South Africa has inherent structural and social imbalances, faced with significant economic challenges, shortage of requisite skills, unemployment as well as high levels of poverty. The Defence Industry remains dominated by previously white owned original equipment manufacturers.  The industry is compelled to increase inclusion of black owned small, micro & medium enterprises (SMME’s), which requires a considerable effort in establishing, developing and supporting these black SMME’s.

Transformation is at the core of our strategy because we believe inclusion of previously disadvantaged persons and communities is imperative to the growth of the industry and contribution to the South African economy.  The support we give to these SMME’s is manifest in our commitment in mentoring, coaching and financial support we give to these SMMEs as well as previously disadvantaged groups. We ensure transfer of specialised skills and knowledge to enable independent effective and efficient operation of these SMMEs.  We have created direct and indirect jobs, as these SMMEs are able to create employment through our continued support. Over 50% of our procurement spend is on Black Owned EMEs & QSEs. Some of the Black Owned QSEs in our supply chain today started as EMEs and graduated to QSEs due to us giving them more work.

We are very involved in our communities, which is evident through our continued support at Molweni Village where we have computer centre that is used by the whole community predominantly students. Since the installation of this computer centre seven years ago, the matric results of the pupils from there have improved significantly. Every year we recruit pupils that complete matric from this village to different learnership programmes to gain experiential learning. We are very proud that majority of these learners complete the programme and over the past 8 years, we have absorbed 100% of these learners.

We have an accredited learning academy with accredited skills programmes and this is open to enrolment for our suppliers and SMMEs. This year we are excited about commencement of the Engineering Graduate Programme that is structured for effective transfer of skills.