Border Management Agency coming this year
Written by defenceWeb, Friday, 05 March 2010
Addressing journalists yesterday at a briefing on the activities of Cabinet's Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster for the next year, Radebe said the agency “will improve the security of our borders and ports of entry and promote cooperation of security agencies in the region and meanwhile boosting the economic trade relations. It shall also bring about improved management of population registers in Southern Africa.”
Radebe's is the first word on the agency since State Security minister Siyabonga Cwele referred to it his budget vote last July. Cwele said "deficiencies in the control and security of our borders have been ... a challenge for some time now. These emanate mainly from lack integration by departments at our ports of entry. They are facilitated by corrupt officials; they are exploited by trans-national crime and people smuggling syndicates.”
"Notwithstanding the improvements made by interdepartmental initiatives led by the Border Control Coordination Committee (BCOCC), our efforts still lack sufficient synergy. We must be in a position to maintain our territorial integrity, expedite the legitimate movement of people and goods, whilst deterring and identifying illegal or hostile cross-border movement,” Cwele said when announcing his department had been charged “with the responsibility of coordinating the process towards the development of a framework for the establishment of the BMA...”
In his inaugural State of the Nation Address (SONA) last June, President Jacob Zuma said his government would pay “the most serious attention” to combating crime. “Amongst other key initiatives, we will start the process of setting up a Border Management Agency (BMA).”
Zuma made no mention at all of the agency in his second SONA last week. There is one brief reference to it in the police budget section of the Estimates of National Expenditure released last month by the National Treasury. The document notes the establishment of a border management agency to “manage migration, customs and land borderline control services,” but does not provide any further explanation.
Radebe also confirmed that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will begin taking over responsibility for borderline security from the police on the first of next month. “From April 1 2010 the SANDF will commence with the deployment of four companies on the South African side of Zimbabwe and Mozambique borders,” he said.
Deputy defence minister Thabang Makwetla said this amounted to about 540 personnel. He added to a question that the deployment of the SANDF to the Lesotho border was dependent “on how quick the budget that the defence force needs for this deployment is going to be made available.”
frican National Defence Force last week Wednesday briefed the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on its plans to return to the country's borders after a decision by Cabinet last November.
According to a briefing by the Chief of Joint Operations (J Ops), Lieutenant General Themba Matanzima and his Chief Director for Operations, Rear Admiral Philip Schöultz to Parliament last month, the military will re-introduce foot- and standing patrols, observation and listening posts, vehicle control points, reaction force and follow up operations (to include the extended border area) and depth operations (“road blocks to a depth of 20km to the rear of the borderline in conjunction with the SAPS”) in addition to intelligence operations to collect information on illegal cross border activities.
Matanzima and Schöultz added the SANDF would return to the borders in a phased manner, starting with the Zimbabwean and Mozambican borders. Under Phase 1 of Operation Corona four companies will be deployed as well as two engineer troops (platoons, about 30-40 soldiers each) to repair and maintain the Nabob fence.
In the second phase, a further four companies as well as an engineer squadron (company) will thicken deployments along the Zimbabwe and Mozambican frontier. During Phase 3,the number of deployed infantry companies will climb to 11 and deployments will begin along the Swazi and Lesotho borders. Phase 4 will see force levels climb to 14 infantry companies with deployments along the Free State and Eastern Cape boundaries with Lesotho. The police will continue their much-criticised border patrols until relieved by the military.
Top stories this week
- New military veterans organisation has R300 million to disburse
- SANDF deaths near the 30 mark in four months
- Speech: Deputy Minister of Defence and Military veterans: Thabang Makwetla: defence budget vote
- Four more companies for border duty
- The corrupt being prosecuted: Radebe
- Govt committed fighting cyber-crime
- Statement: Radebe: JCPS cluster media briefing
- SA, Namibia talk defence, security
- Statement: Jeff Radebe on South Sudan
- Fund to help veterans launch businesses
Airbus Defence and Space delivers electronics for German Armed Forces
by AIRBUS Defence & Space, 30 September 2014
The company delivers broadband transmit/receive modules to the German Armed Forces to undergo testing.
DF-A0047 handheld direction-finding antenna
by Poynting Antennas, 30 September 2014
The handheld direction-finding antenna is a also a transmitter hunting antenna in the 20MHz to 8 500MHz band.
Saab Grintek Defence makes EW parts for Swedish Gripen E
by Saab, 29 September 2014
Saab Grintek Defence will develop and manufacture parts for the electronic warfare system for Gripen Es.
Saab Grintek Defence to provide Naval Laser Warning System
by Saab, 23 September 2014
Development and production of the system for Germany's Rheinmetall Waffe Munition will take place in Cape Town.
Saab wins LEDS-50 MK2 launch order
by Saab, 18 September 2014
The LEDS-50 MK2 provides additional protection to the vehicle and crew by detecting the presence of latest generation laser threats.
Denel positive about participating at 8th Africa Aerospace and Defence show
by Denel Corporate, 18 September 2014
The company aims to reconfirm its leadership within the hi-tech aerospace and defence markets in Africa.