J Ops budget up


National Treasury documents show the budget of the Joint Operations Division is increasing at an average annual rate of 11.1% and is expected to increase to R3.2 billion over the medium term. This is an substantial increase over the average annual rate of 6.8% over the last three years.

The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) document (Vote 22, Defence and Military Veterans) shows the projected increase in expenditure in the years to 2014/15 “is due to the allocation of additional funds for border safeguarding.”

The ENE adds this “also explains the projected average annual increase of 11.2 per cent in spending on compensation of employees from R1.1 billion in 2011/12 to R1.6 billion in 2014/15, as well as an average annual increase of 13.6 per cent in spending on goods and services from R927.8 million to R1.4 billion over the same period.”

Meanwhile, the projected increase in expenditure in the Regional Security subprogramme from R1 billion in 2011/12 to R1.4 billion in 2014/15 is based on taskings, including participation in the United Nations peace support operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations/African Union peace support operation in Sudan and the provision of training to the armed forces of the Central African Republic. “The defence force also executes an operation in support of the Mozambican defence force with counter piracy operations in the Mozambique Channel.”

The ENE also show the Special Forces Brigade has a total budget of R553.8 million, of which 50 per cent was used for compensation of its 1169 staff.