MSDS working: Sisulu

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The Military Skills Development Programme (MSDS) is injecting new young blood into the SANDF, and also addressing the national skills shortage and the creation of jobs for young people, says Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu. She was speaking at the SA Navy’s basic training depot, SAS Saldanha, north of Cape Town.

While visiting the facility Sisulu again called on young people to consider a career in the military, saying the MSDS programme would prepare them for “a positive leadership role in the community, government and the business world.”

Sisulu addressed the 526 recruits currently undergoing basic training. She added that more young women should be taken into the different Services of the SANDF to specialise in scare skills like navigation, pilots and engineering, diving and sailing. “It is now a proven fact that women do better than man and the performance of women in the Navy and other sectors of the SANDF demonstrate that by investing in women and young people we are building a nation,” she told the aspirant sailors.

She commended the leadership of the Navy for integrating the base into the life and heart of their surrounding community the Saldanha and Simon’s Town units. “I am very proud that during holidays young people from high schools learn to swim and other basic training as part of their leadership and development programme in your units, more young people must consider spending their holidays with us, we need more young people to pass through the army before they continue with their adult life,” she said.

The minister also called on industry and academia to support the MSDS programme, saying the military wants toexpand the programme that currently caters for about 5000 graduates and school leavers. “… we have the ability and the institutions to train many people in different fields but we need more partners to absorb them after the training.”