Funding for Defence Review recommendations is a challenge – Security Cluster

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Implementation of “some” Milestone One recommendations in the Defence Review could present a challenge to the Department of Defence (DoD) because the medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) does not make provision for funding them, according to the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster.

The cluster also warns further funding to ensure the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is properly equipped and staffed in future will, in all likelihood, not be forthcoming from National Treasury “due to prevailing economic conditions”.
“This means consideration for alternative funding models must be taken,” a statement issued by the cluster following it most recent meeting said.

The DoD will nonetheless focus on arresting the decline of the SANDF – Milestone One of the Review – for the remainder of the current medium term strategic framework (MTSF) which ends in 2019.
“Structures and processes have been firmly put in place to reach a resourced Milestone One at the end of the current MTSF. A Defence Review over-arching implementation framework, aligned with the National Planning, Budgeting and Reporting Cycle, has been completed and approved.
“An oversight body, the Defence Review Implementation Project Team (DRIPT) consisting of both the Defence Secretariat and the Military Command was established to ensure departmental integration during planning and implementation,” the statement said, adding SANDF Commander-in-Chief, President Jacob Zuma had, in his State of the Nation address last year “recognised the need to fund approved defence commitments from the fiscus”.