The collapse is being blamed on (among other things)......wait for it..........drum roll please.........here we go..............ta-da: an exodus of highly-skilled technical staff.
You don't say? You mean that Black South African affirmative action types aren't up to the level of the highly-skilled technical staff (read Whites) which the ANC slowly but surely has been ridding the SANDF of?? Say it isn't so...
On top of that, the ANC is starting to run out of money so chop-chop goes the defence budget. It seems that nearly two decades of stealing money from tax payers is finally starting to catch up with the ANC.
But, that's not all the ANC has done to "lose" money of course. Not only have they been stealing left, right and centre, but they're intent on further destroying the economy by hounding the White skilled labour out of the job market, thereby reducing job creation, competence and global competitiveness. Add to that all the strikes; the jabbering of nationalising mines and foreign companies; the chatter regarding land re-distribution and foreign land ownership; the weakening of the rand; the cost of fuel etc. - put it all together into the Communist blender and you end up with Zimbabwe Mark II.The same Zimbabwe which today can't feed its people.
They may as well change the name of the country to South Zimbabs.
But, I digress.
Last I heard, of the three South African navy submarines, two were out of commission. One, because some affirmative action idiot blew the electrical circuit on one; and the second because some affirmative action monkey slammed the submarine into bottom of the sea floor. And seeing as there's no skilled technical staff to fix the damage, both subs have been out of commission for years now.
And the other last I heard, most of the air-force planes have been moth-balled as there's no money for maintenance or fuel to fly the planes. So, pilots have either been let go (the Whites first naturally), and the affirmative action ones left don't have enough flying hours to fly the planes should they really need to. Zimbabwe even bought some of the SANDF's helicopters to help their ANC buddies out......
Yes, peeps, this is the result of putting backward monkeys in charge of a once functioning, developed country. A country which HAD one of the best military's in the world. A military which kicked East German, USSR and Cuban butt in Angola. All carried out by a bunch of 18-yr old White boys led by some exceptionally intelligent Boer Generals. They sent the Commies packing with their tails between their legs.
What a sad day this is for South Africa. Actually, scrap that. That sad day was the day Fwit de Klerk and his merry band of traitors sold our country to the Black soulless ANC Communists.
I wonder if they're proud of what they've done to the country?
Hat tip: Harb I and Clarence W
|Sadly, THIS is what's protecting SA today......eish!|
With dwindling budgets, an exodus of highly-skilled technical staff and reduced spending on training and equipment, the defence force - according to military experts - can barely meet its constitutional obligations.
Increasing international demands and frequent internal deployments - such as the recent presidential announcement of the deployment of hundreds of troops on crime fighting operations over the next four months - is putting further strain on the already overstretched armed services.
The army has nearly 2000 troops on peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan, and military trainers in the Central African Republic and the DRC.
The defence force has military observers deployed under the AU and UN flags in Ethiopia and Eritrea. The navy has a frigate, and air force personnel and aircraft, in the Mozambican channel and Mozambique deployed on anti-piracy operations.
Military analyst Helmoed Heitman said the defence force was now collapsing.
"We have huge sections of the budget spent on salaries, with equipment and training left lacking. We are hopelessly short on manpower - 20000 troops too few - and porous borders that cannot be guarded properly," he said.
"We have pilots who can't fly [sufficient] hours, troops who have been given limits on the amount of ammunition they can use in training, and equipment, such as our frigates, which cannot be maintained because there is no proper budget.
"The defence force is collapsing. If drastic action is not taken soon, in the next three years it will be beyond recovery."
The Defence Department received just over R34-billion last year from the Treasury. Its current budget of R37-billion is expected to increase to R39-billion in the 2013-2014 financial year. Professor Renfrew Christie, dean of research at the University of Western Cape, said the military's budget needed a drastic increase.
"We spend 1% of our gross national product on defence. We need a military capable of looking after our country with the time now coming to increase spending to 2% of GDP," Christie said. "To do our duty, we need a bigger and better equipped military. The option of downscaling our involvement north of our borders is not an option.
"Protecting our country and its borders is far bigger than just putting up fences," he said.
Retired admiral Chris Bennett, the former naval chief of staff, said the massive "poaching" of technical staff had led to numerous crises in the navy.
"Our military, especially on the technical side, is being bled dry by both public and private industries, as well as by foreign militaries.
"Though the navy until now has managed to stay afloat, things are beginning to bite," he said.
"The right funding has not been given to the military [which is] being required more and more by parliament to do things [parliament is] not prepared to pay for.