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Budget cuts a recipe for SANDF disaster

“The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is now in a full-blown crisis,” is African Defence Review (ADR) director Darren Olivier’s curt summation of the...

Lack of defence funding will reduce operational output

A single sentence in the latest Department of Defence (DoD) annual report sums up the increasingly worsening situation of South Africa’s armed forces and...

In the eye of the storm – Defence against the pandemic

Speech by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula during a mini plenary session to debate the adjusted Department of Defence budget vote in...

Defence salaries a “critical challenge” – portfolio committee

While welcoming additional funding for the national defence force “earmarked for COVID-19 related activities”, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) again...

Additional funds for police

Minister Bheki Cele’s police service received an additional R3,7 billion thanks to an adjusted budget allocation from National Treasury for the “the visible policing...

DoD Op Notlela budget request slashed by R1.5 billion

Those tasked with overseeing finances at the Department of Defence (DoD) to ensure the national defence force effectively contributes to the National State of...

China defence spending rise at three-decade low, still to grow 6.6%

China’s defence spending this year will rise at the slowest rate in three decades but will still increase by 6.6% from 2019, as the...

StatsSA government spend groupings show defence is low priority

It’s common knowledge defence and spending on it is a poor relation when it comes to government budget planning and execution. Just how far down...

Treasury/DoD disconnect a problem for defence funding – Marais

Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow defence and military veterans minister Kobus Marais maintains a “disconnect” between National Treasury and the Department of Defence (DoD) is...

Suggestion for future defence funding to be mandate, not budget, driven

A joint Department of Defence (DoD)/National Treasury (NT) task team paints a gloomy picture in terms of defence funding other than the allocation given...


Joint Standing Committee on Defence shows short memory span

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) publicly acknowledged the “exceptional leadership” of outgoing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General Solly Shoke last...