DoD outlines R3 billion worth of upcoming defence works projects
The Department of Defence (DoD) will spend R3.3 billion over the medium-term on expanding and maintaining infrastructure, in a programme that will cover the construction of medical health facilities, the upgrading of facilities for disabled people, the construction and upgrading of training facilities, improvements to accommodation, kitchen and security facilities. The department in a May presentation to Parliament said that the DoD large infrastructure projects include the construction of a base hospital in Port Elizabeth, and the refurbishment of 6 SA Infantry Battalion in Grahamstown, the Air Force Base in Bloemspruit, the SA Army and Air Force headquarters in Pretoria, and the NCOs’ mess in Thaba Tshwane. Priority small projects include the refurbishment of the Overberg Air Force Base in Bredasdorp, 1 Tactical Intelligence Regiment in Potchefstroom, Salisbury Island Naval Base in Durban, and the Military Academy in Saldanha. In an effort to improve the living conditions of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members, fixed equipment in military kitchens will be replaced at 33 military bases. Unserviceable infrastructure will be demolished in Thaba Tshwane and on Malgaskop at the Military Academy in Saldanha. The total budget for this work amounts to R3.3 billion over the medium-term. As part of the maritime security strategy, the South African Navy is re-establishing the Durban Naval Base, which is currently a Naval Station. Over the medium-term an amount of R35 million is budgeted in the Maritime Defence programme to install ICT systems, refurbish security fences, and create warehouse and maintenance capacity.