Some members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) are mistakenly expecting a 7% salary increase this year, with rumours circulating that the increase was agreed to last month.
However, this misinformation apparently arose over the inaccurate sharing of a defenceWeb article published on 2 July last year entitled ‘SANDF salaries to increase’. The article has been shared over social media platforms but with the 2015 date removed.
As far as defenceWeb is aware, there have been no salary increases for the SANDF this year.
The article, published last year, reads as follows:
“SANDF salaries to increase
“Written by defenceWeb, Thursday, 02 July 2015
“Come the middle of next month SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members will be pleasantly surprised by salary advice notices.
“The seven percent salary increase agreed to and signed on June 28 in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council is retroactive as from April 1. The upward adjustment of salaries paid in August will include the additional seven percent for April, May, June and July.
“The increase is above the inflation rate, which is running at just below five percent according to government.
“Parties in the Council also agreed to an increase of the average projected CPI (Consumer Price Index) plus one percent for the year April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 with the same holding good for the 2017/2018 financial year.
“According to a Department of Defence News Flash the directive contained salary related details for Public Service Act personnel will be published and circulated internally soon.”