South Africa’s soon-to-be-created Border Management Authority (BMA) will "hopefully" be funded by a new budget line, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told Engineering News Online on the fringes of the the Homeland Security Conference 2017, in Pretoria on Tuesday. "It shouldn’t take money away from the Defence Force, it shouldn’t take money away from any Government agency. The National Treasury will have to provide [the] money." The Government recognised the importance of securing the country’s borders. "The BMA should have taken off yesterday," she said. (The creation of the BMA had been approved by the Cabinet and it now just awaited the President’s signature on the proclamation to be created.) "It should be — within three years, we’ll see baby steps and within five years we’ll see a fully-fledged BMA."