This year’s SANDF Reserve Force symposium will examine, among others, the need for employer support as being indispensable for voluntary service.
Major General Roy Anderson, Chief of Defence Reserves, has arranged strategic three day session to examine topical issues around voluntary military service.
These include establishing a healthy relationship between the Reserve Force and employers, balancing employer benefits against defence benefits, challenges and successes as regards civilian job opportunities for Reserve Force members and legislation affecting job security during deployments, both internal and external as Reserve Force members are more and more called up for continental peacekeeping duties.
The symposium will also discuss the role of the Reserve Force in rural development. This aspect of internal operations was added to the military’s taskings by former Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, and has now reached the stage of a pilot project in North West.
The symposium will be held at the Unisa Graduate School of Business in Midrand from September 11 to 13 and is scheduled to be attended by military representatives from the United Kingdom, the United States, People’s Republic of China, Tanzania, India and Zimbabwe.
Included on the list of speakers are Commander Tsietsi Mokhele, chief executive of SA Maritime Safety Association and Brian Molefe, Transnet chief executive.