R341m for border duty, R943m for peacekeeping

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The National Treasury has allocated R341.721 million to the Department of Defence to safeguard the nation’s borders, and some R943.833 million to building peace and security elsewhere in Africa.

“‘Support to the People’ provides for the internal deployment of forces in support of the South African Police Service and other government departments. The subprogramme has a total budget of R341.7 million, of which 47.5% will be used for compensation of employees and 50% for repairs and maintenance and new machinery acquisition,” the Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) say.

The ENE adds South African National Defence Force successfully deployed troops to Musina, Pontdrift, Macadamia and Ndumo to execute border safeguarding tasks. “3831 illegal foreigners and 241 criminals were arrested, and four stolen vehicles and six weapons, as well as narcotics were recovered.” This year further troops will be deployed to the Kruger National Park and the Free State-Lesotho border.
“The significant growth of 257.9% in the ‘Support to the People’ subprogramme in 2010/11 is mainly due to an additional allocation of R200 million for the defence force’s support to the South African Police Service during the hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and an additional R25 million for support provided during the 2010 public service strike,” ENE adds. “The increase of 33% in 2012/13 and 22.7% in 2013/14 in the same subprogramme is due to the allocation of additional funds for border safeguarding. This is also the reason for the 21.6% and 17.6% increase in expenditure on goods and services [under the Force Employment programme] in 2012/13 and 2013/14.

Elsewhere in Africa, the Regional Security subprogramme provides for the deployment of forces in support of South Africa’s commitment to regional, continental and global security. Treasury allocated the Joint Operations Division of the SANDF R943.8 million for this task, of which
39.3% will be used for compensation of employees and 17% for operating expenditure.

Overall, Force Employment expenditure increased from R1.6 billion in 2007/08 to R2.3 billion in 2010/11, at an average annual rate of 13% and is expected to increase to R2.7 billion over the medium term, at an average annual rate of 5.7%. “The increases in all the subprogrammes between 2009/10 and 2011/12 are due to the improvements to conditions of service for defence force members. This is also the reason for the 35.7% increase in compensation of employees over the same period.

Transfers and subsidies are expected to increase at an average annual rate of 15.7% over the medium term, to provide for the development and acquisition of specialised equipment used by the Special Forces. The ENE adds the Special Forces subprogramme has a total budget of R550.8 million, of which 49.4% will be used for compensation of employees. “In the first half of 2010/11, Special Forces provided support to marine and coastal management by providing a surveillance team deployed in the Betty’s Bay area in Western Cape.”

Audited

Revised estimate

Estimated

FY2006/7

FY2007/8

FY2008/9

FY2009/10

FY2010/11

FY2011/12

FY2012/13

FY2013/14

Strategic direction

R101.1m

R50.592m

R56.481m

R69.592m

R91.766m

R108.383m

R106.632m

R111.534m

Operational

Directon

R99.1m

R160.203m

R143.962m

R169.680m

R248.874m

R261.448m

R280.247m

R300.963m

Special Operations

R321.2m

R343.536m

R373.223m

R417.219m

R488.790m

R550.834m

R579.781m

R616.077m

Regional security

R135.4m

R733.642m

R1092.187m

R1091.256m

R1094.124m

R943.833m

R996.224m

R1086.355m

Support to the People

R163.4m

R293.199m

R234.726m

R94.902m

R339.621m

R341.721m

R454.322m

R557.408m

Defence capability management

R15.5m

R10.813m

R13.331m

R43.891m

R19.021m

R35.334m

R18.858m

R19.900m

Totals

R1581.185m

R1.581bn

R1913.910m

R1.913bn

R1886.540m

R1.886bn

R2282.196m

R2.282bn

R2241.553m

R2.241bn

R2436.064m

R2.436bn

R2692.237m

R2.692bn

Change to 2010 budget estimate

up

R373.326m

up

R244.411m

up

R349.749m

up

R491.175m



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