If you thought taxpayers forking out R248 million for President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla estate was a slap in the face to South Africans then think again. There are reports that an official acquisition order has been placed for a private jet that will cost billions…even as much as R4 billion given the required specifications. Yes, that R4 BILLION.
Requirements on Armscor’s tender notice say that the aircraft must be able to carry at least 30 passengers and have a range of 13 800km. Few planes can fly that far and those that can like the Boeing 787 cost over R3 billion…and that’s standard, excluding the customisation required for a private bedroom suite and a conference room etc.
If Nkandla and the firepool was a slap in the face then R4 billion for a plane is like being stabbed in the eye with a rusty shower head.
Out of interest the current most expensive jets around the world in the same price range belong to the Prince of Saudi Arabia, the richest man in Russia and the Sultan of Brunei.
“Armscor officially announced the acquisition process on its website on Thursday with a request for information from people who may be able to supply the jet. The deadline is as early as November 20, which means information must be submitted by the time the Armscor acquisitions board meets next month [News24]
Now you know.