ARMSCOR takes note of the decision by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula not to allow a proposed take-over of the Simon’s Town naval dockyard by Denel, but to leave it under control and management of the defence and security acquisition agency. She made this clear in a written answer to a Parliamentary question posed by Democratic Alliance (DA) MP, Kobus Marais. “Denel was given until February 28, 2018 to meet the suspensive conditions of securing a strategic partner for the dockyard transfer. On the basis that the deadline was not met, I have determined no further extensions be granted and that the transfer process be cancelled. Armscor continues to manage the dockyard and deliver maintenance service of SA Navy vessels,” Mapisa-Nqakula wrote. (…)