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SANDF on sick parade

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Post by Richard Cranium » Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:31 pm

SANDF on sick parade
Bobby Jordan | 07 October, 2014 12:04


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South Africa's military forces are buckling under the strain of crippling budget and mechanical setbacks.

This despite the acquisition of high-tech fighter jets, frigates and submarines in the controversial arms deal that has cost the taxpayer an estimated R70-billion in today's terms.

In a week where an SA Air Force (SAAF) Dakota crash claimed 11 lives in the Drakensberg, the Sunday Times established that the military has dumped a long-standing air force maintenance contract, apparently due to budgetary constraints.

The latest revelations, in a performance report submitted to parliament's defence portfolio committee last week, include:

The 26 new Gripen fighter jets, which cost R10-billion, clocked only 173 flying hours between July 1 and September 30 this year, or an average of only two hours a month for each plane - while pilots need to fly at least 10 hours a week;

The navy only managed 1373 hours at sea during this time, a fraction of the annual target of 35000 sea hours;

Of the four new navy frigates which cost R6.9-billion, only one is operational; and,

Of the three new submarines, which cost R5.35-billion, only one is operational.

An upgrade of the military's Oryx helicopters, the workhorse of the defence force, is also on hold due to a dispute with arms company Denel.

The quarterly assessment suggests the military's biggest achievement is border patrol and providing backup to government departments such as the police.

The SANDF is also heavily committed to peace-keeping efforts with troops involved in UN operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and the Central African Republic.

The defence committee meeting confirmed serious problems within the naval dockyard in Simon's Town.

Responding to committee members' questions about revelations in the Sunday Times last month, SANDF head of strategy, Admiral Alan Green, said there was "a capacity problem" with the frigates.

"The dockyard doesn't have the capacity to turn around these ships in what we would term a short maintenance cycle," he said.

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Post by Gooneybird » Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:21 pm

SICK LEAVE is SERIOUS BUSINESS "NOWADAYS"

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Post by Raffles » Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:09 pm

The SANDF is also heavily committed to peace-keeping efforts with troops involved in UN operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and the Central African Republic.


This is to protect Zumass' diamond interests.  :kissmyass: :kissmyass: :kissmyass:  :efyou: :efyou: :efyou:


Hindsight is what you see from the tail gunner's position. :D

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