Four days after Defence and Military veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula went public on the soon to be established National Defence Industry Council (NDIC), top Armscor and AMD personnel committed to a “new focus on improving efficiencies”.
The meeting is part of new Armscor chair retired Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu’s stated intention of strengthening relationships between the South African defence industry and the acquisition agency to the benefit of South Africa’s military personnel.
“For the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to continue safeguarding the sovereignty of South Africa and on its peacekeeping missions on the continent it is of the utmost importance it is equipped with the necessary systems in time and on time. It is thus crucial that Armscor and the local defence industry work together to meet this need,” Mudimu said after the meeting with senior representatives of the SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD).
The meeting saw issues and concerns discussed, including industry support and acquisition policies which impact directly on both the development and sustainability of the local defence industry. This led to a decision that existing Armscor/AMD sub-committees to continue work on finding “effective and efficient collaborative solutions,” Mudimu said.
Dean Mogale, AMD chair, said after the meeting his association and Armscor were “forging an open and engaging communication platform”.
“This is not only to the benefit of the customer – the SANDF – but for the defence industry as a whole. We are committed to transforming the defence industry in support of government’s strategic imperatives, especially in the areas of BEE compliance, skills development, training and support of SMMEs.”
Both Mudimu and Mogale said their respective organisations were committed to using the upcoming Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition at AFB Waterkloof as a showcase for the South Africa defence industry and the acquisition processes and expertise within Armscor.