Govt OKs tabling of defence report

2010-11-25 13:15

Pretoria - Cabinet has approved the tabling of the report of the Interim National Defence Force Service Commission, it was announced in Pretoria on Thursday.

Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was expected to reveal more details later in the day.

Government spokesperson Vusi Mona told a media briefing the decision was taken at Wednesday's regular Cabinet meeting.

Cabinet had also approved extending the revised non-statutory forces pension dispensation to cover all former non-statutory forces members who entered into employment contracts with government departments and institutions that contribute to the government employees’ pension fund.

Mona said Cabinet also approved the white paper on South Africa's foreign policy for submission to parliament and that the white paper should reflect South Africa's interests as it related to the country's role in global geopolitics.

Cabinet further approved the draft national health amendment bill, which would be released for public comment.

The bill proposed establishing an Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) which would be tasked with ensuring that all hospitals - private and state-owned - complied with minimum standards.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told the press conference that any hospital that did not comply with the standards set by the OHSC would not be accepted as a part of the proposed National Health Insurance system.

An ombudsman would also be established to, among other things, give members of the public an opportunity to have their complaints investigated.

  • muttlet - 2010-11-25 16:59

    I stopped by Simons Town naval base recently. As a former U.S. Army officer, I was shocked at the sight of the place. What a dump. If my troops lived there they would not have any morale either. At army bases in the states, they are immaculate. You will never find a piece of trash on the ground, unmowed grass, broken windows in barracks, peeling paint, the list is endless. Morale of any unit starts with the leadership. Your men need to know that whatever you ask, you would be willing to go through their same hardships. How do they know, by seeing you do it. You do not need a union in an army to help with morale. Actually I wont get started with the absurdity of a unionized armed forces. My men had morale and esprit de corp in the unit, because they shed blood sweat and tears together. They would go the extra mile, because I would be leading them that extra mile. I am not a extraordinary example of US military leadership, rather the norm. When you start busting you backside, go the extra mile, try to be better than the next unit; then you will have morale. But what do I know, I was only in the army for eight years, 5 of which was leading troops in combat in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

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