Funding shortage the cause of Armscor problems

Armscor is responsible for servicing and repairing the country's naval vessels and submarines.

Members of the South African Navy in Simon's Town on 7 October 2011. Picture:EWN

CAPE TOWN - A shortage of funding is to blame for state-owned arms procurement agency, Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor)'s problems in managing the naval dockyard in Simon's Town.

This is according to Armscor officials who appeared before Parliament's Defence Portfolio Committee on Thursday.

Armscor is responsible for servicing and repairing the country's naval vessels and submarines.

Armscor says the dockyard has done reasonably well to meet the South African navy's service delivery needs with insufficient funding and capacity.

Dockyard manager Themba Goduka says work is at times outsourced.

"Any capacity which we can't handle will result in us outsourcing the work and sourcing additional labour, in terms of contract labour."