R3 billion plus to be spent on upgrading military facilities
The Eastern Cape will see two major military infrastructure projects over the current national budget’s five year medium term expenditure framework. The first will see a start made on construction of a base hospital for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in Port Elizabeth and the second is the refurbishment of facilities at 6 SA infantry Battalion, the SA Army’s specialist airborne assault unit at Grahamstown. Other infrastructure projects listed in the Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) for 2016/17 include refurbishment work at both the SA Air Force and SA Army headquarters in Pretoria as well as AFB Bloemspruit and the NCO’s mess in Thaba Tshwane. Small infrastructure priority projects will also be undertaken at AFB Overberg in Bredasdorp, 1 Tactical Intelligence Regiment in Potchefstroom, Salisbury Island Naval Base in Durban and the Military Academy in Saldanha. Unserviceable infrastructure at the Academy will also be demolished as will some in the country’s military capital, Thaba Tshwane.