Parliamentary Question: Peacekeeping

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QUESTIONS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTION 910

Mr L.J. Tolo (COPE) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:
1. Whether the increase in her projection for the number of person days for international operations from 156 381 in the 2009-2010 financial year to 515 516 in the 2010-11 financial year is owing to 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer tournament, if not, what are the reasons for increase, if so what are the relevant details?

2. Internally the SANDF will deploy some 7150 personnel in support of the SAPS in securing the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament over the period 31 May to 16 Jul. In addition to this deployment the SANDF will commence its return to borderline protection duties by deploying an initial Battalion along the RSA’s borders with Zimbabwe and Mozambique.NW1054E



REPLY
1. Providing assistance to SAPS in securing 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament will not affect the number of person days allocated to international operations. As such the SANDF will continue to deploy some 2000 personnel to the UN Missions in the DRC and Sudan during this financial year. It will also continue with its training assistance operations in the DRC and CAR. As per its Short Term Force Employment plan the SANDF will also maintain forces in reserve as its pledge to the SADC Standby Force for unforeseen eventualities.
2. Internally the SANDF will deploy some 7 150 personnel in support of the SAPS in securing the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament over the period 31 May to 16 Jul. In addition to this deployment the SANDF will commence its return to borderline protection duties.