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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...

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