2018 marks the 50th year since Armscor’s registration as a company and the state-owned defence and security acquisition agency will be marking the golden jubilee under the theme “50 years towards a sustainable future”.
The year’s events and work will be centred on the four strategic goals identified at the beginning of last year. They are revenue generation, cost management, efficient and effective delivery and stakeholder management.
Explaining the rationale behind 2018 as its golden jubilee year, an Armscor spokesman acknowledged “the evolution of the organisation goes back further than 1948 when it was the Advisory Committee on Union Defence Force Equipment Requirements”.
“Later on the Munitions Production Board from 1964 which later split into the Armaments Board of SA and Armaments Development and Production Corporation of SA ,ultimately leading to Armscor. Armscor was initially responsible for both manufacturing and acquisition of defence matériel until Denel was formed to be responsible for manufacturing and the Armscor Act (Number 51 of 2003) proclaimed that the organisation will focus on acquisition as its core business.”
This will be the second time around for Armscor to mark a golden jubilee. A retired employee points to the then Armscor newsletter Krygcom, specifically the October 1998 edition and its then corporate journal Salvo, edition two of 1998 titled “50 years of excellence”.
In 1998 the then Armscor chairman’s awards, an annual event to honour outstanding achievements by Armscor personnel, was shelved and replaced by a historical overview of major projects undertaken over the then 50 years of Armscor’s existence. It took the form of a commemorative video and photographic exhibition. Salvo 2/1998 was, according to the Armscor newsletter of the time, published “to coincide with the historic occasion” and gave “a more detailed and factual account of Armscor, its history and triumphs during it existence to date”.
Krygcom goes on to report the then Minister of Defence Joe Modise referring to Armscor as being “highly adaptable” and “a national asset”.
“He thanked Armscor for the contribution it has made to the defence industry and applauded its 50 years of service ‘in fact, 50 years of excellence’,” the newsletter noted.
Later this year Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will be launching the Defence Industry Fund and Defence Charter, which will then be gazetted by the Department of Trade and Industry. These initiatives resulted from partnerships with Armscor.