2018 was the year the Reserve Force pushed for – and achieved – implementation of an updated service system for South Africa’s part-time soldiers, an integral component of the SA National Defence Force’s “one force” concept.
The resolve to see the updated service system come to fruition saw the document pass muster at no less than six heavyweight Department of Defence (DoD) and national defence force boards and committees, Major General Roy Andersen, Chief: Defence Reserves, told a formal guest evening at the SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane.
The updated service system successfully made its way through the Human Resource Command Council (HRCC), Departmental Programme and Budget Committee (DPBEC), Planning Board, Defence Reserve Board (DRB), Military Command Council (MCC) and Council on Defence (COD). It is now the only guideline for employment and deployment of the Reserves.
Addressing those present Andersen said the updated Reserve Force service system (URFSS) was a major milestone for the country’s part-time soldiers.
“The updated system endeavours to comply with the SANDF’s responsibilities with regards to the Constitution, Defence Act (42 of 2002) and associated Amendment Act (22 of 2010) and the Defence Review 2015, especially when it comes to the addressing formidable institutional challenges including but not limited to the elimination of corruption in Reserve Force call-ups via a Board of Inquiry and Investigation route,” he said.
Andersen also told guests there was positive feedback from a Reserve Force presentation to the Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD). Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister Kebby Maphatsoe pointed out that, despite challenges faced by the Reserve Force, it was “on track”.
“The Reserves’ envisaged participation in the rehabilitation of the Vaal River system as well as the promise of Project Koba-Tlala helmed by Director Army Reserves Brigadier General Gerhard Kamffer was also well received.”