Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu accompanied by her deputy, Thabang Makwetla, and the leadership of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have visited the National Joint Operations Centre (NATJOC) and the National Health Operations Centre (NATHOC) for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Her office says that after receiving a briefing from all law enforcement agencies, observing the operations and interacting with officials the Minister is more than convinced that the FIFA family and all fans are in good hands. “Both the NATJOC and NATHOC are fully operational and active for twenty four hours every day; all law enforcement agencies are on top of the situation and very much alert.
“I am more than impressed by the modern technology and the coordination between all law enforcement agencies and departments involved, this is one of the biggest operations we have ever managed as a country. I am convinced that all the planning and the implementation lessons and experience we have gathered over will enhance our war against crime and poverty after the World Cup,” she said.
After a demonstration of the operations of the NATHOC the Minister said one of the legacies of the World Cup can be to continue the NATHOC and give daily support to provincial hospitals and clinics after the World Cup. The Minister thanked the officers for making themselves available to work extra hours and for sacrificing their family time to make their country proud. ” I know that you have been planning this operation for many years, you have sacrificed your family time for your country, and on behalf of the President and Cabinet we would like you to extend our appreciation to your family for allowing us as a country to benefit from your service, you make us very proud of the work that you do every day under a lot of pressure, the real work has begun, let us stay focussed and make our country proud,” she told the staff at both centres.
The NATJOC is situated at an undisclosed military base in Pretoria* and is equipped with the most sophisticated technology at South Africa’s disposal, spokeswoman Brigadier Sally de Beer said last month. The centre, under police command, hosts operations officers of the South African Police Service, SANDF, the various metro police, intelligence agencies and representatives of various government departments.
All security operations relating to the 2010 FIFA soccer World Cup – including the close protection of the 32 teams and the FIFA family, as well as various visiting heads of state and dignitaries, policing at ports of entry, route security, inner city security, stadium security, air and maritime defence and general crime prevention duties – will be commanded from the NATJOC.
De Beer said the NATJOC answers to the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS), which was mandated by Cabinet to secure this major international event. “The South African Police Service is the lead department of the NATJOINTS, but the support and assistance of all partners and role players will ensure that security is optimal at all venues and that law enforcement is visible without being intrusive,” she said.
The NATJOINTS reports to a Directors General Committee comprising of the National Commissioner of the SAPS, the Chief of the SANDF, as well as the Directors General of the intelligence agencies and other Government departments. Provincial Joint Operational Centres (PROVJOC’s), in place all nine provinces are functioning in a similar manner.
* defenceWeb is aware of the location and has decided not to make it public.