Skills Audit & Data Base challenges: Department briefing; Analysis of Military Veterans Act & Legal Opinion on Committee’s status: Parliamentary Legal Services briefing
31 Oct 2019
Mr S Marais (DA) said that the presenter referred to section 75 legislation that could be used to repeal or amend the duplication. He asked what section 75 is and if it referred to legislation that had its impact on a national basis as opposed to section 76 where it ...
2015 Defence Review: Department of Defence and Military Veterans briefing
17 Oct 2019
Mr S Marais (DA) asked what the minus sign on the page dealing with defence capability meant.
DOD and DMV 2019 Quarter1 perfomance; Report back on Committee recommendations in 2019 budget Report
18 Sep 2019
Mr S Marais (DA) said he recognised the challenges the Department was facing, but it seemed that there would be no solutions to them. The Department had been facing the same challenges for a long time. He sought clarity on where money overspent came from; why the Armaments Corporation of ...
SA Navy on its sea hours and capacity; SA Air Force on its flying-hours and capacity constraints
12 Sep 2019
Mr S Marais (DA) argued that the South African Parliament is a People’s Parliament and there is allowance for closed meetings, but closed meetings are exceptional. On this day, the focus of the Joint Standing Committee was a budgeting question and, in those circumstances, the presence of the media ...
Defence Joint Committee Legacy Report; Sector analysis
23 Aug 2019
Mr S Marais (DA) said he had previously been a Member of the Committee in the 5th Parliament. There had been a lot of overlap between the committees in the previous term, and issues had been repeated. He felt there was a need to ensure that there was a clear ...
Civil-military relations in South Africa
20 Aug 2019
Mr S Marais (DA) raised concerns about two elements -- the medical services that were provided by the private sector or civilians, and the role of the reserve force in supplementing the defence force. Members of reserve force were civilians and were acting in that capacity. Within that framework, they might ...
Election of Co-Chairperson; Employment of members of SANDF in service in co-operation with SAPS
25 Jul 2019
Mr S Marais (DA) wanted to know to what extent the Defence Act and Constitutions are in conflict at times because one has to look at practical examples. In the Defence Act, it is much clearer when deployments can happen but it seems it depended on who is reading and ...
Defence and Military Veterans Budget: Committee Report
10 Jul 2019
Mr S Marais (DA) concurred with the Members on the outstanding quality of the draft report. In his view, the report captured exactly what it was set to. He also asked the staff to submit two different reports - one for the DOD and the other for the DMV - for the ...
Department of Defence, DMV, Armscor & Castle Control Board 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan
3 Jul 2019
Mr S Marais (DA) said there was legislation which clearly stated the criteria for qualification as a military veteran, and that the problem actually lay in the cut-off age for such qualification, so he would like more clarification in this regard. He also enquired about the progress of the database ...
Election of Chairperson
2 Jul 2019
Mr S Marais (DA) said Members must learn what is expected of them in terms of oversight. Members must be informed in terms of what the Committee's programme needs to be and the needs to be concentrated on in the work of the Committee. He suggested the Committee should ...