Parliamentary Question: DoDMV: Defence office in Cuba


Mr D J Stubbe (DA) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:
(1)       Whether her department opened a new Defence Office in Cuba; if not, why not; if so, what is the (a) name and (b) rank of the military attaché, (c) how many staff support the military attaché and (d) what is the (i) total cost and (ii) detailed breakdown of such costs for opening the Defence Office;
(2)       whether any (a) residences and (b) vehicles were acquired for the (i) military attaché and (ii) staff; if not, why not; if so, in each specified case, what kind of (aa)(aaa) residence and (bbb) vehicles and (bb) what was the total cost and (cc) what is the detailed breakdown of such costs;
(3)       what is the purpose of the Defence Office in Cuba?                                NW881E

(1)            Yes.
                        (a)            Colonel T.J. Majola.
                        (b)            Colonel.
                        (c)            One
                        (d)            (i)            R3,360,500.00
                                    (ii)            Item 10 (Foreign Service Dispensation):R800,000.00
                                    Once off cost (Furniture and travel):            R950,000.00
                                    Operating Costs:R1,610,500.00
(2)       (a)            (i)            Yes for military attaché.
                        (ii)            No for support staff.
(aa) Residence is rented, according to the norm of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) for an estimate amount of R43,711.00 per month (depending of the foreign currency).
                                    (aaa).            No residence for supporting staff.
(b)            (i)             Yes for military attaché.
(ii)         No for support staff.
(bb)            Vehicle for the military attaché was acquired, a Toyota

Fortuner 3.0 (Manual) for the amount of R312,646.64).
                                                (bbb)   No vehicle was acquired for the staff.
(3)       To strengthen the relationships between the South African and Cuba military with regard to Defence Industry, Military Medical co-operation and training.