Mr S.J. Masango (DA) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:
(1) Whether there is any registered project in place to acquire new aircraft to transport very important persons (VIPs): if not, why not; if so, what (a) is the name of the project, (b) is the estimated cost of the project and (c) are the further relevant details.
(2) Whether she will make a statement on the matter.
No project is registered. Strategic planning is an ongoing process to determine the future required capability of any of our services. Our VIP fleet is in need of urgent attention and we often have to charter planes when our fleet is under maintenance. Cumulative costs would make it cheaper to replenish it, especially in view of the fact that more former Heads of State require our services than in 1994.