Minister’s Budget Vote

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The draft Defence Review 2012 will be the main focus of Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu’s Budget Vote on May 17.

Released earlier this month, the review paints a vision for the future. The questions now are how that will be turned into reality and at what pace. Sisulu will likely give some guidance on this in the Budget Vote, her annual speech to Parliament in which she says how she would like to spend the money allocated her department.

Historically this is often at variance with what the National Treasury will fund, leading to the dynamic interaction of political will and bureaucratic won’t that characterises government everywhere.