Armscor support for the South African defence and security apparatus is aptly illustrated by the 16 tenders the procurement agency issued last month.
They range from the provision of tripods for the 12.7mm Browning machine gun through to 7.62 x 51 mm (M993) armour piercing ammunition as well as wanting a private sector company to bid for maintenance and repair of Gecko vehicles used by Special Forces.
Five tenders were issued for telecommunication equipment ranging from the supply and delivery of antennas and cables to the Sailor 250 system and HF tactical communications.
A tender also went out from the Erasmusrand head office of Armscor for casual contract administrative personnel to work at the Armscor dockyard in Simon’s town.
A 19 seater bus is needed at the Alkantpan artillery test range in Northern Cape which the agency has also decided needs a new weapons store and must have its current store facility upgraded.
Among tenders that were made public in April was one for dress lace-up shoes for men and another for “ceremonial guard buttons for generals and the SA Army band”.
Since January 2012 Armscor has not been issuing tender documents to potential vendors. Tenders are advertised only on the Armscor tender bulletin and companies interested have to specifically request documentation.
“Offers received from companies whose offer documents were not obtained from Armscor will not be considered,” a disclaimer on the Armscor website states.
Retired SA Navy chief, Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu, was appointed chairman of the Armscor board from May this year. He heads up a new board consisting of Thuthukile Skweyiya, Dr Moses Khanyile, Bethuel Mobu, Sesi Baloyi, Mpumi Zikalala, Ndumiso Tyibilika, Raymond Vokwana and Virginia de la Hunt.