SA defence exports up

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South African defence exports climbed about R517 million year-on year from 2009 to 2010, the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) says. Figures released to Parliament show SA exported equipment worth R8 329 433 683 (R8.329 billion) to 89 countries in 2010 versus R7 812 176 882 (R7.812 billion) to 96 nations in 2009 and R5.898 billion to 88 states in 2008.

Export permits

Year

Number of countries

Number of export permits

Value

Remarks

2010

89

3536

R8 329 433 683

2009

89

3883

R7 812 176 882

2008

88

2895

R5.898 billion

2007

Figures not publicly available

2006

Figures not publicly available

2005

Figures not publicly available

2004

2237

Full figures not publicly available

2003

1988

Full figures not publicly available

The NCACC approved contracting permits worth R27.719 billion last year versus R82.501 billion for the calendar year 2009. In addition, it approved 39 marketing permits last year versus 45 in 2009. No details on values or countries were released in either year. In 2010, 65 companies were registered with the NCACC versus 85 in 2009. Ten conveyance permits were also issued in 2010.

Contracting permits

Year

Number of countries

Number of contracting permits

Value

Remarks

2010

83

345

R27 719 382 572

2009

83

371

R82 501 892 182

2008

90

370

2007

Figures not publicly available

2006

Figures not publicly available

2005

Figures not publicly available

2004

388

Full figures not publicly available

2003

326

Full figures not publicly available

Import permits

Year

Number of countries

Number of import permits

Value

Remarks

2010

69

2592

R3 959 894 292

2009

72

2003

R3 636 416 687

2008

61

1635

R6.361 billion

2007

Figures not publicly available

2006

Figures not publicly available

2005

Figures not publicly available

2004

1466

Full figures not publicly available

2003

972

Full figures not publicly available

The NCACC report became public on Friday, just out of the timeframe laid down in the National Conventional Arms Control Act that stipulates its tabling in Parliament by March 31. This contrasts with last year’s report that was published just within the deadline – March 29 – and the 2008 report only tabled in September 2009. The 2003 and 2004 figures were only tabled in Parliament in August 2005 and made public in 2007. The 2005, 2006 and 2007 reports were tabled in Parliament but are not yet public as they were classified by the NCACC. The 2008 report made it into the public domain despite being classified “confidential”.

Also see:

Fact file: SA defence exports, 2010

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Media statement by Chairperson of the NCACC, Minister Jeff Radebe: sale of arms to Libya was compliant with the law

SA did sell arms to Libya: NCACC

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