Mr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:
(1) How long has the submarine SAS Manthatisi already been lying in the dry dock;
(2) whether she will consider sending it to Germany for repairs; if not, why not; if so, (a) why, (b) when and (c) what are the repairs in Germany expected to cost;
(3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?
The SAS ‘MANTHATISI is presently in reserve, and has been so since October 2007. The submarine is being prepared to become the first Type 209 Submarine to be overhauled in Simon’s Town Naval Dockyard. The SAS ‘MANTHATISI will be undergoing an overhaul in accordance with the laid down schedules for this type of submarine. The scope of work for the overhaul of SAS ‘MANTHATISI is currently being determined.
The SA Navy is not giving consideration to sending the submarine to Germany for repairs. The requisite capabilities are being sourced and developed locally, and these capabilities will form the foundation for not only the maintenance of SAS ‘MANTHATISI but also the subsequent overhaul of SAS CHARLOTTE MAXEKE AND SAS QUEEN MODJADJI I, as scheduled in the SA Navy Maintenance and Upkeep Plan for the Medium to Long Term Expenditure Framework.