Parliamentary Question: DoD Works Regiment




Mr D.C. Smiles (DA) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:

1. What is the budget for the previous Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period for the Works Regiment of the SA National Defence Force.
2. (a) What are the different programmes and/or projects in which this regiment is involved and (b) what is the budget for each of the programmes and/or projects for the specified period
3. What quality assurance measures are in place for the works programmes? NW1312E


Introduction. The Defence Works Capabity was still in the project phase during the previous financial year 09/10. The establishment of the Defence Works Capability and its transfer from the Army to Chief Logistics will take place during this financial year. During the previous fin year the Item 10 (salaries) and other force number related cost of students in the re-skilling programme were carried by Services. During this new fin year these cost will be carried by the Defence Works Capability. There are at present 442 members being re-skilled, 13 re-skilled, 13 Regular Force members, 3 Public Service Act Personnel and 44 Reserve Force members actively involved in this project.
1. Below are the budgetary allocation figures as requested:



FY 09/10

FY 10/11


Item 10

R31, 327, 252

R44, 600, 000


R17, 668, 098

R49, 305, 000


R48, 995, 350

R93, 905, 000

Kindly note that the above is the allocated budget, but the actual requirement to comply with the re-skilling program for the total number of students (who will now become part of the WC responsibility) is significantly higher. For every 100 students the item 10 requirement RM15 and operating/re-skilling cost is R10
2.a. The Defence Works Capability is mainly involved in the re-skilling programme, there are at present 450 members busy with re-skilling, of these 450 members 19 have been qualified as Site Supervisors and 90 artisans will qualify within this calendar year. If budgetary constraints can be overcome it is envisaged that at leased a 150 per year can be trained. This will allow the new WC to be fully staffed over a period of ten years, any increase in the number will reduce the time.
2.b. The Defence Works Capability have been involved in the following projects: kindly note that the material cost for these projects was provided by the entity requiring the service.
i. Hospice (Lenz) – completed.
ii. A-Mess (150 rooms upgraded) – completed.
iii. Project Lebaka Offices-completed.
iv. OHS Building- completed.
v. Maintenance work at the Military School of Justice- completed.
vi. Accommodation Facilities Personnel Services School – in process.
vii. Luken/Mentz Buildings (SA Army College)- in process.
viii. Ammunition stores at 93 Ammo Depot – in process.
3. a. The organisation structures of the new Defence Works Capability will have quality assurance personnel available in each region that will report directly to the Officer Commanding of the regional works unit. These quality assurance personnel will be fully trained as Condition Assessors with OHS certification.
b. All maintenance and repair programmes that the Defence Works Capability will embark on will be done in accordance with project management principles and processes.
c. NDPW will still remain responsible for final quality certification.