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Real term decline in ‘disastrous’ SA defence budget

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South Africa’s 2024 budget allocation has been revealed to Parliament this afternoon, and it does not bode well for the Department of Defence and...

Slight increase in medium term defence budget

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South Africa’s Department of Defence (DoD) is getting slightly more funding from National Treasury, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has revealed in his medium-term budget...

Steady increase in Armscor funding

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State-owned defence and security materiel agency Armscor is being allocated more money over the next three years to carry out its mandate, as per...

No real increase in already stretched defence budget but boost for...

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National Treasury has not given the Department of Defence (DoD) any real increase in funding over the next two years, but R3 billion is...

ISS: Can Nigeria finance its war against insurgents?

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Nigeria now spends more than it earns just to service its debt – a crisis that raises serious concerns about the government’s ability to...

Department of Defence underfunded by 50%

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With a budget of R49 billion for the current financial year, the Department of Defence (DoD) is underfunded by 50%, as its full cost...

Salaries still the biggest item in the defence budget

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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s maiden budget tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday revealed over 60% of the defence allocation goes to salaries, but...

SANDF moving from mandate driven to budget driven defence force

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, believes that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is moved from being a mandate driven...

Defence oversight committees note Mapisa-Nqakula’s affordable defence ambition plan

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The man at the helm of Parliament’s defence oversight committees sees the development of a policy position on an affordable level of defence ambition...

Defence spending cuts will affect operational ability – DA

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Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentarian and eagle-eyed watcher of Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DoDMV) Kobus Marais is adamant inappropriate and...

Defence Minister bemoans R15 billion budget reduction

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Introducing her budget vote in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula emphasised the impact of an over R15...

Ninth defence budget for Mapisa-Nqakula

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When Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula rises today to deliver her defence budget she does so as the second longest serving defence minister since the defeat of...

Lack of progress on defence projects questioned

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With the defence budget vote in the National Assembly fast approaching, questions about the lack of progress on projects, maintenance and the financial wherewithal...

SA defence budget falling to only .86% of GDP

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The South African defence budget for 2021/22 is just .86% of GDP, down from .97%, causing experts to caution that the reduction will have...

Cabo Delgado insurgency highlights need for adequately funded defence force

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The Islamist insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province demonstrates the need for states to develop and fund capable defence forces able to respond to...

Lion’s share of defence budget goes to salaries

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Compensation of employees (CoE) is the largest cost driver in the Department of Defence (DoD), according to the latest Estimates of National Expenditure (ENEs)...

No real change in defence budget

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Miserly is probably the most apt word to describe the just over R2 billion increase Finance Minister Tito Mboweni “gifted” the defence budget when...

Defence budget must take SANDF constitutional role into account

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Thomas Walters, Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow deputy defence and military veterans minister, told Parliament certain criteria need to be applied to the South African...

Parliament hears defence budget is insufficient

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South Africa’s defence budget has, according to Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, “been cut beyond the bone” with major acquisition projects for...

SANDF facing another tough defence budget vote

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The South African Department of Defence is facing more bad news in terms of its budget allocation. Although it has been granted an additional...

China’s defence budget likely to grow despite economic cost of coronavirus

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China, facing what it sees as increasing military pressure from the United States, is likely to shrug off the pall hanging over its economy...

Time for a long, hard look at the SANDF

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The latest defence budget can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, according to African Defence Review director Darren Olivier, who maintains the...

Minimal increase in defence funding

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Yet another indicator, if needed, that defence is the poor relation in the SA government “family” came with not a single mention of the...

Parliament’s defence committee worried about SANDF budget

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Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence says it is concerned by the continued reduction of the budget of the South African National Defence Force...

Speech: Defence and Military Veterans Budget Vote 2018-19

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Introduction of the debate on the Defence and Military Veterans Budget Vote 2018 in the National Assembly, by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister...

Global defence spending rose 3% in 2017; continues to grow

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An increasingly multi-polar global security environment buffeted by healthy economies and ongoing military modernization cycles contributed to a 3.3 percent year-on-year rise...

New acquisitions proposed in Nigeria’s 2018 defence budget

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Nigeria's military aims to acquire a number of new assets with its proposed 2018 budget, including small boats, tugs and helicopters. The proposed...

U.S. Congress passes $618.7 billion annual defense bill

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The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise version of an annual defense policy bill on Thursday without controversial provisions such as requiring...

Japan eyes fighter drone, seeks record defence budget amid China assertiveness

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Japan aims to develop a prototype drone fighter jet in two decades with private sector help in a technology strategy that focuses...

Defence Minister looking outside National Treasury to fund the SANDF

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South Africa's shrinking defence budget looks set to shrink even further in the coming few years and this has necessitated Minister Nosiviwe...

Salaries are the largest component of the defence budget

The lion's share of the defence budget for the 2016/17 financial year will go to paying the salaries of the around 80...

The South African military machine needs more money – MPs

Both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) have made it clear South Africa's military needs to be properly...

DA calls for Defence Review to be revised

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Outspoken opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) MP David Maynier wants to see the Defence Review withdrawn from Parliament and revised to the point...

China to raise defence budget 10.1 percent this year in high-tech...

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China will boost its military spending by 10.1 percent this year to 886.9 billion yuan ($141.45 billion) as it cranks up its...

Defence allocation in National Budget not enough

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was all smiles and bonhomie toward Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, his Cabinet colleague tasked with the defence portfolio, during his...

Minister looks to Defence Review as Defence Force saviour

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is so hard pressed to continue and maintain its current level of commitments that only...

Defence department gets more money from mid-term budget

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The Department of Defence and Military Veterans has received an additional R400 million from Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who allocated the extra...

Analysis: the SANDF as funding allows

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The 2013 defence budget is again entirely disconnected from what government expects of the Defence Force. The result will be a continued...

Nigeria’s defence budget expected to grow by 22% over next four...

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Nigeria's defence expenditure, estimated to be US$2.1 billion this year, is expected to grow at 22% a year to reach US$4.76 billion...

More clarity on SCAMP, capabilities needed: Maynier

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Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans David Maynier wants greater clarity on military capital acquisition and capability....

Sisulu fights for an increased defence budget

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Defence departments are normally associated with wars, but the South African Department of Defence is fighting a foe that every citizen can...

Improved support for soldiers, families

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South African military salaries will be adjusted to recognise years of service in an effort aimed at improving their low salaries and...

Speech: LN Sisulu, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans: defence budget...

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­Chairperson, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Honourable Members, Invited guests, Ladies and Gentlemen I know now what Marcus Brutus felt when, in urging...

Speech: Deputy Minister of Defence and Military veterans: Thabang Makwetla: defence...

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Chairperson, Honourable Members of the Defence Portfolio-Committee and the House at large, Dignitaries and distinguished stake-holders in the Public Gallery, Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela says,...

Speech: Deputy Minister of Defence and Military veterans: Thabang Makwetla: defence...

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Chairperson, Honourable Members of the Defence Portfolio-Committee and the House at large, Dignitaries and distinguished stake-holders in the Public Gallery, Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela says,...

Maynier: Defence in crisis while Minister Sisulu engages in political war...

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Note to readers: This is an extract of a speech to be delivered by DA Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans,...

Tone but not words

The tone,but not the words of an answer to a Parliamentary question leaves one in no doubt the defence department is being...

Cabinet cuts MSDS numbers

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Cabinet has decided to reduce the allocation of funds in the defence budget for the military skills development system (MSD) as a...

“Cost of living” increase

Last week's defence budget can be best described as yet again just providing the military a "cost of living increase". The...

J Ops budget up

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National Treasury documents show the budget of the Joint Operations Division is increasing at an average annual rate of 11.1% and is...

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