National Defence Industry Council is a reality
Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube, has been named as chairman of the newly formed SA National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) and he has set a challenging agenda for the 15-strong council and its various work streams, currently set at eight. The new defence body was officially brought into existence today by Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who told around 300 invited guests it was an historic day for the South African defence industry and its ongoing relationship with the Department of Defence (DoD) and, in turn, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF). “After years of gruelling work and having obtained the approval of both the Cabinet and Parliament for implementation of the Defence Review we are today fulfilling one of the key recommendations emanating from Chapter 15 of the Review – the establishment of the NDIC.” According to Mapisa-Nqakula the NDIC originated from an appreciation that the local defence industry could not exist and develop effectively on its own without the targeted support and direction of government in the form of the Ministry of Defence. “This is especially relevant in an environment where local industry has to rely heavily on export sales for sustainability due to limited local defence spending potential.