SANDF, broke and without purpose, marches onward to disaster

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SANDF, broke and without purpose, marches onward to disaster

Fundamental and very toxic breakdown between Treasury and the department of defence has done untold damage

​Darren Olivier

SA’s armed forces are in their worst crisis in decades, driven to the brink of a disastrous loss of strategic capabilities by a fateful combination of an ever-shrinking budget, poor leadership and a dire mismatch between the missions it is required to perform and the resources it is given to do so.

Without an urgent intervention in the next few years we risk the unmanaged loss of several strategic capabilities in ways that will make it difficult, if not impossible, to resurrect them in the near to medium-term future. At best, the SANDF will become largely undeployable, with the personnel component of the budget swallowing up all operational, training and acquisition funds.

This is over and above the looming disaster that is the potential collapse of Denel and much of the other SA defence industries, which will dramatically increase the SANDF’s costs by requiring it to import and outsource more from foreign providers and rob the country of substantial skills and export revenue...

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