SANDF to get R5 billion worth of infrastructure upgrades
The Department of Defence will spend around R5 billion over the next few years on expanding and maintaining South African National Defence Force (SANDF) infrastructure. This will cover the construction and refurbishment of military health facilities; the refurbishment of military bases and units; and improvements to accommodation, kitchen and security facilities over the medium term, according to the Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) 2017 Annual Performance Plan. Significant projects include the construction of a base hospital in Port Elizabeth; and the refurbishment of the Army and Air Force Headquarters in Pretoria, the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, the 2 Military Hospital in Cape Town, the 6 South African Infantry Battalion in Grahamstown, the Air Force Bases in Bloemspruit and Overberg, and A-Mess military base in Thaba Tshwane. Fixed equipment will be replaced and kitchens will be upgraded at a projected 31 military bases over the medium-term. Unserviceable infrastructure will be demolished at Tempe Military Base in Bloemfontein and the School of Engineers in Kroonstad. The budget for this work is an estimated R3.1 billion over the medium term and this is budgeted for mainly under the General Support programme, the DoD stated.
The Defence Works Formation, which was established in the 2012/13 financial year to maintain and repair department’s facilities, will perform facility maintenance functions throughout the country, with R2.3 billion budgeted for this over the medium term. A number of projects will be undertaken by the Defence Works Formation units over the medium term, including the upgrading of the Sandhurst Building in Thaba Tshwane, the construction of houses at the Military Academy in Saldanha, and the renovation of military quarters at Camden Military Base in Mpumalanga, the DoD Annual Performance Plan stated. One of the other infrastructure projects of the SANDF is the continued upgrade of the naval station in Durban to a fully-fledged naval base.