Armscor aims to acquire goods and services for the South African security services via 71 tenders during the 12-month period ending on 31 March next year.
The Pretoria-headquartered defence and security acquisition agency is listed as a State-owned enterprise (SOE). Unlike others it does not reside under the Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Department of Public Enterprises and is funded by a grant portion of the national defence budget.
According to Armscor’s annual procurement plan (APP), its tender plan announcement “is a strategic intervention to improve the overall outcome of various bid processes by providing advance notice to potential bidders to plan and prepare to compete for business with Armscor at an n envisaged time, subject to availability of funds”.
As with all else acquisition-wise at whatever level of government, BBBEE (broad-based black economic empowerment) is paramount. The APP notes “Armscor prefers to do business with bidders at least BBBEE level four compliant and has a vested interest in the advancement of enterprise and supplier development (ESD) beneficiary entities at least 51% black owned by youth, women, military veterans and disabled people”.
Some projects listed are basic day-today ones for businesses in any number of economic sector activities such as digitisation of records, replacing computer equipment, unified computing system (UCS) replacement, multi-functional printers and external legal advisors. The latter, an Armscor pensioner confidentially told defenceWeb, is probably an outcome of the high number of legal actions taken against employees in some instances apparently on “fabricated charges”.
On the nitty-gritty of defence equipment and materiel the list is thin with the Simon’s Town dockyard set to receive new equipment ranging from specialist services for submarine refits and “survey of submarine” to replacement brakes for the synchrolift, capstan repair and servicing, a forklift and “procurement of docking wood”.
The landward force of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will be able to better keep its fleet of Olifant tanks clean if a suitable supplier is found for an item termed plain and simple “tank cleaning equipment”.
General industrial equipment including compressors, cherry pickers, scaffolding, generators are also on the “to get” list as well as specifically Dyna and a tipper trucks.
Tenders will also go out for equipment needed to further develop the shark barrier and underwater beacon locator systems developed by Armscor engineers.