The Direct Democracy Forum (DDF) believe that
- excessive amounts of money were spent on foreign sourced military hardware
- that hardware is no longer properly maintained nor properly used,
- that local resources for the equipping and maintenance of
- South Africa’s arms industry and
- South Africa’s military,
- that embraced all elements of the defence industry, have been allowed to degenerate.
The DDF also believe that as with other military resources, the defence force itself is largely underutilised. These factors together are likely to reduce the Defense Force’s capacity, leaving it unprepared, unfit, ill equipped and unable to respond to the needs of the country. This is something the DDF are determined to turn around.
- The DDF believe that the South Africa’s defence industry can quite adequately source most of South Africa’s defence hardware requirements.
- This will make South Africa both more productive, enhance skills retention, save valuable foreign currency, and create a critical self dependence for its armaments needs.
- South Africa can develop and supply quite sophisticated armaments which will be more than adequate for South Africa’s defence needs.
- This will:
- be a source of local employment and wealth
- be a source of foreign trade and currency.
- improve the Defence Force’s state of readiness.
- integrate military and civil engineering skills needed for supply and maintenance of equipment.
- make the defence force more cost effective and self reliant.
- This will:
Skills and Readiness:
- The DDF believe that the defence force is largely underutilised and should be extensively used to protect South Africa’s borders and coastlines which the DDF believe are largely inadequately protected.
- South Africa’s porous borders permits extensive illegal movement of contraband goods and human trafficking and trafficking of animals and animal parts.
- Through this, significant criminal activity has been allowed to establish itself and grow in South Africa and in the sub-continent.
- Pro-actively engaging these elements will contribute to the defence force’s state of readiness for times of need and will fill a much needed task in strengthening the country’s security.
- The defence force can effectively put its resources to good use in disaster management, particularly when local communities are faced with the high impact effects of natural disasters.
- This disaster management capacity could also be utilised internationally and regionally, earning South Africa valuable international goodwill.
- Developing this disaster management capability will also contribute to the Defence Force’s state of readiness
These assignments will be valuable in-service training opportunities to develop the Defence Force as an effective, cohesive and active military and social force, locally, in the sub-continent and on foreign soil.
Employment, Skills Development and Retention:
- The military will also be used to help absorb unemployed youth with emphasis on education and training, with links to regional education and training institutes so degrees and diplomas in all areas of military activity could be acquired in, for example, a three to five year service contract.
- Thus unskilled and immature youth with few prospects could be absorbed by the defence force and disciplined and well trained individuals could be returned to society with skills ranging from medical to education & training, engineering and catering and everything in between.
- Through these initiatives South Africa’s defence force will become a truly positive force for the betterment of all in South Africa and will do a great deal more good for the Defence Force itself and all who serve their country in peace and in war, than will be achieved by merely serving as a deterrent to the country’s enemies.
- At the same time, the Defence Force will prepare itself as a cohesive force ready to do what is necessary to protect the country, its people and its constitution.