DoD hosts first finance indaba


“Financial misconduct, fruitless and wasteful expenditure can bring the National Defence Force to a halt” reads of full page exhortation in SA Soldier, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) official publication.

With Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula due to present her budget vote in the National Assembly on May 19 the first Department of Defence (DoD) finance indaba recently took place at Wonderboom military base.

Attended by about 130 delegates the indaba stemmed from the Plenary Defence Staff Council’s realisation to involve DoD financial stakeholders and those from National Treasury to assist in making best use of the financial allocation granted to the Defence Ministry and the SANDF by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

In his opening remarks Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube, stressed that every member of the DoD should understand and realise the importance of sound financial management.
“DoD members have to commit themselves to utilise allocated resources economically and wisely in developing a smart defence force,” he told delegates.

Siphiwe Sokhela, DoD chief financial officer, pointed out some of the challenges facing the country’s uniformed civil service which included deployments and replacement of equipment. He urged all present to safeguard resources and operate efficiently, reminding delegates of the need to collect information because statistics were necessary to plan for proper financial management.

Gulube said incidents of financial mismanagement “must” be reported and those who are found guilty will be prosecuted.

Sokhela said the indaba would become an annual feature on the DoD calendar.

Of the first indaba he said it had provided an opportunity for the operational side of the DoD (the SANDF) to be learnt about and be better understood by the support side (the DoD).
“As support we need to understand what we need to support on within the prescripts of the law and the Public finance Management Act,” he said.