Parliamentary Question: VIP lounge at OR Tamb Airport

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National Assembly

Written reply

Question 541

Mr M H Steele (DA) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:

What was the (a) total cost and (b) breakdown of such costs (i) to establish her department’s VIP lounge at the OR Tambo International Airport, (ii) since 1 April and (iii) budgeted for the 2009-10 financial year? NW655E

REPLY

The Department of Defence’s VIP lounge at O R Tambo International Airport was established and budgeted for by my predecessor. The matter was covered in the Department’s Annual Report and the following statistics are available to the Member.

Statistics of the delegations accommodated at DoD VIP Lounge (ORTIA) during international and domestic arrivals since it commenced operations in Sep 08 to Mar 10 are as follows:

Serial No Date Department of Defence Principals Foreign Dignitaries Total

MoD Secretariat SANDF SADC Other SAPS
1. Sept 08 to Mar 10 100 55 361 174 252 41

TOTAL 516 467 983

Statistics of the delegations accommodated at DoD VIP Lounge (ORTIA) during international and domestic departures since it commenced operations in Sept 08 to Mar 10 are as follows:

Serial No Date Department of Defence Principals Foreign Dignitaries Total

MoD Secretariat SANDF SADC Other SAPS
1. Sept 08 to Mar 10 99 52 353 144 233 21

TOTAL 504 398 932

The total number of the delegations accommodated at the DoD VIP Lounge (ORTIA) for both departure and arrival during the official visits from and to the RSA over the period September 2008 to March 2010 is 1 915.

Since its establishment in 2008, the DoD VIP Lounge (ORTIA) has ultimately contributed to the development of defence relations with regional and international partnerships and has demonstrated the DoD’s competency to play an integral role in the establishment and sustainment of defence diplomacy globally.
(a) (i) The total cost to establish the department’s VIP lounge is R9, 494 219m.
(b) & (ii) Breakdown of such costs:

No. Item Cost
1. Construction & Interior fit-out costs RM5,406 581
2. Hiring of floor space for one year RM884 104
3. Installation & Maintenance of security system RM1, 330 81484
4. Vehicle costs RM1, 872 720



TOTAL RM9, 494 219
(b) (iii) The total budgeted amount for the 2009-10 F