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23 October 2020 - NW2182

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What are the relevant details of all the deaths of persons while in custody and/or detention of the SA National Defence Force in the period between 1 April 2020 and 31 August 2020?

Reply:

There is NO person who died in custody and/ or detention of the SA National Defence Force in the period between 1 April 2020 and 31 August 2020.

20 October 2020 - NW1

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

(1) What number of (a) firearms and (b) ammunition of each (i) type and (ii) calibre were (aa) stolen and (bb) lost or went missing in the South African National Defence Force (aaa) during the periods (aaaa) 1 April 2017 and 31 December 2019. (2) What number of the specified (a) firearms and (b) ammunition (i) were recovered and/or (i) found to be linked to crimes. (3) Whether any persons and/or officials have been prosecuted successfully for negligence and/or theft of firearms and ammunition in military possession; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case. (4) What measures has the department introduced to combat the theft and loss of firearms and ammunition in military possession.

Reply:

1. (1&2) (a)(i) (ii)(aa) (bb)(aaa)(aaaa) - 1 April 2017 until 31 December 2019

(a) Firearms

S/No

 

Number Stolen

Number Lost

Action taken

 

Type

Calibre

     
 

a

b

c

d

e

01

R4

5.56mm

47

None

Case still under investigation

02

R 5

5.56mm

10

None

Case still under investigation

03

Star

9mm

04

None

Case still under investigation

04

Z88

9mm

10

None

Case still under investigation

05

Sig Sauer

9mm

02

None

Case still under investigation

06

Baretta

9mm

05

None

Case still under investigation

07

Vector

9mm

01

None

Case still under investigation

08

Glock

9mm

01

None

Case still under investigation

b) Ammunition

S/No

Ammunition

Type

Calibre

Stolen

Lost

Action taken

 

a

b

c

e

f

g

01

Small calibre ammunition

R4/R5

5.56mm

7618

None

Case still under investigation

02

Small calibre ammunition

9mm

9mm

07

None

Case still under investigation

03

Small calibre ammunition

LMG

7.62mm

04

None

Case still under investigation

04

Small calibre ammunition

5.45mm

5.45mm

340

None

Case still under investigation

05

Small calibre ammunition

9.19mm

9.19mm

01

None

Case still under investigation

06

Small calibre ammunition

12.7mm

12.7mm

01

None

Case still under investigation

07

Yellow smoke grenade

Yellow smoke grenade

Yellow smoke grenade

01

None

Case still under investigation

08

Stun grenade

Stun grenade

Stun grenade

01

None

Case still under investigation

2. What number of the specified firearms and ammunition were recovered and/or found to be linked to crimes.

(a) None

28 September 2020 - NW14

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Gardee, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether her department discriminates against applicants who wish to join the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) when their medical reports indicate that they are HIV positive; if not, what number of HIV positive applicants have thus far been enrolled in the SANDF?

Reply:

Following on recent case law in this regard, the SANDF is busy reworking its medical classification policies to ensure that there is no discrimination against members who are HIV positive.

The SANDF cannot provide the number of HIV positive applicants enrolled in the SANDF.

28 September 2020 - NW1296

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What total number of persons were (a) murdered, (b) arrested unlawfully and (c) assaulted with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm by members of the SA National Defence Force in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18 (iii) 2018-19 and (iv) 2019-20 financial years?

Reply:

 

FY 16/17

FY17/18

FY18/19

FY19/20

 

a

b

c

d

Murder

0

0

0

0

Unlawful Arrests

0

0

0

0

Assault GBH

1

  • Assault GBH member assaulted a civilian lady. Accused found guilty and fined R3000.

0

 

1

  • Assault GBH Member assaulted a civilian. 1st court appearance was on 24/4/2018, remanded, no further court date supplied.

1

  • Assault GBH Member assaulted a civilian. Case withdrawn by Wynberg Magistrate court.

This report relates to finalised cases where members have been convicted and do not include statistics on pending charges given the manner the questionwas phrased.

22 September 2020 - NW2145

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the financial problems experienced by Denel, the Department of Defence and Armscor which hinder their delivery on their mandates, especially Denel’s challenges to deliver on contractual obligations to the SANDF, there are any considerations to restructure Denel and Armscor; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether a decision has been made to cancel the project considering the challenges to fund and deliver on Project Hoefyster; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether, with reference to the reduced budget of the department, specifically the Special Defence Account allocation to Denel and Armscor, she is able to confirm (a) if projects Biro and Hotel will not be delayed and (b) that no payment will be defaulted; if not, why not; if so, (i) how will the management of the dockyard activities be impacted and (ii) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The performance of Denel against contracts for the DOD is currently being hindered to a great extent as a result of their financial distress which is impeding the procurement of subsystems and components required for meeting their contractual deliveries, as well as a significant loss of capability in certain critical areas.

Armscor and the DOD have developed alternative options with respect to the future of Denel, which will be presented for consideration by decision makers within government. It is clear that, without a significant bailout by Government, Denel will not be in a position to exist in its current form, nor will it be in a position to meet its contractual obligations to Armscor.

Denel possesses specific critical strategic and sovereign capabilities that are not duplicated elsewhere in the RSA, and the proposed options for going forward are aimed at maintaining at least those identified strategic and sovereign capabilities.

At present there is no imperative to restructure Armscor. Armscor recently completed a turnaround process which resulted in a restructuring that was aimed at optimising the performance of the organisation and which furthermore focussed on increased revenue generation in view of the decrease in the Defence budget and anticipated decreases in the transfer payment allocated to Armscor.

(2) Over the past few years, Project Hoefyster has suffered from significant delays and Denel is currently reneging on their contractual deliveries on this project. During 2018, Denel formally indicated to Armscor that it cannot complete the project within timescales, specifications or within budget, and requested a reset of the contract.

Armscor has presented several options with respect to going forward with the project to all relevant forums within the DOD. These options were thoroughly considered by both Armscor and the DOD, and a preferred option of deferment of the project was further developed and motivated. This option was supported by the SA Army, and has been presented to the respective governance forums within the DOD and was eventually recommended to the Armaments Acquisition Council (AAC) which is chaired by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. The AAC is the final decision making authority on projects, and it will provide guidance with respect to the preferred option regarding going forward with the project.

(3) In spite of the decline in the Capital Budget of the DOD which forms part of the Special Defence Account, sufficient funding is available to fund both projects Biro and Hotel. Neither of the projects will thus be delayed as a result of insufficient funding and Armscor will not be defaulting on any of the contractual payments. The worsening Rate of Exchange of the South African Rand against the Euro and other major currencies is placing significant pressure on the available budget for both projects, but the DOD has to date been able to provide sufficient funding to maintain the required budget for the projects.

Some delays on both projects have however been incurred as a result of the COVID-19 Lockdown and the resultant inability to import certain critical subsystems, but both projects are endeavouring to make up the delays that have been suffered. At present, project Biro is still expected to deliver the first vessel on time (January 2020), while a number of the contractual deliverables on project Hotel have been completed ahead of time.

In this regard, it is not expected that there will be any negative impact on the management of the anticipated Dockyard activities.

17 September 2020 - NW1972

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

(1)What are the details of the criminal complaint lodged against the Surgeon-general in terms of case number 275/5/2020 at the Temba Police Station; (2) whether the Surgeon-general has already appeared in court in this regard; if so, (a) what number of times and (b) on which dates; (3) whether the Surgeon-general is still in service; if not, what (a) type of leave has been granted to him and (b) are the starting and end dates of the specified leave; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The Surgeon General was arrested and charged for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition on 17 May 2020. It was later found that the firearm was licenced and belonged to his late father who had passed away four weeks prior the incident. Through his legal representative, the Surgeon General provided all the proof needed by the prosecuting authority which included the following:

The deceased licence of firearm.

His father’s death certificate.

Proof that he was nominated as the executor of his late father’s estate.

The above, and also the fact that all this occurred at a time during which there was a firearm amnesty for the handing over of any illegal firearms to the South African Police Service, prompted the Senior Prosecutor to withdraw the charges against the Surgeon General for lack of evidence to prosecute.

The Surgeon General appeared in court after the day of arrest and was due to appear again on the 7th of August 2020, but due to COVID-19, could not attend and the case was postponed to 20 August 2020. It was on this date that the charges against the Surgeon General were formally withdrawn.

The Surgeon General is currently on sick leave and he is still in full service and has never been put on special leave.

17 September 2020 - NW1941

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

Whether the Auditor-General has ever conducted an audit into the 32 Battalion Trust Fund; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. No, the Auditor General has not conducted an audit of the 32 Battalion Trust Fund. The office of the Auditor General does not have auspices over such Non-Public Fund (NPF) entities. The 32 Battalion Trust Fund was facilitated by the SA Army Foundation (an NPF entity); any tenuous association ceased when the funds were paid over to the 32 Battalion Veterans’ Association on 24 November 2005.

17 September 2020 - NW1998

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

(1)Whether she has been informed of the (a) closure of the 4 Parachute Battalion at Bofulanare, Mafikeng, and (b) re-establishing of these as 2nd Regular Parachute Battalion at Bulembu, Eastern Cape; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so; what are the strategic benefits of the specified closure and re-establishment given the expected resettlement cost of approximately R10 to R20 million; (2) given the financial and budget deficit of her department and the SA National Defence Force, how does she justify the expense which can be regarded as non-essential in this period?

Reply:

1. No, as no ministerial authority has been obtained, yet. (a) there can be no closure of 4 Parachute Battalion as it was never established in Bofulanare, Mafikeng and (b) No, the establishment of a Parachute Battalion in Bulembu, Eastern Cape, is yet to obtain ministerial authority, the project is currently at a feasibility study stage and its strategic benefits will be made visible on the conclusion of the feasibility study.

2. While the SANDF is cognisant of the prevailing budgetary constraints, it has the Constitutional mandate to deliver on the protection of the country, its territorial integrity and its people, therefore, the conduct of this feasibility study is in the spirit of fulfilling this mandate.

17 September 2020 - NW1942

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

Whether the (a) members and (b) beneficiaries of the 32 Battalion Trust Fund have ever been provided with any benefits; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. Unknown. The SA Army cannot pronounce itself on the functioning of the 32 Battalion Trust Fund or its continuation after 24 November 2005 when it ceased to be administered by the SA Army Foundation.

17 September 2020 - NW1999

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

(1)Whether she has been informed that soldiers belonging to the 4 Parachute Battalion which was established in 2014 have invested in houses and established their families in schools and the community; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, has consideration been given to (a) costs and (b) trauma that will come as a result of resettling the families in Bulembu; (2) whether her department will assist with the costs to resettle the families in the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, what are the costs involved?

Reply:

1. 4 Parachute Battalion was never established in 2014, members of 44 Parachute Regiment were sent to the North West from Bloemfontein as part of the team to compile a feasibility study for the establishment of 4 Parachute Battalion, (a) and (b) all members of the SANDF, on enrolment into the organisation, are fully aware that they will be utilised where the organisation requires their services and cannot be declared area-bound.

2. Whenever the ministerial authority is obtained for the establishment of 4 Parachute Battalion, or any other unit, anywhere in the Republic, members have access, through HR policies to resettle their families, within prescripts of the DOD. Resettlement benefits to which members are entitled to include: subsistence and travel expenses for the official and one direct member of his/her family to the new place of work prior to the date of transfer; subsistence and travel of the official and the household arising from the transfer to the new place of work; removal of household and personal effects from the old place of work to the new workplace in the Republic, resettlement costs; transfer fees and bond cost, if the official purchases a dwelling or building site at the new place of work within the same metropolitan area (subject to policy requirements); for each school-going child who must change school and who is dependent on the official, the DOD may provide a once-off amount for new school uniforms (clothing and footwear); interim accommodation, if the official and the immediate family must rent interim furnished accommodation at the old and/or new place of work; travel expenses of dependent schoolchildren and 50% financial assistance with boarding school and lodging fees on transfer, if the child must remain in a school near the official’s former place of work.

17 September 2020 - NW1826

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

What are the reasons that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is (a) disregarding court orders prohibiting the eviction of the community of Marieville in Ekurhuleni, of which the last court order that was issued in June 2020 ruled that the SANDF must immediately return to the community all building materials and possessions confiscated and (b) still harassing the community?

Reply:

1. What is the reason that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is

a) The SANDF did not disregard any court order. The SANDF does not have any plan to evict anyone without any court order and its eviction court application process is under way. The members of the community would stay there until the eviction process by the SANDF has been adjudicated upon and finalised.

It is also important to mention that the residents who left the Happiness Village or the military land concerned have done so freely and this was after the Ekurhuleni Municipality intervened by – inter alia – asking the community members who wanted to be relocated to a place called Zamani, to be so relocated and the process ran smoothly with the SANDF assisting the Municipality therein. The building materials and possessions that have been removed are those belonging to the very same community members who have agreed to move to Zamani. This was done in order to enable the Municipality to know how many shacks and families have been moved and how many are still to remain at Happiness Village/ military land concerned. This approach is intended to help the Municipality to manage the situation better, should the eviction by SANDF of those illegal occupants succeeds.

b) The SANDF members are not harassing anyone and our plea has always been, when the eviction process is still underway, the illegal occupants should be requested not to bring extra shacks and/ or allow new occupants to prevent the mushrooming of the number of people staying there, because if this could be allowed, same will create a very serious problem for the Municipality if it is to assist with an alternative accommodation should they be finally evicted.

17 September 2020 - NW1862

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Xaba, Mr VC to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What are the benefits for the Republic’s participation in Operation Copper contained in the Memorandum of Understanding on Maritime Security Cooperation aimed at strengthening anti-piracy efforts that was signed by Mozambique, Tanzania and the Republic in 2012; (2) whether, given the nonparticipation of the other two countries in the operation and the fact that marine piracy remains a threat to all countries bordering the Western Indian ocean, she has found that the resources would be better used to patrol the exclusive economic zone of the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply:

(1) In accordance to the Memorandum of Understanding, the Republic has a vested interest in the political, economic, social and security objectives to promote peace, stability and the well-being of its neighbours. This is affected by protecting the integrity of the territorial waters against any illegal activities that undermines security and economic development, which includes piracy. It is the conviction that close co-operation and a mutual understanding as well as collaboration in matters of maritime security will be mutually beneficial to all parties concerned.

It provides a deterrence and is preventative to maritime piracy and maritime crimes committed at sea. The presence of Islamic militants in Northern Mozambique and the potential maritime threat they pose, requires the protection of the sea lanes within the Mozambique Channel that convey a large percentage of South Africa’s fuel requirements. Attacks from the sea are proving a very viable option with a very low risk of being halted/stopped. If left unchecked, Northern Mozambique could very well become a “launching site” for further criminal activities and networks in the region, which may include piracy, adopting asymmetric tactics destabilising and rendering the adjoining seas dangerous.

It also ensures valuable time at sea and training for crew members of the South African Navy (SAN) and keeps the ships’ crews interested in their profession. Relationships are developed with the Mozambican Security Forces and the local population. It is also a valuable source in the gathering of maritime related information.

(2) The SADC Maritime Security Strategy was an attempt to address piracy in the SADC Indian Ocean. The benefits derived from this Strategy and the subsequent signing of the Trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the RSA, Mozambique and Tanzania, signalled an end to “sea blindness within the SADC east coast, as well as engaging in discussions surrounding maritime security and the “blue economy”.

The promulgation of the Maritime Security Strategy and trilateral MOU was the confirmation of closer co-operation between member states on the SADC east coast to solve a common threat. This should be seen in a positive light firstly as it not just engendered closer co-operation amongst the Navies of the SADC east coast it’s also the first positive step in unlocking the maritime estate of the SADC and with it the blue economy.

Further to the above the SADC Maritime Security Strategy gave effect to the 13th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government that declared that there is a need “to develop a comprehensive and coherent strategy” in order to achieve Africa’s Security and Safety, as well as developmental aspirations, particularly within the maritime domain.

It further charged the Regional Economic Communities to develop, coordinate and harmonize policies and strategies to improve the African maritime security and safety standards, as well as the African maritime economy for more wealth creation from its oceans and seas.

17 September 2020 - NW1971

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

(1)(a) How many tonnes of ammunition that is currently stored at 97 Ammunition Depot in De Aar have become old and less accurate, have reached the end of their shelf life-span and/or the explosives have supposedly begun to crystallise, (b) what are the calibres of the specified ammunition, (c) what number of each type of ammunition is at the depot and (d) what are the manufacturing dates of the ammunition; (2) whether her department intends to take steps to remove the ageing ammunition; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps and (b) how long will it take to complete the specified steps; (3) whether the lightning conductors at the specified depot is serviced annually; If not, (a) why not and (b) what number of ammunition depots’ lightning conductors (i) have been fully serviced and/or (ii) must still be serviced this year; (4) whether the security of the area complies with all requirements for ammunition depots; if not, why not; if so, who is responsible for the security?

Reply:

(1) Most of the ammunition at the depot is old, but the ammunition is however not unstable. The life cycle of ammunition is not given in years, and it cannot be predetermined when ammunition reaches the end of life, or even when it will start to become unstable. For that reason annual inspections and functional testing are executed by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). Various factors however influence the time span on how ammunition age and potentially become unsafe. The two worst case environments for explosives are heat and humidity, and therefore the controlled storage inside the licensed ammunition warehouses is. Annual inspections and testing are executed against specifications, designed for each type and configuration of ammunition to ensure both functioning as well as safety. Furthermore unserviceable ammunition is ammunition that is not functioning within specification, but it is still safe for storage, handling and transport. There are serviceable and unserviceable ammunition in the depot, where the backlog on disposal is on the unserviceable ammunition. There is no unstable ammunition in the depot. As soon as there is an indication from the annual testing and inspection that the possibility of ammunition become unsafe is there, these ammunition is destroyed or even sold back to the original equipment manufacturer before it could become unstable, in order to ensure that there is no safety implication from old ammunition in the depots.

At 97 Ammunition Depot there are approximately 8 000 tons (Nett Explosive Content) of unserviceable ammunition, measured in the explosive weight of the ammunition. This is primarily made up of small arms ammunition, mortar ammunition, hand and rifle grenades, aircraft bombs, artillery shells and medium calibre ammunition. The tonnage changes on a daily basis as ammunition is sold or destroyed, or as ammunition are regraded due to the inspections and dynamic testing. The phase out of weapon systems also has an influence on these tonnages.

(2) Ammunition is stored according to predetermined safety groupings in various designed for and licenced ammunition warehouses. These are designed to contain a possible explosion to those specific warehouses, and are thus traversed with a minimum safety distance to the next warehouse. The licence of each warehouse will indicate what types of ammunition can be stored there, as well as the maximum quantity of each type, in order to ensure the containment of a possible explosion. There are also an outside safety distance, taking into account all ammunition and explosives in all warehouses, to ensure the safety of personnel and infrastructure outside the depot. There is furthermore no ammunition or explosives stored in field storage, which could nullify this safety distances.

The department will carry on with the following steps to manage and reduce the ageing of ammunition. While the under mentioned steps will drastically reduce the old ammunition in the depot during the next 8 years, the ammunition will be able to be stored, handled and transported safely due to the storage conditions and annual management and prioritisation of the ammunition processes :

a. Continue with the annual inspections and dynamic testing in order to prioritise the disposal of potential unsafe ammunition.

b. Continue with the annual surveillance and chemical analyses of the propellant program, as was done for more than 10 years already, in conjunction with the industry.

c. Continue with ammunition disposal of approximately 1000 tons a year by means of sales through Armscor, which include aircraft bombs, 68mm

obsolete rockets, medium calibre ammunition and 90mm redundant ammunition, as well as conventional destruction of all other types of ammunition.

d. The conclusion of the upgrading and maintenance contract of the inert deforming facility, which was done over the past three years, followed by the already planned expansion of the facility to include explosive filled breakdown of ammunition, with the 140mm ammunition as a pilot project, over the next 4 years.

e. The rework of the mortar bombs on a new charge and tail configuration, which will upgrade the bombs from an obsolete and unserviceable condition to a serviceable condition for force preparation and force employment.

f. The placement of a destruction contract for small arms ammunition on the original equipment manufacturer is also in process as was twice done in the past.

(3) All ammunition depots and installations are to meet the requirements in terms of SANS Code of Practice 10313 of 2012, in conjunction with SANS 62305 and IEC Standards. Currently the lightning conductors are not certified. During April 2019 a process commenced to rectify these requirements. A Scope of Work and motivations were submitted to the Procurement Board, and service providers were invited on various occasions during 2020 for quotations in order to certify the lightning conductors. All three ammunition depots’ contracts have been approved for the annual service of the lightning conductors, and contractors has thus already been appointed. All funding has been put in place for these contracts, and all lightning conductors at the various depots will be certified and serviceable after the completion of this process by the contracted supplier. The Department of Defence is in the process of outsourcing the training of members in the assessment, testing, repair, maintenance and certification of the lightning conductors within the Department. The capability would thus be beneficial to the Department in the long term, as all other facilities would also be internally serviced in terms of laid down prescripts. This training should be completed in the next academic year.

(4) At the depot there is an outside perimeter fence, a three tier high security fence, guards as well as a two lock system on each of the ammunition warehouses, with all ammunition locked in warehouses. The high security fence consists of a three tier fence system, of which the middle fence is an electrical fence. The lapse of a maintenance contract entails that electricity of this fence is shut down. The three tier fence, inclusive of the gates, are however still serviceable and in working condition. Additional guards have been put in place to enhance security while the electrical fence is switched off. The maintenance of the high security fence is currently effectively executed by SANDF personnel. Once the project to upgrade the high security fences is finalised, a maintenance contract for the new fences and systems will be awarded again, as the SANDF does not have the capability to manage the electrical fence.

17 September 2020 - NW1940

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

(1)Whether the 32 Battalion still has a trust fund; if so, (a) what is the current quantum of funds in the specified trust fund and (b) for what purposes are the funds utilised; (2) (a) on what date was the trust fund established, (b) what total amount of funds have been (i) deposited into and (ii) spent from the trust fund in each financial year since its existence and (c) for what purposes was each amount spent?

Reply:

1. Unknown. The 32 Battalion Trust Fund was under facilitation of the SA Army Foundation for a short duration as a Non-Profit Fund (NPF). This remote connotation with the Trust Fund ceased on 24 November 2005 with the payment of all monies of the Trust Fund to the 32 Battalion Veterans’ Association. The SA Army had no insight nor provided any direction to the Trust Fund management on its financial aspects, including the purposes of the fund and/ or its expenditure, prior to or following this payment and cessation of the relationship.

2. (a) The 32 Battalion Trust Fund was established on 01 April 1993 as a Non-Public Fund (NPF) and was managed by the 32 Battalion Veterans’ Association.

(b) and (c) It is not known to the SA Army what amount of monies were administered by the 32 Battalion Veterans’ Association as the 32 Battalion Trust Fund is not under any purvey of the SA Army since 24 November 2005, when a payment of R954,218.12 was made by the SA Army Foundation to the 32 Battalion Veterans’ Association (in the name of Miracle Mile Investments 39 (Pty) Ltd.). The SA Army was never privy to the management of the 32 Battalion Trust Fund.

24 August 2020 - NW815

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

(1)What steps has she taken against service providers that supply the SA National Defence Force with expired food stuff for its camping soldiers; (2) whether her department will ever do business with such service providers in future; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, why?

Reply:

(1) Yes the suppliers involved in the concealed best before date have been identified. The companies are not yet blacklisted as the legal process must first be finalised. However the Department issued the companies involved with a warning letter, and no awards/invitations for the supply of patrol ration packs have been made to these companies since the incident. The suppliers are currently barred from doing business with the Department of Defence (DOD) pending the outcome of the investigation.

(b) The matter is under investigation

24 August 2020 - NW866

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether her department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial and/or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial and/or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

(1) The Department will not offer any form of COVID-19 relief to small businesses, as its Departmental mandate is on Defence of the RSA, and the function does not include funds or resource allocation to businesses.

(2) (a) The Department provides small business the opportunity to supply the Department with goods and services as required. BBBE companies are also assisted in respect of compliance to National Treasury Regulations and other legislative prescripts. (b) No Covid-19 financial and/or other relief will be made available to small businesses in line with the answer provided in paragraph (1) above.

24 August 2020 - NW1667

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

(1)Whether any legal officers have to complete so-called combat readiness training, which comprises a hike in the Drakensberg mountains; if so, (a) since what date has the specified training been a requirement, (b) how long has the training been taking place, (c) what is the goal of the training, (d) what is the relevance of such training for legal officers and (e) whether the training is a prerequisite for promotion; (2) (a) what was the (i) reason for deploying two helicopters for the training which took place from 30 June 2020 to 3 July 2020 in the Drakensberg mountains and (ii) total cost related to this deployment and (b) reason for enlisting the assistance of the hiking club from KwaZulu-Natal; (3) (a) why was the head of the legal department (name and details furnished) present and (b) if the specified person had completed the hike on a previous occasion at military cost, on what date did it take place; (4) why can legal officers not complete their training at Port St Johns in preparation for their overseas deployment; (5) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. Yes.

a. Since 2017.

b. The Exercise has been taking place for over four (04) years.

c. EXERCISE MAFADI is the official Field Exercise after at the end of the Battle Handling Course for Military Law Practitioners (MLPs). It is also Combat Readiness Exercise for the Defence Legal Service Division (DLSD) in order to prepare MLPs to provide legal support to operations in terms of the Legal Support Doctrine.

d. The primary objective of the EX MAFADI is to prepare Military Law Practitioners to support internal and external operation in terms the Operations Legal Support Doctrine. To teach them their role during Joint Military Operations with other state departments, Peace Keeping Missions and during War.

The aim is also to enhance their leadership skills and to teach them other important military skills such as Navigation, Map work and Radio communication. Thereby MLPs that took part in EX MAFADI are deemed and certified Combat Ready by the Division.

e. EX MAFADI alone is not a prerequisite for promotion; Military Law Practitioners are required to attend their respective Service Promotional Courses before they can be promoted to the next rank. However, EX MAFADI is the Practical Part of the Joint Battle Handling Course (JBHC) for Junior Military Law Practitioners. Military Law Practitioners must have successfully completed the JBHC (including Ex MAFADI) before they can be considered for promotion.

2. a. (i) On 28 June 2020 a South African Air Force, Oryx helicopter from 15 Squadron, Durban was dispatched to rescue a member who had taken a fall and could not continue with the exercise. The member was airlifted taken to Greys hospital in Pietermaritzburg where she was treated for minor injuries. She has since recovered. The cost of the Oryx deployment was R 163.582.00 (R71, 123/ hour for two (2) and half hours).

On 01 July 2020 an Oryx was dispatched again to conduct a Search and Rescue Mission for members from 7 Medical Battalion Group, who were also conducting a Military Exercises in the area. (b)The Mountain Club of South Africa members were involved because of their familiarity with area. The cost of the Oryx deployment was R 284,492. (R71, 123/ hour for four hours).

3. a. EX MAFADI is a Divisional exercise therefore the Head of the Division must either command the exercise personally or delegate command to other duly qualified Officers. In this case the Adjutant General appointed all other relevant commanders such as the Exercise Commander, Company Commander and Platoon commanders and he was also present as the overall overseer to ensure that the objectives of the exercise were achieved.

b. EX MAFADI is a not a hike but a Military Exercise authorised by Defence Legal Services Division. An exercise scenario is developed to simulate a certain military problem and the exercise is conducted accordingly. All military exercises are conducted at state expense. EX MAFADI was conducted over the following time periods.

- EX MAFADI I- 15 till 21 October 2017 (Reconnaissance).

- EX MAFADI II- 27 December 2017 till 03 January 2018.

- EX MAFADI III- 28 January till 08 February 2019.

- EX MAFADI IV- 26 June till 03 July 2020.

4. EX MAFADI is the Combat Readiness Exercise for DLSD and the training at Port St Johns is the Mission Readiness Exercise for Joint Operations Division.

20 August 2020 - NW1863

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Modise, Ms M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

In view of the fact that the Republic only has three military hospitals, what plans are put in place to ensure that health facilities are available to military veterans during the Covid-19 pandemic in provinces that do not have military hospitals as it is the obligation of her department to ensure that military veterans have access to health facilities that can be easily accessible in provinces?

Reply:

The Department of Military Veterans through its MoU with the South African Military Healthcare Services (SAMHS), provides for Military Veterans to be authorized for referral to the nearest Public or Private healthcare facility/hospital, where SAMHS does not have such facilities. This provision continues to be applicable during the Covid 19 pandemic.

20 August 2020 - NW1859

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

Whether her department has done any assessment of the imminent danger that terrorist attacks may pose to the security of the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the imminent danger and the readiness of the SA National Defence Force to protect and defend the Republic against such attacks?

Reply:

1. Defence Intelligence regularly compiles regional assessments that outlines the security situation in the Southern African Development Community, including the developments in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique.

2. The assessments are shared with the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) if and when required.

20 August 2020 - NW1866

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Legwase, Ms TI to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What is the average age of the permanent infantry force of the SA National Defence Force?

Reply:

(1) The average age of the permanent infantry force of the SA National Defence Force is 38 years.

(a) South African Infantry Corp (SAIC) members are deemed to be members from the rank of Rifleman (Rfn) up to Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col). Members above the rank of Lt Col are part of the SA Staff Corps (SA St C), and no longer part of the SAIC, although their original mustering may have been in the SAIC.

(b) Average ages of members of the SAIC by rank group are as follows:

  1. Rifleman - 34 years.
  2. Lance Corporal - 44 years.
  3. Corporal - 46 years.
  4. Sergeant - 48 years.
  5. Staff Sergeant - 51 years.
  6. Warrant Officer (Class 2) - 53 years
  7. Warrant Officer (Class 1) - 55 years
  8. Second Lieutenant - 33 years
  9. Lieutenant - 36 years
  10. Captain - 41 years
  11. Major - 46 years
  12. Lieutenant Colonel - 50 years

20 August 2020 - NW1875

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

What (a) total number of houses that were built for military veterans are currently illegally occupied and (b) steps has her department taken to address the issue?

Reply:

(a)

Military VeteransHousesillegally occupied

  1. Gauteng

Region

Name of project

No: of units

West Rand

Westonaria Borwa

21

Johannesburg

Lufhereng EXT 1

12

Sedibeng

Savannah city

27

 

Tshepong

20

 

Golden Gardens

5

Tshwane

Nellmapiusext 22

33

 

Rama City

15

TOTAL

133

2. Eastern Cape

Municipality

Name of project

N0: of units

Chris Hani

Lukhanji

26

TOTAL

26

3. Kwa-Zulu Natal

In Kwa-Zulu Natal there is no housing project for Military Veterans to date. The Military Veterans in the province illegally occupied the 40 sqm Breaking New Ground houses, normal RDP houses. Refer to the table hereunder;

Municipality

Name of project

N0: of units

Ethekwini

Cornubia

34

Ethekwini

Philani Valley

23

Ethekwini

Harmmonds Farm

7

Ethekwini

Kingsburgh West

33

Msunduzi

Aloe Ridge Social Housing

261

TOTAL

358

4. No houses have been invaded in the following Provinces;

a. Limpopo

b. North West

c. Free State

d. Mpumalanga

e. Western Cape

f. Northern Cape

(b)The Department of Military Veterans has agreed with role-players such as the Department of Human Settlements, the Housing Development Agency and Contractors to submit the approved allocation lists of Military Veteransso that the names should be linked to stand numbers before construction on housing projects commences.

20 August 2020 - NW1867

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Maake, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether her department has a spending plan for the funds allocated for the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the plan?

Reply:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

i) The department of Defence has not been allocated an additional amount by National Treasury. Following the budget estimate of Rb4.5 estimate the department of defence was allocated Rb3.0 on the 24th of June 2020 for COVID-19 expenses.

ii) The breakdown of R3.0 billion is as follows;

(a) R763.4 million for Cost of Employment (CoE/personnel costs), and;

(b) R2.2 billion for goods and Services and Capital equipment.

(ii) As of the 31st of July 2020, personnel costs totalling R476 million have been paid to SANDF personnel, and orders of goods and services amounting of R1.5 billion have been placed of which R1.1 billion been delivered and paid. (R753 million for PPE and minor medical equipment)

(iv) Procurement of additional equipment for a field hospital (SAMHS) is in the process of being finalised.

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

Covid 19 Spending Plan:

The Department of Military Veterans (DMV), in response to the Covid 19 pandemic, developed a Covid 19 Response Plan. In order to execute the plan, the DMV prioritised funds, following the guidelines provided by National Treasury, 2020 Special Adjustment of Budget. An amount of R4.3 million has been set aside to spend on Covid 19 related items.

Details of the Plan:

In an attempt to remain compliant with matters related to Covid 19 pandemic, the plan includes amongst other things, the procurement of Masks, Gloves,

Goggles, Face Shields, Temperature Scanners, Sanitizers, various detergents and cleaning materials, amongst other things.

20 August 2020 - NW1865

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Mmutle, Mr TN to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

What has been the progress of the investigations into the alleged heavy-handed conduct of some soldiers of the SA National Defence Force during their deployment to enforce the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus?

Reply:

Ser No

Area Office

CAS No

Offence

Status

01

Wynberg MP

09/04/2020

Common Assault, a journalist alleged that he was driving behind a Military Convoy in Masiphumelele Township in Cape Town where he observed an SANDF member assaulting a civilian with a wooden stick

A case docket was referred to LEGSATO Cape Town and was withdrawn on 03 June 2020

Other cases were reported to the South African Police Services and progress can only be obtained from SAPS.

20 August 2020 - NW1864

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Modise, Ms M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) Whether there are any soldiers of the SA National Defence Force who are currently patrolling on the ground during level 3 of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus and (b) on which areas are the soldiers focusing?

Reply:

a) The Defence Force has deployed personnel in support of other Government Departments to mitigate against COVID-19 pandemic. The deployed forces include health care services, engineering capabilities and lockdown enforcement elements.

b) The focus is on support to the SAPS, Health and Humanitarian Assistance, health care and water purification.

06 August 2020 - NW1618

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether, given the fact that the Secretary of Defence has on a number of occasions indicated that the current 15 sub-units deployed for safeguarding the Republic’s border are insufficient, the Government intends deploying additional sub-units as a counter measure to the potential movement of terrorist elements in the region; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. In terms of the Sub Program Support to the People, as alluded to by the Secretary for Defence on several occasions, the appreciated force level requirement for border line control is to have 22 Sub-units instead of 15, however due to budgetary constraints it has been difficult to deploy the additional sub-units.

2. Should funds be made available the SANDF may prepare and deploy additional sub-units for the total border safe guarding effort and not only for countering potential movement of terrorist elements in the region.

06 August 2020 - NW1616

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether the SA Defence Force military intelligence has found that the mounting Islamist insurgent activities taking place in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, which are also becoming increasingly sophisticated, co-ordinated and militant in nature, may affect Total South Africa’s $23 billion offshore gas project site situated 60 kilometres south of Mocimboa da Praia; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. Defence Intelligence assessment indicates that in the short and medium term the Islamic insurgents activities are expected to continue and extend particularly to areas with gas exploration site.

2. No other details.

30 July 2020 - NW1617

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether the co-ordinated response of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to the insurgency in Mozambique will include the use of private military contractors; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) (a) what is the nature of the coordinated SADC regional political and military approach that has been recommended in response to the insurgency, (b) which countries were involved in the formulation and articulation of the approach and (c)(i) on what date will the plans for the approach be (i) finalised and (ii) made public?

Reply:

(1)  The coordinated response of SADC to the insurgency in Mozambique is a matter involving the member state and the Regional body. The details of that response can best be articulated by the Chair or the Secretariat of SADC.

2. (a) The nature of the coordinated SADC regional political and military approach in response to the insurgency is informed by the decisions of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Affairs.

     (b)  The organ is the determinant of the countries to be involved in such activities. 

(c)     The organ will also prescribe the time lines for the finalization and announcement of such plans to the public. 

30 July 2020 - NW1626

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

What (a) are the relevant details and (b) is the total (i) number and (ii) amount of all disbursements made available to each province by (aa) her department and (bb) the SA National Defence Force in response to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Reply:

1. The Department of Defence (SANDF) is a national department that is centrally managed therefore does not disburse funds to provinces. The SANDF’s funds as allocated by the National Treasury (NT) are centralised within the Services and Divisions, therefore no funding is allocated separately to any province. All expenditure with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic management is processed and approved centrally in terms of ordered commitments and appreciated requirements.

30 July 2020 - NW1539

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1) Whether the solution employed in 2015 by soldiers of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) protecting the border between Mozambique and South Africa in the Ndumo area of placing boulders at various breach points in the fence for about 30 kms, which served to reduce the number of vehicles being illegally transported across the border, is still being employed in the area; if not, (a) on what date did the SANDF stop using the rocks and (b) why did they stop; if so, (i) what amount of maintenance is required and (ii) what was the impact of this solution in terms of the reduction of numbers of illegal border breaches; (2) whether she has found that this (a) can be a solution to fence security in areas of vehicular breaches on our borders and (b) will be a viable addition to the materials mix for border fencing; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what other alternative mechanisms and materials is her department considering for augmenting the border fences?

Reply:

The solution employed in 2015 is still in use as one of the tactical measures to assist in border safeguarding especially in prevention of illegal cross-border movement and vehicle theft.

(1)(a) The SANDF has not stopped using the concept.

(1)(b) The effort has not been stopped.

(1)(i) No maintenance required as it is a temporary measure.

(1)(ii) The effort has, and is still making a very good impactin reducing the number of stolen vehicles illegally crossing the borderline.

(2)(a) It is not a solution but a military tactic of war, where soldiers create or put obstacles to stop movement or limit the speed of movement where required. The idea or concept can be adopted accordingly to address the porousness of our borders.

(2)(b) Yes, the concept can be a solution to fence security in areas of vehicular breaches on our borders. Evidence to this is that the KZN Provincial government adopted this operational concept and established a project to construct Modified Jersey Barriers to be installed on the borderline to replace the boulders and railway sleepers that the soldiers had put up. The Modified Jersey Barriers are 1.5 meters high and are much more stable and a long term infrastructure to prevent vehicular or wheeled movement across the borderline.

(3) The DOD has identified the use of security technology as one of the solutions that will make a huge and significant improvement in enhancing the borderline security and as such contribute to maintaining the territorial integrity of the RSA.

14 July 2020 - NW502

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

(1)(a) What number of houses for veterans have been built in Mogqaka Local Municipality in Free State in the past three years, (b) how were the veterans vetted to ensure that they are veterans and (c) what are the names of the veterans who were found to be eligible beneficiaries and to whom these houses were allocated; (2) whether she will furnish Mrs N I Tarabella Marchesi with a list of the names of the veterans to whom these houses were allocated?

Reply:

(1) number of houses per financial year

(a) 2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

(a) There are four (4) completed and occupied houses, three (3) in Kroonstad and one (1) in Viljoenskroon.

Additional to that there are two (2) houses that are at completion stage and four (4) are still outstanding in Kroonstad.

(b) The vetting process was conducted by the Department of Military Veterans in conjunction with Military Veterans Associations.

(c) Refer to the attached beneficiary list marked as Annexure A

(2) Refer to the attached beneficiary list marked as Annexure A

14 July 2020 - NW422

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

In light of the allegations that her department did not pay for some members of the military veterans in January 2019, but only paid in October 2019, what plans does her department have in place to ensure that school fees for qualifying military veterans are paid on time to learning institutions as required by the Military Veterans Act, Act 18 of 2011?

Reply:

The Department earlier started a decentralisation process of benefits with education support as a first benefit to provinces. The process relied on provincial coordinators to collect invoices to all schools across the country. The process started well until the national lockdown. The lockdown hampered the plan and DMV is only paying those invoices that are sent through by parents and schools that have recently opened.

Plans for collaboration with other provincial departments of education are underway, wherein the DMV is planning to transfer tuition and school fees to provincial Departments to pay invoices quicker. This will also assist in easy access of this benefit and other benefits to military veterans and their dependents.

08 July 2020 - NW1160

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

(1)Whether her department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; 2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the further relevant details in each case; (3) what were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Joint Ops:

1. The Joint Operations Division has done purchases of less than R500 000,00 with respect to support for COVID-19 (Op NOTLELA). The Joint Operations Financial System does not indicate where procurement is done as transactions are done via the Joint Support Base Garrison procurement system.

(a) The specified goods are as follows:

Ser

Description

Amount

Company

Unit

 

a

B

c

d

1

Cleaning and Polishing Compounds

R42,888,00

NALEDI CHEMICALS

Northern Cape

2

Individual Equipment

R90,000,00

SIB DIVISION (PTY) LTD

J OP HQ

3

Toiletry and Paper Products

R18,675,00

PROMED TECHNOLOGIES

Northern Cape

4

Oils/Gas, Greases and Lubricants

R50,000,00

WO Fuels and oils CC

Northern Cape

5

Packaging and Packaging Materials

R115,350,00

YOKOGAZA WT ENTERPRISE

Eastern Cape

6

Fuels and Solids

R482,500,00

Alakha Trading

Eastern Cape

7

Oil and Grease

R27,588,00

Piston Power Chemicals

Western Cape

8

M & R D-Vehicle BMJ824M

R6,383,00

 

Western Cape

9

Cleaning and Polishing Compound

R24,420,00

Aristocraft

North west

10

Cleaning and Polishing Compound

R43,592,00

Promotha Mechanical Engineering

Limpopo

11

Diesel

R786,000,00

   

12

Oils and greases; Cutting, Lubricant

R163,185,00

 

Limpopo

13

Storage Tanks

R11,280,00

AMP Services

Limpopo

14

Food Cooking, Baking and service

R31,305,00

RINE SUPPLIERS AND PROJECTS

Limpopo

15

Food Cooking. Baking and service

R34,320,00

MM and MA GENRAL TRADING

Limpopo

16

M & D: D-Vehicles BMJ834M

R12,351,00

   

17

Toilet Paper Products

R44,270,00

Lifhasi Group

Limpopo

18

Petrol 93 ULP

R82,860,00

Valspar Petroleum

North West

19

Photocopy Papers

R14,600,00

GOMOLEMO TRADING AND PROJECTS

Gauteng

20

M & R D-Vehicle

R13,200,00

KHOKHO'S TECH ENGINEERS

North West

21

M & R D-Vehicle

R6,312,00

KHOKHO'S TECH ENGINEERS

North West

22

ADP Supplies

R11,774,00

IPT

Free State

23

Household and Commercial Utility

R22,360,00

EXODEC 60CC

Gauteng

24

ADP Supplies

R85,999,00

EXODEC 60CC

Gauteng

25

Brooms, Brushes and Mops

R10,250,00

 

Western Cape

26

Brooms, Brushes and Mops

R10,250,00

LA TOLO

Eastern Cape

27

Cleaning and polishing compound

R35,301,00

Jipalayo Trading

Gauteng

28

Cleaning and Polishing Compounds

R64,300,00

Qhaphelu (PTY) LTD

Eastern Cape

30

Bags and Sacks

R8,990,00

SINEMIHLE ENTERPRISE

Eastern Cape

31

Toilet Paper Products

R32,992,00

Glycoless

Free State

32

General Building maintenance

R32,657,00

KOTIPULA BUSINESS ENTERPRICE

Limpopo

33

Batteries Non Rechargeable

R18,125,00

LAMDALE TRADING

KZN

34

Office Supplies

R56,859,00

SC AEROTECH

KZN

35

Cleaning and Polishing Compounds

R38,337,00

Umtapo General Dealer

KZN

36

Bags and Sacks

R29,250,00

NASMO MARKETING

KZN

37

Toilet Paper Products

R82,480,00

Glycoless

KZN

38

Toilet Paper Products

R18,540,00

Promed Technologies

Eastern Cape

39

Diesel

R558,400,00

   

40

Diesel

R116,480,00

   

41

Diesel

R307,120,00

   

42

Diesel

R156,970,00

   

43

Paper and Paper Board

R32,400,00

HAMBANATHI FOODS

KZN

44

Sanitation and Plumbing work

R875,778,00

INGELOS PROJECTS

Western Cape

45

Toilet Paper Products

R118,590,00

EMU MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Gauteng

46

Paper and Paper Board

R23,760,00

EXCEL ENTERTAINMENT

Gauteng

47

Sanitation and Plumbing Work

R116,840,00

KOPANO EVENT

Gauteng

2. A deviation occurred when 200 reflector jackets were procured for the Joint Tactical Headquarters (20 per J Tac HQ).

(a) This was an emergency procurement after a member of the SANDF lost his life whilst performing road block duties. A decision was then taken that all J Tac HQs must be issued with reflector jackets for as PPE.

(b) Proper emergency procurement processes were followed to procure the items. This matter was submitted for urgent consideration to the Joint Operations COVID-19 Procurement Logistics Cell and three Companies were invited.

a. SIB DIVISION (PTY) LTD R 90 000.

b. GROUP EFFORT WORX R 100 200.

c. MOTHUSI BUSINESS ENTER PRICE R 100 000.

3. All companies were selected form CSD data base and they conform to treasury regulations, and procedures. The lowest company was selected. This are the only items that were procured with deviation of procurement, the rest of the items were procured through procurement processes via the e-Procure system.

SA Army:

1. The SA Army has not directly purchased any good and/or services below R500 000 connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. All equipment procured were obtained through either SAMHS or Logistics Division.

2. Not applicable. (See answer above)

3. Not Applicable. (See answer above)

4. No comment.

SAAF:

1. Everything that was procured in support of COVID-19 was under the amount of R500 000. All spending in the item segment of SCoA is recorded against the various appropriate FMS Item Codes depending on the use for the items or services procured. The SAAF has spent R616,018 to date on COVID-19 related goods and/or services (see Appendix A):

(a) The SA Air Force utilised a total of 117 regional suppliers in order to proceed with purchasing.

(b) The products that were procured are: thermo-scanners, cloth masks, surface disinfectant, sanitising dispensers.

2. There were no deviations from the standard Supply Chain Management procedures in the transactions. All procurement whether Government Order or Petty Cash were executed according to prescribed procurement prescripts.

3. Suppliers were approached that are supplied by the official Central Suppliers Database (CSD), where companies register themselves on the National Treasury database to be suppliers of specific items or can supply a service of a specific nature. If requirements were under R2 000 local suppliers within the local community were approached.

4. N/A

SA Navy:

1. Yes. (a)(b)(c) See Appendix B

2. No.

(a) Not Applicable.

(b) Not Applicable.

3. Not Applicable.

SAMHS:

1. The SAMHS did purchase goods and services below R500 000.

a) The companies that were utilised are reflected in Appendix C.

b) The amounts of all transactions are reflected in Appendix C.

c) The products and services procured are reflected in Appendix C.

2. Standard supply chain management processes were followed. Except for Price Quotations standing government contracts were utilised. When the contracted entity could not provide due to the national requirements other companies were requested to provide quotations in a comparative process, as prescribed. The Surgeon General is not in a position to express opinion on the process followed in terms of the two orders processed by the SA Army (order prefix 1H).

3. The rationale for the supplier utilised is premised on the following reason codes as indicated in Appendix A:

  1. RT refers to National Treasury Transversal Contracts.
  2. HP refers to Health Pharmaceutical Contracts.
  3. HM refers to Treasury Contracts.
  4. ROCD refers to Propriety Contract (Roche Diabetics).
  5. RT COVID-19 refers to Treasury Contract.
  6. AICC refers to Adcock Ingram Critical Care (This was a Price Quotation).
  7. PQ refers to Price Quotation.
  8. Del 3.2 refers to SA Army procurement entity.

Human Resources Division:

1. The HR Division expenditure on goods/services that were purchased connected to COVID-19 pandemic are as follows:

S/No

Description

Cost

Name of Supplier

Reason for Purchase

 

a

b

c

d

1

Medicated Cosmetics and Toiletries( Hand Sanitizer)

R7 460.00

Mr First Aid (Pty) Ltd

24-28th Avenue

Edenvale

Medical Supplies - the only supplier who had stock in hand to supply hand sanitizer with the correct alcohol content in March 2020 and delivery at short notice.

2

Clothing, Special Purpose(Cloth Masks)

R5 989.00

MTKP Designs(Pty) Ltd

Pierre van Rheyneveld

Pretoria

Purchase cloth masks for members on 05 May 2020 with delivery on short notice after announcement of Level 4 Lockdown.

 

Total

R13 499.00

   

2. The above goods were cash purchases Personal Protective Equipment (hand sanitizers and cloth masks) by the different HR Division entities following the announcement of the Lockdown Level 5 State of Disaster declared by the State President in terms of the Disaster Management Act.

3. It can be confirmed that no deviation on standard supply chain management procedures occurred.

Logistics Division:

1. The Logistics Division did purchase goods and services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic. See the attached list (Appendix D) for the companies utilised for the purchasing of the specified goods and services, together with the amount of each transaction and the service and/or product that each company rendered.

2. With the purchasing of the goods and services the Logistics Division followed the process as stipulated in National Treasury Instruction No. 8 of 2020/21 (paragraph 3.7.6).

3. The purchasing of specified goods and services from the awarded companies was based on the availability of stock and the turnaround time of delivery from these companies.

Defence Intelligence:

1. Defence Intelligence (DI) procured goods below the amount of R500 000, 00 in order to implement Occupational Health and Safety measures iro COVID-19. The total amount for COVID-19 related procurement to date is R325 579, 30. The procurement (breakdown is reflected in Appendix E) was prior to the central distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

2. The reason for procuring from the respective companies was due to the fact that they were the most cost effective ito quotations provided.

CMIS Division:

  1. CMIS Div did not purchase any goods or service referred to in the letter and therefore submit a nil return.

Defence Reserves:

1. (a) The office of Defence Reserves purchased protective equipment in the beginning of the lockdown process on 20 April 2020.

(b) For the amount of R1 818.00 from Resuduac Bakrier Technology (Pty) Ltd.

(c) It is confirmed that the service/product was rendered.

2. There was no deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the transactions.

3. The company was selected by the Department.

4. Not applicable.

Special Force:

1. South African Special Forces did purchase goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic (see Appx F).

2. There were no deviation from the standard supply chain as three (3) quotations were obtained from the Suppliers that were approved by Chief Logistics.

3. A list of suppliers which have transversal contract with National Treasury and their address were provided to the Headquarters and were utilised.

Defence Corporate Communication:

1. One Touch Global - R5000,00 - Sanitizers, surgical masks and gloves.

Purple Square Media - R5000,00 – Sanitizers, surgical masks and gloves.

MJ Multimedia – R5000,00 – Sanitizers, surgical masks and gloves.

Valhalla Pharmacy – R3750,00 – 3 Layer cloth masks.

2. No deviation.

3. Names were from database and best value for money as per PFMA requirements.

MP Division:

  1. (a, b & c) – 2020

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

S/N

Company

Amount

Product/Service

Remarks

 

a

b

c

d

1

FKJ Consultants

R 1 998.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

2

S&S Dienste

R16 000.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

3

Budget Shop

R 3 930.00

Surgical Gloves and Face Masks

Product Rendered

4

A’ Africa Pest Prevention

R 1 794.00

Thermometer

Product Rendered

5

A’ Africa Pest Prevention

R 2 185.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

6

G Fox (Pty) LTD

R 4 918.21

Surgical Gloves, Face Masks, Face Shields & Eye Protections

Products Rendered

7

Clicks Humewood

R 1 999.99

Thermometer

Product Rendered

8

Conquest Cleaning Chemicals

R 1 975.00

Disinfectant

Product Rendered

9

Conquest Cleaning Chemicals

R 1 966.00

Face Masks

Product Rendered

10

Dischem

R 1  499.00

Thermometer

Product Rendered

11

Ronette Sanitizer, Dischem, Ukhamba Lobuntu, Offtek Wonderboom

R 15 722.75

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

12

Makro

R 4 500.00

Surgical Gloves

Product Rendered

13

Aruzest T/A// Nizams

R 2 000.00

Spray Bottles

Product Rendered

14

Makro

R 1 999.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

15

Super Hygiene

R 1 512.00

Batteries for Thermometer

Product Rendered

16

Valhalla Genaral Dealer

R 3 960.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

17

FKJ Consultants

R 4 200.00

Surgical Gloves

Product Rendered

18

FKJ Consultants

R 4 200.00

Dusk Masks

Product Rendered

19

Phi Development

R 23 104.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

20

Noko Health Care

R 707.25

Thermometer

Product Rendered

21

Moonflower/The Reeds

R 1 990.00

Thermometer

Product Rendered

22

Moonflower/The Reeds

R 1 897.00

Dusk Masks

Product Rendered

23

Moonflower/The Reeds

R 1 897.00

Dusk Masks

Product Rendered

24

Moonflower/The Reeds

R 1 900.00

Face Screens

Product Rendered

25

Moonflower/The Reeds

R 1 963.00

Dusk Masks

Product Rendered

26

Tahie Decor

R 1 990.00

Dusk Masks

Product Rendered

27

Tshinetisi General Trading

R 1 800.00

Sprayer (16lt)

Product Rendered

28

Tshinetisi General Trading

R  950.00

Foot Dispenser

Product Rendered

29

Tshimetisi General Trading

R  950.00

Foot Dispenser

Product Rendered

30

Hustleberg Holdings

R 2 000.00

Hand Sanitiser

Product Rendered

 

TOTAL

R 117 507.20

   

2 There was no deviation from the Supply Chain Management in any of the above-mentioned processes.

3. Goods were purchased from the specific Companies after proper procurement processes were followed and the Company that adhere to all the prescripts according to Quotations was chosen.

Defence HQ Unit:

The following table depicts the Department of Defence Headquarters Unit Covid 19 related purchases below the amount of R500 000.00:

S/No

NAME OF COMPANY

AMOUNT

ITEMS PROQURED

DIRECTORATE

01

Solanga Fashion Creations

R1 995.00

Cloth Masks

DFSC

02

One Touch Global

R5 000.00

Cloth Masks

DCC

03

WTC Belegings

R3 750.00

Sanitisers

VIS COMMS

04

MCB Designs

R4 680.00

Cloth Masks

SEC DEF

05

Zamatungwa

R936.00

Cloth Masks

SEC DEF

06

Seamstress Delights

R1 920.00

Cloth Masks

TRG COMM

07

All out Mask

R1 000.00

Cloth Masks

CMIS DIV

08

Clicks

R359.94

Sanitisers

DFSC

09

MJ Multimedia

R5 000.00

Sanitisers

DCC

10

Steel and Pipes

R1 800.00

Sanitisers

C FIN

11

Soap Chemicals

R3 240.00

Sanitisers

DOD HQ Unit

12

Zome chemicals

R1 920.00

Sanitisers

DOD HQ Unit

13

Group Shape

R1 818.00

Sanitisers

MP Division

14

Makro

R1 999.00

Sanitisers

DEF RES

15

Recevoir Trading

R5 000.00

Sanitisers

CDLS

16

The Promo Group

R4 988.00

Sanitisers

TRG COMM

17

Van Roma

R1 570.00

Sanitisers

HR DIV

18

Modern Packaging

R1 797.00

Sanitisers

HR DIV

19

Servest

R1 828.50

Sanitisers

HR DIV

20

West Pack Lifestyle Store

R4 500

Sanitiser Dispensers

DOD HQ Unit

2. There were no deviations from the standard Supply Chain Management Procedures in the transactions. The Petty cash process was used as all transactions complied with the Petty cash rules.

No statement will be made on this Parliamentary question.

08 July 2020 - NW1423

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

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1042 on 15 June 2020, she intends to brief the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence on the Islamic insurgency activities in northern Mozambique; if not, why not; if so, by what date; 2) whether she intends to request that the briefing is given in a closed meeting; if so, why?

Reply:

1. All matters pertaining to National Security of other countries, especially within SADC Member States are presented and discussed at the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) as and when required.

25 June 2020 - NW1251

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

Whether, in view of her department’s obligation to ensure that military veterans have access to health facilities, and that this can easily be accessed in provinces through military hospitals of which there are only three in the Republic, there is any programme in the pipeline regarding what is being done with regard to the provinces that do have military hospitals in order to ensure that military veterans have access to health care and information; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Military Veterans have access to health care through the South African Military Health Services (SAMHS) across all nine Provinces. The process has been designed such that military veterans consult at their nearest sick bay, if there is need for referral, they are either referred to Military hospitals or nearest Public or Private health care facility especially in Provinces where there are no military Hospitals.

23 June 2020 - NW1064

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

(1)What (a) total number of cases of misconduct by SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members where civilians have fallen victim has she identified since the beginning of the lockdown on 26 March 2020 and (b) are the full relevant details in this regard; (2) whether any disciplinary action has been taken against the specified SANDF members; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(1)(a) There are three (3) reported cases involving members of the SANDF where civilians are involved:

I) Alleged assault case in Alexander involving Mr Khosa who later passed on. (CAS no 353/04/20 (Sv Khosa). An internal investigation in a form of a Board of Inquiry was conducted and finalised. The members allegedly involved were placed on special leave to allow the SAPS investigation to run smoothly and be finalised as well. Allowing SAPS process to proceed will also assist to determine what the cause of death is. It must also be mentioned that another parallel investigation by the Military Ombud would be done as directed by the Minister.

II) SANDF members were captured on social media assaulting a young man in Sebokeng. Those members have since appeared on negative office orders where they were duly reprimanded and warned against such behaviour. An assault case has also been opened under Sebokeng SAPS CAS Number 130/04/20 and is still under investigation thereof. No internal investigation was convened since the matter was handled through the Officer Commanding office orders process.

III) Alleged Common Law Assault in Cato Manor, KZN. This came to the SANDF’s attention when the SAPS investigating officer contacted the Company Commander with a view to interview our members. No internal investigation has been done as this was not reported to us. SAPS is investigating under CAS number 45/04/20.

IV) Alleged Common Law Assault in North West, Ikageng (SAPS CAS 62/05/2020). This incident was reported to us as an altercation between two SANDF members. We will then allow SAPS to carry on with its own investigation on the matter. This will also help determine if there are other people involved or not.

(2) All these cases are still under SAPS investigation, however internal Departmental Board of Enquiries have not been convened, but we understand that the Military Ombud and/or Human Rights Commission are also investigating some of these incidents.

15 June 2020 - NW1042

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether the military intelligence has found that there is potential for the increasing Islamic insurgent activities currently taking place in Northern Mozambique to spread to neighbouring Southern African Development Community states; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) does the SA National Defence Force have a contingency plan in response to the potential spread into the Republic of the increasing insurgent activities currently taking place in Northern Mozambique; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. Defence Intelligence can confirm that there is an increase of Islamic insurgency activities currently in the province of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique and these has the potential to spread to other provinces and neighbouring Southern African Development Community (SADC) states.

2. As the Islamic insurgency activities may affect some SADC states, the regional political and military approach has been recommended and to this effect plans are in place to discuss and concretize the approach.

04 June 2020 - NW919

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

(1)Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender;

Reply:

1. The Logistics Division did not award any tenders for procurement connected to COVID-19. The process as stipulated in the National Treasury Instruction No. 8 of 2020/21 para 3.7.6 which states that “Institutions may approach any other supplier to obtain quotes and may procure from such suppliers on condition that-

a. the items are to the specifications as determined by the National Department of Health;

b. the prices are equal or lower than the prices in Annexure A and;

c. the supplier is registered in the Central Supplier Database.

13 March 2020 - NW253

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

Whether, with reference to the alleged reports that the requirements of End User Certificates (EUC) by Government is crippling the defence industry, including Denel and prevents the export of defence equipment is adding to increased unemployment, she and the Peace and Security cluster reconsidered the current onerous EUC requirements; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the considered solutions she can offer the defence industry in this regard?

Reply:

The NCACC sought a legal opinion on the wording of the EUC and adopted an amendment that is in compliance with existing legal prescripts. An amendment to the Regulations of the NCACC Act has been drawn up and was recently certified by the State Law Advisers. It will shortly be published in the Government Gazette. The Defence Industry has welcomed the proposed amendment.

06 March 2020 - NW2

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

(1)Whether the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, has granted permission in terms of section 201(2)(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, that members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) be deployed in the urban area of Kimberley with the SA Police Service at the start of the birthday celebrations of a certain organisation in January 2020; if not, who gave instructions that members of the SANDF be deployed in an urban area; (2) whether any action has been taken against the specified person; if not, why not; if so, to what extent; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) and (2)

There was no employment under section 201 of the Constitution. I view this matter in a very serious light and have instructed the Chief of the South African National Defence Force to institute a Board of Inquiry and to take action against those involved. I will report back to Parliament on the outcome and actions taken following the completion of the Board of Inquiry.

(3) No.

06 March 2020 - NW162

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

(1)Whether she authorised the deployment of the SA National Defence Force to patrol the streets of Kimberley in January 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what were the costs of deploying the soldiers, (b) from which budget was the deployment of the soldiers paid, (c) for what period were the soldiers deployed and (d) for what purpose were the soldiers deployed; (2) whether she communicated the deployment of the soldiers to Parliament; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW183E

Reply:

(1) and (2) No I did not authorise employment of any members under the Defence Act, 2002. I view this matter in a very serious light and have instructed the Chief of the South African National Defence Force to institute a Board of Inquiry and to take action against those involved. I will report back to Parliament on the outcome and actions taken following the completion of the Board of Inquiry.

 

06 March 2020 - NW13

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Gardee, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)What (a) total number of applications were received from young applicants who wished to join the SA National Defence Force in each respective year from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2019 and (b) was the breakdown of such applications for each province; (2) what number of the specified applicants in each year (a) are (i) diploma and (ii) degree graduates and (b)(i) were enrolled and (ii) successfully completed the training programme?

Reply:

(1)(a) Six hundred and forty eight thousand and thirty nine (648 039) applications were received from young applicants who wished to join the SA National Defence Force over the period 01 January 2014 to 31 December 2019.

(b) The breakdown per province is as follows:

2014

Ser

No

Province

Number of Applicants

 

a

b

1

Gauteng

33 936

2

Limpopo

12 501

3

Mpumalanga

7 343

4

KwaZulu Natal

9 869

5

Free State

5 869

6

North West

7 079

7

Northern Cape

3 873

8

Eastern Cape

6 350

9

Western Cape

5 054

Total Number of Applicants

91 874

2015

Ser

No

Province

Number of Applicants

 

a

b

1

Gauteng

29 179

2

Limpopo

7 869

3

Mpumalanga

7 016

4

KwaZulu Natal

11 458

5

Free State

6 592

6

North West

4 838

7

Northern Cape

4 125

8

Eastern Cape

5 550

9

Western Cape

5 049

Total Number of Applicants

81 676

2016

Ser

No

Province

Number of Applicants

 

a

b

1

Gauteng

29 694

2

Limpopo

8 828

3

Mpumalanga

8 865

4

KwaZulu Natal

12 298

5

Free State

6 500

6

North West

7 321

7

Northern Cape

6 004

8

Eastern Cape

6 727

9

Western Cape

6 047

Total Number of Applicants

92 284

2017

Ser

No

Province

Number of Applicants

 

a

b

1

Gauteng

46 515

2

Limpopo

12 368

3

Mpumalanga

9 230

4

Kwa Zulu Natal

9 879

5

Free State

9 354

6

North West

7 012

7

Northern Cape

7 379

8

Eastern Cape

8 524

9

Western Cape

5 837

Total Number of Applicants

113 098

2018

Ser

No

Province

Number of Applicants

 

a

b

1

Gauteng

52 905

2

Limpopo

15 281

3

Mpumalanga

13 746

4

Kwa Zulu Natal

15 206

5

Free State

10 108

6

North West

10 478

7

Northern Cape

7 165

8

Eastern Cape

10 970

9

Western Cape

10 984

Total Number of Applicants

146 843

2019

Ser No

Province

Number of Applicants

 

a

b

1

Gauteng

42 915

2

Limpopo

13 801

3

Mpumalanga

10 741

4

Kwa Zulu Natal

13 331

5

Free State

8 925

6

North West

10 367

7

Northern Cape

4 919

8

Eastern Cape

6 934

9

Western Cape

10 331

Total Number of Applicants

122 264

(2)(a) The system classifies applicants with post matric qualifications as graduates. Eight thousand five hundred and ten (8 510) graduates applied over the period 01 January 2014 to 31 December 2019.

(b)(i) Nine thousand three hundred and six (9 306) applicants were enrolled over the period 01 January 2014 to 31 December 2019.

(b)(ii) Nine thousand one hundred and twenty three (9 123) applicants successfully completed the training programme.

19 February 2020 - NW83

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

(1)Given that the appointment term of office of the Secretary of Defence has ended on 31 December 2019, (a) why was his term of office extended, (b) for how long has the term of office been extended and (c) what will the costs be of the extension; (2) what are the relevant details of the process to recruit and appoint a replacement for the Secretary of Defence; (3) why was a process to recruit and appoint a new Secretary of Defence not done earlier to coincide with the end of his term of office?

Reply:

1.(a) To allow for a process to finalise the appointment of a new Secretary for Defence.

(b) From 15 December 2019 to 31 March 2020.

(c) R 612,925.50.

(2) Section 7 of the Defence Act, 2002, provides that the President must, subject to the laws governing the public service, appoint a person to the post of Secretary for Defence as head of the Defence Secretariat.

(3) A process to finalise this matter is currently underway.

12 December 2019 - NW1542

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

(1)Given the perceived sustainable serviceability of the Presidential BBJ, Inkwazi, why did the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, use a chartered aircraft with tail or registration number ZS-KDR to attend the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan; (2) (a) what was the total cost for chartering the private aircraft and (b) from which budget item in the budget of the Department of Defence will this be funded; (3) whether Inkwazi is out of service; if so, (a) what are the reasons for its unserviceability and (b) by what date will it be returned to actively transport the President?

Reply:

The question requires a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence as it relates to the security and movements of the VVIP.

12 December 2019 - NW1162

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether her department incurred any costs related to the (a) inauguration of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, held in Pretoria on 25 May 2019 and (b) State of the Nation Address held in Cape Town on 20 June 2019; if so, in each case, (i) what costs were incurred and (ii) for what reason?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Department of Defence incurred cost relating to the:

(a) Inauguration of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, held in Pretoria on 25 May 2019 to the amount of (i) RM13,962 for the following (ii);

(aa) Subsistence and travel cost related to ceremonial proceedings, safety and security as well as the provisioning of the Presidential Medical Unit – RM6,340.

(ab) Jet fuel for aircraft, gun salute rounds as well as fuel for operational vehicles deployed – RM5,620.

(ac) Catering provided on behalf of The Presidency, not related to the Department of Defence – RM2,002.

(b) State of the Nation Address held in Cape Town on 20 June 2019, to the amount of (i) RM2,491 for the following (ii);

(ba) Subsistence and travel cost related to ceremonial proceedings as well as the provisioning of perimeter protection – RM2,094

(bb) Jet fuel for aircraft, gun salute rounds as well as fuel for operational vehicles deployed – RM0,397.

05 December 2019 - NW1322

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

In view of the fact that the National Treasury only approved a budget of R50 billion against a Defence Review driven budget requirement of R80 billion (details furnished), how does she account for the R1 billion already spent from the defence budget on the Cuban mechanics, known as Project Thusano, while it is common knowledge that the technical skills were available in the Republic and it was an ideal catalyst for the intake, job creation and providing of much-needed technical skills to young soldiers, thus adding to reducing the unemployment in the Republic and upskilling the soldiers of the SA National Defence Force?

Reply:

1. The figures as indicated above are inaccurate. The expenditure on Project Thusano is as indicated in the table below per financial year:

Ser No

Financial Year

Amount Spent

 

a

b

1

2015/16

R6 Million

2

2016/17

R144 Million

3

2017/18

R163 Million

4

2018/19

R261 Million

5

2019/20

R25 Million

 

Total Expenditure

R599 Million

2. The total expenditure of R599 million, minus the planned expenditure of R229 million over five years on the initial contract terms equals to R370 million. This is an insignificant escalation compared to savings and recovered funds over five years.

3. It is estimated that the Department of Defence (DOD) will save R1, 9 billion, plus R192 million (10% inflation), that equals to R2.1 billion over the period of five years of the contract, excluding the costs of, amongst others:

a) labour;

b) reduced spares;

c) repair of components;

d) spray painting for the J Ops Division;

e) maintenance and repair at Special Forces;

f) support to internal and external operations;

g) maintenance and repair at Infantry School, and

h) training and qualifying of one-thousand-one-hundred-and-eighty-one (1181) apprentices.

4. The above mentioned calculations are based on R384 million that was saved in the FYs 2014/15 and 2015/16 of the initial contract and inclusive of the current contracted period.

5. Vocational and technical skills that have been developed over the past three years came with not only college-text book-theory, but along with excellent work ethic that is military-operational results driven; which cannot be found in any civilian institution. A feeder system to this initiative by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) recruitment, whereby youth is trained and employed every year; therefore in this case the project has indeed, and continues to contribute towards national objectives of creating sustainable jobs whilst imparting unparalleled skills development with a unique twist of excellent military operational work ethics.

6. Members of Parliament are invited to visit Project Thusano workshops to equate recovered and savings by observation on the ground, especially in the Department’s preservation facilities in Walmansthall (Pretoria) and De Brug (Bloemfontein).

05 December 2019 - NW1501

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

(1)What number of luxury vehicles exceeding R600 000 were purchased by the SA National Defence Force for senior management in the (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17, (d) 2017-18 and (e) 2018-19 financial years; (2) what was the total cost of the specified luxury vehicles in each specified financial year; (3) what (a) make, (b) model and (c) quantity of each type of luxury vehicle was purchased in each financial year; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

1. No luxury vehicles exceeding R600 000 were purchased by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in the 2014-15 to 2016-17 financial years. Twenty luxury vehicles were procured in the 2017-18 financial year, and two vehicles were procured in the 2018-19 financial year.

2. The total cost of the specified luxury vehicles in each specified financial year is as indicated in Enclosure 1.

3. The (a) make, (b) model and (c) quantity of each type of luxury vehicle is as indicated in Enclosure 1.

Enclosure 1

SER NO

FINANCIAL YEAR

NUMBER OF VEHICLES PROCURED

1

2014/15

NIL

2

2015/16

NIL

3

2016/17

NIL

4

2017/18

20

   

VEHICLE MAKE AND MODEL

COST

SERVICE/DIVISION

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R1, 027, 804. 00

Joint Operations Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R1, 027, 804. 00

Joint Operations Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R1, 027, 804. 00

Joint Operations Division

   

Audi 6

R 631, 365.06

Joint Operations Division

   

BMW 540i

R 831, 976. 80

Joint Operations Division

   

BMW X5

R 916, 883. 50

SA Army

   

BMW X5

R 916, 883. 50

SA Army

   

BMW330D

R 635, 200. 00

SA Military Health Services

   

BMW X5

R 947, 633. 50

SA Military Health Services

   

BMW 540i

R 849, 526. 80

SA Military Health Services

   

BMW750i

R 1, 683, 811. 04

Logistics Division

   

BMW750i

R 1, 559, 340. 00

Logistics Division

   

Audi Q7

R 964, 723. 11

Logistics Division

   

Audi Q7

R 964, 723. 11

Logistics Division

   

Audi Q7

R 964, 723. 11

Logistics Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R 812, 574. 00

Logistics Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R 812, 574. 00

Logistics Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R 812, 574. 00

Logistics Division

   

Mercedes Benz V2500 7 Seated

R 812, 574. 00

Logistics Division

   

BMW 540i

R 823, 326.80

Defence Intelligence Division

     

R19, 023824.33

 

5

2018/19

2

   

BMW520i

R 651, 862. 47

Defence Foreign Relations

   

BMW540i

R 812, 563. 87

Defence Foreign Relations

     

R 1, 464, 426. 34

 
   

GRAND TOTAL

R20, 488, 250. 67

 

05 December 2019 - NW1226

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

(1)With regard to the deployment of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) under Operation Prosper for the period 18 July 2019 to 16 September 2019, (a) what amount of the approved budget of R23 million was spent in this period, (b) from which cost centre within the SANDF budget was the funding of the deployment sourced, (c) how was the average cost of R8 712,12 per person for each month determined and (d) what are the details and justification of the spending for each cost item; (2) whether the whole budget was spent; if not, (a) why was (i) it spent only on the confirmed deployed strength of 421 persons versus the approved strength of 1 320 persons and (ii) the remainder of the R23 million not utilised for the deployment of more companies and (b) what will happen with the unspent amount; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) An amount of Rm35, 963, 32 has already been spent against the projected Rm23.

(1)(b) Funding is done through reprioritisation within the departmental budget.

(1)(c) The allowance consists of Standby (R80.75), Danger (R15.58) and
Deprivation Allowances (R326.35) to the amount R12, 680.40. These allowance are taxable and therefore the members qualify for R8 084, 59 after tax depending on the member’s taxable income.

(1)(d) The allowances (Rm 14,5) are based on the number of deployed members multiplied by amounts stated in (1)(c). Of the Rm35,963, 32 , Rm4.5 will be paid for the purchase of showers and ablution facilities by the end of November and Rm4, 665,820, will be paid to the South African Air Force. Rm2,322,500 is for Fuel Oil and Lubricants (FOL) and Rm 9,975 for rations.

(2) The whole budget was spent as explained in (1)(a).

05 December 2019 - NW1096

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether she has been informed of the poor state of maintenance of the properties and infrastructure in the Thaba Tshwane military base in Centurion; (2) whether any plans have been put in place to address the poor state of maintenance of the properties and infrastructure in the specified base; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is well informed of the poor condition of facilities in the Thaba Tshwane military base in Centurion, which is a serious matter of concern to her. Cognisance must be taken that Thaba Tshwane was built on dolomite land, and with virtually no upgrade or renovations during the last two decades due to predominantly a lack of funds and a huge backlog of maintenance and repair, poses serious structural maintenance problems for both the Department of Defence (DOD) and Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI).

Buildings and land that the units occupy are managed and maintained by the DPWI, who is the custodian of state land and facilities and therefore responsible for the maintenance and repair of these facilities, however, partly the DOD is responsible for the failure to address poor maintenance of own properties and infrastructure, by not taking the initiative to repair its facilities on realising that DPWI is failing in its mandate. Repairs and renovations of sewer, storm water and roads, as well as sinkholes are in process to take place. A Facility Strategic Plan has been compiled with the Thaba Tshwane military area as one of the first priorities to be addressed. The Defence Works Formation is in the process to capacitate itself to be able to execute maintenance and repair work.

04 December 2019 - NW1279

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Gardee, Mr GA to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Whether she has reinstated Lieutenant Colonel Babalo Mvithi according to the recommendations contained in the report of the Public Protector titled Allegations of failure by the South African National Defence Force to properly implement the recommendations of the Military Ombud in the case of Lieutenant Colonel Babalo Mvithi, Report 10 of 2017-18; if not, why not; if so, on what date did she reinstate the specified officer?

Reply:

On 27 November 2019, the North Gauteng High Court declared the report of the Public Protector (Report no 10 of 2017/18) unlawful and unconstitutional and declared that it has been reviewed and set aside in review proceedings brought by the Department of Defence. 

03 December 2019 - NW1288

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(a) What total number of soldiers have (i) been diagnosed with mental health illness as a result of the nature of their work and (ii) committed suicide over the past five years and (b) what mental health programmes are there in her department to assist soldiers who suffer from mental illness?

Reply:

Mental disorder (Mental Health Illness) per se manifest in a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking and behaviour. The defined main groups are mood disorders (depression or bipolar disorder), personality disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, trauma-related disorders (post-traumatic stress disorder) and substance abuse disorders. Given the complexity of the development and later manifestation of such disorders it is not possible to quantify the numbers that are involved without deep analysis of patient history per incident.

The suicide incidence is a problematic aspect. Suicides are classed as unnatural deaths and is therefore reverts to the state coroner for final classification. The cause of death coding is vague with most capturing indicated as “death unspecified”

All members have access to the full spectrum of clinicians in managing mental disorders. The SAHMS does have management and defusing programmes in place to render care after traumatic incidents and after every deployment. As mental health presents, more frequently than not, differently in individual, each individual group programmes are not commonly used.

Given the complexity of the clinical environment under discussion it would be prudent to do a complete study to be able to answer the question.