Minister Mapisa-Nqakula tables the Defence Budget Vote

AB Samuel Ramonyai
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The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, MS Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, recently delivered the much anticipated Department of Defence Budget Vote 2018/19 speech in Parliament on the consistent shrinking funding decline.

Tabling the her 6th Defence Budget Vote in Parliament at the Old Assembly Chamber, Minister Mapisa-Nqakula reminded the house that she reported last year that the persistent and continued downward trend in real-terms of the funding allocation to defence has reached a point where Department of Defence (DOD) runs the risk of losing more of its essential capabilities, in addition to those already lost.

Despite the efforts taken to show how the backdrop funding affected the DOD over the past few years, Minister Mapisa-Nqakula said the defence allocation has not improved.

She added that the critical requirement to raise the Defence base-line during the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework 2018 by 18,2 billion-rand to implement the Defence Review has not been realised. She said in this year alone, DOD has a reduction of 5,8 billion rand, and specifically a 3,2 billion-rand shortfall in the Compensation of Employees allocation.

Minister Mapisa-Nqakula said, given the ever increasing demands being placed on DOD, she requested 47, 9 billion-rand that has been allocated to the DOD this financial year to be approved.



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