The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it has taken a decision to find ways of doing things internally because it faces serious budgetary constraints that limit its ability to procure services from outside. Chief of the SANDF Gen Solly Shoke told journalists on Tuesday that personnel were being trained in Cuba to create internal capacity. "We felt that outsourcing is not good‚ we should do our own. In May, we took a decision to do things internally because we face serious budgetary constraints‚" he said at a media briefing on the state of the SANDF. "The Cubans are training our people. There are many being trained in other institutions so that we can have the mastery and stop outsourcing. We are even considering producing our own food so that we [will] be able to survive‚ with these budgetary cuts. If it goes on like this‚ it is going to be difficult." Rapport newspaper recently reported that an SAA aircraft‚ chartered by the SANDF to transport Cuban technicians‚ had ...

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