PRETORIA, Feb 28– South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has announced that she will engage all levels of leadership within the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to assess its performance over the past 20 years.
This means that even ordinary soldiers will also be given an opportunity to engage in dialogue with the Minister, Mapisa-Nqakula said at a meeting Thursday with the Military Command Council, generals and various chiefs of defence, adding that that the time had come for them to go back to the drawing board and initiate a platform for a dialogue to address the challenges facing the SANDF and to plan for the future.
Saying that the SANDF needed to recruit high-calibre young people into its ranks in response to its future trajectory and also to keep the army young, she said a dialogue involving all leaders would deliver a solution.
“We want to establish a standing and structured forum for dialogue and exchange. We would like to establish this platform as a consultative forum for change management in the organization. This platform will allow us to share ideas on some key issues facing the organisation,” said Mapisa-Nqakula.
She decried the continued huge areas of under-spending and wastage of resources.