Tight budgets forced the cancellation of two scheduled multinational military exercises in the April 2010-March 2011 financial year. That has emerged from the written answer to a Parliamentary question asked by Congress of the People Member of Parliament LJ Tolo.
In her answer, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu noted the Department of Defence Strategic Business Plan for the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2013 foresaw 21 joint interdepartmental and multinational military force preparation exercises during that period.
“The eight exercises that were planned for the period 2010/11 were conducted within the financial constraints of the Department of Defence budget.” The two exercises cancelled “due to budgetary constraints by the foreign participants” were Oxide, set down for Reunion in November 2010, and Transoceanic that should have taken place in August 2010. Oxide is a bi-annual air, land and sea exercise involving French forces based in the Mascarene island. THe next event is scheduled for September next year. Transoceanic is an annual command post exercise held in August to practice naval control and guidance of shipping (NCAGS).
See also: Fact file: Upcoming SANDF exercises