SA’s defence ops need boost

The word “maritime” is mentioned 215 times in the 344-page document.

SA’s defence ops need a major boost

In her budget speech, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula described her department’s financial woes as a “a serious mismatch between the current funding allocation and the expectations placed on the department of defence”.

Budget constraints have crippled the SA National Defence Force, forcing it to refrain from performing its key functions, which are defined by Defence Review 2015 as the strategic need for maritime capability.

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