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sandf thumb medium90 89The Citizen reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will shed in excess of 3,000 members over the next three years in order to stay within its budget allocation.

Approximately 69% of the R49 billion defence budget, which is being consistently reduced, is swallowed by employee compensation. In an answer to a parliamentary question, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise explained that “in light of the reduced defence budget allocation and the conclusion that the compensation of employee [COE] allocation will be further reduced for the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), and also that relief to secure sufficient funding will not be forthcoming”. She went on to indicate: “The department of defence was forced to implement HR [human resources] cost-saving measures/interventions to reduce HR cost pressures. The intent of the planned HR interventions is to reach equilibrium between the COE allocation received and required personnel to maintain an effective defence capability.” Some personnel will leave the SANDF through a mobility exit mechanism (MEM). The National Treasury has allocated R1 billion to fund the MEM during the 2022-23 financial year (FY) and R800 million for FY2023-24. “This will translate in the planned exit of approximately 3,048 uniformed members through MEM over the indicated financial years,” Modise indicated in her reply.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Guy Martin at The Citizen

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