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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 - 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.

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.

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 - 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.

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 - 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.

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 - 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.

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.

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.

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

 

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.

28 November 2019 - NW1122

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

With reference to the unserviceability of SA Air Force (SAAF) aircraft, which is a problem made worse by the backlog of maintenance on the specified aircraft coupled with the challenges experienced by Denel, what (a) is her department doing to mitigate the challenges which, if not addressed urgently, might reduce the SAAF's capabilities to that of only a dismal Airwing status and (b) are the relevant details of the point at which certain types of aircraft will have to stop flying?

Reply:

a) Engagements between the Department of Defence and National Treasury are taking place to address the funding challenges of the SANDF in general. Capabilities will gradually come to a grinding stop if both State Owned Entities like Denel and the DOD are not adequately resources to fulfil on their various mandates. The decision to stop flying will be determined by airworthiness and aviation safety considerations. The SAAF has qualified personnel that monitor and certify aircraft airworthiness and safety.

27 November 2019 - NW1225

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

(1)In view of the absence of funding to provide for replacement, maintenance and upgrading of strategic defence assets and the soon-to-be-depleted Special Defence Account, (a) what does the (i) SA Army, (ii) SA Air Force and (iii) SA National Defence Force plan to do to stay relevant and be able to protect the integrity of the Republic and the safety of our citizens and (b) what are the contingency plans of the department in respect of deploying the army during disasters; (2) whether she has found that the (a) SA Army, (b) SA Air Force and (c) SA National Defence Force are able to (i) execute their operational mandates and (ii) sustain the Republic’s defence capabilities under the current funding levels?

Reply:

The question requires a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence as it relates to the ability of the Defence Force to execute its Constitutional mandate.

27 November 2019 - NW949

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

With reference to her answer to oral question 44 on 4 September 2019 in the National Assembly, what serious challenges does the SA Air Force have with (a) airlift capabilities and (b) the serviceability of our aged aircraft fleet, which is threatening the sovereignty of South Africa, in view of the fact that the essential aircraft maintenance was previously provided by Denel?

Reply:

 

a) The information requested in part (a) of this question refers to SANDF capabilities and can only be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

(b) Underfunding has a direct effect on:

  1. Denel Aeronautics losing key personnel
  2. The continual degradation of maintenance and repair capability and capacity has a pronounced effect on the Air Transport Fleet of the SAAF.
  3. Inability to fully fund all maintenance contracts has direct effect on survival of local industry like Denel ito the Maintenance and Repair Organisation (MRO) of the C130
  4. SAAF not fully funded to operate aged and new fleet

 

26 November 2019 - NW1466

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

(1)Whether she has been informed of the complaint against the members of the SA National Defence Force by members of the community at Phongolo in KwaZulu-Natal (details furnished); if so, what action does she intend to take; if not, (2) whether she intends to institute an internal investigation; if not, why not; if so, (a) how and (b) on what date will the investigation take place? NW2732E

Reply:

(1) The SANDF received a report of complaints from some community members of Phongolo in KZN with allegations of illegal house raids and searches that were conducted by members of the SANDF. The allegations central issue was the fact that the SANDF conducted the house raids illegally without the SAPS and or search warrants and are also alleged to have ill-treated some community members during the raids. The affected community members opened criminal cases at the local Police Station and laid charges of illegal conduct, theft and assault by these SANDF members.

(a) The SANDF duly responded by conducting an internal investigation and verifying these allegations and community complaints. The internal investigation found the allegations to be true and the complaints of the community members to be genuine.

(b) The SANDF will allow the legal process to take its course as per the criminal cases currently in the hands of the SAPS. The SANDF has already commenced with the internal Military Disciplinary processes on those involved and those found responsible will be dealt with accordingly and to ensure that such unbecoming conduct does not happen again.

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, and the SANDF, unreservedly condemns this unbecoming conduct by these members and condemns it in the strongest terms. This is not how we conduct our business and, we as the organisation charged with the responsibility to protect and defend the people of South Africa, tender our sincere apologies to the affected community members as well as to the entire community of the area of Phongola.

We can assure the citizens of this country that the SANDF members deployed to conduct operations are given the necessary training on all aspects relevant to their tasks during the conduct of operations. Furthermore, continuous training is conducted on the conduct and discipline expected of all members of the SANDF. We will not allow a few members to tarnish the good work done by the bulk of our dedicated and disciplined members.

As a consequence of this incident, the Minister of Defence has directed the CSANDF to ensure that effective disciplinary actions are undertaken against those found to have been responsible. Furthermore, the CSANDF is to ensure that effective measures are put in place to prevent similar incidents in future.

01 November 2019 - NW1227

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

(1)With the approved deployment of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) under Operation Prosper for a further period until 31 March 2020, (a) how was the approved budget of R64 127 000,00 and a strength of 1 322 determined, (b) from which cost centre within the SANDF budget will the deployment be funded, (c) how was the average cost of R8 084, 59 per person per month determined, (d) why is the average cost lower than for the previous period of deployment, (e) what are the details and justification of the spending for each of the cost items and (f) what are the merits and justifications for only deploying one extra company, thus a probable total deployment of only three companies compared to a potential deployment of six companies; (2) (a) why are the soldiers deployed under Operation Prosper still accommodated in hangers and not in proper sleeping facilities with bathrooms and (b)(i) by what date and (ii) how will this situation be redressed to accommodate the total deployment until 31 March 2020 in humane and similar facilities where they have been deployed from?

Reply:

The information requested relates to the operations on the ground of the SANDF troops deployed in the Western Cape and can only be disclosed in a closed session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence due to its security sensitive nature.

29 October 2019 - NW680

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

With reference to the media briefing by Lieutenant General Lindile Yam on 7 August 2019 (details furnished), (a) what plans (i) does she have to prevent the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) defence capabilities from total failure as implied by the specified person, (ii) have been developed to address the SANDF budget allocation and (iii) have been developed to downscale and rightsize her department and all the units of the SANDF to comply with the realistic defence requirements as determined by section 200 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, based on the realistic defence threats to and priorities of the Republic and (b) on what date will the plans be submitted to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans?

Reply:

1. The prevention of the SANDF capabilities from declining further is entirely dependent on the budget allocation of the Defence Force, which has been decreasing at an alarming rate over the years with a negative impact of the entire capabilities.

2. The Defence Review 2015 has been developed has been developed with a plan to arrest the decline of the SANDF but unfortunately no funding has been received to attend to the declining capabilities of the SANDF.

3. The Defence Review 2015 is the defence policy document which has all the tenants of the requirements of the Defence Force. The defence has become progressively unsustainable in terms of declining defence allocations and have reached a point where the Republic must decide on the kind of Defence Force it wants and can afford.

14 October 2019 - NW577

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

(1) What number of (a) security, (b) cleaning and (c) general worker personnel who work in buildings, facilities and all other infrastructure are employed through tenders obtained by their companies or third party service providers at Armscor; (2) What total amount does Armscor spend from their current budget on security, cleaning and general worker personnel who work in their buildings, facilities and all other infrastructure

Reply:

Total spend:

 

2017-18

2018-19

Cleaning

R 7,407,245

R 5,251,498

Security

R 8,146,346

R 1,833,180

Refer below for details.

14 October 2019 - NW1121

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

With reference to her reply to question 950 on 8 October 2019 and in view of the fact that the normal retirement age of members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is 60 years, (a) why has a certain person (name and details furnished) not gone on retirement and vacated the position, (b) is the specified person a full time member of the SANDF or acts as a reserve force member, (c) on what date will the specified person retire and (d) what is the (i) process and (ii) timelines for the appointment of a replacement commander?

Reply:

(a) Section 11 of the Defence Act, 2002 (Act No 42 of 2002), read with section 52(1) of the Act, makes provision for a uniformed member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to serve in the regular force after reaching the statutory retirement age of 60 years for a period up to the age of 65 years on a contract. On 1 June 2016, the President extended the term of service of General Shoke for a period of 5 years.

(b) A regular force member.

(c) 31 May 2021

(d) Section 202(1) of the Constitution provides as follows: “The President as head of the national executive is Commander-in-Chief of the defence force, and must appoint the Military Command of the defence force”. Section 13(1) of the Defence Act, 2002 (Act No 42 of 2002), provides that the President must appoint the Chief of the South African National Defence Force (CSANDF).

08 October 2019 - NW950

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

(a) What number of generals who are currently serving in all arms of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) are above the compulsory exit age of 60 years, given that 60 years is the compulsory retirement age for members of the SANDF, (b) what is the (i) the rank, (ii) name, (iii) age, (iv) entry and/or employment date of each specified general, (c) what are the reasons for allowing their continued service beyond the official exit age and (d) what are their actual exit and/or retiring dates of exit?

Reply:

Section 11 of the Defence Act, 2002 (Act No 42 of 2002), read with section 52(1) of the Act, makes provision for a uniformed member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to serve in the regular force after reaching the statutory retirement age of 60 years for a period up to the age of 65 years on a contract.

30 September 2019 - NW679

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

Whether, with reference to the dire financial position of the SA National Defence Force (details furnished), she has commissioned a new defence review based on the realistic defence requirements as determined by section 200 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) on what date will this new information be submitted to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans?

Reply:

1. No I have not commissioned a new Defence Review.

2. We have concluded that the Defence Review 2015 is, and remains, the National Policy on Defence and it should not be withdrawn. The bulk of the Defence Review 2015 remains valid and appropriate even though it was predicated on a steady-stream of improving defence allocation.3. 

3. Furthermore, we have concluded that I, as the Executive Authority responsible for Defence, must engage strongly with Cabinet and Parliament on the ever-declining defence allocation.

(a) This must include discussion, debate and resolution on the “Level of Ambition” that South Africa wants, including the shape and size of the Defence Force.

(b) The emerging security risks, contingencies and priorities that we require the Defence Force to be prepared for.

(c) The concomitant defence capabilities that we must fund and support.

26 September 2019 - NW951

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

Whether her department will begin the acquisition process for urgently needed aircraft replacement for the (a) essential maritime patrol and reconnaissance capabilities at 35 Squadron, (b) essential cargo, logistical and personnel C130 carriers at 28 Squadron in support of the various operations and (c) essential helicopter capabilities, particularly of the Oryx and Rooivalk; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the steps she intends to take to provide the specified critically essential services?

Reply:

(a – c) No. The acquisition of main equipment to replace the aging fleet in the South African Air Force is inextricably linked to the budget allocation. There is currently no funding on the SCAMP to initiate the process for the acquisition process or to procure the replacement of the ageing fleet.

17 September 2019 - NW271

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

What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

The Guide for Members of the Executive, dated 8 June 2019, distinguishes between private and administrative offices of the Executive.

a) R58 895 425

b)

Remuneration per annum at specified salary level

Salary level

Job title

Qualification

Job description

1251183

L 14

Chief of Staff

Bachelor of Social Science

Managing staffing and administration in the Ministry, as well as external and internal operations for the Minister/Ministry

1073202

L 13

Private Secretary

Masters in Business Administration

Manage the diary of the Minister, travel bookings and submissions

1073202

L 13

Medial Liaison Officer

Bachelors Degree

Spokesperson for the Minister

1269960

L 14

Community outreach officer

Matric / 15 years experience working in Ministries of Home Affairs, Correctional Services and Defence

Manages special Ministerial projects and stakeholder management

895272

L 12

Assistant appointment secretary

Matric / 15 years experience working in Ministries of Home Affairs, Correctional Services and Defence

Assist with the diary and bookings of the Minister

537432

L10

Secretary/receptionist

Matric / 17 years experience working in Ministries of Home Affairs, Correctional Services and Defence

Fulfil secretarial and receptionist duties

1105641

L13

Portfolio Coordinator

National Diploma: Public Relations

A post created for Ministers responsible for more than one portfolio – in this instance Defence and Military Veterans; including the following entities/Boards Armscor; Castle Control Board; Reserve Force Council; Defence Force Service Commission

16 September 2019 - NW791

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

(1)(a) What amount was spent on advertising by (i) her department and (ii) state-owned entities reporting to her in the (aa) 2016-17, (bb) 2017-18 and (cc) 2018-19 financial years; (2) what amount of the total expenditure incurred by (a) her department and (b) state-owned entities reporting to her went to (i) each specified black-owned media company and (ii) outdoor advertising in each specified financial year and (c) on outdoor advertising by her department and state-owned entities reporting to her went to each black-owned media company in each specified financial year?

Reply:

CASTLE CONTROL BOARD

1)(a)(ii): (aa) 2016/2017 – R 19 768.57

(bb) 2017/2018 – R 0.00

(cc) 2018/2019 – R 0.00

(2)(b): for (i) 2016/2017 – R 12 768.57 (Independent Newspapers) and

R 7 000.00 (Ruben Richards Foundation)

(ii) 2017/2018 – nothing spent

(iii) 2018/2019 – nothing spent

(2)(c): for (i) 2016/2017 – nothing spent

(ii) 2017/2018 – nothing spent

(iii) 2018/2019 – nothing spent

MILITARY OMBUD

The Office of the Military Ombud incurred the following expenditure:

Ser No

Description

FY2016

FY2017

FY2018

 

a.

b.

c.

d.

1.

Advertisements: Recruitment

R360000.00

-

R480000.00

2.

Marketing Adverts

-

-

-

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

1 (a) Advertising Spent for Department of Military Veterans:

(aa) In 2016–17 was R 3 715 781, 51

(bb) In 2017-18 was R 2 626 847, 19

(cc) In 2018–19 was R 2 463 573, 20

REPLY:

DEFENCE FORCE SERVICE COMMISSION

1.  (a)(ii): (aa) 2016/17 – Nothing spent

(bb) 2017/18 – nothing spent

(cc) 2018/19 – nothing spent

2. (b): (i) 2016/17 – Nothing Spent

(ii) 2017/18 – Nothing spent

(iii) 2018/19 – Nothing Spent

3. (c): (i) 2016/17 – Nothing spent

(ii) 2017/18 – Nothing spent

(iii) 2018/19 – Nothing spent

 

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

Costing of Advertorials, Publications, Awareness Campaigns

2016

350 Years of the Castle of Goodhope: A year-long commemoration of the History of the Castle.

Armed Forces Day - Port Elizabeth: February 21, 2016

Recruitment

R4,878,248.93

2017

Centenary of the sinking of the SS Mendi (100 Years)

Armed Forces Day – Durban/Pietermaritzburg: February 21, 2017

MSDS Recruitment

R8, 539,139.24

2018

Minister of Defence Budget speech 2018

United Nations Peacekeepers Day

Return of the SS Mendi Bell

Centenary of Battle of Squarehill (100 Years)

Armed Forces Day – Kimberley: February 21, 2018

Notices – July 2018

Calling on Nominees for Defence Force Service Commission

R4, 547,874.00

2019

Minister of Defence Budget Speech 2019

Armed Forces Day – Cape Town: February 21 2013

Notices – Repeat May 2019

Calling on Nominees for the Defence Force Service Commission

R7,941.180.43

16 September 2019 - NW613

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

What (a) total amount has (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her spent on (aa) cleaning, (bb) security and (cc) gardening services in the (aaa) 2017-18 and (bbb) 2018-19 financial years, (b) amount was paid to each service provider to provide each specified service and (c) total amount was paid to each of the service providers?

Reply:

CASTLE CONTROL BOARD:

Question 613 (a)(ii): for (aaa) 2017/2018

(aa) Cleaning – nothing spent

(bb) Security – nothing spent

(cc) Gardening services – nothing spent

(a)(ii): for (bbb) 2018/2019

(aa) Cleaning – nothing spent

(bb) Security – nothing spent

(cc) Gardening services – nothing spent (kindly note that a service provider was appointed on 1 March 2019 through a Department of Defence process and funding at the cost of

 

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

REPLY

a) (i) During 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years, the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) spent R2 887 000.00 on Security Services utilizing a service provider named Red Alert. The Department did not utilize a service provider for both cleaning and gardening services.

(aaa) During 2017/18 financial year, DMV spent R1 448 000.00 on security services – service provider called Red Alert

(bbb) During 2018/19 financial year, DMV spent R1 439 000.00 on security services – service provider called Red Alert

(b) and (c) as per the below table, total amount paid per service provider per year is indicated

Services Provided

FY2017/18

 

FY2018/19

Service Provider

Cleaning

Nil

Nil

No service provider

Security

R1 448 000.00

R1 439 000.00

Red Alert

Gardening Services

Nil

Nil

No service provider

 

MILITARY OMBUD

The Office of the Military Ombud incurred the following expenditure:

 

Ser No

Description

FY2017/18

FY2018/19

a.

b.

c.

1.

Cleaning Services

R214,310.58

R253,275.66

2.

Security Services (Property)

-

R93,150.00

3.

Gardening Services

-

-

 

 

DEFENCE FORCE SERVICE COMMISSION

REPLY

(a) (ii): (aa) 2016/17 – Nothing spent

(bb) 2017/18 – Nothing Spent

(cc) 2018/19 – Nothing Spent

b)         Nothing

c)         Nothing

                       

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

REPLY:

  1. The Logistics Division (Directorate Procurement Management) obtained the data from State Information Technology Agency (SITA), through the office of Director Budget Control (DBC) at the Finance Management Division (FMD). Transactions paid by cash account system (CAS) are excluded, as neither the Finance Management System (FMS) nor any other system in the Department of Defence (DOD) makes provision for the retrieving/obtaining of such information. The amount spent by the DOD on (aa) cleaning, (bb) security and (cc) gardening services in the (aaa) 2017/18 and (bbb) 2018/19 financial years is as indicated in Appendix A. The amount that was paid to each service provider for to provide each specified service is indicated in Appendix B and the total amount that was paid to each of the service providers is as indicated in Appendix C.

ARMSCOR

REPLY

06 September 2019 - NW737

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

(1)Whether her department hosted any event and/or function related to its 2019 Budget Vote debate; if so, (a) where was each event held, (b) what was the total cost of each event and (c) what is the name of each person who was invited to attend each event as a guest; (2) whether any gifts were distributed to guests attending any of the events; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the gifts distributed and (b) who sponsored the gifts?

Reply:

a) The department didn’t host any event related to the 2019 budget vote

b) No gifts were distributed.

02 September 2019 - NW491

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

(1)(a) Why was the deployment of troops only authorise for a two-month deployment instead of the several requests for a three-month deployment of soldiers in the Cape flats, Cape Town, (b) why were only about 400 soldiers deployed while the President authorised 1320 soldiers for deployment and (c) how will the R23 million authorised for the deployment be spent; (2) was the R23 million provided for in the existing budget of her department and the SA National Defence Force; if not, (a) how and (b) from where will the R23million be funded; if so, what will be the impact on the already underfunded budget?

Reply:

1. (a) The duration of the employment was decided upon following consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

(b) The Presidential Minute and the letters sent to Parliament indicated the employment of a total of 1320 soldiers, but for operational reasons the commanders can utilise the number of soldiers required at any given time during the operation.

(c) On allowances and operational support.

2. No

(a) and (b) through a reprioritisation with the existing budget allocation of the Department.

30 August 2019 - NW492

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

(1)Whether refunds from the United Nations are based on actual strength in the form of soldiers and equipment instead of the serviceability of deployed equipment as was reported to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (details furnished); (2) whether she has found that the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo secured and/or ring-fenced a refund for her department or the SA National Defence Force; if so, what are the costs and comparable revenue amounts for the past five financial years?

Reply:

1. The United Nations reimbursement is based on actual strength of personnel on the ground and the serviceability of equipment deployed. If a vehicle is not serviceable during Contingent Own Equipment (COE) inspection, a penalty is levelled against the vehicle and the would be drivers and supporting staff of the vehicle also. (For example serviceability of the vehicle can be questioned as a result of a missing mirror or fire extinguisher).

2. To date claims made to the United Nations amount to RM840 that includes flying hours, manpower and amunitionThe following depicts the comparable re venue amounts for the past five financial years:

Ser No

Year

Paid

Refund

a

b

c

d

01.

2014

1 155 767 612

356 088 658

02.

2015

1 035 291 166

451 096 017

03.

2016

985 927 629

887 227 546

04.

2017

886 945 063

509 547 709

05.

2018

820 494 657

320 612 050

30 August 2019 - NW490

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

(1)With reference to the name changes of the Reserve Force Units, (a)(i) what was the costs related to the name change process to date and (ii) from which budget allocation was the process funded and (b)(i) what will the financial costs be related to the (aa) changing of names, (bb) new insignia including beret/cap badges and (cc) flashes as well as colours and (ii) from which budget allocation will this be funded; (2) is this a higher priority expense as compared to the expense to increase troops and resources deployed to our land borders and the replacement of essential SA National Defence Force equipment; if not, why is this expenses still prioritised over the essentially required expenses?

Reply:

1. a (i) No additional costs were incurred since the start of the name review process because information briefs and guidelines provided for the process, were issued during the normal scheduled meetings with SA Army Formations and Units. Furthermore, detailed instructions and guidelines were also issued as part of the normal processes in the SA Army.

(ii) The process was funded from the normal command and control budget without any additional costs allocated for the name review process.

b. It is estimated that the total cost to implement the approved Name Review Process will be Rm8. This includes new insignia beret/cap badges, colours as well as other requirements for example signage etc. This objective is currently one of the many lower priority unfunded objectives of the SA Army. The implementation of the Name Review Process will be phased in over a three-year period, as and when funds become available.

2. This is not a higher priority expense compared to the expense of increased troops and resources deployed to our land borders and the replacement of essential SANDF equipment. That is why this objective is currently indicated as unfunded. It will be phased in over a three-year period as and when funds become available.

This objective must be seen as a transformational imperative that is long outstanding. Although it cannot be phased in immediately due to budget constraints, just the mere fact that these new names have been approved in principle will contribute to unit cohesion and ensure that the rich and diverse military history of South Africa is now reflected in a balanced way. It was the aim of the name review process to address this omission in a sensible and innovative manner, without any additional costs, where in stakeholders were consulted over the past 5 years.

08 August 2019 - NW356

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

What (a) number of official international trips is (i) she and (ii) her deputy planning to undertake in the 2019-22 medium term expenditure framework, (b) will the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose and (iv) number of persons who will travel with the delegation be and (c) is the detailed breakdown of the expected cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other expenses in each case

Reply:

We are not able to quantify information on the future related to official trips for both the Minister and the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. All the international trips are undertaken as per invitation from host countries and serve a specific purpose in relation to the responsibilities and/or tasks assigned to the Executive Authority by the President of the Republic of South Africa.

05 August 2019 - NW149

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

In light of the shooting incident that recently took place along the border in the area of Ndumo in KwaZulu-Natal between South African soldiers and Mozambican Border Police resulting in the death of two Mozambican border police officials, what does she intend to do (a) with the findings of the board of inquiry’s investigation, (b) with the South African soldiers who are found to be involved in something untoward in respect of the incident and (c) in order to ease tensions and resume good relations between the two countries?

Reply:

1. (a) A Joint Multinational Board of Inquiry (BOI) was convened where the representatives of the respective countries involved will investigate the shooting incident. The agreed upon target date for the completion of the BOI is 30 July 2019. The normal legal process will be followed thereafter to ensure that the findings will be implemented.

(a) As this matter is sub judice at this stage, till the completion of the BOI, this question cannot be answered, but it needs to be mentioned that all members will be dealt with in accordance with the findings and recommendations of the BOI.

(b) With the SANDF agreeing to convene a Multinational Board of Inquiry to investigate the incident, it demonstrates the intention to be completely transparent and not to cover up any wrongdoing on the side of the SANDF members that resulted in the sad incident. This approach is believed to contribute and to ensure continued good relations between the two countries.

30 July 2019 - NW59

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

What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties and (iii) facilities does her department currently (aa) own and (bb) rent, (b) what is the value and purpose of each (i) owned and (ii) rented property, (c) for how long has each property been rented and (d) from whom is each property rented?

Reply:

1. (a) The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans has under her custodianship seven thousand one hundred and fifteen buildings, fifty eight properties (land portions) and one hundred and forty six facilities.

More work is being done to determine the value and the purpose for which each one is used.

 

30 July 2019 - NW208

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

What is the total (a) number of government employees in her department who are being paid whilst on undue and/or extended periods of sick leave and (b) cost to the Government in each case?

Reply:

(a) According to the Department of Defence policies on Leave of Absence; (i.e. DODI/PERS/18/2000 Edition No: 3A and DODI/POL&PLAN/00036/2001 Edition No 2) a member has 36 working days normal sick leave in a three-year cycle where after a member is entitled to temporary and permanent incapacity leave. The previous sick leave cycle started on 01 January 2016 and ended on 31 December 2018. A total of 5 290 DOD officials were on extended periods of sick leave over the period 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

(b) The estimated cost of the extended sick leave for the reporting period is R123 110 000.

 

30 July 2019 - NW207

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

What is the total number of vacancies in (i) her department and (ii) each of the provincial departments reporting to her and (b) by what date will the vacancies be filled in each case?

Reply:

(a) (i) The strength for the FY2019/20 of the Department of Defence (DOD) is 74,901. The strength at 30 June 2019 was 74,053. The vacancy rate at 30 June 2019 was 848 (military and civilian).

(b) The military posts will be filled in January 2020 with the annual Military Skills Development Intake and the civilian posts are advertised and filled according the Department of Public Service and Administration processes.

 

30 July 2019 - NW145

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

Whether, with regard to the current and future plans to roll out a 5G network, a term used to reference the next generation of high-speed mobile networks, she has been informed of the potential risks to humans when the specified technology is turned into use for weapons; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she has any plans in place to ensure that the technology will not be used against the Republic’s civilians; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the plans?

Reply:

  • S/No
  • 5G Network
  • Service Provider/s
  • Monetary Value
  • Remarks
 

a.

b.

c.

d.

1

The current and future plans to roll out a 5G Network, a terms used to reference the next generation of high- speed mobile networks. She has been informed of the potential risks to humans when the specified technology is turned into use of weapons; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details.

None

None

The Department of Defence (DOD) is not rolling out nor planning to roll out any cellular network technologies including 5G in the foreseeable future. Currently the DOD is only a user of the cellular systems and services through Telkom, Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C.

       

The custodian of the roll out of 5G network resides in the Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services and thus that department is responsible for the total scope of the threat assessment, risk management and related counter measures across the entire scope of the network sphere in the

entire country”.

2

Whether she has any plans in place to ensure that the technology will not be used against the Republic’s civilians; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the plans?

None

None

The DOD is aware of the identified dangers and risks pertaining to the 5G technology roll-out. It is the DOD policy to invest only on tested and matured

technologies that are safe in accordance to international best practices.