BEST PRACTICES FOR DEFENCE ACQUISITION REFORM IN SOUTH AFRICA

A.J. Swart, A.J. Buys

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ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This paper investigates the best practices and acquisition reform initiatives ' in the US Department of Defence that are relevant for the defence acquisition reform process in South . Africa. The first part of the paper gives a short discussion on acquisition methods commonly used by defence departments, briefly defines what acquisition reform is and states the applicable principles that can be used for acquisition reform. The second part gives the advantages and disadvantages of some of the acquisition reform initiatives and best practices that were identified. The relevance of each of these initiatives and best practices to the South African acquisition reform effort is indicated. The last part descr ibes an acquisition reform model that can be used as a basis to make acquisition better, faster and cheaper. Finally, some recommendations are made on the way forward and actions to be taken that will help to speed up the acquisition reform effort in South Africa.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: In hierdie artikel word die beste praktyke en aanska ffinghervorming inisiatiewe van die VSA Departement van Verdediging, wat relevant is vir die hervorming van verdedingingaanskaffing in Suid-Afrika, ondersoek. Die eerste deel van die artikel bevat 'n kort bespreking van aanskaffingmetodes wat algemeen deur verdedigingsdepartemente gebruik word. Aanskaffinghervorming word kortliks gedefineer en die toepaslike beginsels wat gebruik kan word vir aanskaffinghervorming word uiteengesit. Die tweede deel gee die voor- en nadele van sommige aanskaffinghervonning inisiatiewe en beste praktyke wat geidentifiseer is. Die relevansie van elk van hierdie inisiatiewe en beste praktyke vir aanskaffingherfonning in Suid-Afrika word aangedui. Die laaste deel beskryf 'n aanskaffinghervormingsrnodel wat gebruik kan word as basis om aanskaffing beter, vinniger en goedkoper te maak. Ter slotte word 'n aantal aanbevelings gemaak oor die pad vorentoe en aksies wat geneem kan word om aanskaffinghervorming in Suid-Afrika te bespoedig.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/12-2-347

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