative and creative approaches as the funds to outsource maintenance and repair are limited. Building internal capability is one of the initiatives intended to manage the limited budget and/or budgetary constraints. The skills could have been acquired very expensive if these members were sent to private institution for training and skills development.

14 June 2021 - NW1263

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

(1)Whether she will furnish Mr S J F Marais with the details of the use of the Automated Shooting Range System used by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 2) whether the use of the Automated Shooting Range System benefits the SANDF and the protection of the land, sea and air borders; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether any comparable system from an SA Defence Industry entity was considered; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether a tender was advertised for the procurement of the system; if not, why not; if so, what are the costs involved for the (a) SANDF and (b) the Department of Defence?

Reply:

(1) Details requested entail the SANDF’s tactical employment of strategic assets, any information so required may only be disclosed in a closed session.

(2) The Automated Shooting Range (ASR) system will benefit the SANDF as it is intended to improve its members’ shooting skills and combat effectiveness with limited ammunition and the simulation of different combat scenarios in the midst of the dwindling budget allocation.

(3) The ASR was specifically designed for the SANDF; the Department is not aware of a similar capability within the local defence industry.

(4) The system was benchmarked and requested at a bi-lateral (Cuba/RSA) level, thereby no tender process was followed.

10 June 2021 - NW1661

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

(1)(a) What is the (i) normal age when members of the Department of Defence (DoD) and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) are obliged to go on pension and (ii) policy of the DoD and SANDF with regard to the obligated retirement age of permanent force members and (b) if the age is still 60 years, what would be the reasons and motivations for certain persons not retiring at the age of 60; (2) what were the reasons (a) that the employment term and contract of a certain person (name and details furnished) was extended when the specified person turned 60 and (b) for a further extension of the person’s employment contract to a certain position (details furnished) in the SANDF, from which the person will only retire at the age of 66?

Reply:

(1)(a)(i)(ii) Section 19 of the Government Employees Pension Law, 1996 (Proclamation No. 21 of 1996) states, inter alia, that a member shall have the right to retire on pension and shall be so retired on reaching the age determined by the law governing his or her employment. Section 52 of the Defence Act, 2002 (Act 42 of 2002) makes provision for members to be appointed and utilised in the Regular Force from the age of 18 to 65 years of age. In terms of Regulation 21 of Chapter III of the General Regulations for the South African National Defence and the Reserve an officer serving in the Permanent Force shall have the right to retire on pension and shall be so retired, on the date when he or she attains the age of 60 years. Regulation 22 of Chapter III also states that the maximum age limit for temporary service in the Permanent Force shall be 65 years. In terms of the Regulation 29 of the Regulations for the Reserve Force, the date of retirement of a Reserve Force member may be extended to the date on which he or she attains the age of 75 years.

(b) The following are the reasons and motivations for certain persons not retiring at the age of 60:

i) To ensure continuous effective strategic direction and management to the SANDF.

ii) To ensure the effective management of medical and health services to the Department of Defence (DOD).

iii) To retain specialist skills, especially where there is a shortage of skilled members in the Senior Management System, such as Medical Officers and Special Forces Operators.

iv) To ensure the retention of experienced members to mentor young and inexperienced members.

(2) The Defence Act makes provision for members to be appointed and utilised in the Regular Force from the age of 18 to 65 years, while the Regulations for the Reserve Force makes provision for the extension of the retirement of a Reserve Force member from 65 to 75 years.

20 April 2021 - NW418

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Mafanya, Mr WTI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether she has found the operations of the Advisory Council on Military Veterans in her department to be sound; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the reasons that she has neglected to respond to the previous advisory council and (b) steps will she take to ensure that the new advisory council’s recommendations are implemented?

Reply:

The question is vague as it is not clear when it is alleged that I “neglected to respond to the previous Advisory Council”.  I issued a Ministerial Directive in 2019 on the interpretation and application of the mandate of the Advisory Council with specific reference to, amongst others, this provisions in the Act, and it is trusted that once a new Council is appointed that  they will operate within these parameters. 

 

 

19 April 2021 - NW477

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

With reference to the reply of the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, to question 2256 on 5 January 2021, (a) what was the total cost of the charter, (b) who were the private individuals who requested the SA National Defence Force (SANDF ) to transport their donations of personal protective equipment to Cuba, (c) under what policy and/or regulations was this private transport approved, (d) how did the private individuals know about the charter when this charter was not publicly announced and (e) how does the SANDF explain not having any details about the presence of a certain person (name furnished) on an SANDF charter flight?

Reply:

The former South African Ambassador to Cuba His Excellency Mr Pitso coordinated the donation and requested the SANDF to take the collected items to Cuba since there was a chartered flight to Cuba which was taking personal artefact for students in Cuba and fetching those that has completed their studies. This was under special circumstances when borders were closed in many countries.

The former Ambassador is in regular contact with the Cuban Mission in South Africa, hence he got to know about the flight to Cuba by the SANDF for their own members as well as those of the NDoH. The arrangement was between the Embassy of Cuba and the donor.

Private organisations and individuals would normally not have this service available to them.

15 April 2021 - NW820

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the report of the joint oversight visit of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence and the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans to Kinshasa and Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 25 to 29 March 2018, consideration was given to the concerns raised by the soldiers of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as reported by the Portfolio Committee regarding the very poor quality of (a) combat boots and (b) uniforms; if not, why not; if so, what measures were taken to significantly improve the quality and suitability of both combat boots and uniforms; (2) whether (a) she, (b) her department and (c) a certain company (name furnished) have considered the recommendations for local procurement of certain items within the regulations of the Mission Area, based on the direct feedback on the ground in the DRC; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the recommendations that have been implemented?

Reply:

(1) (a) and (b)

Yes consideration was given to concerns raised not only by the Portfolio Committee but previously by the Minister and the Defence Force Service Commission.

Combat Boots

The SA Army engaged the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on the improvement projects of uniform and combat boots. The boot project of Special Forces was revived and improved as it was found to be suited for use by the SA Army. Development of the proposed boot for the SA Army with wearer trials of the new combat boot commenced on 01 December 2020.

The new boot roll-out will commence from 01 July 2021 to all SA Army members within the SANDF with priority given to operationally deployed Units and Individuals, replacing the current combat boot. This roll-out is pending the availability of funding to support and implement this project.

(1) (b): Camouflage Uniform

The improvement of the textile used for the cut, manufacture and trim of camouflage uniform is also being done in collaboration with the CSIR.

The first concept uniform designs will be presented to the SA Army Council by 30 March 2021 for approval.

Wearer trials for the new uniform design will commence from end June 2021 and a phased full roll-out is scheduled from December 2021 pending the availability of funding for this project.

A well-deserved funding injection of the budgetary allocation to the SA Army will aid in addressing the replacement of the current combat dress system with the quality available within the market through collaboration with the CSIR.

15 April 2021 - NW483

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

(1)With reference to the meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on 8 July 2020, wherein it was revealed that the Department of Defence paid costs of R8,000,000 and R22,000,000 related to the COVID-19 pandemic for the flights and accommodation of Cuban health specialists, why was it required of her department to pay such costs while it was reported that the Department of Health and the respective beneficiary provinces will carry the costs related to the Cuban health specialists; (2) whether her department has made any efforts to recover the costs from the (a) Department of International Relations and Cooperation and (b) Department of Health; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Commander in Chief requested medical support from the Republic of Cuba to assist in curving the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. In response to the Commander in Chief’s request, the Cuban Government offered a team that consisted of a Medical Health Care Brigade. The Department of Defence (DOD) was allocated with military health care professionals. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) chattered an aircraft to transport the Cuban medical practitioners, who arrived in South Africa on 27 April 2020.

In adherence to the World Health Organisation COVID-19 regulations, the DOD established a quarantine centre for personnel entering the borders of the Republic of South Africa (RSA). The Cuban Medical Health Brigade was quarantined at the identified centre. On completion of the quarantine, there was a delay in securing accommodation in the different Provinces due to the Level 5 national lockdown.

Consequently both military and the civilian Medical Health Brigade from Cuba were transported in the SANDF chattered aircraft at the cost of R8, 227, 060. 00, and on arrival they were accommodated and quarantined at the identified quarantine centre at the cost of R22, 000, 000.

2. The DOD chattered an aircraft to transport the Cuban Medical Brigade in order to assist with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic within the SANDF. Therefore with the pandemic having affected the whole country, the department carried the cost. In the interest of the national objective to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DOD paid for accommodation, chattering and quarantine.

13 April 2021 - NW658

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

(1)With reference to the burglary and theft of weapons at the TEK Base in Thaba Tswane, which was reported in December 2019, what is the total number of non-SA National Defence Force staff members who were charged; (2) whether the specified members have appeared in a court of law; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Mr Mooketsi an employee of the Department of Education, Gauteng who was out on bail for an unrelated armed robbery case was arrested  in Springs in possession of an R4 Assault Rifle and 3 x empty R4 magazines. 

2. Mr Mooketsi was charged and appeared at the Springs Magistrate Court on February and April 2020 respectively.  He was remanded in custody pending his next court appearance on 04 May 2020.  The case was then postponed to 20 August 2020 for trial.  The accused was found guilty and sentence to 6 years imprisonment.”

07 April 2021 - NW743

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply of the Minister of Finance to question 2201 on 22 October 2020, a certain political organisation (name furnished) has refunded any of the monies owed to the State for the irregular use of an SA Air Force aircraft to transport a delegation of the specified political organisation to Zimbabwe for talks with a political party in that country; if not, why not; if so, (a) what total amount has been refunded to date, (b) what amount is still outstanding and (c) by what date is it envisaged the amount will be refunded in full; (2) whether the specified amount is the (a) full and (b) final amount with which the specified political organisation will refund the State; if not, what action is the National Treasury taking to recover the full cost of the irregular flight; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

On 30 September 2020, payment to the Department of Defence was made in the amount of R105 545.46

07 April 2021 - NW657

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

(1)With reference to the burglary and theft of weapons at the TEK Base in Thaba Tswane, which was reported in December 2019, what (a) is the progress of the investigation, (b) charges were brought against the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) staff and (c) is the total number of SANDF staff who (i) were suspended, (ii) were charged, (iii) are still suspended but not charged, (iv) are still suspended and being paid their salaries and (v) were charged and have appeared in a court of law; (2) what are the details of the munitions (a) stolen and (b) recovered; (3) whether any stolen weapons were recovered; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) where and (b) on what date did the recovery occur?

Reply:

1. a. What is the progress of the investigation? The case is at Court of Senior Military Judge for trial.

b. What charges were brought against the SANDF Staff? Housebreaking and Theft and alternative charge of Negligent Loss of Firearms.

c. What is the total number of SANDF Staff who –

i.  were suspended? Fourteen (14) members.

ii. were charged? Fourteen (14) members.

iii. are still suspended but not charged? None.

iv. are still suspended and being paid their salaries? Six of the seven members that are still on suspension are receiving salary of which five members suspension are in process to be uplifted (As discussed with GOC SA Army Engineer Formation).

v. were charged and have appeared in a Court of Law? Fourteen (14) members.

2. What are the details of the munitions (a) stolen and (b) recovered? Eighteen (18) R4 Assault Rifles and three (3) 9mm Pistols ( 9mm Vector, 9mm Baretta and 9mm Star) were stolen of which eighteen (18) R4 Assault Rifles and two (2) 9mm Pistols (9mm Vector and 9mm Baretta) were recovered.

3. Whether any stolen weapons were recovered; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) where and (b) on what date did the recovery occur?

(i) Eighteen (18) R4 Assault Rifles and two (2) 9mm Pistols were recovered. The one 9mm Pistol that is still missing, was circulated.

(ii) On 08 February 2020 one 9mm Vector Pistol was recovered in Kwa-Thema and one R4 Assault Rifle was recovered in Springs. Thirteen R4 Assault Rifles and one 9mm Pistol were recovered in Daveyton on 09 February 2020. The last remaining four (4) R4 Assault Rifles were also recovered in Springs on 30 May 2020.

 

06 April 2021 - NW1013

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether she has been informed of the alleged ill-treatment of civilians by the SA National Defence Force members deployed to Mozambique; if not, why not; if so, what interventions has her department made?

Reply:

  1. The SANDF does not have members deployed to Mozambique.

31 March 2021 - NW822

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

(1)With reference to the modified Land Cruisers’ mobility packages that have been in service for three years as part of Operation Corona, (a) what number of these vehicles (i) were deployed and (ii) are still in use and (b) in what configuration are they in use (details furnished); (2) whether there have been any vehicle losses; if so, what (a) number and (b) were found to be the causes of the losses?

Reply:

The information required in this Parliamentary question relates to Operational matters that are security sensitive.

The response to this question can be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence and/or Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence.

31 March 2021 - NW931

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

(1)Whether, in view of the construction of the new hydrographic vessel known as Project Hotel nearing completion, and the first of the three inshore patrol vessels known as Project Biro also nearing delivery date, (a) her department, (b) the SA National Defence Force and/or (c) Armscor is/are in a position to make the payments to the two contracting firms in terms of the two contracts; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) from what source will the specified contractual payments be made and (ii) what are the further relevant details in this regard; (2) whether any funding will and/or has been transferred to Armscor for any prime mission equipment acquisition payments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what are the penalties that will be imposed on her department in terms of the contracts if the agreed payments are not possible?

Reply:

1. (i) Sufficient budget allocation is available in the Special Defence Account to meet the contractual obligations related to Project HOTEL.

(ii) The department has however conducted a reprioritisation exercise to allocate the remaining SDA budget and to ensure that sufficient funding will be available to meet the contractual obligations on Project BIRO.

(iii) The Special Defence Account has been reduced by approximately R9 billion from 2018 after the Project BIRO contractual commitments were already finalised.

2. Funding is not transferred to Armscor for prime mission equipment acquisition. Armscor as the procurement agency for the department manages the procurement and contracting process on behalf of the department. The payment is then released directly to the supplier from the DOD account via the Reserve Bank. The payments are made after Armscor, as the contract manager, has confirmed the achievement of the specific milestone on the contract.

31 March 2021 - NW930

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

(a) What total number of horseback-mounted infantry men from the SA Army Specialised Infantry Capability are deployed along the borders of the Republic and (i) Zimbabwe, (ii) Mozambique and (iii) Lesotho, (b) where are they deployed, (c) what number had initially been deployed and (d) what number of the soldiers are still in service?

Reply:

The information required in this Parliamentary question relates to matters of

Border Safeguarding and are security sensitive.

The response to this question can be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence and/or Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence.

31 March 2021 - NW929

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

What total number of (a) motorcycle-mounted infantry men are deployed along the borders of the Republic and (i) Zimbabwe, (ii) Mozambique and (iii) Lesotho, (b) men have been deployed, (c) men are still in service and (d) losses have been registered?

Reply:

The information required in this Parliamentary question relates to matters of

Border Safeguarding and are security sensitive.

The response to this question can be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence and/or Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence.

31 March 2021 - NW540

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Shelembe, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)(a) Whether any recommendations and/or advice on matters pertaining to the military veterans and their beneficiaries were submitted to her by the Advisory Council on Military Veterans in the past five years; if so, (2) whether those recommendations were implemented by her; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what amount was spent by members of the Advisory Council in the past five years that constitute their term of office?

Reply:

(1) Yes

(2) There are ongoing discussions on all aspects affecting military veterans and currently a task team is headed up by the Deputy President to attend to pressing matters affecting military veterans.

(3) R 4 852 145.00

29 March 2021 - NW1009

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether the 6 South African Infantry Battalion training area in Grahamstown is fenced; if not, (a) why not and (b) on what date will it be fenced; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she has been informed of disputes and/or complaints by the surrounding farmers regarding illegal hunting and stock theft allegedly by persons making use of the grounds of the training centre; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the SA National Defence Force and/or any company contracted to her department patrols the perimeter of the training centre grounds; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.(a) The eastern part of the fence of the 6 South African Infantry Battalion (6 SAI Bn) training area is absent as it has been stolen. (b) A Project was registered and sent out for tender via the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), but the process was placed on hold by DPWI due to insufficient funding.

2.The SA Army is aware of complaints by farmers adjacent to the 6 SAI Bn training area, centred on stock theft and illegal poaching, exacerbated by the absent perimeter fence, and has reported this to the SANDF. The Defence Works Formation is co-ordinating the restoration of the absent perimeter fence with the provincial Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, on behalf of the Department of Defence.

3. Static and Roving guards from 6 SAI Bn are in place and patrolling the vast training area.