CAPE TOWN, Despite teething problems and challenges, the Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC) is making a meaningful contribution to improve the terms and conditions of service for members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), says Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
Established in 2009, the commission’s mandate includes conducting research and making recommendations for improvements regarding the remuneration and conditions of service of members of the SANDF. Its members also conduct assessments of military bases in and around the country and visit SANDF soldiers deployed in peacekeeping missions overseas.
Since its establishment, the DFSC has undertaken a number of projects within its mandate, including de-linking salary from rank for members of the SANDF.
Following research and extensive benchmarking, the DFSC came to the realization that de-linking rank from salary is a complex matter and may be too costly for the SANDF. Other alternatives are being explored in light of the socio-economic challenges in the country, Mapisa-Nqakula said Tuesday at the opening of the DFSC office at SAS Wingfield in Cape Town.
She also highlighted that the inputs into the Defence Act amendments had been tabled before Parliament for consideration while inputs into the 2015 Defence Review Phase One was already out of the starting blocks for implementation.
Others include the policy on the awarding of death benefits to beneficiaries of members and employees who passed away while deployed in internal or external operations for which no international compensation is paid. The Minister said she has now approved this for implementation.
Mapisa-Nqakula said these were some of the projects and activities which the DFSC had embarked on, “some complete, others still work in progress”. The DFSC continues to undertake visits to the various units of the SANDF and these have yielded fruit in that there’s now a much better understanding and exposure to the conditions of service of members of the SANDF, she added.
Source: NAN NEWS NETWORK