Defence Facilities and CSIR presents course at JSB Wonderboom

Article and Photo by Pte Kabelo Tsogang, Logistics Division Photojournalist

Having been mandated and given a mammoth task to provide appropriate, ready and sustainable facilities to the Department of Defence and to ensure optimal strategic facilities management support to the Department of Defence in support of service delivery at all levels and participation in planning and execution of exercises and operations. They are to ensure the efficient life cycle management of Fixed Assets within the DOD at large.

It has long been the dream of Department of Defence Logistics Division to develop such course for logisticians as it would place the Department of Defence and the SA National Defence Force at the forefront of Logistics on the African continent and the international community.

The Logistics Division Directorate Facilities, through the Works Formation provide an appropriate, ready, and sustained Facility Management Capability to the Department of Defence and Military Veterans by means of integrated systems for Real Estate Management, Maintenance, Construction, Military Integrated Environmental Management Service and a system for facility Education, Training and Development.

The Officer Commanding Joint Support Base Wonderboom, Col Johann van As closed the course on Friday, 08 December 2017 and clearly indicated that through commitment and perseverance the DOD facilities will be taken care of. All course attendees agreed that this workshop was great and this was a step in the right direction in order to ensure that Defence Facilities and Infrastructure are updated and looked after. New friendships were formed and communication channels were established that will contribute to the success of the implementation of this training and also the overall effectiveness of the training.

Upon completion of all discussions and words of encouragements and appreciation, Col Saulse, on behalf of the Directorate Facilities and Chief Logistics in particular thanked the Officer Commanding JSB Wonderboom, the service providers, CSIR members and members attending the course. He was eloquent to inform members with regard to the importance of the course and confident that members attending the course will do the job.

The course was presented by Ms Hannelie Joubert from CSIR Skills Transfer and it takes about two (2) weeks, the first week concentrate on the theoretical part and the second week on the practical implementation. Course attendees need to keep their fingers on the facilities and assets of the DOD/SANDF. It is crucial to learn and take care of the assets and facilities of the DOD, calibrating the DOD. If you handle today, tomorrow is yours.

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