Armscor: Second-hand jet for Zuma might be considered

2015-11-10 09:43

LATEST: Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford says second-hand aircraft might be considered for President Jacob Zuma.


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Last Updated at 11:31
10 Nov 11:14
And that's it for the briefing.

10 Nov 11:12
Wakeford says Armscor's website is down because of "disruptions" from their cellular service provider.

10 Nov 11:09
Wakeford tells reporters: Unfortunately I'm not going to give you the budget.  If I would say how much we have in our reserves, it will affect the RFO. I won't say how much it is.

10 Nov 11:05
Msimang says they are busy with defence review implementation in helping the SAAF in capacity building.

10 Nov 11:04
Wakeford: We haven't considered the possibility of getting two planes instead of one.

10 Nov 11:01

Wakeford: This will not be used by a single person. It will be used by the ministers, president. We need the capability as a country. The minister (of defence) is embarrassed by the situation. You can't always be leasing (planes).

He says it's not about the hours but the availability of aircrafts.

10 Nov 10:56
Wakeford says the budget will be determined by what's out there and what's available.

10 Nov 10:55
Deputy chief Malinga says the cost for chattering planes played a factor in wanting to get a new plane.

10 Nov 10:55
Msimang: The current fleet available for the VVIP and their life span says they are about 30 years.

10 Nov 10:53
Msimang: The jet should take you into Europe, New York, Beijing etc directly.

10 Nov 10:52
Wakeford says they can't rule out the possibility of the jet being a multipurpose jet.

10 Nov 10:52
If we cannot afford a wide-body we will get a narrow-body, says Wakeford.

10 Nov 10:50

10 Nov 10:49
We are not going to be irresponsible. Once we have the full details, we will liase with SAAF  and go forward - Wakeford

10 Nov 10:48
Officials will now take a few questions from media.

10 Nov 10:46
Wakeford says a second-hand aircraft might be considered.

10 Nov 10:44
It's unbelievable to see the trash, Wakeford emphasises, being meted out in some of SA's media on the jet matter.

10 Nov 10:43
Wakeford says he doesn't know where the R4bn comes from. Says they are still seeking information. Says they can't afford the R4bn being speculated on.

10 Nov 10:43
We must ensure the security of our leaders - Wakeford.

10 Nov 10:42
Wakeford justifies purchase of plane, saying "we all saw what happened in Egypt" (when the Russian plane was brought down, allegedly by terrorists)

10 Nov 10:41
Wakeford: People don't sit on the plane and do nothing, they work.

10 Nov 10:41
This isn't a toy, it's a strategic asset, says Armscor CEO.

10 Nov 10:40
Our (SA's) role is growing massively, says Wakeford.

10 Nov 10:39
We are seeking information to establish the facts, assures Wakeford. We have the required engineers and "people who can crunch the numbers".

10 Nov 10:38
Armscor CEO Wakeford says the jet will be a national asset with continental and international utility.

10 Nov 10:36
The South African Airforce is  required to provide a mission ready intercontinental  air transport capability. The requirement is urgent and important. - Msimang

10 Nov 10:36
The published Request for the information is aimed at obtaining information that will assist Armscor, says the Air Force's Msimang.

10 Nov 10:34
Msimang says chartered flights for VVIP transportation pose risks.

10 Nov 10:32
Msimang: The absence of a Boeing Business Jet and VIP aircraft for 4 months during scheduled maintenance aggravates vulnerability.

10 Nov 10:30
SA Air Force has need to increase current capability to provide transport to South Africa.

10 Nov 10:29
Msimang: SAAF is required to provide mission ready intercontinental air transport capability. There is an increased requirement for long-range flights around the world.

10 Nov 10:29
SA must have excellent capability to maintain diplomatic relations, says Msimang.

10 Nov 10:28
SA is perceived as a key player on the African continent, General Msimang reads from the statement. For some the gateway to Africa.

10 Nov 10:26
Officials have arrived for the briefing. They'll start with a statement then take questions.

10 Nov 10:11
Head of Armscor Kevin Wakeford and Chief of SA Air Force Zimpande Msimang will address the media, The Citizen newspaper has tweeted.

10 Nov 10:10
There will apparently be some sort of presentation titled "SA Air Force intercontinental system in support of diplomacy", says EWN reporter Barry Bateman. It's quite a mouthful.

10 Nov 10:08

As the country braces for the possibility of R4bn being spent on a new plane for President Zuma, a number of problems the country is facing still require a little cash injection.

The most topical at the moment is the shortfall of the 0% increase in university fees. The estimated shortfall following the lack of increases is about R2.33bn. Government was initially unsure where that money would come from, however it later said it would pay R1.935bn, while universities would make up the remaining R395.7m.

10 Nov 10:03
Many media houses have started setting up ahead of the SA Airforce and Armscor briefing regarding the VVIP  jet acquisition. The briefing is being held at Waterkloof Air Base in Pretoria.

10 Nov 10:00
News24's Karabo Ngope is at the briefing which is due to start soon.

10 Nov 09:44

The Department of Defence is set to respond to weekend reports that the government was set to purchase a R4bn jet for President Jacob Zuma.

The jet would apparently have a private bedroom suite, a bathroom and a conference room for eight people.

Armscor, the defence force's acquisitions agency, officially announced the acquisition process on its website on Thursday with a request for information from people who may be able to supply the jet.

The presidency said on Monday the defence department will answer questions about the jet.

The presidency said it should also be noted that aircrafts purchased by the department for the president and deputy president belonged to the state.

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